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)

 

How to make your own Saddle Shoes

YOU GUYS. I have a new obsession.
Ahhhh.
I can’t stop making these!
Homemade Saddle Shoes!

….or rather, semi-homemade saddles shoes.
I did not make the actual shoes, but I’ve had a blast painting them, and coloring, and trying out different options!

And what started out as a simple, I’ll just do a quick tutorial to show how I made these (to go along with another post I’m prepping)
quickly unraveled into a frenzy of:
I MUST TRY EVERY OPTION.
I LOVE THE NEON RED….and NEON PINK.
WAIT. What about homemade shoes laces??

You know the frenzy.
HASHTAG, METALLIC GOLD.
Yep.

So. If you’ve ever wanted to paint simple shoes, for fun…..or for a costume…..(They go great with a Poodle Skirt)
Yep, if you give a girl some saddle shoes, she’ll want a skirt to go with it.
When you give her that skirt, she’ll….
Okay. Here’s what I did.
Maybe you’ll become obsessed too.

DIY SADDLE SHOES

I made these two ways:
• Coloring with a Sharpie
• Painting with fabric paint (I really love the Tulip Soft Matte kind)
See more about those paints and other ideas in my video here.

Both are fun methods, just depends on how you like to create–coloring or painting. I found that for a quick, simple pair of black and white saddle shoes, a fresh Sharpie worked great.

Shoes:
Just use a simple pair of white sneakers (or get creative with other types of shoes!) I got mine at Walmart, but you can find them at Target and online too (the Walmart ones ran big on my kids).

COLORING WITH A SHARPIE (see pink photo):
• Remove shoelaces
• Use a fresh sharpie
• Outline the holes and the area between the stitching
• Color in between the lines!
• If you go OUTside of the lines….don’t worry! Just add to the line. Keep drawing on and around the line to help it continue back into the line of the area you’re coloring, so it looks intentional. This is something I learned from the Disney Animator Studio class at California Adventure. The animator encouraged us to never erase any “mistakes” from our drawings…but rather, to add to it! Make it be part of your artwork. I love that idea.
• Press down at the seams and really get the marker in between that space.
• Add a second coat of coloring, if needed
• GET CREATIVE! It’s fun to practice dots, lines, scallops, etc in the shoe space before coloring in, to see what you like. Then just color over it. And apply some of those designs to the finished shoes if you want!

DONE.
Simple. Cute. I would wear these in real life.
Maybe even with my apron/skirt.
Watch out!

Okay, now here’s a great tip.

HOW TO TIE A BOW THAT HANGS STRAIGHT.

I know you’ve had that annoying moment when you tie a bow on a dress or a skirt, and when you’re done, it flips around to the other side, it looks upside down, it’s just not working?  It’s annoying.
There’s a very simple solution.

After you make the initial first tie, START THE FIRST LOOP with whichever side of side of the string is UP. In the photo below it’s the right side of my laces. If you tied it differently, it might be left side. So start with the UPside, then make the other loop and finish it off.  It will hang straight! Yaaaaay.

Sharpie markers come in many colors (though I only tried black) and it would be fun to draw designs all over the shoes. You can also find other types of coloring options in a craft store. So look around and have fun!

Okay, now let’s mix it up with more colors, more options, more metallic gold?
Let’s paint!

PAINTING SHOES (see orange photo below):

Paint:
It’s best to use fabric paint because it will keep the paint from cracking. You can see more about fabric paint and my techniques in this video here.

I prefer the Tulip Soft Matte paint, but there are so many paint types out there. And you can use inexpensive acrylic craft paint too, but I would recommend adding a fabric medium (found at a craft store) to your paint. The medium will change the texture a bit and help prevent cracking (which is what fabric paint is already designed to do).

If you have a piece of scrap canvas fabric, try out some paint samples to see how it looks on fabric, after drying. And if you can’t find the exact shade you want, mix some colors together! Your paint might start talking to you.

• Remove shoelaces
• Start painting in the space between the stitching
• Carefully paint the curved areas of the shoe. Go slowly and remember the comment above….to add to your paint strokes, rather than feeling like you’ve messed up somewhere, or “gone out of the lines”.
• Use one hand inside the shoe to hold it, as you paint with the other hand.
• Use a smaller brush to get around the holes.
• If you get paint on the metal eyelets, use your finger to wipe it off while it’s still wet.
• If you get paint on the rubber sole, use your thumbnail to scrape down and wipe it off while it’s still wet.
• Press down at the seams and get paint in there too.
• USE A BLOW DRYER to quickly dry the shoes.

Done again!
These are so much fun and could work for many occassions.
Now get extra creative with the tools around you to add dots, dashes, whatever designs you want! I found that a narrow wooden skewer worked great.

I am obsessed with these reddish-orangeish-noeonish shoes.
These are Clara’s size, but I WILL BE MAKING a pair for me!

And if you don’t love white shoelaces with your shoes, make your own! I cut this yarn ribbon the length of my laces, added a bit of tape to the ends and voila.

Okay, happy painting and coloring and strolling around in your new kicks!
If you make some and share them, tag me too @made_everyday