My girls love playing dress up, so it’s no surprise that they get very excited for Halloween. They start rattling off costume ideas in August, and change their mind daily. Last Halloween, they chose a different costume for almost every Halloween related event we went to; from parties to trick or treating. They would rummage through the dress up bin and find the next costume. I enjoy making them costumes and dress up clothes, so we have quite an assortment at this point. One thing they really love doing this season, is looking at all of the Halloween catalogs that come in the mail. They sit on the couch together and get so excited at all of the potential costumes. Alex went crazy when she saw the girl super hero costume in the Pottery Barn catalog. She wouldn’t stop talking about how “super beautiful” it was. Since I know there’s a good chance she’ll find another “super beautiful” costume next week, there was no way I was shelling out $79. I decided to try and make Alex a similar super hero costume. She loves how it came out and wants to wear it everywhere. Here’s how we made out DIY Super Hero Costume for Girls:
Felt for lightening bolt and wrist bands
Felt mask: We have a few from Shoppe 3130. You can also make out of felt
Stick on velcro
Tulle for belt
Tutu skirt: We had a tutu to use. If you want to make your own, visit this post.
Cape: Use one you have or follow directions below on how to make one. You will need about 1/2 yard of the fabric of your choice.
1.) Cut out 2 strips of felt for the wrist bands. They should be a few inches longer than the size of your child’s wrist.Use the stick on velcro to make the strips of felt into wristbands. The velcro should make them fit to the size of the child’s wrist, so some of the felt sticks off the end (see pictures).
2.) Use another piece of felt to cut out a lightening bolt. Use stick on velcro to attach it to the leotard. You can also sew it on, but I wanted to be able to remove the lightening bolt and still use the leotard for ballet class.
3.) Make a cape! The easiest way I know how to make a cape, is to take 1/2 yard of fabric, spread it out on a flat surface and draw the shape below on the fabric. Then cut a hole at the top, big enough for the child’s head. There is no sewing required at all. I used a silky/satin fabric but the easiest for “no fray” is to use fleece or felt. I have no idea if the shape of this cape is safe for kids to play in/ a choking hazard, so please supervise them at all times.
4.) Put the costume all together and accessorize! Once we put the costume on, we realized we had a cool lightening bolt belt from one of our Wovenplay dresses. We also had a gold halo headband to add to the costume.
5.) Wear your super hero costume with pride to save the world or go trick or treating!
For another DIY Halloween costume for girls, see our Rainbow Costume from last year.