Transform a Store-bought Costume into a Crafty Masterpiece

No, it’s not October, and Halloween isn’t around the corner. My daughter just went to her costume party to culminate the end of another year at Cotillion. It seems like the end of the school year keeps getting busier and busier. When looking for costumes for her, we had to make sure it was easy to pull together and comfortable to dance in. And, she didn’t want to go as the same character she dressed up in last Halloween. 

A few years back, we went to a family costume party. My husband was a crayon box, I was a red crayon, and my daughter was a blue crayon. True story–last week she was playing in the neighborhood with some of the other kids next door, and they were all rollerblading and skateboarding in costume! Her and her friends had pulled out our old costumes and were rolling around the cul-de-sac as crayons and my girl was the crayon box. That’s when I knew we could turn the crayon box costume into something fabulous for her upcoming costume party with a little homemade craftiness.

Fast forward to yesterday, an old headband, 2 packs of 64 Crayola crayons, a glue gun, a cardboard engineered headdress spray painted yellow, and this is what you get:

Crayola crayon headband craft

Yes, I did hot glue a rainbow of Crayola crayons onto a headband. I went there. = )

It was so cute, but pretty heavy. When my girl tried it on, we realized we needed to add a little more support so that she could dance with it on. I attached it to a yellow baseball cap and added some rainbow colored pipe cleaners for extra decoration.

Crayola Crayon box homemade costume

The point is, she had fun with it, I had fun with it, and it was a hit at the party.

tween in crayon box costume

Next time you want to add a little personal touch to something, just put your creative thinking cap on. Sometimes just adding a little extra homemade flair is all you need.


And, in case you want more homemade costume inspiration, check out this previous post here.

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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