Knight Costume

It was the fairy tale theme for the month of November (2017) in T’s school. He wanted to be a Knight. I made him a simple vest, sword and a shield.

Knight Costume

Vest

Materials required:

  • Grey, Red and Yellow felt fabric
  • T-shirt for the vest outline
  • Template for the lion

I had some leftover grey felt fabric from BB8 costume. It was a small piece but just right to make a vest. I used a T-shirt to draw the outline for the vest. Fold the felt fabric in to two and draw the outline. Cut along the outline giving some space to sew the open end of the vest.

Cut a piece of Red felt and use a glue gun to stick it on the vest. Take a piece of yellow felt, cut it in the shape of the lion template and stick it on the red felt. Cutting the lion shape was the tough part. For detailed felt cutting, use good quality felt and scissors. I used good quality felt for the lion shape and dollar shop felt for the vest.

Shield & Sword

Materials required:

  • Cardboard
  • Gold and silver Craft paper 
  • Red paint / Red craft paper

Shield:

Cut the cardboard in the shape of a shield. Cut two holes in the middle and insert an elastic/ ribbon and tie the ends together. This will help to hold the shield. On the other side, stick the gold craft paper.  

Cut the lion shape using the same template and the red craft paper. Stick it to the shield. I colored the edges and the lion using red paint. I painted it because I ran out of red craft paper. Using red craft paper is less messy.

Sword:

Cut the cardboard in the shape of sword. Use Silver and gold craft paper to decorate.

Knight Costume
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Farmer & Tractor Costume

This month’s theme for T at his school is “At the farm”. I thought of making him a simple farm animal costume. Not the full costume but just a headband with felt ears attached to it. But two days back, T reminded me that I had promised him to make a farmer & tractor costume. I totally forgot about it. 😦

After few minutes of browsing, I decided to make a simple tractor using cardboard. I had a cardboard box of recently bought food processor. It was of perfect size.

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I coloured the cardboard with green acrylic paint. Painted a thick yellow line on the sides.

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Used two large sized paper plates for the back wheels and smaller ones for the front wheels. Coloured them with yellow and black acrylics.

Coloured a toilet paper roll black and used it as exhaust pipe.

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Made the headlights using styrofoam cube (Sliced the cube into half)

Used an elastic band to wear it. Punctured two holes in the cardboard and tied the elastic.

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Simple Tractor Costume

Making the costume took around 2 hours. Gathering the materials took much of the time. Luckily, I had all the materials at home. And here is T as a farmer driving a tractor.

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Farmer driving a tractor

 

Baker Costume

I made this simple baker costume for my LO’s Pre-K Theme party. The theme was “Piece of Cake”.

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Baker Costume – Apron & Hat

I made the apron using felt. I used an old apron to trace the shape on white felt and cut it. I also made a simple birthday cake using felt and glued it to the apron. The alphabets are pre-cut felt alphabets.

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Old apron used as reference

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Baker’s Apron

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Baker’s Hat

I made the baker’s hat using parchment paper after seeing some tutorials on Youtube. It was easy and I was able to make both the apron and hat in few hours. 🙂

 

BB-8 Costume

We had celebrated Halloween 2016 with our friends in Yokohama. Little T was dressed as BB-8. I had only a week’s time to make the costume. For BB-8’s body, I used the same technique that I used to make angry bird costume.

Materials Required for Headpiece:

  1. Felt fabric
    • White
    • Orange
    • Grey
    • Black
  2. Baseball cap
  3. Glue gun / Fabric glue
  4. Acrylic colour
  5. Thin straw
  6. Toothpick
  7. Capsule cap from the capsule toy / Styrofoam ball (for the black optical lens)
  8. Silver glitter pen

Materials Required for Body:

  1. Felt fabric
    • White
    • Orange
    • Grey
    • Black
  2. Filler material
  3. Glue gun / Fabric glue
  4. T-shirt for outline
  5. Pencil & Chart paper
  6. Sewing needle and thread (White)
  7. Scissors
  8. Black marker

Procedure for making the headpiece:

Cut the white felt in the shapes of the front, side and back panel of the cap.

My cap’s brim is grey in colour so I didn’t use felt there. If the brim was of some other colour, I would have used grey/white felt to cover it up.

Use fabric glue/glue gun to stick the felt to the cap.

For the black optical lens of BB-8, I used the transparent cap of capsule toy and painted it black. You can also cut the styrofoam ball into half, paint it black and stick it on the cap. I have used silver glitter pen to draw a thick outline on the base of the optical lens.

Use white acrylic to paint the straw and toothpick. Both ends of the straw must be painted black.

Glue the straw and toothpick on the top of the cap. Glue gun works better here.

Cut the orange and grey felt patterns for the headpiece. Glue them on the cap.

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BB-8 Headpiece – Front

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BB-8 Headpiece – Back

 

Procedure for making the body:

Please refer to the below link:

Angry Bird Costume

The procedure is the same as the one for making the body of the angry bird costume.

Instead of the angry bird pattern, cut the pattern for BB-8 using orange and grey felt. I’ve used a black marker pen to draw the outlines.

Note: Its easier to glue the BB-8 pattern on the front side before filling the filler material.

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Finished body of BB-8

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Side view of BB-8 body

Unlike the angry bird costume, for BB-8, I’ve used elastic on both sides to keep them together.

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Full BB-8 Costume

Felt Peacock

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Felt Peacock Wall Hanging

It was 20 years back, when SV & I made a peacock rangoli for a Rangoli competition at school. It was 1996 and we were in the 6th grade.

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Peacock Rangoli at School

I learnt to draw this peacock from one of my mom’s embroidery sketches. I drew this everywhere. Mostly in the last page of all my class notebooks. SV, RK and I were the last benchers in 8th grade. RK had added a tree near the peacock neatly sketching the bark. Since then, I started adding the tree to the ‘last page drawing’.

Two years back I found a black velvet fabric board at the dollar shop. That was the time I was too interested in felt crafts. I immediately got the idea of peacock patchwork on the board using felt. I bought the board and it was lying idle for 6 months. Then I started to work on the paper cutting. Another 6 months passed. I started doing it from last week.

I used embroidery thread for the tree bark. I tried to cut the leaves from felt but it didn’t look attractive. I tried the leaf sequins and thought it looked better. I bought few coloured rhinestones during my last India trip. The colours were perfect for the peacock. The little stars are the ones used in nail art. Nail art stars suited better than the regular star sequins.

Hope you all liked it!

Papier-mâché 

These are the baskets my grandma and mom made using Papier-mâché. Mom was a little girl then. She painted them. These are more than 40 years old!! Grandma still uses them. 🙂

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40 year old paper basket

Materials required:

  • Bits of paper
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Water to soak
  • Blender
  • Paint

Soak bits of paper in water with fenugreek seeds. Let it soak for more than 24 hours. Then remove excess water and blend it into a paste. Mould it into a shape or apply it on a bowl or basket. Let it dry for one or two days. Once its completely dry, paint it.

I haven’t tried it yet. I will try it very soon and post the step-by-step pictures.

Toothbrush Holder Makeover

This is our toothbrush holder bought (by my husband)many many years ago. Plain. Dull. Boring.  😦 Although I was tempted to change the holder several times, I didn’t do it!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Instead I gave it a makeover.I had planned to paint it using acrylics (long term plan 😉 ) but ended up using some stickers/seals from my craft box. It took me less than 15 minutes to do this. Now my LO is all happy with it. 🙂

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From a dull and boring toothbrush holder to a colorful one!

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Getting bored with household stuff is common. But little makeovers can make them interesting.