See that little peanut up there in the picture! That is my beautiful little girl who is full of spunk. We have been talking about what she is going to be for Halloween for months, she wanted to be Sam Sparks from "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs", she wanted to be a princess, then she wanted to be a Minion, then she wanted to be something else...and the list goes on. I am sure those of you who have a preschooler know how it goes, they change their mind every five minutes.
Well I might offend a few people here but I am really not that into Halloween... shock I know, it's just not my favorite random fun holiday. With having kids though it is more fun again because they get so excited. We only have a handful of Halloween decorations, books and stuff like that. Actually last year I put it off so badly that I went to buy pumpkins 3 days before Halloween and there were none left in the entire city!! NONE! My kids were not impressed and we had some friends bail us out and brought some pumpkins for us to carve. I didn't make the same mistake this year, we bought our pumpkins almost 2 weeks ago.
As you can tell I don't jump on Halloween months in advance so I figured this last week I had to get their costumes ready. Olivia decided on being a Unicorn, Colton wanted to be an owl. Not just an owl people but a blue owl just like this little stuffed Ty baby owl he has that he named Hootie and goes with him everywhere. We are actually on version 2.0 because he lost the first one and his life was over and ruined forever. He is two can you tell?
With Colton's costume I just cut out a bunch of feather shaped felt in three colours of blue, sewed them in a pattern to a few larger strips of felt. Made the head band with the tufts an owl has and then attached the feather parts to a sweater with safety pins. I didn't take pictures and overly document his costume because well like I stated above he is 2 and was not very happy the whole time because he wanted it NOW, like NOW NOW. So the picture below my friends is the finish product!
As I was looking at costumes I was not overly impressed, and for the price of low low $40 per costume, I said forget it. I can sew and figured why not throw something together. They needed a few new items of clothing so I tried to work the colours in and use it as their costume for the night. Here on the windy prairies and in the great white north, often our children wear their costumes over their snowsuits. Many years we have even had snow on all Hallows Eve.
I went to the Children's Place and got them very thick fleece pants and sweaters that matched their colours of the costumes they wanted. Bought them a size bigger just in case we have to put a thick jacket underneath. Then I went to a fabric store and bought some colorful felt, sparkly tulle, gold fabric and thread that matched the felt.
First I decided to make the horn, all I did was cut two large triangles out of the gold fabric, sewed them together and left the bottom open. I stuffed to horn with regular craft stuffing and made sure it was filled to the brim so the horn wouldn't be floppy. I then sewed the bottom together.
The ears I cut out ear shapes in the white and then the middle I used a bright pink. With light pink thread I sewed them together.
Next I took a strip of the light pink and sewed the horn to it, and then I wrapped it around a thick black head band that I had at home. I pinned the open end to the horn and hand stitched it together so that it was secure on the band and horn.
On two smaller pink strips of the light pink I did the same for the ears, and then attached them as well the head band. The with some Tacky glue or fabric glue I glued the ears and horn pieces to the head band.
With some of the sparkly white felt I cut into two strips and wrapped it around the bottom of the head band and glued it, pinned it and allowed it to dry. Once dried I removed the pins and it was secure.
With the sparkly purple tulle, I cut it into 2 inch width strips that were 20 inches long. I ended up cutting around 40 strips. separate the strips into two piles 12 for the mane that will attach to the head band and 28 for the tail.
For the mane, all I did was sew the strips of tulle onto a strip of the sparkly white felt and the glued it to the back of the head band. I secured it with pins and allowed it to dry for an hour, then removed the pins.
Below is a picture of the tail, I sewed the strips in a bunch to a circular piece of sparkly white felt. I tried to sew it in a rectangle and then diagonal across the rectangle.
Once the strips were secure onto the piece of felt I then attached it to a thick elastic band that you use for sewing that can be placed in pants or skirts. I made sure to measure the band so that it would be snug around my daughter, I then sewed it to the ends of the felt.
With some purple ribbon I made a large bow and then hand sewed it to the tail. I also took some rainbow string that I had and hand sewed around 30 pieces to the back of the tail as well, to give it that extra sparkle.
It only took me about an hour and a half to do, and I let Olivia help me every step of the way. It was all her ideas for the colours and what the horn and ears looked like. It was really fun to allow he to come up with the idea and to watch how excited she was when it all came together. It was a simple costume that was original to her and that she could take pride in because she helped.
A little about me
Just a BC girl living in a Alberta world on a cattle ranch nestled near Kananaskis country. I love all things food, my husband and my two beautiful children. I am always looking for inspiration through the world around me.