Rainbow Brite Costumes

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Rainbow Brite Costumes
Each character represents one colour in the rainbow. (depicting rainbow image by Witold Krasowski from Fotolia.com)

Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids have delighted children for years. Their colourful costumes are easy to make and are a great idea for children--and adults--going out as a group. These costumes can be put together with things from around the house, and the suspenders and belts are easily made from craft foam. Each child can choose the character with their favourite colour.

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Rainbow Brite

Start with a short, blue, long-sleeve dress. Add white fur trim to the hem. Make a red belt and suspenders from craft form, and attach them in the back with Velcro. Cut out a rainbow, and glue it to the front of the belt . Wear striped rainbow leg warmers bunched around the ankles with red sneakers. Cut the feet out of another pair of leg warmers, and wear them around the arms. Put hair up in a ponytail with a blue ribbon.

Patty O'Green

Patty's costume will be very similar to Rainbow Brite's. She will need a short green dress with white trim. Make her light blue suspenders and belt with a star, and wear green leg warmers on the arms and legs. Finish the look with green sneakers. Spray hair green with coloured hairspray from a costume shop, and wear it in braids.

Shy Violet

Violet should have a short, purple dress with a white belt and suspenders. Add wing shapes to the top edge of the suspenders with craft foam. She should wear purple knee socks and long sleeves instead of leg warmers. Wear the hair up, spray it purple and wear glasses.

Canary Yellow

This is a good costume for a blond because you will not have to colour the hair. She will need a yellow, long-sleeve leotard and yellow tights. Her belt and suspenders should be a darker yellow. Add white wing shapes to the edge of the suspenders and leg warmers pulled up instead of bunched around the ankles.


Indigo should wear blue harem pants with blue flip flops. She will need a lighter blue, long-sleeve shirt with a vest in a darker indigo blue. Her belt and suspenders are light blue. Add a few streak of blue to dark hair, and wear it in two ponytails.

LaLa Orange

LaLa wears an orange, long-sleeve leotard and tights under a long, round-hemmed robe. Make her robe as a vest from a piece of rich orange material. Trim it with white fur, and wear the belt and suspenders over the robe. Add an orange beret and sandals. A redhead won't have to spray her hair.

Red Butler

Red Butler is another great costume for a redhead. He will need a red sweat suit, red sneakers and red leg warmers bunched around the ankles. Make him a cape from a yellow half circle of cloth and a yellow belt and suspenders with a star. Cut the feet from a pair of red leg warmers for his arms.

Buddy Blue

Buddy will need blue tights, blue gym shorts and a lighter blue shirt. Add white athletic socks with blue sneakers and a blue headband. He will need a dark blue belt with a star and leg warmers around the arms.

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