Ok, so I might have these posts out-of-order, but I really wanted to get the whole costume up yesterday in case anyone was doing last minute costumes.
My husband and I chose Bob Ross and a Happy Tree for our costumes. The costumes required quite a bit more work for mine than his. For his costume, we purchased the fro wig, that I had to trim down, which oddly enough was like grooming a poodle again, and his shirt. We spent about $7.00 and $2.50 for his shirt from the Goodwill store. His artist palette cost me $1.00 to make and we had a spare paint brush lying around. We also paid about $4.00 for a face painting kit so we could darken up his beard. In true Scottish style, he’s a ginger! Grand total for his home-made costume: $10.50, plus about 1.5 hours of crafting. NOT BAD!
My costume was hand-made from head to toe. The fleece was about $16.00. I also bought $6.00 in fabric/plastic leaves from the Dollar Tree and a piece of $1.00 foam board. I also bought 2 bags of moss and used about 1/4 of one bag. (I decided a nasty hot glue gun burn and another blister was NOT worth it!!!) The spray paint was about $4.00. Grand total: $27.00. Not bad at all for a plus sized costume! Even better, I will be able to remove the leaf trim from the costume, cut it up the middle, make a sash, and have a nice fleece robe for the winter!
How I made the accessories
I took a piece of foam board and cut out an arch the size of my head. The original intention was to wear it as a headband.
Then I had what I truly consider a GENIUS idea to SMOOSH (yes, that is a technical term) the foamboard. Once it was SMOOSHED, it made cracks and pattern in it that looked like tree bark! How cool is that?!
After all the smooshing on the tree trunk, I used my rotary cutter to trim out some thicker “base” branches, and some thinner “upper” branches.
I smooshed those too!
Next, I started gluing on the base branches of the tree. I have to admit, I spend a lot of time looking at trees. I love trees and their forms, and the way some branches curve up and some droop down. If you’ve never really stared at a tree before, please look and really think about the form of the tree. It will make a difference in your project!
After I pieced all of the branches on the tree, it was time to take it outside for a coat of paint. I chose this grey paint. YES, I said GREY. Contrary to popular belief, and once again from my study of trees, I have noted that the tree bark in my area is GREY and not brown. OH…You don’t believe me? I thought you might not!
Now that we have that cleared up….
I used this brand of paint because A) It was cheap. B) It dries in 10 minutes. Although it should say it dries in 10 minutes-ISH.
I let it dry for about 15 minutes on each side. Yes, I painted both sides and as many of the cracks and crevices as I could paint. After it dried I brought it in, fired up the trusty glue gun, and went to work.
I made sure I added leaves to both sides of the project so that the pretty sides were showing on both sides.
I added some moss to it, burned the beegezus out of my finger and promptly decided it was finished!
I also decided the dress needed a few more details, so I sewed leaves all around the edges of the sleeves and collar. On the sleeves, I also sewed some leaves straight down, so I had dangling leaves.
I then took ALL of the leftover leaves I had and started feeding them into the sewing machine. I let them turn whatever way they wanted and do whatever they wanted to do. I just kept feeding them in until I had 2 long vines of leaves.
When I was dressed, we wrapped the leaves around my arms and stuck the headpiece into the back of my dress instead of wearing it as a headband! The leaves and branches made it way to heavy! Truthfully, I think it was cuter tucked in than it would have been on my head!
If you want to see how the rest of this costume was made, please read the following!
Have you ever made your own costume? Tell me about it!