LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
So, you’ve procrastinated, and you don’t have a Halloween costume yet. Fear not. With some paper (or felt if you’re so inclined), you can still come up with something for your child – or you. And it can be cool to boot. Promise. Here are some options:
- TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
My son and nephew are huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) fans. Over the summer, you might recall, we went to the Liberty Science Center to see the traveling TMNT exhibit. In honor of the occasion, we made these paper costumes, and they are really quite simple. All I did was take to my Cricut Design Space online and use shapes to design the masks and shells. I used two circles, which I formed into ovals for the eyes. Cut out a space with another smaller circle. (I tweaked it after trying a sample on the kids). I used smaller ovals for the bandana and its “knot.” And cutting out a triangle allowed me to make space for the nose. After I cut out the pieces in the card stock, I glued everything together, and let it all dry. Finally, I measured the length of elastic on each child’s head, cut it to size, and then stapled it to the mask. I was careful to staple upside right, so the staple’s flat side rested against their heads. For the shells, I made two large ovals. Then, I used an array of shapes to make the back side more turtle-like. The kids glued those pieces down themselves. I used some old ribbon to attach the two shell pieces, so the kids could actually wear them on their shoulders. You could do all of this with scissors and/or felt instead of the Cricut and/or paper. I’ve also thought about doing this costume with a green sweat suit that would allow you to actually sew felt or fabric pieces on to it
These superhero masks are as easy as the TMNT ones. I used the exact same concept but did not include the bandana portion. Again, I stapled the elastic as I did with the previous example. This was a thinner mask, so it was more likely to rip. My advice for all of these masks would be to either use felt, which is just as easy to handle and cut as paper (with or without the Cricut) or laminate the mask and simply cut out the eyes and excess lamination. You could do the same for the turtle shells. Now, I have not made a cape yet. (We had one that someone gave to my son as a gift.) But you can simply buy a large piece of fabric or felt, cut out the shape of a cape, and adhere velcro or ribbon to keep it on.
My mom had a lot to do with this costume. We bought really large pieces of brown and yellow felt. (It was the cheapest, but any color would suffice.) Then, she made a wing pattern that was a semi-circle spanning the width of our open arms. She made a scalloped edge across the bottom and layered the yellow, so that it showed on the bottom of the brown. She used remnants of floral fabric from long ago to make the owl’s belly. She just cut out rows of semi-circles and adhered them to a piece of brown felt cut like a shield. She used ribbon to attach the “shield to the wings (much like the TMNT shells). She also sewed elastic to make a wristband of sorts, so we could slip our hands into the wings. We bought cheap brown tees on Amazon.com, and we safety pinned the wings strategically to the shirt to keep them in place. I bought cheap plastic glasses at the dollar store and glued on some brown feathers and that yellow beak. That’s all. You could totally do this with paper, too.
All you need to become a dinosaur is a felt tail and paper crown. Now, I cut the tail and its spiny, white topper freehand. My mom sewed the spine to the one side of felt and then sewed the two pieces of felt together on three sides before stuffing it and sewing it closed. We Then sewed elastic to it (measured to each kid’s waist), so they could wear the tail like a belt. Easy-peasy if you know how to sew the most basic of things. Finally, I made a paper crown using the Cricut, but this could be done with scissors. Again, I used shapes, namely a large rectangle for the base, a narrower rectangle for the top, and triangles for its spikes. I attached all of it with scotch tape, but you could hide it more than I did. Hint. Hint.
Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10. For more handmade crafts and party gear, visit the Italian Mamma store on Etsy.