What you will need:
- White or clear solid colored umbrella
- Battery powered tea lights
- White tulle, streamers, and curling ribbon
- Clear shipping tape
- XL googly eyes
Start with taping the googly eyes on the umbrella. Then, tape the battery pack to the umbrella and wrap the string of lights around. Then hang and wrap the ribbons, tulle and streamers to make the tentacles. This is a fast and inexpensive costume. Many items can be found at the dollar store.
I was honored to be able to make our annual family costumes. Every year we do a theme for the family (this year it is for all 16 of us – our family of 10, my sister Jen and her family and my parents)… This year, Mazy’s (my dad’s gun and cigar store) has one of the business booths at the community “Trunk or Treat” event put on by the Town of Chino Valley
For the boys, we made tunics and beards, both out of felt. They are wearing sweat shirts and pants under. We made belts as well to go around the tunics.
For the girls, we made knee length skirts and shawls. They are also wearing sweatsuits under their outfits.
Everyone is getting a gnome hat as well.
The tunics are rectangle pieces of felt with ovals cut out for the head openings.
The beards are white felt cut in the shape of a beard with layers of white felt cut with one wavy side and sewn across over lapping. Then, we added a piece of Velcro onto the front on each side at the top to Velcro the beards to the hats.
The belts are just long pieces of fabric tied in the back.
Belt Buckles are pieces of foam core cut and spray painted silver.
The girls’ skirts are just simple elastic skirts and I added a shawl of felt. We also cut and ironed on fabric mushrooms on some of the costumes.