Thinking outside the pumpkin?

Did you know I CANNOT handle the phrase “outside the box”?

Well, I can’t.

I came across an old memory card the other day. It has a bunch of old projects on it. Some of them are worth revisiting. Some are not. :o) At any rate, I should have enough blog fodder to get me through getting my house back together. My floors FINALLY got finished yesterday and we had shutters installed as well. I think all the furniture can go back where it belongs now. Well, after I finish caulking and touching up paint and stuff.

Rambling…anyway…Halloween is approaching quickly. Sadly, 3 out of 4 children have opinions this year. It looks like theme-y public humiliation is a thing of the past.

This picture was on the old memory card:

This was the first year that I ever decided to think beyond a) store bought costumes or b) costumes made straight from a pattern.

Keller’s Jedi pants? Totally traced a pair of his pajamas.

The Jedi tunic? Not even a tunic! It’s just 2 strips of fabric criss-crossed on his body and another strip for the belt.

The Jedi cloak? I had him lay on some felt with his arms straight out and traced. The hood is just a rectangle folded in half with a seam on the top. Felt is fabulous for Halloween because you don’t need to hem it. It’s also CHEAP and comes wide.

Yoda? A bear costume pattern. I drew the ears by hand and put them on lower than the bear ears were supposed to go. Amazing difference when you make the jumpsuit green instead of brown and furry, ey?

Yoda’s tunic? A long felt rectangle that I cut a circle in the middle of to go over his head. His head is huge, so I had to add the little slit in the front. The belt is another strip of felt.

Yoda’s cloak? Same as above, but I did have to hem this one.

And if you’re considering the Mario Brothers, Toad, or a cute vampire…the details and how-to from last year are here.

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  1. so wish i could sew…awesome!

  2. Kyle already had me buy him a lame Snake Eyes (GI JOE) costume from Costco to match the one Lukas got. And I'm ok with that. I still have NO idea for Kelly…she doesn't care either way and sadly, I'm not crafty enough to do anything good.

  3. Your cool friend Cheryl says:

    I'm riding out themes as long as I can. I'm a control freak, even for Halloween costumes.

    My 2 yr old chose Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, but my original thought was Mario Brothers. If he caves, I may use your ideas…

  4. i can't believe it's time to think about this already where does the time go?

  5. BentoForKidlet says:

    That is awesome! It makes me a little more hopeful about the costume I am going to attempt for my son this year lol

  6. Jared and Delia says:

    You are so creative! I love the Mario brothers idea.

  7. Jared and Delia says:

    Oh and I made your fabric covered party hat for my little boy who turns one this week. Thanks for the great ideas again.

  8. we've been thinking theme-y over here. I think it's going to be Harry Potter. All 3.

    I love coming up with costumes. So much fun.

  9. Joni Walton says:

    I hope I'm having a boy so that I can steal these costume ideas very soon. :) And, I'm with you, I want to gag whenever I hear "thinking outside the box."

  10. the mama monster says:

    thank you thank you! all three of my boys are going to be star wars this year and now i have 2 of 3 costumes, now do you have any ideas for a homemade darth vader costume?

  11. Great stuff~
    You have so many clever ideas!
    Thanks for stopping by, I've met the most amazing women because of 'the blog.' Any friend of Jane's is a friend of mine…

  12. Great job! I love little Yoda =)

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