How to Make Christmas Play Costumes

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How to Make Christmas Play Costumes
Christmas play customes can be made at home. (nativity image by JoLin from

Christmas plays with little ones dressed adorably as nativity characters are a highlight of the holiday season for many parents and kids. Often performed by churches and schools, Christmas plays require lots of rehearsal time and preparation, especially when it comes to costuming.Though Christmas play costumes are not always easy to make, planning ahead will help you to ensure that your child is dressed properly for the part.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Sweat suit or dress
  • Woven cotton fabric
  • Cotton balls
  • Hot glue gun
  • Headband
  • Rope
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Makeup

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    Research you child's role in the Christmas play. Each character will have a different costume and knowing how your child is supposed to look is vital to making the right costume. Be sure to find out the setting and time period of the Christmas play. While most plays are set in biblical times, some do take place in a more modern setting.

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    Purchase clothing to act as a foundation for your child's homemade costume. If your daughter is Mary, purchase a basic long dress in a light color for her costume foundation. Likewise, if your son is Joseph, look for a brown sweatsuit that could go underneath a brown robe as the foundation for his costume. Children dressing as animals can choose sweatsuits that are the same color as the animal's fur.

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    Buy fabric to help you complete your child's Christmas play costume. If the play is set in biblical times, most characters will likely wear head wraps of various sorts. Small rectangles of woven cotton fabric can be wrapped or carefully secured with rope on top of the head. Long strips of fabric can be hemmed and used for belts on long robes. Cotton balls are perfect for hot gluing to a white sweatsuit for a sheep costume, while long pieces of brown fabric can be cut and used for a tail on a donkey costume.

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    Make any ears necessary for an animal costume. You can create ears by hot gluing felt or fabric to a headband. You can also sew ears onto the hood of a sweatshirt if your child is wearing one as part of his costume.

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    Assemble all of the pieces to your child's costume and have her try them on to ensure that they fit her well and look the part. Make any alterations needed using your sewing machine.

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    Apply makeup to your child's face in order to complete the look. Mary might need very light makeup and some pretty lipstick, while a sheep would need a white face, pink nose and black whiskers. Run through your makeup plans a time or two before the play to make sure that you are comfortable creating the right look.

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