The crocheted beard that I whipped up for my eight year old's Mordechai HaTzaddik costume was a huge success! Not only did it complete his costume, it was comfortable to wear, and even kept him warm as the Purim party/barbeque we attended went into the night and temperatures dropped!
Want to make the cutest ever sock hobby horse for one of your little darlings? I made this one last Thursday night (rather than sleep, you know how it goes.....) as a part of my eight year old's Mordechai HaTzaddik purim costume, and it was a major hit! I've been wanting to make a sock hobby horse using a broomstick for years, and once my son gave me the go ahead all I had to do was make it happen. Fortunately, there's a great DIY from light blue grey, which is what I basically followed, though with lots of short cuts on account of needing to make this guy asap.
Ever heard of crocheted nose warmers? I hadn't either until I received an email request to make one, and while i don't generally do custom crochet orders, this one was a request by a newly-wed for a gift for his wife whose nose tends to get cold, so sweet I just couldn't resist!
Yes, it's true, my cute little Sea Captain is wearing a costume that consists of a store bought outfit.....okay we didn't buy it, we borrowed it from the neighbors! Nonetheless, with a store bought costume as a base, one can add so many fun details! Duct tape boots, a rope, and a little sea bird on his shoulder complete the outfit and he looks just as cute as can be!
I honestly can't believe I pulled off the robot costume that I promised my nine year old for Purim! Phew, the kids just got on the bus to school, happy as can be! I must say, a robot costume that allows a child to sit down and board a van is a bit of a challenge! No giant boxes here......I had to come up with something a bit practical as the costume is worn in school, as well as on the actual holiday of Purim, all day long if the the child desires!
We started our robot brainstorming at the hardware store, which was a good move, as we purchased the most important part of the costume, the head shield, which is actually a plastic welding shield that can be raised and lowered when my son gets tired of the tunnel vision I've created for him!
Any guesses what the front breast plate is made from? A silver ware dividing tray, as seen from the back!
welding shield and contact paper to cover both sides of the shield
drier accordian fold piping
a silverware tray
some recycled plastic plates or low containers (these are from malawach)
old boots to cover with duct tape
pieces from a kid's nuts and bolts construction set
flat flashlights (the yellow pieces)
duct tape, used that to attach the attenae
velcro, used to make straps for the front and back breast plates
I'd love to explain this step by step, but on account of almost no sleep last night in preparation for Purim, I'm fading quickly and must go have a little meeting with my bed! Have a fantastic Purim!
Crafting with duct tape is something I've been wanting to do for months, and now finally I present you with a great idea for making any costume that much better: up-cycled rain boots + duct tape = the boots of your child's dreams, in this case Sea Captain boots. So goodbye to our cute little Target frog boots, and hello to some boots that I know my seven year old will just squeel over when he comes home from school today!
If you have a daughter with long hair, that's thinking of cutting her hair, as is my daughter, then you may just want to suggest that she hold out until after Purim! This spooky/funny/altogether head-turning costume idea of course only works with quite long hair, the only question is, what is the costume? Not sure myself.
Here's my cute Dutch doll daughter, all dressed and ready for Purim! The costume was a huge hit at school, fortunately my daughter didn't mind all the attention. While we've know for months that we wanted to make a costume with the crocheted wig, we just didn't have a solid direction until the last minute, when we pulled it all together with things we had, not even one little thing was purchased specifically for this costume! I have to say, I'm quite amazed myself, how the costume came together with the following:
Here is my sweet little eagle, happy and proud of his costume, phew. Today my kids went off to school dressed in their Purim costumes which is always so much fun, and in fact, yawn, they were up at the crack of dawn excited and ready to go! And I'm pretty excited too, since I think this eagle costume is my most photogenic costume effort to date. It reminds me of totem poles or Nordic design, with a little Native American Indian thrown in there. I really enjoyed the unplanned process of making it, and I'm so happy to say that I've definitely improved in the costume making department— the more you do the better you get, until the kids don't need your costume making skills anymore, and then hopefully you can use them on the grandchildren!
The crocheted crocodile stitch is perfect for making costumes, and it occurred to me that it would be the perfect stitch to make a hat for my six year old who is dressing up as an eagle this Purim. A little ambitious maybe, since I'd never actually tried the crocodile stitch, so I played it safe and bought this pattern, which was the wise thing to do, as I never would have been able to figure out the ear flaps!