I promised myself I wouldn’t turn this unto a mommy blog until I became a mommy, but I lied! Now, this is NOT an announcement, but let’s get rill here: costumes are just always cuter on kids. It’s a fact of life. That, and we did a slew of costumes for adults last year so go look there for some ideas. This year, we’re mixing it up with some costumes for kids and their parents and some coordinating trick-or-treat DIY bags. So, hopefully all you mamas and papas out there can glean some inspiration for Halloween! And I do think these would also be quite funny for adults too.
We’re kicking it off with a few costumes from children’s story books. And the first up, is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, a personal favorite, with the adult tree and little boy costumes along with an apple trick-or-treat bag that can be non-sewable.
See below for the full tutorial!
The Giving Tree costumes are made up of a tree (adult) and boy.
To make the tree
- Print out the leaf template and use it as a stencil on the green felt. We cut out 75 of them.
- Hand stitch them onto the shirt (or glue gun them if you would prefer not to sew) starting from the bottom of the shirt and working your way up. Include more leaves around the collar of the shirt and less at the bottom.
- Finish off by sticking some in the hair. We bobbi pinned each one in by making a hole at the bottom of the leaf and sticking it into the hair. You could also make a head band, cover it with felt, and glue the leaves onto it.
To make the little boy costume
To make the apple trick-or-treat bag
Materials: red felt (2 pieces of the cheap stuff at the craft store), green felt, cotton binding, black felt, glue gun or sewing machine, template, pins
- Download the apple shaped template, print off, and trace it onto the two pieces of red felt and cut out.
- Use a leaf from the tree costume.
- Use the template to cut out a black stem.
- If you’d prefer not to use a sewing machine, lay one red piece down, position the cotton binding to the top of the apple and glue in place. Repeat to the other side.
- Glue the stem in place on the inside of the apple piece.
- Glue the two apples together with glue. Finish off with the leaf.
- If using a sewing machine, sew the cotton bindings to the first piece of the apple, add in a stitch at the top for the stem and leaf. Then stitch all the way around from one binding to the other.
Photography by Lindsay Graviet | Crafting by Ashley Isenhour | Illustrations and costumes based on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree | Additional crafting by Devynn MacLennan, Jordan Blackhurst
And thank you to our models, Amy and her cute little guy, Joshua. Thanks for playing with us! And thanks to Primary for providing part of the costume!