Pretend Play: 5 Ideas for DIY Dress Up

When I was a kid, I had an enormous chest of my mom's old prom dresses that I used for dress up. With two boys of my own, I don't really have a lot of hand-me-down clothes that I can give them for pretend play. Over the years I've been collecting various items: hats, capes, arm bands, and pieces of Halloween costumes. But I decided to fill up their dress up bin, so I need to get creative and pull together some things on my own. Here's a round up of 5 cute ideas I found that can help you supplement—or even begin—your dress up collection.

1. Star Wars X-wing fighter pilot's helmet at Filth Wizardry. Why didn't I have one of these as a child?! You won't believe how Lindsey put this together with a bike helmet and paper plates.

2. Dress-Up Crowns at We Wilsons. These simple crowns are sturdy and infinitely customizable for a boy or a girl.

3. Dress-Up Tails at Vixen Made. Make a tail for a dinosaur, a real animal, or something totally imaginative.

4. DIY Pretend Spy Kit at Inner Child Fun. While not technically dress-up clothes, this kit will outfit your child for any CSI-style adventure she wants.

5. Scientist Dress-Up at Real Simple. If you are about to embark on some experiments, your kid might want to dress the part.

Do you have any homemade dress-up clothes? Let us know how you did it in the comments.

(Images: as linked above)

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.

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