This year has been a busy one for us, but it can officially be said that my oldest will no longer dress up for Halloween. I’m okay with that. I have gotten to the point where I will not force my children to do anything they do not want to, but I’m also that parent that likes to run to the store and buy something. I’m creative to an extent. lol.
I tried my best to convince my youngest to just wear a costume from the store. But, when I think about it, he’s never been that type of child. Ever since he’s been born, we’ve been dressing the kids in corresponding costumes that weren’t really expected…Well, the first year was kind of cliche.
This year my youngest was not having it. He wanted to be what he wanted to be (YES! HE AT THAT STAGE!), and you know what, I can’t be mad because I’m a grown adult and I expect to be what I want to be for Halloween if I say that’s what I want to be. lol. Well, guess what? He wants to be a tornado. Guess what? They don’t sell tornado costumes in the store. So guess who has to make one from scratch? This girl! Thank you, Pinterest!
Well, I found this picture of this handsome little fellow on “the Pinterest,”
and I thought “hey, I’m not the only person who’s child wants to be a tornado.” There were actually loads of costumes up there, but not too many ones included directions. So here’s how you do it!
Stuffing (if you have an old pillow that you don’t need take it from that)
Adhesive (preferably spray adhesive)
Images of buildings, animals, and trees
*Leaves (optional: gives a real feel to the costume)
*Gray spray paint (optional)
1. CUT OUT THE FUNNEL SHAPE OF THE TORNADO OUT OF CARDBOARD
Using a pen or pencil, freehand an inverted triangle onto some cardboard, and cut it out.
2. ATTACH CARDBOARD TO SHIRT & PANTS
This is where you can get creative. Place the triangle on the outfit. I wanted the funnel cloud to engulf my son’s whole body, so I attached the cardboard all the way passed his kneecap. I cut off any excess of the cardboard that restricted mobility of his arms and legs. Set the outfit aside
*3. OPTIONAL STEP: SPRAY PAINT STUFFING & ADD LEAVES
Because I wanted the funnel cloud to look dark, I spray painted the stuffing gray. If you see most tornados, they are quite dark (due to all the debris the cloud has engulfed), so to make the costume more realistic I spray painted the stuffing. After the paint dried, I used spray adhesive to add leaves to the stuffing.
4. ADHERE STUFFING TO CARDBOARD
Take the stuffing and adhere it to the cardboard. Use spray adhesive, or E6000. If your child is anything like mine, you will want to secure the stuffing to the cardboard with a strong adhesive. Most children are going to want to twirl around, and gravity will set in, and the stuffing will want to come off. You can either adhere the stuffing a little bit at a time (which I suggest), or all at once.
5. SECURE CARDBOARD TO OUTFIT
This is self-explanatory. Use the spray adhesive you’ve been using the entire time, or something stronger. Remember, your child will want to twirl around in this outfit. The stronger the adhesive the better.
6. ADD DEBRIS TO STUFFING
Now that the stuffing is secured to the cardboard, this is where the fun begins. I Googled a lot of images that were related to the Wizard of Oz, but that’s not necessary. Consider adding images of items (aka debris) that you might find inside a tornado.
Things to consider:
Once you figured out all the images you want to add, simply print them out and adhere them to the stuffing. Again, use a strong adhesive because simple movements will cause these images to fall off the stuffing.
NOW YOU ARE DONE AND READY TO SHOW OFF YOUR COSTUME!
If you’d like to see the full process behind this costume, click the link below:
After I initially put the costume together. I realized I needed to adhere darker images because the ones I chose you can barely see.
After trick or treating, you can see that the stuffing will shift, this is why a strong adhesive is necessary.
To compliment his tornado, I decided to dress up as well. I was a simple Wicked Witch of the West, playing off of the Wizard of Oz couples theme.
His costume choice is quite unique, and I am proud of myself for making his night. I see him storing this away for role play on days he might get a bit bored. Can’t wait to see what he wants to be next year!
If you want to see how I made my Wicked Witch costume, check out click the follow link, DIY WICKED WITCH COSTUME
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A HAPPY SAFE HALLOWEEN!