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My kids absolutely love the Mr. Men and Little Miss books and television show. Of course I love that they love it, seeing as it's something that I grew up with.
They asked me to create costumes for them for Halloween, so after we went through pictures of each of the characters together we settled on Mr. Bump and Little Miss Giggles.
My next step was to go on-line at Cookies Kids and purchase the basic items I would need for each costume - leggings, long-sleeved t-shirt, and shoes. I prefer to purchase items that my kids can wear again, that way I'm not just spending money on a costume, but also on everyday wear that they will get a lot of use out of. Not that the little man will wear these leggings again, but his sister sure will.
These are the items I found at Cookies Kids for Flynn's Mr. Bump costume:
Once you have the basics, the next step is to create a cardboard head for the character. I didn't have any large cardboard boxes handy that I could use so I headed to Michael's and purchased a couple of large royal blue Elmer's tri-fold display boards.
Items needed to make the head:
- Large piece of cardboard (or Elmer's tri-fold board in royal blue)
- Sharpie or paint marker
- Acrylic paint (white and blue) with a brush
- Duct tape in blue
Begin by tracing around a large tub (or free-handing) a large circle on the back of the board. If you do not have a blue tri-fold board like I do, then you will also need to paint one side of your boards blue at this stage.
Use the first circle as a template to make a second circle (one for the front, and one for the back of the costume).
On the front you are going to begin sketching where the mouth will go, and then rule the lines for the bandages. I found it handy to have my laptop close by with lots of images of Mr. Bump for referencing.
Using the white paint, fill in the bandages, you will need at least two coats of paint.
Using the Sharpie (or black paint pen) makes lines for the bandages. Trace around a smaller circular object (I found a large paint bottle was perfect for this), then fill it in using the same marker.
Paint the reverse side of each circle. Set aside to dry.
While the head is drying, cut four strips approximately 1.5 inches wide from one of the side panels of the tri-fold board. Note: If you are making this for an older child or adult, you will need to cut longer strips. Attach the strips to both the top, and sides of the costume, ensuring that your child's head can fit through. Re-inforce with duct tape.
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If you want to see the final Little Miss Giggle costume CLICK HERE.
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