I am no crafter, you guys. I do love to play around and do fun little things (easy things) that I know my kids will enjoy. After seeing Elf on the Shelf costumes here and there for around $10-20 a pop, I thought that I could gather some supplies and just make a few costumes myself.
So, I did. I started with some felt. I already owned a glue gun, a permanent marker, and some scissors and that is literally all I used for this first little costume. This costume cost me a whopping $0.50!
I picked up 3 pieces of felt for 25cents a piece. Green, red, black. I started with a Superhero cape & mask.
I knew that I wanted my cape to be able to tie around his neck since I didn’t have Velcro pieces, but those would’ve been SO much better. I actually plan on getting Velcro stripes and cutting them down to add to his cape (and then I’ll cut the excess straps). But, for the time being, I knew I wanted it to tie around his neck.
I laid him flat on the felt and folded it around him to see how long the cape straps needed to be. I used a light coloring pencil to mark off how long they needed to be so that I didn’t cut them too short.
I then cut a little triangular shape into the felt and trimmed down on sides as needed.
I used a black permanent marker to draw and color in a big C on the back of it (C for Cookie – it’s what the kids named him).
For the little mask, I took the black felt & cut off about half an inch of a strip. I fit it to his face and then cut little eyeholes in it.
I fit it again to his face, and folded the ends to glue them together. Now it just easily slides on and off of his head.
Like with the cape, Velcro would be perfect here, but I wanted to get it put together for the kids and get it up on here so that you could make it too before you go out and drop $20 on a little costume that you could probably fairly easily make for yourself!
Again, Velcro tabs would be perfect for this. And check back SOON for another fun little costume that I plan on finishing up today!