Disclaimer: I received a free product for my post! These views are my own and were not at all influenced by the party who gave me this opportunity..
My son has such a great imagination and he loves to dress up. Buying costumes for everything he wants to be can get expensive, so we like to get our craft on. We received this fun book from Crafty Pants called Clever Costumes by Shannon Whitt to try out; it has step-by-step instructions to make outfits using items you can find around your house.
The book comes with a kit including adhesive-backed recloseable fuzzy fasteners, red satin, elastic cord, and duct tape.
What I Love
This book is perfect for frugal-minded people like me because it shows you ways to use things you probably already have lying around like plastic bags, old socks, and bubble wrap mailers! It already comes with a few items you will need as well (listed above.)
The book includes a wide variety of costume ideas from a knight and a bumble bee, a pirate and a ninja. There are over 50 projects included and all are simple and easily created even by those not particularly crafty. Each has clear step-by-step instructions. The Clever Costumes crafts are fun to make with your children too. While the projects are a little old for my son still, kids a little bit older would have fun helping cut and glue and decorate the outfits and of course they will have fun wearing them for imaginative play or Halloween!
My son’s favorite outfit was the “Gutsy Gladiator” and we happened to have most of the materials already at home for it. Since we didn’t have everything, we swapped a few items out for other similar things that we did have. The costume was so inexpensive to make and it put a huge smile on my son’s face. In fact, he brought his sword and shield to the grocery store. The costume didn’t last long, but it is easy enough to make over again if he wants to.
What I’m Not Huge On
I love that the book comes with some supplies, however, the red satin was an awkward shape and fraying a lot on the sides when we opened it, so we can’t use it anymore. It also had a round sticky mark from the duct tape on it. I would recommend just buying the satin if you plan to use it in an outfit; it should only cost you a couple of dollars.Overall, we have had a lot of fun with the Clever Costumes book! It is the perfect option if you love to craft, create unique costumes, and need something inexpensive to wear for Halloween. My personal favorites are the Gutsy Gladiator and the Queen of Hearts.
You can purchase the Crafty Pants Clever Costumes book and kit from Downtown Bookworks Publishing HERE or Amazon.com. Check out this cool YouTube video from the author Shannon on how to make a skirt out of plastic bags, double-sided tape, and elastic cord!
-What is your child’s dress-up costume?