DIY Bee Costume

bee costume

For our last trick, we have the Bee costume! We call our daughter Bee so when the boys came up with a “bug theme” it was kind of a given that she would be a Bee!

 bee costume

This costume was also super easy and semi-homemade! I found the cutest little ballet leotard in the dance section at Walmart, which she will be wearing often because I can’t handle how cute it is!! I found the antenna (which she hated and wouldn’t keep on haha) at Joanns, it was so cute but sister would just not keep them on at all! The skirt and the wings were mama made :) bee costume

For the wings, I used a metal hanger, cut it in half and shaped both sides, Then I covered each side in some fabric that I think is iridescent organza? Then I used electrical tape to connect them and sewed elastic straps on the back for her to wear them. I added the veins with a sharpie.

bee costume

For the skirt, I tried to find yellow and black striped fabric, I’m sure I could have found it online if I wouldn’t have procrastinated :) But I did wait till the last minute so I had to make my own. I cut 2.5″ strips of fabric and sewed them all together to make the fabric for the skirt, I made the skirt fullness 2 and a half times the waist so it would be flouncy! I added yellow pompoms and called it a day!

bee costume

bee costume

She loved the shirt and the bodysuit and the wings grew on her, I just couldn’t get her on board with the antenna! She did like to eat it however.

bee costume

bee costume

bee costume

Here are a few pics of the whole “bug” game.

bee costume

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They had so much fun and it was so a mom dream to see all of my little critters trick or treating together!

For more DIY Costume ideas check our our:  LIZARDROACH, UNICORN, SKUNK, FOX, POSEIDON, OCTOPUS, BATMAN and ROBIN

Easy DIY Lizard Costume

lizard costume

OK, so keeping with our “bug” Halloween theme (you can read about the creepy, crawly Roach Costume HERE) I present the Lizard. And yes, I know a lizard isn’t actually a bug. But like I said in my last post, when your four year old finally decides on something and is super excited about it… don’t burst his bubble haha.

lizard costume

lizard costume

This costume is so easy that I can hardy call it a costume! I love sewing and making elaborate clothing but on Halloween I usually go the “semi-handmade” route. It’s only one night right? My kids do love playing dress up so they get plenty of love but usually not outside of the house after Halloween so I try to use what I have.

diy lizard costume

lizard costume

 I have used (and LOVE) the Bimaa Pattern several times. So I knew it would make a perfect Lizard Hoodie! Here is my secret Bimaa hack: Once you have the pattern, you can line the shirt pattern piece up with an existing or store bought shirt and cut the neck hole to match the pattern. I always buy two matching shirts from the boys section and with the extra shirt I make the hood part using the pattern, then sew them together just like in the instructions… this just saves you from having the sew a whole shirt! So in the lizards case, I bought two green boys tees. I used an olive green knit for the interior of the hoodie, the lizard belly and the eyelids. Then I used black and white felt for the eyes and nose holes and sewed them right on the hoodie exterior before adding the lining. I added a tail to the back of the lizard (using the scraps from the second boys t-shirt).

lizard costume

Then he just wore some green shorts he already had, ideally I wanted to make green leggings but again… I ran out of time haha. Story of my life!

lizard costume

lizard costume

He was super happy with it so thats all that matters :) Here is his best “lizard face”. Stay tuned for the Bee later this week!

lizard costume

lizard costume

DIY Roach Costume

roach costume

Yes, you read that right! My son wanted to be a roach for Halloween and I said yes :)

roach costume

A few months ago I was throwing around group costume ideas for the three kids. Nothing was sticking then my oldest said, “what about bugs”? I immediately liked the idea because my daughters name is Bee so naturally she could dress as a Bee. Then my four year old got super excited cause he wanted to be a lizard. Who am I to crush his dreams and tell him that a lizard isn’t actually a bug? A Bee and a Lizard, done. But then my oldest son said he wanted to dress up as a roach?! I tried to talk him out of it because how does one even go about sewing a roach suit?? But he was determined and I like a good sewing challenge so I said let’s go for it!

roach costume

There is very little roach costume inspiration out there, which is good and bad haha. I didn’t have anything to live up to in the era of Pinterest expectations but I also didn’t have a clue how to make it! After a good ol’ google search, I did find one awesome “cape” that a legit costume designer made and I pinned it HERE. After I saw that I knew a cape was the way to go. I found some brown jeans and a brown tee  from the mens section so I just cut it down and sewed up the sides) for the body and got to work on the roach cape.

