There are those of us that are super organized at Halloween, strategically planning out each step of the costumes we’re making, and then there’s people like myself. Eight kids, a dog, cat, and a crazy schedule to boot lead me to a place where I end up throwing an easy Halloween costume together lickity split.
So it’s great that Parenting School Years October 2010 issue has some great ideas for me to draw from. Not only do they corner the market on cheap homemade Halloween costumes, they’re easy Halloween costumes to make as well! For instance, like this cute spaghetti and meatballs costume!
Directions For Spaghetti and Meatballs costume
1. Start by cutting a opening for the head on a red checked tablecloth. You could always use wide red checked fabric too, consisting of 1.25 yards. You want to have it worn like a poncho.
2. Next you’ll need to cut your spaghetti pieces. Those will consist of ½ a skein of off white colored yarn that you cut to spaghetti length. Using a hot glue gun, glue your spaghetti onto a sturdy paper plate in bunches, swirling and twirling it along the plate.
3. Using brown acrylic paint, paint 8 small balls of Styrofoam for the meatballs. Once these Styrofoam balls are dry, hot glue 4 or 5 of them to the plate of spaghetti. Next, mix red and brown acrylic paint to make the tomato sauce for the spaghetti. Drip this paint mixture over your meatball and spaghetti plate. Find a small pot that you’ll put on top of the child’s head, and drip the red and brown paint mixture over one of the sides.
4. Hot glue the plate of spaghetti to the front of the table cloth, and stagger the rest of the meatballs all around the tablecloth where you think they look best.
5. Hot glue a few spaghetti length yarn pieces to each side of the small pot on the inside sides. Tip the pot over allowing the spaghetti strings to hang down. If you need to, you can tie these under the chin to keep the pot in place.
When this is done it’s adorable! The only thing left to do is have your child wear a black pair of pants and black shirt under the tablecloth. Just something plain that won’t take away from the unique costume.
Happy costume creating!