Day 31 – Captain America DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial + {GIVEAWAY!}

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We had so much fun with our 30 Days of Costumes that we couldn’t resist giving you just one more!

Captain America Inspired Costume Tutorial

(our pieces available for ages 2-9 years)

Are your kids as obsessed with super heroes as ours are? My niece loves Captain America and all things Super! Ha ha. So we decided to make this fun Captain America tutu costume for those super hero loving girls of ours.

And, with pieces from Always Under Pay, this was a really quick and simple one to make ourselves.

Materials Needed:

Red/White Two Tone 5 Layer Dance Tutu

Red Chevron Print 1.5″ Grosgrain Ribbon (about 1-1.5 yards)

Red 5/8 ” Grosgrain Ribbon (about a 5-6″ piece)

Red Double Prong Alligator Clips

White Marabou Boa (about 8″ piece)

Red Stars Wire Garland (about 8 Inches)

Blue Stars Wire Garland (about 8 Inches)

Red Felt

White Felt

Blue Felt

Blue T-shirt

String (I used crochet thread)

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Scissors

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Instructions for Bow:

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Materials:

Step One:

Use this tutorial here to make a boutique bow (as shown in the photo above) with your 1.5” red chevron grosgrain ribbon. Don’t snip the string tails yet.

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Step Two:

Squeeze a small dob of hot glue in the center of your bow and then place your marabou boa piece on top of the glue. Then, for added security, use the string to tie the boa piece in place as well.

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Step Three:

Take your pieces of star wire garland and place the in the center of the bow. Use the string to tie them tightly to the bow assembly. Now you can clip your string tails.

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Step Four:

Tie a knot in the center of your piece o f 5/8” red grosgrain ribbon. Then, hot glue that knot to the center of your bow as shown below.

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Step Five:

Trim the tails of the red 5/8” grosgrain ribbon just long enough to wrap around the back of your bow assembly. Hot glue these tail pieces in place.

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Step Six:

Hot glue the double prong alligator clip to the underside of the bow.

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Step Seven:

Then trim your wire and boa pieces so that they look the way you want them too.

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And, your bow is finished! You could use this same tutorial to make any different color variations on this bow. The possibilities are nearly endless!

Instructions for Shield:

Materials Needed:

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Step One:

Download the free Captain America Shield Template here (or you can just find one by Googling Captain America Shield template). Size the template to what you need to fit your top and print the template on just regular copy printing paper.

Step Two:

Cut out and pin your template to the bottom layer of your shield, which will be the red felt.

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Once you have a template, use that to cut four different circles and the center star out of your felt pieces. This is the reason I chose this particular template. The circles are all on one sheet. So I just had to keep cutting the template down for each color.

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Step Four:

Now, using your glue gun, hot glue your felt pieces one on top of the other. Make sure to get the edges so that they don’t peel up later. And, be careful not to burn yourself.

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Step Five:

Cut a long piece of red felt about 2″ wide a little shorter than the diameter of your shield piece. Hot glue just the ends of that piece to the back of your shield to make a handle to hold it with.

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And you’re done with that piece!

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Instructions for Top:

Download the free Star Logo Template here (or you can just find one by Googling star template). Size the template to what you need to fit your top and print the template on just regular copy printing paper.

Cut the star out of the copy paper, attach the template to the white felt and cut the star out of the felt.

Next, just use the hot glue gun to attach the star to the front of your blue t-shirt.

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What a fun and easy costume for those super hero loving girls in our lives!

We’d love for you to come and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

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Day 30 – Elsa DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

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Elsa Inspired Costume Tutorial

Who doesn’t love the new Disney movie, Frozen? We know that all of our girls are crazy for Elsa, so we thought we would try our hand at an Ice Queen costume.

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This one was pretty easy to make with product from Always Under Pay. It was a little time consuming, but well worth it we say!

Materials Needed:

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Turquoise Tulle (I used about 4 of our 25 yard rolls)

Light Blue Glitter Tulle (I used about 5 of our 10 yard rolls)

White Tulle

Elastic

Needle and Thread

Scissors

Snowflake Embellishments

Instructions

Step One:

Measure the chest of the child that this dress is going to go on. Cut a piece of elastic about 1.5” shorter than that measurement.