I bought brown suiting for the legs and ironed a very stiff fusible interfacing to the wrong side so they would be extra stiff. I used hot glue to attach a thin strip of brown faux fur to each leg… creepy right? For the antenna I used the suiting with some jewelry wire inside and a little brown pom-pom glued at the end.

roach costume

Then I freehanded roach-shape-wings on to some brown satin. I used quilt batting inside them and sandwiched it between. I also sandwiched the legs between the wing layers before sewing right sides together. Then I flipped them right side out and top-stitched. The wings are two separate pieces but sewn together at the top where they connect. Then I added a neck hood/cape part with double batting and a layer of felt in between so it would stand up a little more. It was so thick that I really would have liked to hand-sew it so there wasn’t a huge line down the middle but, it was the day before Halloween and mama only has so much time.

roach costume

roach costume

roach costume

I added a neck piece made from the suiting and used velcro to attach it.

roach costume

roach costume

Overall I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and he was super excited about it! I also learned that some people have quite the aversion to roaches… even when the model is a cute six year old haha! Stay tuned for the lizard and bee later this week :)

roach costume

roach costume

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

It’s finally fall! My favorite season full of pumpkins and parties and costumes and crafting! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial from Imperial Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins! It’s fun, kid friendly and delicious. Imperial Sugar has a ton of fun edible Halloween crafts to make with your kids so check them out HERE. As usual, my boys did most of this project alone, I just was the supervisor ;)

We made the homemade Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn together in the kitchen then we decorated pumpkin faces and stitched them up. These would make a fun gift but we just kept them for ourselves!

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or canola)
  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Imperial Sugar Cinnamon Sugar Shaker (this wasn’t available at my grocery store yet so I mixed my own but I’m excited to find the shaker!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Directions for the Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn:

1. Add the coconut oil and three popcorn kernels to a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until all kernels pop. Take the three kernels out of the pot.
Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper PumpkinsIMG_2091Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

2. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels. Cover and take the pot off of the heat. Wait 30 seconds. Put the pot back on the heat.
Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins
3. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally until the popping slows down. After about 2 minutes, take the lid off of the pot. This lets the steam out and keeps the popcorn crisp.

4. While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter.

5. Pour over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon sugar. Toss until completely coated. You could also do this in a large paper bag. Let cinnamon popcorn cool completely.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

 

 

Supplies for Treat Bags: 

  • Colored yarn or string
  • Hole punch
  • Heavier weight brown craft paper, colored paper or white paper (we used orange cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Colors, markers or colored pencils (optional)

Directions for Treat Bags: 

  1. Print out the Pumpkin and Apple Stuffed Paper Bag Patterns. You can print directly onto brown craft paper or you could use colored paper,  or white paper that you hand color. Choose a heavier weight paper if your printer will allow it, as super thin paper will tear when stitching up the sides. We used orange cardstock then decorated them like jack-o-lanterns.
  2. Cut out the pattern. Use a hole punch to punch holes where indicated.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Remaining Directions: 
While popcorn is cooling, begin stitching up your paper patterns. Using colored yarn, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie a knot in both ends of the yarn to keep it from coming loose. We started from one side (at the bottom) then went around to the other side across the top then stopped.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Leave the bottom part of the pattern open. Before sewing it entirely closed, fill with Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn.

Using colored yarn, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie a knot in both ends of the yarn to keep it from coming loose.

Once it is full, stitch up the bottom of the stuffed paper bag and tie off ends of yarn. Cut off any excess yarn. Now you have a fun treat to take to your party, give to a friend or eat! 

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

When ready to eat, just tear the stuffed paper bag open and enjoy.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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