There is only one thing I love more than Halloween itself and it is a good DIY project FOR Halloween. I searched Pinterest for a great costume for my 5 month year old. I have to admit that I thought that I would have bought a costume but thinking back to all of the wonderful costumes that my mom made for me and my siblings made me quite nostalgic and created a need within me to make something more original. There was one that caught my eye and it was the fabulous idea to do Spaghetti and Meatballs. She could literally sit in a pile of yarn and create the perfect photo op.
Let me first say that I am not a seamstress, so my goal was to create a costume that resembled the original intention and that only required a hot glue gun. I will also admit that I enjoy the challenge of creating something that also does not break the bank (some might say I’m thrifty…to an extent). I believe all in all the total cost for this costume was $20.00
Here are the materials that you will need:
- Glue gun,
- white body suit
- large khaki colored yarn
- large pack of foam balls
- red & brown acrylic paint
- table cloth or dish towel
The body suit:
Find a place that has a good deal of space. The body suite that I chose happened to have some sparkly ruffles on it. I went ahead and clipped the ruffles off. Something else that the bodysuit had was a button at the neck. This made a huge difference in the fit of the costume in that it made it so easy to get it over my babies cute, but large baby head. Once you have decided on the type of bodysuit you will use take a long piece of yarn and lay it on the table. Then take individual pieces of yarn and loop them onto the long yarn piece to create what almost looks like a lion’s mane. Once you have completed a long row of these knots check the length to make sure that it is long enough to fit around the collar of the shirt. Once you have the desired length go ahead and glue it to the collar and cut any excess length.
Take your styrofoam balls and paint them with a mixture of red and brown paint. It almost turns a dark purplish brown that looks decently life like with a hint of a sparkle. While those are drying take your hat and place it over a rounded object. I placed mine on top of a jar.
I then suggest once you are done placing the yarn and once your foam balls are complete, trying the hat on your child. I wanted to make sure that the material that I used would hold up and that my baby would tolerate it. Luckily she didn’t mind a bit!
It was a little bit warmer here in Northern California then I thought it would be, so I decided that the easiest thing to do would be to use some type of table cloth to glue a bunch of the yarn on to and the remaining meatballs and to simply lay it on my daughter’s lap. I got a simple red and white dish towel from Walmart rounded the top and proceeded to embellish it with my materials. Let’s face it, the first year with a baby there is a lot of propping them up for photo ops so this costume was made for a sedentary baby!
The End Result
Allright! Go grab that glue gun and have a ball!