It’s almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids. So…I’m excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blogging friends to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume!
My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him. I just wasn’t in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn’t want to pay the price they were asking for them. So…I decided to make one. Problem? I’m not a seamstress. Not a real one, anyway. I can sew straight lines–give me basic curtains and pillow covers and I’m fine. I needed something that would be simple, not take too much time, and still be super cute. I came up with this totally adorable and EASY Tin Man costume, and it just might be my favorite.
I made this in less than 30 minutes, and it’s all straight lines. You could even do it all by hand if you had to (if you don’t have a sewing machine), but it would take you longer. It’s also inexpensive–the total cost was around $9. This fits the bill for all of my criteria…easy, fast, inexpensive, and darling!!!
I think it would be SO cute for a little girl too–add a cute gray tutu and leggings–love it!!!
Seriously…isn’t he the CUTEST????
-long sleeved gray tee shirt
– 1/4 yard shiny metallic fabric (or more–read directions)
-funnel (gray if you can find it)
1. I bought my fabric a Joann Fabrics–it’s stretchy, with a white back. It was originally $16.99 a yard, but I only needed 1/4 of a yard, plus I had a 50% off coupon, making it only $2 total. I needed 1/4 yard so that the square would be wide enough (9 inches across). This is for a 4 year old, and his tee shirt is a 4T, so if you’re making this for a bigger child, you may need more yardage to get a wider square. I didn’t need to hem this particular fabric first, which is another major reason I purchased it. If you choose a material that does have to be hemmed first, make sure you take that into consideration when deciding how much you need.
2. Cut out a square of fabric to fit the front of the tee shirt. (I bought this one at Walmart for $4).
3. Cut out a red heart from the felt (I used a felt square–cost 25 cents), and pin it to the corner of the square you just cut out. Make sure you leave enough room to sew around the edges.
4. Thread a needle with white thread, and hand stitch the heart to the fabric. You can use the sewing machine if you want to, but I love the look of the handstitching.
5. Pin your fabric square to the front of the tee shirt, and sew around the edges.
6. That’s it!
Now for the hat…
The hat is a dark gray funnel that we bought at Walmart for $2. If you can’t find a gray one, then just use gray spray paint on whatever color you can find. There are also shiny tin ones–just check the edges for sharpness first. There’s a back piece that protrudes from the edge of the funnel (sorry–didn’t get a picture of it), but you can cut it off. Drill two holes on either side of the funnel–thread a piece of elastic (measure your child’s head first) through the holes and tie a knot on each side to secure it.
I was going to use a pieces of felt around the inside edges of the funnel so it would be softer on his head, but my husband was the one who bought the funnel for me, and he decided to buy weather stripping for the same purpose. Lol. So…we used the weather stripping, but you could most definitely use felt.
My kids dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz last year for Halloween, and I think we may do it again this year, I loved it so much! I don’t know how many times (or if ever again) I’ll be able to get away with doing a theme, so I’m taking full advantage of it for as long as possible. It did take a little negotiation with one of them (to remain nameless), but everyone came on board.
Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!
10. Marty McFly
27. Elsa crown
36. DIY Cat Costume
38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)
70. DIY Skunk Mask
What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!