Then, using your needle and thread (or, if you’re smarter than me, you can use a sewing machine) to sew the ends of your elastic together to make a full continuous circle. I used a bit of hot glue to reinforce that stitch just because I am not good at sewing :)

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Step Two:

Measure the length from the child’s chest to their feet. Then, calculate twice that measurement. This is how long you will need to cut your strips of tulle. My model’s measurement was 27” from chest to feet. So, I cut my tulle pieces at 54” in length.

I know someone is going to ask how many strips I used. I honestly do not know. I didn’t count. I just cut 12 or so at a time and then cut more as I needed it.

Step Three:

Stretch your elastic loop over something that you can work with while you tie your tulle to the elastic. I stretched mine over the back of a chair. That seemed to work fairly well.

Next, fold your pieces of tulle in half and slip them behind the elastic with the folded piece forming a loop. Pull the remaining length of tulle through that loop and pull it tight forming a knot on your elastic band. I put on two strands of turquoise, then one light blue glitter and kept alternating that way all around. I know the pic shows three, but I changed it later to get more shimmer.

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You will just keep doing this until your elastic is covered with lengths of tulle. **Note**Don’t push them too close together though. The elastic is stretched already, so when you pull it off of the chair, the tulle pieces will scrunch closer together. I actually pushed mine too close in hindsight.

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Step Four:

Once you have your elastic all covered in tulle, and it looks like a tutu, pull it off of the chair.

Decide where you want your sleeves to be. You may want to have the child put on the tutu and mark the spot for your sleeves by putting a piece of tulle in that spot to mark it. Mark a spot in the front of your dress and one on the back for each sleeve.

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Step Five:

Cut 3-4 long pieces of white tulle (3 or 4 depending on how full you want your sleeves). These are going to hang down her back, like Elsa’s do in Frozen, so longer is better. You can always trim them later. I think I cut mine at 3 yards length, but I did end up cutting off like 1.5-2 feet.

Thread your long white tulle pieces through one of the spaces that you marked for the shoulders on your tutu. Use one of the pieces to tie the others all onto the elastic on your dress so that it is right in the middle of the length of tulle. I really hope that makes sense. I know the pictures don’t help a lot on this particular tutorial.

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Step Six:

Now gather your sleeve pieces all together in your hands and make a sleeve shape, if that makes sense. Then, tie all of your pieces together at the space that you marked on the backside for your sleeve with another piece of long tulle.

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Step Seven:

Repeat steps 4-6 for the other sleeve of your dress. This is what the front of each side should look like now:

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And this is what the back should look like:

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Step Eight:

Cut a fairly long strip of the light blue glitter tulle. We will use this for the waist tie, so you can measure your model for how long you want it to be.

Then just hot glue some pretty foam snowflake embellishments onto the center. These would have looked great with our rhinestone snowflake embellishments on top, but I didn’t have any at the time I made this tutorial.

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All done! Don’t you just love it?!

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We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Day 29 – Tinkerbell DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

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Tinkerbell Inspired Costume Tutorial

(Our pieces available for ages 2-5 years)

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I just really love this costume. A fairy with a little bit of mischief in her blood. Doesn’t that just describe almost every little girl you know?

And this costume was super simple and quick to make with products from Always Under Pay.

Materials Needed:

White Pixie Wings

7/8″ Lime Green Grosgrain Ribbon

White Daisy Flower Clip

Lime Green 8″ Crochet Tube Top

Lime Green Ribbon Lined Ballet Tutus (we layered two for fullness)

Two White Marabou Puff Clips

Gold Glitter Tulle

Lime Green Butterfly Wand

Gold Glitter Curling Ribbon

String (I used crochet thread), Scissors, Glue Gun, and Glue Stick

Top Instructions:

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Materials:

Step One:

Thread your 7/8” lime green grosgrain ribbon through a couple of holes a the top center of your crochet tube top. Trim to length as needed to make a neck tie for the child who will wear it.

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Step Two:

Slide your White Daisy flower clip through the loops under the ribbon on the crochet top. All done!

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Instructions for Fairy Wand:

Materials Needed:

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Step One:

Wrap your tulle around your hand about 6-7 times.

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Step Two:

Cut through each end of the tulle so that you have a pile of rectangular sheets of cut tulle.

Then, gather the tulle in the center and tie it tightly with a piece of string. Trim the ends of the string off closely.

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Step Three:

Start pulling the tulle pieces away from each other, fluffing them out to make a ball shape. Trim your tulle ball into a shape that pleases you.

