How to Make Children's Fancy Dress Costumes at Home

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How to Make Children's Fancy Dress Costumes at Home
Fancy accessories inspire creative play. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Providing dress-up clothes encourages children to take part in dramatic play. It allows them to experiment with different roles and situations than they encounter in their daily lives. Fancy costumes can take a child to a wedding, a tea party or whatever occasion they dream up. The versatility of fancy clothes makes them an ideal starter for any dress-up box. You can create an assortment of dress-up options by combining old clothes with a few homemade embellishments.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper plate
  • Black paint
  • Large sheet black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Long-sleeve dress shirt
  • Adult-sized necktie
  • Old sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Artificial flower
  • Safety pin
  • Sunglasses
  • Sequins
  • Large sheet yellow construction paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the paper plate black and allow to dry. Cut out the centre of the plate leaving a 3-inch rim all the way around the plate. Roll the sheet of construction paper into a cylinder and fit the bottom into the paper plate opening. Glue in place to create a top hat. Combine with the dress shirt and necktie for a fancy boy's dress-up outfit.

  2. 2

    Create a girl's dress-up wrap out of an old sheet. Cut a rectangle measuring 6 feet by 2 feet out of the sheet. Glue an artificial flower on a pin to create a brooch. Wrap the rectangle of fabric around the child's shoulders and secure with the brooch. Allow extra fabric to drape down the front of the wrap.

  3. 3

    Cut a zigzag pattern going lengthwise all the way across the yellow sheet of construction paper. Glue the ends of the paper together to make a crown. Decorate with sequins. Also, glue sequins around the edges of the sunglasses to make a fancy accessory. Add any additional dress-up items you may have on hand, such as handbags, gloves and scarves, to provide extra accessory options.

Tips and warnings

  • Check second-hand stores for items to fill your dress-up chest.

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