How to Make Indian Costumes for Children

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Make Indian costumes for your children so they can dress up for Halloween, a Thanksgiving celebration, a play or simply add an outfit to their costume trunk. Dressing up as a Native American is a fun way to teach kids about American history. People can make a simple Indian costume on their own. In addition, get your children involved so they can have fun wearing the outfit as well as making it.

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Things you need

  • Large paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Thick cardboard
  • Feathers
  • Brown sweatpants

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    Choose a large paper bag or grocery sack that extends down to your child's mid-thigh. Open the paper sack, and turn it upside-down. Make a diagonal cut on each side of the paper bag for your child's arms to fit through. Cut a hole in the bottom of the sack for your child's head.

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    Cut slits all along the bottom of the paper bag so it looks like fringe. The slits should be about an inch wide and should extend 2 to 3 inches up from the bottom of the bag.

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    Lay the bag on a flat surface, and let your child decorate it. Give him markers and crayons to colour a pattern on the costume. You can also let him cut shapes out of construction paper and glue them on. When the front of the bag is decorated, flip it over and let him decorate the other side.

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    Create a headdress for the costume using construction paper. Cut a strip of construction paper that is about 2 inches wide and is long enough to reach around your child's head.

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    Let him decorate the headdress using markers, crayons or by gluing on pieces of construction paper.

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    Glue a long feather onto the inside of the headdress. Wrap it around your child's head, and glue the ends together so it fits snugly.

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    Choose a pair of brown sweatpants. Cut the elastic off of the bottom of the sweatpants, and then cut slits in them to create fringe, much like you did with the bottom of the vest.

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    Add brown leather shoes or moccasins to complete the costume.

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    Use face paint to make it look like your child is wearing Indian war paint.

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