Homemade Costume – $3, Tween Proud of Mom – Priceless

My tween had a costume party to attend tonight, and if you know anything about me, you know I like to do things “homemade”. We brainstormed a couple ideas over the weekend, and decided on a doll marionette costume.

The best part is that I only needed to craft the headband holding the marionette sticks above her head. The rest of the costume came together with clothes she already owned. I spent a dollar on the headband, and a dollar on the balsa wood stick at Michaels. I wrapped the headband in hot pink duck tape, attached about 6 inches of clear plastic tubing from my local hardware store (.49 a foot), and used my glue gun to attach them together. The rest was styling.

I put her hair up into pigtails and curled them with a really small curling iron. I used my liquid black eyeliner to draw on really big eyelashes and creases in her cheeks, and painted on red rosy cheeks with a red watercolor pencil. After she was dressed, I attached yarn from each end of the sticks atop her head to her hands and shoes.

My girl has always been a risk taker in her wardrobe, so I knew she could pull off the costume. Yes, this was a quick and easy homemade costume, but for me the most rewarding part was that we had so much fun working on it, and putting it together. She was so proud to walk into the costume party with her handcrafted costume made with her mom. That’s the part I will always remember – the fun we had working on it, and the gratification of our creative endeavor.

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and I am thankful that my 10 year old can be proud of me and herself. Out of the blue at dinner after the party, she mentioned that she thought I was so pretty that I looked like a model. Now, I know I don’t look like a model, but to hear those words from your daughter’s mouth that that is how she sees you – that is priceless!

The point of my post (and of Club ChicaCircle) is: craft with your daughter. You won’t be sorry for the memories and moments you two can create together. Happy crafting!

 

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  4 comments for “Homemade Costume – $3, Tween Proud of Mom – Priceless

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  2. Michelle
    October 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

    HI! This is great!! Would you please be able to tell me the length of the sticks you used please?

    • October 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      I used one 36″ length of balsa wood cut into half to make the cross at the top.

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