Rubik’s Cube costume

Owen is obsessed with Rubik’s Cube right now.
As in, he’s totally into it.
He can solve it.
He times himself solving it.
Tries to do it with his eyes closed.
Has friends bring their cubes to school so he can solve theirs.
Basically, it’s the constant clankety sound in the car as we drive to school each morning (while Lucy and I try to have a conversation in the front).

But I think it’s awesome. I don’t have that part of the brain that enjoys puzzle-solving or one that has patience in general. He definitely got that from Casey.

So when it came time to brainstorm Halloween costumes, it seemed appropriate to think, inside the box. Heh, heh, heh.
Owen, you should be a Rubik’s Cube!
Totally.
Done.
Easy!

RUBIK’S CUBE COSTUME
This costume is a great last-minute, bang-your-buck kind of idea.

YOU NEED:
• Large box 22 x 22″ (found at the UPS store or other shipping store)
• Acrylic craft paint (2 bottles of each color)
• Roll of black electrical tape

You could do this a few different ways. You could paint the box…or you could cover it with paper/cardstock (I worried that if it rained, it might get ruined). And some of this depends on what TYPE of Rubik’s Cube you’re going for.
Is your cube SOLVED, or MESSED UP?
Owen wanted to be a solved cube, which made the project easier. If you were going to do a completely messed up cube, I would probably paint the whole box black, and then glue colorful squares of cardstock on top.

Here’s what we did…..

• Paint the box in 6 different colors.
It’s easier to do this flat on the ground, with a paint cloth underneath. The beauty of the project is that your lines do not have to be perfect! The edges will be covered up later with electrical tape. So just hand paint and do your best to make a general square for each color, following the creased lines of the box. Paint all the tops of the box one color, and all the bottom pieces another color. The white, yellow, and orange paints may require a few coats, while the dark colors might be fine with one coat.

• Use a blow dryer between coats of paint.
This was a huge time saver!….(especially since I was making this 2 hours before our church Halloween party. And we had all been sick all week, so it was a chaotic sprint the finish line…which in reality, is often how it goes, even if we’re not sick. So who am I fooling with our sickness stories?? Not you puzzle-solving geniuses!)

• Keep your brushes wet between paint coats.
I used cheap foam brushes—one for each color. AND, when you’re done painting a color, wrap the brush in a wet wipe and keep it near you (rather than rinsing out).  This way the brush stays wet if you need to use it again to apply a second coat or touch up. Also a time saver. Then toss the brushes when you’re done. Not worth the clean up!

• Cut a hole at the top for the head.
I measured Owen’s head and initially cut a 10×10″ square from the top pieces. But arrrrg. I should have cut a rectangle, since the box fell down around his shoulders when we tried it on the first time. Duh. So I taped some the extra pieces (that I had cut off) back inside to make it more narrow at the shoulders. Make it work moments.

• Cut a larger hole at the bottom for the legs.

• Glue or Tape the top and bottom in place.
I really wanted glue to work here so you wouldn’t see any tape lines. But again, we were running late, and hot glue just wasn’t working. So I used packing tape here. It’s not ideal, but no one will notice.

• Use black electrical tape to make a grid on the box.
Electrical tape is a bit stretchy, so stretch it slightly as you go. This will help it stick in place, and keep it from sagging anywhere. Go around the edges first, and fold it over the edges and corners. Then add the stripes. FIRST use a ruler to mark lines 7 inches in on each side. This made it real easy to make the tape lines nice and straight.

• You could also print a RUBIK’S CUBE logo and glue it to the front of the white boxes. People will know what you are either way.
• We also taped some padding (quilt batting) into the shoulder areas of the box to make it softer to wear.

And then there’s an added surprise….since every cube needs access points, for gathering extreme amounts of candy…

I used a knife to cut doors on the front cubes, and taped small handles to the inside.
You can open them IN or OUT. Or you could make this into an Autobot Transformer costume? Totally looks like the face here, from this angle.

Or more importantly, maybe you’ve created windows into your Rubik’s Cube soul.

Now hit the streets, buddy.
Happy Halloween!

Salt and Pepper Costumes

Did I eat too many melted mallows?
Stuck my face in the sugar jar?
Swallowed the Wite Out?
The jury’s still out on white lipstick…(which was actually harder to find than I thought. I guess what hadn’t crossed my mind, is that no matter how white your teeth are, white lipstick will make them look yellower. Must not be a big seller).

Oh well! It sure was fun to wear! Even if it was just to see Clara’s reaction when I walked out with zombie lips. (Btw, I found it at Walmart in the Halloween makeup section).

