Something you should probably know about me is … I am obsessed with costumes. Even more so if I have an excuse to make one myself. When I sold/donated all of my belongings (except four boxes and two suitcases) to leave San Francisco and move in with my then-boyfriend in Chicago, my tub of costumes made the trip. My mom explains that I can’t help it. “It’s in your blood!” she says. Her side of the family is from New Orleans and they are constantly dressing up well into their senior years (God, I love them!). My husband and I joke that making costumes for babies was among the top reasons for me to have kids (but we both know it isn’t a joke … ha).
I love all of the usuals, especially anything with wings and tutus. I’ve realized (now that I have a near toddler) that costumes are easier to keep on busy bodies if the costume doesn’t get in their way. So, here are a few photo-worthy and easy DIY ideas for all of your babies’ stages, from sleeping babies to crawlers to walkers.
Princess Leia. Star Wars is all the rage lately with the upcoming new release. I’ve always been a sucker for Princess Leia, but Leia as a BABY?! Too cute. This easy costume was made with stretchy brown fabric and an old shower curtain. Get the tutorial here. Another easy option is to use a white t-shirt and brown tights as done in this tutorial. You could also spring for this adorable Princess Leia beanie on etsy.
Yodababy. Speaking of Star Wars, and because the boys need some love too, YODABABY?!! (Or as my husband says, “Who da baby? Yodababy.” LOL!) Cuteness overload. I can’t find the tutorial for this photo but there are tons of tutorials online. This version was my favorite, and I think it would be easy enough to recreate going off the pic. It looks like they found green fuzzy plush material (maybe socks, blanket, or by the yard) for the hat, cut ear shapes and strips to make the tie. The gown could be made with an old cream table cloth. Add brown body suit, black tie around waist, flashlight, and voila! Instructions should be posted here but the site is down, so I’ve included the link anyway hoping the site will be up again soon.
Pineapple. Your Pineapple King (or Queen) is sure to catch everyone’s eye. This easy, no-sew, Pineapple costume is so cute, clever and easy. All you need is a yellow onesie, felt, elastic and a cereal box (well, glue and scissors too). Get the tutorial here.
Old Lady (or Man) Baby. This is way too funny! The creator cut legs off an old walker, used an old beard wig upside down and stuffed baggy clothing. Pretty simple! Get the tutorial here. And, knowing my almost-walker, such a fun way for the babe to cruise around. Also, be sure to check out this old couple, haha! Hysterical.
Baby Burrito. If you swaddle(d) your baby, how many times have you thought they look just like a baby burrito? Why stop there? Add a little foil and cut out some green lettuce-shaped foam board and make that babe officially a baby burrito. So cute! Unfortunately I couldn’t find a tutorial for this one, but it’s pretty easy to wing it based off the pic. There are also tons of tutorials and similar versions online, I just liked this simple (and adorable) approach best.
Dragon. What this little dragon lacks in ferocity, it makes up for in cuteness. A super easy costume is super easy and will go completely unnoticed by your babe. All you do is cut out triangle sponges and attach to the back of a cap and bodysuit with stitches or glue. Get the tutorial here.
Angel. I’m dying over the cuteness of these coffee filter angel wings. Add a white tutu. You can buy tutus on etsy (I’ve ordered from this shop before and am super pleased) or make yourself (I like this easy tutorial and have made them this way many times). Add halo headband, which you can find online or buy from Joann’s (70% off all costumes the week before halloween), and your babe will be ready for an adorable photo shoot, err trick-or-treating.
I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite DIY baby costume?