October 28, 2011

my little flower (an easy-peasy costume DIY)...

Easy-peasy DIY baby flower costume! | yourwishcake.com
Let me preface this by saying that the whole Halloween costume thing stresses me out. I don't think I'm very good at adult Halloween-ing, because just thinking about coming up with costumes this year was making my hair fall out in big chunks. I haven't dressed up for Halloween since I was twelve (neither has Jay), but knowing that we had two costume-required events to attend this year made me realize there was no backing out.

Costumed we would be.

We traipsed around no less than four different stores on Wednesday searching for costumes, only to come up empty-handed. (I'm sorry, but as a grown woman with a small child, I'd rather not pay $45 to dress up as a sexy UPS employee. Honestly.) Luckily, Jay ended up coming up with a fantastic costume for himself after visiting a thrift store (he's going as an 80s rocker, complete with wig that makes him look totally sketch). However, as of last night, I still had nothing for Eisley and I.

I finally had one of those a-ha moments while thinking of the obscenely large head-flowers that I've grown to love. Therefore, instead of going to bed (as I should have), last night I busted out my hot-glue gun and got to work. See below for my quick-and-easy baby costume, a-la-Eisley:

Easy-peasy DIY baby flower costume! | yourwishcake.com
(Kindly ignore the angry-face. I swear I'm not a horrible parent.)

Supplies

  • hot glue gun (here's the one I have)
  • felt in two shades of green (I purchase mine here)
  • a needle and thread
  • obscenely large/adorable head-flower (you can find this particular one here)
  • a stretchy headband (similar here)
  • an old onesie that may or may not be stained and one size too small (similar here)
  • a small child willing to endure a photo-shoot while looking like a freshly-picked flower (sorry, you can't have mine)

Instructions


Cut felt into one strip for the stem, and into several leafy shapes. Add some stitching to the two layers of felt leaves. Hot glue the stem and leaves onto the onesie. (For the leaves, I just glued them along the middle line of each one, so that they could pop up a bit and seem more leafy. If that makes any sense at all.) Add some hot glue to the back of the obscenely large flower and attach it to the headband. Stuff baby into onesie and place headband on their round, little head. Take a moment to say, "Sweet mercy! I just created a Halloween costume in less than fifteen minutes! Someone get me a glass of wine and four cookies STAT!"

Handmade flower costume.
The result? An adorable (and simple) costume that hardly costs a thing. (I had all these items on hand, which made my thriftiness do a happy dance.) Although Eisley wasn't really feeling the photo-shoot situation, I have a feeling she felt like the prettiest little flower in all the land.


Easy-peasy DIY baby flower costume! | yourwishcake.com "ME NO LIKEY."

Walking around with the wee one.We attended a local trick-or-treating event last night with a couple friends, and it made my heart want to burst anytime I saw someone point out Eisley to a friend and say, "Oh, my gosh! She's a FLOWER! So cute!" (One person asked me if I had gotten the costume on Etsy, which is the ultimate compliment for any crafty lady.) It was such a wonderful time, and kind of felt like our first holiday tradition as a family. It was so sweet to see Jay walk around, proudly holding his daughter and smiling every time someone complimented her. It made my soul happy.

And as for my Halloween costume? I may just grab some gardening gloves, a floppy hat, some seed packets, smudge some dirt on my face, pretend I'm a gardener, and call it a day. That works, right? Right.

(And, no, Halloween Industry, I will not be a "sexy gardener" just because I'm an adult female. I have standards, you know. Sheesh.)

Further reading: DIY No-Sew Fabric Bows and DIY Painted Wooden Sign


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40 comments :

  1. This is so sweet! What a precious little girl (and awesome idea!)

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  2. Thank you for posting this. The whole "sexy...anthing" for grown women is making me sooooo angry.

    I think, you going as a gardener and Eisley being a flower is THE perfect Halloween idea. I completely concur! :)

    <3

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  3. Oh my goodness that is adorable! I'm a long time reader and lurker until now, but I just had to comment when I saw this adorable costume. And I love the idea of you going as a gardener!

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  4. haha! I loved this post. You should most definitely go as a gardener! Great idea for Eisley's costume.

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  5. That is an awesome baby costume! Eisley looks so confused (but adorable!).

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  6. OMGOSH!! You should totally be a gardener! That'd be so cute! :)

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  7. This is so darn cute, & I love the idea of you going as a gardener. Perfect & perfectly easy!

