Every Halloween a plethora of expensive costumes line the department store racks. Rather than go to the expense of purchasing a costume that will only be worn once, make your toddler one from items you may even have around the house. In less than an hour can make a memorable costume.
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Turn your toddler into a ballerina with a simple no-sew solution. Pull a piece of elastic around your child's waist and cut and tie it. Put it over a bucket and fold 15-inch long strips of tulle in half around it and knot until you have formed a full tutu. Dress her in a sparkly body suit and tights before fitting her with the tutu and her slippers.
Smudge a little eyeliner on your toddler's cheeks for a dirty appearance. Dress him in a torn flannel shirt and patched jeans. Let him carry a sack on a stick and have him don an old ball cap to complete his hobo costume.
Allow your toddler to dress as a superhero with a simple costume idea that is as easy as clipping a pillow case or towel to the shoulders of his shirt. The entire costume can be made by tucking a turtleneck into a pair of tights or black trousers and adding brightly coloured tennis shoes. Add a pair of goggles, and your little superhero is ready to go.
Cut leg holes in the bottom of a small, plastic orange garbage bag with draw strings. Dress your toddler in green or orange tights and a long-sleeved orange turtleneck. Put her feet through the holes and stuff the bag with newspaper. Pull the strings snug under her arms and tie. Complete the look with some orange face paint and a green ball cap that serves as the pumpkin stem.
Angel or Devil
A white satin gown over white tights and slippers works as an angel costume. Add inexpensive wings, purchased at your local dollar store. Make a halo with chenille stems tied together and wrapped in silver or gold tinsel. A devilish costume can be made just as easily by dressing your toddler from head to toe in red. Add hypoallergenic red face paint and pointed black eyebrows. Attach red pointy horns cut from red card stock to a red headband. Make a pitchfork with aluminium foil painted in nontoxic black paint.
Dress your toddler as a canary. Cut arm and leg holes in a bright yellow pillow case. Sew a piece of elastic across the front opening and another across the back, leaving about nine inches of elastic on each end. Glue yellow feathers all over the pillowcase. Slip yellow tights and a yellow turtleneck on your child and then put her in the pillowcase. Cinch it around her neck with the elastic and tie loosely. Glue feathers to a yellow ball cap and add the "bill" to complete her costume.
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