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15 Clever DIY Costume Ideas for Kids

With Halloween right around the corner, there’s nothing more exciting than finding the perfect costume for your little ones. And while you can always purchase costumes that are already completed, do-it-yourself outfits have a special homemade touch that can’t be topped. Keep reading to get inspired by our favorite DIY ideas this year!

1. A pineapple

Go tropical with this simple costume idea from Lines Across! You can transform a plain onesie into a work of art with just a few pieces of felt and some items around the house.

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow onesie
  • White and green felt
  • Elastic
  • Thin cardboard

 

2. A koala

It just so happens that babies also make adorable koalas!  Click the link above to find the full directions, as well as a template for the koala mask.

You’ll Need:

  • Grey onesie
  • Grey pants with footies
  • Grey hat
  • Black, grey, and white felt
  • Koala mask template (find in link)

 

3. A hamburger

Mustard is the color of fall! Take the trend in a new direction and even add some ketchup with this hilarious hamburger baby costume from C.R.A.F.T. The instructions suggest the use of a sewing machine, but you can also use hot glue if sewing isn’t your thing.

You’ll Need:

  • Tan, beige, yellow, green, and red felt
  • Stuffing
  • Brown onesie

4. A skunk

Turn your little one into a little stinker for Halloween with this clever idea from Little Homes!

You’ll Need:

  • Black faux fur scrap
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Black shirt
  • Black pants
  • White feather boa
  • Baby cap with ties

 

5. An old lady

No dentures required! Cruise all through town with this hilarious costume from Costume Works.

You’ll Need:

  • Cane or walker, shortened
  • Baggy dress
  • Cardigan
  • Grey costume beard (for wig)

 

6. A piñata

Always the life of the party,  you’ll love the festive flair this piñata costume brings on Halloween!

You’ll Need:

  • Pajamas
  • Colorful felt
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbons

 

7. A peacock

Hoping for something out-of-the-ordinary? Look no further than this DIY peacock attire from Creatively Christy! The costume is equally fun to create as it is for your little one to run around in.

You’ll Need:

  • Colorful onesie
  • Tights
  • Elastic sequin material
  • Peacock feathers
  • Teal feathers

8. A little sunshine

This costume is all smiles! You can guarantee the sun will be shining brightly on halloween if you have a personal ray of sunshine to help.

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow clothing
  • Oversized sweater
  • Elastic
  • Yellow, golden-yellow, and orange felt
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Yellow ric rac

 

9. Frida Kahlo

Dress your little one like the inspirational painter for a unique take on this year’s Halloween costume!

You’ll Need:

  • Clip-on flowers
  • Colorful earrings
  • Bright scarf
  • Eyeliner pencil
  • Flowered dress
  • elastic

 

11. An artist

Ooh-la-la! Get creative this year with an artist-styled costume. Complete with an empty paint bucket to hold candy, you’ll love this silly style.

You’ll Need:

  • Smock
  • Paintbrushes
  • Leggings
  • Empty paint bucket
  • Paint

 

10. A plastic army man

Go beyond the camouflage and recreate a life-sized toy soldier costume for your little guy! He’ll love playing in it long after Halloween ends.

You’ll Need:

  • Cargo pants
  • Spray paint and primer
  • Boots
  • Cardboard
  • Army accessories

12. A bumble bee

This buggy attire will have your little one buzzing with energy all day long! Find the full directions from Ginger Snap Crafts for an easy tutorial.

You’ll Need:

  • Black sweatshirt and pants
  • Bubble wrap
  • Yellow felt
  • Black plastic headband
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black pompoms

 

13. A tomato

Bring back the summertime flavor with your very own little tomato. Even better than the garden-grown variety, this costume will bring smiles all around!

You’ll Need:

  • Red oversized sweatshirt
  • Red shirt and pants
  • Green felt
  • Green pipe cleaners

 

 

14. The Morton Salt girl

What better icon to imitate than this classic salt trademark? Put together your own yellow dress using the link above, or find one in stores to complete the outfit!

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow dress
  • White tights
  • Yellow shoes
  • Basic umbrella

 

15. A paintbrush

This artistic outfit is an easy way to get creative in a whole new way. Not only will you feel crafty when putting it together, but your child will get to explore his/her inner painter as well!

You’ll Need:

  • Poster board
  • Broom bristles
  • Styrofoam
  • Foam board
  • Paint
  • Black or blue clothing

 

Note: In addition to the items listed as necessary for each costume, you may also need scissors, a hot glue gun and/or safety pins. We hope you are inspired to create your kids’ Halloween costumes this year, as well as to get crafty with your ideas!

