This year we decided to go with an outer space inspired theme for our Halloween costumes. My oldest decided that the baby would need to be the planet Mars.
I think this turned out pretty well. (Modeled by the only one who would stay still)
I had everything but a half yard of felt, so this barely cost me anything.
This could be accomplished for a person of any size.
- 4 felt circles in an appropriate size. (Makes an identical front and back)
- a big round brush (really any big brush will do)
- craft paint in the right colors for the planet of your choosing
- 1.5″ elastic. I used about 1 yard.
- Batting. It depends on how stuffed you want it to look. I happened to have a package of 1/4″ batting laying around the house. I used 3 layers on each side. You could use Polyester fiber fill but it would be harder to make even and keep in place.
- Lay 2 felt circles on a flat surface that can get dirty. Using craft paint, I mixed and blotted the color on. It absorbed quite a bit. Blotting in on roughly gives a nice rough texture to a rocky planet. This approach may work well for Mars, Pluto, or the moon.
- After drying, I added the 3 layers of batting, then a plain circle of felt. I hand stitched it all together. If I had to do it again, I would consider sewing it all by machine first, then painting.
- I also tacked all the layers together in a few places so that the batting doesn’t get scrunched up as a kid moves around.
- Sew a loop of felt to the inside of each piece so that the opening is horizontal (if you have an up and down. Mars did because of the ice caps)
- Sew on elastic for the shoulders. (I didn’t even turn it under).
- Pull a belt of elastic through both loops and stitch.
This was surprisingly easy to put on. Yes, I could have just tacked circles to a onesie, but this way, I could put it over any outfit including a jacket. With an indoor party, trick or treating outside, and unpredictable weather, this was the way to go.
I thought about printing a picture of the Mars Curiosity Rover and taping it on but figured he would just pull it off.
The whole costume was less effort than it looks and his arms were totally free on the sides. Being unrestricted kept him in it without complaint. Its a win.