Halloween is almost here and if you have a young child in the house but only dollars in your budget –here is a quick tip I noticed on the Internet.
Use felt, cardboard, pipe cleaners and things already in your house to whip up something cute and fresh like farm animals and raining cats and dogs.
The best idea I noticed is based on a farm. The animal theme. And why not add farm people if you have multiple kids to dress? Pigs, goats, dogs, lambs and little Pippi Longstocking to mind them.
Toddlers look adorable as little piggies with pink ears cut out from felt and attached to cardboard and then glued– or sewn– onto a headband. Make a little pigs nose and attach above the child’s real nose with a felt nose and string. Caution: Make sure you cut wide holes, or place above the real nose so your child can breathe easily of course!
You can buy these things at the local 99 cent store and craft stores or Walmart.
Then dress your child in pink undergarments with a warm jacket or sweater in the cold evening to protect them.
You can actually make a horse, dog or any other animal by using the same technique with felt ears and cardboard.
Have more kids to dress? You can even add a little farm girl or farm boy with overalls and a straw hat. You could do a freckled faced Pippi Long stocking character with a fluffy dress or overalls and a straw bonnet and long pigtails held up by pip cleaners or wire.
If you have long ears on your animal you should use pipe cleaners attached to felt in order to to keep them suspended.
(Really long ears or Pippi Long stocking farm girls might need wire attached to the back in order to keep them suspended–but be careful, wire is a little hard to work with and has dangerous ends so wrap it in masking tape to avoid scratching anyone.)
Coordinate matching clothes in black or brown or white. ( Add spots made from felt and sew onto the costume to make a Dalmatian dog for instance.)
I also liked the idea of raining cats and dogs which used a hot glue gun to attach tiny stuffed animals onto an umbrella. You may have those around the house or can buy them for a quarter at your local thrift store.
Remember the key is to use what you already have in your house or can pick up on the cheap!
Otherwise, it defeats the purpose!
Above is the Yahoo link to the article with some great pictures and ideas. I hope it is a launching pad to your imagination.