They say having kids makes celebrating the holidays even more fun, and in our house, that is definitely true…especially for Halloween! I snapped these pictures of us last year as “Gru and Minions” from Despicable Me.
We (okay, well mostly me) had the best time putting together our costumes. I love a good DIY project, and with our minion costumes I was able to DIY most of it. I couldn’t find the minion eyes last year so I made ours out of printed fabric (I designed and printed it myself…if you want details just let me know!), canning jar lids, and then hot-glued them onto a plain black headband. Voila! I didn’t have a yellow shirt so I picked up some yellow RIT dye and made one! The “Gru logo” on our shirts was made by simply printing out the logo, tracing it onto black felt, cutting that out and gluing it onto white felt. It takes a little time and patience, but it really an easy project.
So, this year, I tried to use things we already had on hand and came up with a Rodeo Cowboy theme. I picked up two 97 cent bandanas at Wal-Mart for my husband and I, and Little Bear already had the toy horse on a stick, cowboy boots and plaid shirt, so it seemed like an obvious costume. I did make LB’s chaps and vest. I started by sketching a pattern on a piece of paper around the pair of jeans that he would wear for the costume. I googled some cowboy chaps to see what they looked like. The chaps were made out of a remnant piece of faux leather I picked up at Joann Fabrics and the turquoise fringe seemed like an obvious choice to go with the shirt. I lined the chaps to make them a little heavier and the embroidery was something that I added with my machine. It is something that wasn’t necessary, but since I had a little extra time and the ability to do it, I though why not. I found and cut down an old belt from my mom (but you could easily pick one up at Goodwill too). and then used snaps to hold the chaps around the leg. The snaps and turquoise fringe were also from Joann Fabric.
I probably went a little overboard with the embroidery on the chaps (which isn’t necessary), but all in all, this Halloween was relatively easy to make. I spent $15 on materials and everything else was either already in our closets, a thrift-store find, or borrowed. If you don’t have access to an embroidery machine, don’t worry, you can also purchase pre-made embroidery designs OR you can get creative with some fabric puff paints. I love Halloween and one of my favorite things is to be creative (on a budget). Making these costumes was pretty easy if you know how to sew, however getting a good family photo of us in costumes was a LOT harder!!
Happy Halloween to all of you and may your trick-or-treating be spOOktacular!