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Step Four:

Gently pull and wiggle the butterfly on the wand until it comes off.

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Step Five:

Cut three long pieces of the glitter gold curling ribbon (I think mine were about 9” in length) and hot glue them to the top of your wand.

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Step Six:

Squeeze a good size dollop of glue on top of the wand and then press your gold tulle ball onto it. Hold it there for about 30 seconds to make sure it will stay on.

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All done! Wasn’t that easy?!

Below is a pic with the green pixie wings. We couldn’t decide which we like better :)

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We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Day 28 – Spidergirl DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

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Spider Girl Inspired Costume Tutorial

(our pieces available for ages 2-9 years)

What a super easy and fun hero costume we have today. Super hero costumes are still very popular for all age groups. And, with pieces from Always Under Pay, this was a really quick and simple one to make ourselves.

Materials Needed:

Royal Blue Tutus (we layered two for fullness)

Royal Blue 1.5″ Grosgrain Ribbon(about 1 yard)

Red 5/8 ” Grosgrain Ribbon(about a 5-6″ piece)

Red Tulle (1-1.5 yards, cut into 6″ squares)

Red Double Prong Alligator Clips

String (I used crochet thread)

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Scissors

Black Felt

Red T-shirt

Instructions for Bow:

Materials:

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Step One:

Use this tutorial here to make a boutique bow (as shown in the photo above) with your 1.5” royal blue grosgrain ribbon.

Step Two:

Take your tulle squares and gather them in the center, then tie it with string making a bow shape. Don’t cut the string tails off yet.

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Step Three:

Use a bit of hot glue to glue the center of your blue boutique bow to the center of the tulle bow you just created. Then, use your string tails to tie the bows together for added security. Now you can clip the tails of the string.

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Step Four:

Tie a knot in the center of your piece o f 5/8” red grosgrain ribbon. Then, hot glue that knot to the center of your bow as shown below.

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Step Five:

Trim the tails of the red 5/8” grosgrain ribbon just long enough to wrap around the back of your bow assembly. Hot glue these tail pieces in place.

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Step Six:

Hot glue the double prong alligator clip to the underside of the bow. Then trim your tulle pieces so that they look the way you want behind your blue piece.

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And, your bow is finished! You could use this same tutorial to make any different color variations on this bow. The possibilities are nearly endless!

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Instructions for Top:

Download the free Spider Logo Template here. Size the template to what you need to fit your top and print the template on just regular copy printing paper.

Cut the spider out of the copy paper, attach the template to the black felt and cut the spider out of the black felt.

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Next, just use the hot glue gun to attach the spider to the front of your red t-shirt.
What a fun and easy costume for those super hero loving girls in our lives!

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We’d love for you to come and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

 

Day 27 – Pumpkin DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

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Pumpkin Costume Tutorial

This costume is a really fun way to do traditional Halloween with your little girl. And it is so easy with product from Always Under Pay!

(our pieces available for ages 2-9 years)

Materials Needed:

Halloween Dots and Stripes Leg Warmers

Orange Ballet Tutus (we layered two for fullness)

Green Glitter Curling Ribbon

Green Glitter Daisy Flower Head

Green Tulle

Orange T-shirt

Black Felt

Green Headband

Green Pipe Cleaners

Stapler/Staples

Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks

String (I used crochet thread)

Pen or Pencil

Scrap piece of cardboard (I think mine was about 8”X6”)

Pumpkin Top Headband Tutorial:

Materials Needed:

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(Plus Glue Gun, Glue Sticks, and Scissors)

Step One:

Take your green tulle and start wrapping it around the cardboard. I believe I wrapped mine about 10-12 times around.

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Step Two:

Cut the wrapped tulle down each side so that you are left with a pile of green tulle squares.

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Step Three:

Lay your pipe cleaners in the center of your tulle, then gather the tulle and pipe cleaners into a bundle. Tie the bundle in the center with string so it kind of looks like a bow tie.

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Step Four:

Start pulling your tulle pieces apart from each other to make them more like a puff ball.

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Step Five:

Using a pen or pencil, wrap each of the pipe cleaners into a curling spiral.

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Step Six:

Hot glue your tulle and pipe cleaner piece to the headband.

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Pumpkin Shirt Tutorial

I downloaded the free Pumpkin Face Carving Template here, then sized it to what I needed to fit the front of my t-shirt and printed a template on just regular copy printing paper.

