Costumes: Inanimate Objects

Costumes: Inanimate Objects

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Carrie McBride
Oct 26, 2010

Halloween costumes don't have to be creepy or crawly; dressing as an object opens up a world of possibilities, many humorous. Click the thumbnail photo above to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

Roasting Marshmallow

aka: Maren (16 months)
location: Draper, UT
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: felt, stuffing, pants, onesie, stick

description: I recently blogged about the costume here.
Thanks Annie!

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Cupcake

aka: Piper (9 months)
location: Orlando, FL
age group: infant
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Brown Tutu, pink felt, stretchy headband, red pom-pom, t-shirt, bag of rubber circles from craft store

description: I was raised on homemade Halloween costumes, so when it came time for my daughter's first Halloween, buying a pre-made costume just didn't feel right. I fell in love with Pottery Barn's cupcake costume from last year, so I decided to use that as my inspiration. My other goal was that it had to be simple to make and no-sew if possible. (I'm a WAHM and time is not plentiful.) I bought a brown tutu for the base of the cupcake. I took a pink t-shirt and covered it in rubber circles I found at a local craft store (circles already had sticky material on it). I found a large rectangle of pink felt at the craft store and cut that into the shape of a cupcake top with an opening for her head. Its secured in the back with velcro. Again, I used the rubber dots to cover the top of the cupcake. For the headpiece, I took an inexpensive headband (found at drugstore) and glued a large red pom pom on it to make it look like a cherry. A black pipecleaner was attached to the base of the pom pom to look like a stem. Voila! So simple and incredibly cute.
Thanks Karen!

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Purple Airplane

aka: Gus (5)
location: Wichita, KS
age group: child
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: Large sheets of foam insulation, Purple paint, Digital color printouts, Elastic bands

description: My husband cut and glued together a giant sheet of insulation foam into a block, and then carved the airplane out of it. My son wanted his airplane purple, so that's why we painted it such a strange airplane color. We used elastic straps like suspenders to keep the airplane on his shoulders. And then I designed, printed and glued on the decals with the airline name "DennelAIR." Our last name is Denneler.
Thanks Sandra!

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Sack O'Taters

aka: Abel (1)
location: Joplin, MO
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Burlap, Nylons, Poly-fill, thread, fabric paint, headband

description: I sewed a burlap sack with arm and neck holes, leaving the bottom open. I pulled a few threads along the edges to give it a "worn" look and stenciled the letters on the burlap. To make the potatoes I stuffed nylons and twisted them into lumpy balls to simulate potatoes and sewed "eyes" into them to give them a realistic look. I attached potatoes to a cloth headband and sized it to fit the head. The back of the costume had a velcro closure to make a bigger fit over the head and create a tighter collar of potatoes around the neck.
Thanks Martha!

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Mini Cooper

aka: Finley (3)
location: Gilbert, AZ
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Cardboard, glue gun, paper mache, spray paint

description: My husband put this Mini Cooper together by cutting out the design (two sides and a middle) from large cardboard boxes. He used a glue gun to glue the three pieces together. He reinforced the seams with paper mache and then spray painted the details. Although we think it looks more like a Jeep/Mini Cooper costume, our son absolutely loves it.
Thanks Grace!

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Whipped Cream & Other Delights album

aka: Esther (4 months)
location: Buffalo, NY
age group: infant
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: Big cardboard science fair display board, a Baby Bjorn infant carrier (already owned), some white fleece, tiny bit of elastic, and some cheap craft paint.

description: Used an opaque projector to trace the cover art (greatest album cover of all time, btw) on the cardboard, painted it all in. This took by far the most time. Applied some triangles of fleece to the cardboard, where the 'whipped cream' is located. Cut a big notch in the cardboard so it would slide over the Bjorn, behind the shoulders of my daughter. Once in place with baby, tucked some white fleece in to cover the Bjorn, and put on a little 'dollop' of fleece on her head using some elastic.
Thanks Walter!

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WD-40

aka: Nathaniel (1)
location: Lakewood, CA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Cardboard tube. Vinyl sticker material. Wood dowel and spray paint. Suspenders.

description: The cardboard tube was cut down from a larger tube to fit my son. Using an actual WD40 can I calculated the correct dimensions for graphics. I had considered cutting the graphics out by hand but in part, the inspiration for the project came from a machine we had purchased at work that could make stickers up to a fairly large size. You can also do this at a some copy stores. The machine uses a variety of materials of different colors including the blue and yellows used here. My brother and our friend designed the sticker on the machine and then we laid onto the tube. I then got a wooden dowel and painted it red and attached it with packaging tape. In order for Nathaniel to wear the costume I attached some suspenders to the inside of the tube to fit them over his shoulders. The one drawback on the costume was that he could not sit down without removing the costume. We plan to use the costume again next year for one of my 11 month twins.
Thanks Jeffry!

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Construction Crane with Wrecking Ball

aka: Gus (4)
location: Wichita, KS
age group: child
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: Wood, plastic ball, rope, digital color printouts, spray adhesive

description: My husband built this out of lightweight wood. We bought a black plastic ball & chain prop for the wrecking ball. And I designed and digitally printed the images on the sides and top of the crane, mounting them with spray adhesive. I also made a matching shirt for my son to wear with the company name "Denneler Construction."
Thanks Sandra!

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