Do you realize Halloween is just over 3 weeks away? I am NOT prepared. I always make my kids’ costumes. I love the challenge. But I start begging for their ideas around the beginning of September…and get answer around October 25th! I still have no answer or plans for this year. But I thought I would share a few pictures of our past successes throughout the next few weeks.
Now just to be clear, I can do some basic sewing. You certainly wouldn’t want me to sew you a dress to wear to a wedding. But with some pre-made pieces, some scissors, and a glue gun, anyone can pull this one off.
The headpiece is a corner of a fitted sheet. I used the elastic area to frame the face, and just put a few stitches where it hits the chin.
The body is the rest of the sheet cut and ripped to look ragged. With a glue gun, I added lots of layers of these incredibly inexpensive sheer curtain panels from IKEA.
The plastic chains are hollow decorations you can find in any convenience store right now. I made some holes for each hand to poke through, plus some extras to tie the chains on.
Now this is the really funny part. When I first finished this costume, my daughter, who was 8 at the time, freaked out. It was a very clean white, and I thought looked great. She stood up on a chair and said, “You call this creative??!! This is a ghost!! It’s a dead thing! I want bugs! I want snakes! I want dirt! I want gross!!
As my mother and I stood below her in shock, we simply said, “OK.” Wow. I obviously wasn’t getting this 3rd grader’s vibe. So…I took it out on the gravel driveway. Then took my truck and ran over it back and forth until it was dusty, and ripped. Then I shook it off, glued on some rubber snakes and spiders. Topped it off with some fake spider webs and voila!
She was right. It looked sooooooooo much better.