I cut the pieces out of the paper and used them as a template to cut the face pieces out of the black felt.

Then, I just used the hot glue gun to attach the black face pieces to my t-shirt. Easy peasy!

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Pumpkin Tutu Tutorial

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(Plus Glue Gun, Glue Sticks, Stapler and Scissors)

Materials Needed:

Step One:

Remove the green stem piece off of the back of your glitter flower with the scissors. This will allow you to pull the stem pieces out of the center of the flower.

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Step Two:

Stack your flower petals together the way you want them. Then, use the stapler to staple them all together in the center.

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Step Three:

Hot glue the rhinestone piece back to the center of your flower.

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Step Four:

Cut a few pieces of the green curling ribbon. I cut three pieces at 8″ in length. I liked the way it curled on it’s own, but feel free to use some scissors to curl it a bit more if you like.

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Step Five:

Turn your flower piece over and put a good dob of hot glue in the center. Then, place your cut ribbon pieces by the ends into the hot glue.

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Step Six:

Put a little more hot glue on the back of your flower and then press it onto the front center of your tutu. Hold it in place for about 30 seconds or so to make sure it stays put.

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All done! Super easy and sweet Halloween costume for your little pumpkin!We’d love for you to come and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Day 26 – Elmo DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

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Elmo Inspired Costume

(Our pieces available for ages 2-5 years)

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I don’t know anyone who didn’t grow up watching Sesame Street. Elmo was always one of my favorite characters, and this costume was super easy and fun to make with products from Always Under Pay.

Materials Needed:

Red 5 Layer Tutu

Red Crochet Tube Top

Red 7/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (about one yard)

2 Black Felt Circles

White Felt

Black Felt

Orange Felt

Styrofoam Cup or other Round Object to Trace for Eyes

Marker

Scissors

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Top Instructions:

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Step One:

Use the marker to trace your round object for Elmo’s eyes (I used a Styrofoam disposable cup).

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Step Two:

Cut the eyes you just traced out of the felt, then hot glue two black felt circles onto the centers of the eyes.

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Step Three:

Free hand draw a nose for Elmo with your marker and cut it out. I set my eyes on the orange felt to help me scale the nose correctly.

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Step Four:

Free hand draw a mouth for your Elmo’s face onto a piece of scratch paper. Use it as a stencil to cut your mouth out of the black felt.

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Step Five:

Now you should have your whole face cut out. I just set mine all up together on the table to make sure that it looked right to me.

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Once your sure it looks good, you can glue your face pieces to your crochet top. Then, thread your ribbon through a couple of holes in the center of your top for a neck tie as shown below.

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All done! Wasn’t that easy?! We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

 

Day 25 – Audrey Hepburn DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

HalloCostumeD25Audrey Hepburn Inspired Costume

(purchased pieces available for ages 2-9 years)

This costume is unique and fun, and amazingly simple to make with products from Always Under Pay.

There really are no instructions required here. This is probably one of the simplest costumes you can get—great time saver for parents with a lot going on. And, the pieces can be used again……….bonus!

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Materials Needed:

Black 5 Layer Dance Tutu

Black Dance Leotard

Princess Tiara

White Play Bead Necklace

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Day 24 – Minnie Mouse DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial + {GIVEAWAY}

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Minnie Mouse Inspired Costume Tutorial

Minnie Mouse has always been a favorite character for me as long as I can remember. And this costume made with products from Always Under Pay is a really cute one for your little Disney fan!

(our pieces available for ages 1-6 years)

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Materials Needed:

Mouse Ears (We had these hanging around the warehouse, but have included instructions on how to make your own!)

White plastic play bead necklace

Black Leotard

Red White Dot Skirt

This outfit is pretty self explanatory. We pretty much don’t need a tutorial. But, since not everyone has mouse ears, we thought we might show you how to make some!

Mouse Ears:

We had some sample mouse ears hanging around the warehouse, but they weren’t quite the color that we wanted for this costume. So we just laid them down and traced the outline against some black felt. Then we cut the pieces we traced out of the felt and hot glue them to the ears to make them match our ensemble a little better.

If you don’t have any mouse ears, they are pretty simple to make. Here are some instructions.