So get ready for an overload of kissy face, and I’ve-got-a-giant-white-pacifier-in-my-mouth looking pics.

We’re making Salt and Pepper costumes!

This is such an easy last-minute duo costume.

Lucy and her friend Savannah were going to do this…so I shopped around for supplies. But then they decided on something else. So Casey and I dressed up!

Of course, who should be Salt and who should be Pepper?
I wasn’t sure I picked them right, until mid-photoshoot when Casey did this:

Yep. He’s a sneezer.
Always has been.
Pepper was perfect.

And around our house, I LOVE to add Salt to everything we eat, even ice cream. Try it! It’s good!

So if you’ve got a Salt and Pepper personality at your house, here’s what you do….

SHIRTS:

• Get simple black, white, or heathered gray t-shirts from the store or online. I didn’t use a gray shirt, because the color blended too much with our hats. Black gave a better contrast.

• Use my Freezer Paper Stencil video to paint an S and P on your shirt (if you’re a Wall Street lover, maybe you should be the S&P 500??)

DOWNLOAD MY FREE PRINTABLE LETTERS here. I put together a few different fonts for you, in two sizes each (if you’re making this for kids use the smaller version). All you have to do is print it on freezer paper! (or trace it to your paper. More info in my video above.)

SHAKER HATS:

Have you ever looked closely at the holes on your salt and pepper shakers?? I never had, until today! And guess what…there are a bajillion different ways those holes can be arranged. So decide what look you’re going for (look up images online if you need help) and that will guide your hat decisions.

• Get two simple hats–Berets or Beanies work best. I found tons of great options at Walmart. If you want to be a pointy shaker, use a beanie. If you want a flat top shaker, use a beret or pageboy hat.

• If your hat comes with a paper board inside, leave it in! This will help keep a stiff, flat shape. If your hat doesn’t have a liner like that…cut a circle from cardstock or carboard and place that inside. Or just wear it as-is!

• Use stickers or paper dots for the holes. I wish I had used small stickers for this. But I didn’t have any on-hand, so I cut small circles from cardstock and attached them to the hat with little tape rolls.  To save you all the trouble-shooting and sizing that I went through, I found that white or gray cardstock looked better than black (better contrast with the hat). And I traced a bobbin spool for the perfect size!

> Now put on your shirts.
> Put on your hats.
> Add some extra black and white touches:
Gloves or mittens. Throw in some white lipstick. BLACK lipstick. Or a black mustache? That seemed more Casey’s vibe.

And I intended for us to wear our hats forward like this.
Casey thought it was a bit too Village-People-meets-Train-Engineer (totally).
But when I handed the camera over to him to snap some pics, he turned his hat backwards, to get the bill out of the way. And Ahhhhh. It all came together!

The hats were better BACKWARDS.
Guess you could say, we never looked back. Heh heh. So much better this way!

But any way you shake it, it’s an easy costume to please.

Now cue the Salt ‘n Peppa music, cause it’s been stuck in my head all day.
Happy Halloween!

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To make your Freezer Paper stencil for your t-shirts, watch my video here, or hit the play button below:

How to make a POODLE SKIRT

Now that you’ve made your own saddle shoes….you’re gonna need a poodle skirt to go with it! It’s the give a mouse a cookie book, but with felt, and pom pom trim, and all the cute patches you can find!

Seriously, these skirts are so easy and fast to put together.
It’s the classic Poodle Skirt.
Made from the classic Circle Skirt (and baby circle skirt here).
And they make an adorable ensemble costume, for all ages.

The best part is that they’re made from felt or fleece, so you’ve got lots of color options, and a fabric that holds shape really well.
Then throw it together with semi-homemade saddle shoes, some accessories (links below), and you’ve got a ’50s girl costume ready to go!

AWESOME twirl factor of course.
All the step-by-step info is in my video here.
Or just hit the play button below:

And don’t stop there. You can find so many cute patches online.  Have fun mixing it up with a Flamingo skirt? Pineapple shirt? Gold elastic? YES to all of it! Clara requested a Unicorn skirt, with gold magic blowing from the horn. I love it.

Now have fun twirling the night away with your family and friends!

This pic of Lucy and her darling friend Remi just makes me smiles. They met in kindergarten and they’re still the best of friends today in 8th grade.
Okay here’s the supply list if you need it….

SUPPLIES + ACCESSORIES (affiliate links):
Poodle Patches
Iron on Patches
Fake Glasses
Gold + Colorful  Elastic
Fabric paint (for shoes—See Saddle Shoes Tutorial Here)