Kid’s craft: Tie-Dye Animal Costume
It seems that Halloween captures our attention for the entire month of October — even though it is only the last day — and costumes are a big part of our Halloween celebrations.
If you would prefer to make a costume rather than buying one, you are not alone. Try this creative costume project you can make with and for your children — or yourself, if you like. Don't forget to customize this costume with different colors, tails and ears.
- White leggings/sweatpants and long-sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt
- Tie-dye kit or fabric dye, salt or vinegar and squeeze bottles with caps
- Large bucket(s) or tub(s) for water
- Rubber bands
- Plastic tablecloth
- Old towels
- Rubber gloves
- Felt, fur, ribbon for decoration
- Fabric glue or needle and thread
- Plastic headband
Wash and dry garments according to instructions.
- Protect work surface with plastic tablecloth and old towels.
- Accordion fold garments from right to left and wrap with rubber bands to create desired numbers of stripes.
- Mix dye according to package directions, in plastic squeeze bottles.
- Follow instructions on package for dying, setting and washing of garments.
- Cut felt into an oval shape for the animal’s belly and attach to shirt with fabric glue or by sewing.
- Using felt and/or fur, create a matching tail and attach to pants with glue or sewing.
- Wrap headband with thin strips of felt to create padding and secure ends with glue or stitches. Then cover with fur.
- Cut ear shapes from felt and/or fur, gluing or stitching together and attach to headband as desired.
If desired, paint child’s face to match their animal.