Mouse Ears Headband Tutorial

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Materials Needed:

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Satin Lined Plastic Headband

Red Polka Dot Ribbon  for bow decoration (Not Shown)

Scrap Piece of Cardboard

Paper Cup or Other Small Round Object to Trace for Ear Shape

Felt

Scissors

Bright Colored Marker (so you can see it against the black)

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (Not Shown)

Step One:

Use the marker to trace the cup opening shape onto your scrap cardboard pieces. Then, cut them out a little bit smaller than actual size with the scissors (as shown below).

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Step Two:

Now trace the same cup opening shape onto the felt with the pen. If you use bright colors, it will show up against the black felt. If you look closely, you can see the marker in the photos below.

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Cut the circle ear shapes out of the felt in actual size (not smaller like the cardboard pieces). Leave a small tab piece uncut from the circle as shown below. This piece will be used to stabilize and secure the ears to the headband later.

Step Three:

Using the hot glue gun, glue the cardboard rounds that you cut to the inside of two of your ear pieces. The inside is the piece that you can see marker lines on. You’ll want the marker lines on the inside so that they won’t be seen on your finished product.

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Step Four:

Now, hot glue the other two pieces of felt on top of the cardboard rounds sandwiching the cardboard piece in between. Then, run some hot glue around the inside edge gluing the felt together so you can’t see the cardboard anymore.

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**DO NOT glue the edges by your little tabs that I told you were for stability. Leave that piece open for now.

Step Five:

Bend back your two tabs to expose the cardboard inside of the ear piece. Put a good glob of hot glue along the edge of that cardboard and then stick the glue to the outside edge of the headband. Hold it there for about 30 seconds to let it dry before you repeat this with the other ear.

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*TIP* Make sure you have a good idea where you want the mouse ears to go before you do this step. You don’t want them glued in the wrong place. And, sometimes it is difficult to just eyeball it. I would put the headband on the child’s head that these are for, or even on your own head like I did, and just make a small pen mark where you want he center of the ears to be.

Step Six:

Now, trim off any excess felt that is too long to fold under the inside of the headband. Then, put a bead of hot glue on the inside edge of the headband where you will be securing your mouse ears. Fold one felt piece over that glue and hold in place for about 30 seconds. Then, fold your second piece on top of that, adding more glue if necessary to adhere it.

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Step Seven:

Tie a cute little bow with polka dot ribbon and hot glue it between the ears.
Voila!  A fun and simple little addition to any girl’s dress up wardrobe!

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Day 23 – Sleeping Beauty DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial Cheap Easy

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Sleeping Beauty Inspired Costume Tutorial

(our pieces available for ages 2-5 years)

Every little girl wants to be a princess.

And the pieces from Always Under Pay, you can make her dreams come true!

Materials Needed:

Light Pink Older Girl Tutu

Dark Pink Older Girl Tutu

Hot Pink Crochet Tube Top (we layered two for modesty)

3/8″ Light Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (about 3 yards)

White Tulle

Light Pink Boutique Bow

Princess Tiara

Instructions for a Top Piece:

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Step One:

Stretch one of your crochet tube tops over a piece of cardboard or, like I did, a school binder. You just need something to stretch the holes open so you can see them better.

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Step Two:

Now, take the 3/8″ light pink grosgrain ribbon and weave it up through two of the holes on the bottom of the top. Try to keep it centered.

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Step Three:

Weave the strands up through the holes until you get to the last hole in your top. Make sure to line up the holes you are weaving them into so that they are straight. I weaved mine up and down through every other hole (as you can see in the photo below).

Now you can take the long pieces and use them for a neck tie. Trim to length as needed.

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Step Four:

Cut 3-4 pieces of tulle about 2 yards in length. Gather your tulle pieces together and find the center. Now use a small bit of the 3/8″ light pink grosgrain ribbon to tie the tulle to the front center of your crochet tops. Tie it tightly, then trim any tails off of the ribbon piece so they don’t poke out.

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Now, just slide the light pink boutique bow through that piece of 3/8” ribbon and your top is done!

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**Note** You will need to wait until the top is on the child before you can finish the sleeves. Wrap the tulle around the child’s shoulders and to the back of the top. Trim the length of the tulle as desired and then tie the tulle with some ribbon on the back of the top to keep it in place. You can make a pretty clip and put it back there like in the front too!

Step Six:

We layered the light pink tutu under the dark pink tutu for fullness and a bit of added interest to tie in the light pink pieces of the costume.

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We’d love for you to come and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!