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  8. She is the cutest little flower ever! You did a wonderful job on the costume! & for you to go as a gardener is so sweet... GREAT idea! :)

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  9. You did so good! And honestly, I thought you DID get it from Etsy before I read! :)

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  10. This is so stinkin' cute! So much better than my own first Halloween costume -- my parents dressed me up as a pig. They say it was adorable, but I am horrified to this day. I'm glad that sweet Eisley will avoid such scarring!

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  11. Goodness, Eisley is killin' me in her flower costume! So adorable!

    And can I just say AMEN to everything you said about how so many Halloween costumes for women are so "sexified" (is that a word?) Even for teens and younger girls, it's all about being sexy. It's just so wrong.

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  12. Holy cannoli, that is the cutest thing ever. And the gardener idea is fantastic!!! Jay should be a watering can. Heehee.

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  13. This is the most adorable baby costume I have ever see. You are incredibly talented (and beautiful!). :)

    Happy Halloween to you and Jay and of course Eisley!

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  14. So cute!! I wrapped Drew in a dishtowel, sewed some leaves on some ribbing and called him a Roman. Nice and cheap, the way I like it :-)

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  15. ADORABLE!!

    ...and hurrah for standards. ;)

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  16. Very cute! And seriously how does your hair ALWAYS look so put together? I try to get mine to curl and it just falls out in 10 minutes!

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  17. You are one of the most creative women I have ever seen! This is so darling :) You rock girl!

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  18. seriously, the cuteness here is too much. so cute. love it so so much.

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  19. Oh my gosh, THE CUTENESS!!! I don't *mind* sexy costumes, but than again, the only time I dress sexy AT ALL is when I am JUST with my wife. I refuse to answer the door looking like a slut. I mean, come on!

    This year I'm going to be a (cute and sexy!) gothic rag doll for our after party (Jen + I + rum punch and movies/TV/gaming.) It's all gonna be mostly what I already own. Jen's gonna be a Merlotte's Waitress! As for answering the door, we're both dressing up as our yearly scary pumpkin bobble heads. It's creepy, trust me!

    I think you being a gardener, with little flower Eisley would be PERFECTION!

    Gah, I love Halloween!

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  20. CUTE. cute. cute. cute. CUTE. cute.

    and did I mention cute? painfully cute.

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  21. who's the cutest little angry pants flower EVER?! eeeeeiiiiisssslllleeeeyyy!!! :)

    i think your gardener idea is BRILL. Also, you can wear BIBS. Sweet mercy.

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  22. adorable! Looks super easy to make too! :)

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  23. What a sweet baby. She would win a prize dressed only in her diaper, but your idea for her costume is genius. This was my first visit to your blog but I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  24. Excellent job Kerri! It turned out great & I think you as a gardener is perfect! I may have to steal that idea sometime... : )

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  25. alright, this is seriously the CUTEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!!! Such a good idea! She looks ADORABLE! :)

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  26. And, here is one of a million reasons why I like you. Winner! Adorable!

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  27. Kerri, you are a good sister. YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE A SEED! Because I gave uuu the idea to dress up. but hey, i'm a good sister.

    ~Nikkmouse ;)

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  28. I haven't been back here for a longggg time and I just realize you have a baby now (from twitter).

    She's really cute and with the DIY costumes too :)

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  29. Very clever, and YES, you as a gardener with her as a flower is adorable!

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  30. what a great idea. no need to lose hair over that one, you succeeded! ... though you may be losing hair from the 'i just had a baby fall-out' that is the worst. i'm on round 4 considering i had my 4th recently (starts for me mid month 3).
    as for the sexy costumes. i've been blasted by that reality this year as we live in an area with billboards. a sexy pirate is SO weird to me. i've only gone as a parent since my adult age ;) (weak, i know!)

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  31. That is the cutest thing ever! Love it.
    I agree with you on the sexy costumes. For reals. Why does every costume have to be sexy?! Not only do they have them for grown women, but they are getting "sexier" for teens and younger girls too. EW. No thanks.

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  32. What a cute and simple idea. I love it.

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  33. LOVE your daughter's costume!! Such a great idea, and so simple to do!
    And hey, I'm with you on the Halloween costume. I ended up dressing on Sat.night as a cowgirl. So no money spent. I didn't have a cowgirl hat though...on well!

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  34. Homemade costumes are the best not just for babies just adults too!

    And for the sexy costume B.S. I couldn't agree more.

    Rad post.

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  35. This turned out beyond cute! Go you.

    As for your costume,...I like it! And I am so glad most of us women are over the "slutty" costumes because those really suck. Funny is always better. Or practical..practical works too.

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  36. THAT GIANT FLOWER! I die. So cute!

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