Do you have any creative costume ideas for kids? What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Let us know in the comments below!

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11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

Creating art with your kids is a great way to get messy while spicing up a lazy afternoon! With activities ranging from prints to puffy paints, there is no limit to how you can have fun with your little ones. Check out our curated list of art projects below for a little inspiration:

1. String Painting:

This idea from Kiwi Crate is even better than finger painting! Try swirling a piece of string around to explore the magic of color and shapes.

 

2. Pasta Mosaic Art:

Buggy and Buddy offers a clever solution for making kid-friendly mosaics. These colored noodle and clay pieces are great vehicles for cute objects and abstract shapes alike!

 

3. Leaf Rubbings:

With fall right around the corner, this activity is a great way to show your kids all the unique textures in nature. Wordplayhouse provides a terrific demo for making the leaf-pressing process as easy as possible.

 

4. Fruit and Vegetable Prints:

Stamping is even more fun when fruit-shaped! Check out Pink Stripey Socks’ tutorial to learn three different ways to press, print, and play.

 

5. Paper Plate Sea Turtles:

Try using paper plates to make sea turtles, as shown by Crafts on Sea. Besides being adorable, you probably already have all the materials on hand!

 

6. Magazine Collage Art:

Recycle your magazines in a new way! Using a few sets of scissors and glue, this project from Kids Activities Blog is a great way for you and your little ones to make wacky designs together.

 

7. Hand Painted Fridge Magnets:

Both small and playful, these adorable canvas magnets from Happy Hooligans will add a bright pop of color to your refrigerator.

 

8. Microwave Puffy Paint:

It puffs and looks pretty! Consider the possibilities of this unique art experience at Tiny Rotten Peanuts.

 

9. Shaving Cream Marbling:

Equally fun to touch as it is to scrape off, this project is worth the mess due to stunning end results. Check out the full tutorial on The Artful Parent!

 

10. Paper Sculptures:

The kids will love curling the paper, and you’ll love hanging the finished products on your walls. Thanks to Art Actually, this project is easy to follow and fun to complete!

 

11. Floating Chalk Printing:

Talk about a beautiful and unique printing activity! Picklebums has great tips for creating these stunning pieces with your kids.

 

Whether used as a rainy day activity or to make homemade gifts for family, art projects are a fun way to explore your kids’ creativity. We hope you are inspired to express yourselves with these ideas, as well as to enjoy the messy delight of art together!

Do you have any art projects of your own to try? Let us know in the comments section below!

11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

DIY Ribbon-Hung Prints

Looking for a unique way to showcase your art? This easy DIY is a great way to spice up your walls without breaking the bank!

 

 

First, round up your materials. All you need are a few household items, but you can take your project to the next level by using spray paint for a little hint of extra color! As you can see from the image, you’ll want binder clips, ribbon, a few of your favorite art prints, and push pins to attach it all.

 

 

Add spray paint to your binder clips for added color. Spread some scrap paper outside, hold the spray can 6-12 inches away, and spray until no silver shows through. Once dry, flip the clips to the other side and repeat!

 

 

After the binder clips have dried, attach a strip of ribbon to each of the clip backs. We used Future Glue, but you can use any brand of super or gorilla glue! Remember to give yourself some wiggle room and add extra ribbon lengthwise so you can make adjustments later.

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Time to cover up the glue stains! Just tie a few bows from your leftover ribbon and attach them to the fronts of the binder clips.

Step 5

 

 

Open, clip, and done! To attach your creation to the wall, adjust the ribbon length as needed, cut and place your ribbon where the wall meets the ceiling, and add a few small tacks to hold your project in place. Ta-da! A perfectly fabulous way to showcase your art!

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We used a single roll of thick ribbon for the prints, but you can also intertwine lots of ribbons together! If you have an empty wall column, hang all your prints on a single piece of ribbon or hang the bow-coated clips on a few nails instead. There are so many ways you can make this idea your own, and we hope you’re inspired to do so!

The art prints used in this post are “You are our Greatest Adventure” by Zoomboone Creations, “Moonlight” by Kakel, and “Let Your Dreams Set Sail” by Tumbling After. In addition to these prints, you can find thousands of other amazing designs here!

 

Do you have any art-hanging tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below!

 

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Should You Make Art?

Check out this handy guide to decide whether or not you should take out your pen and paper. We promise you’ll like the results!

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25 Easy Ways to Boost your Creativity

Ways to boost creativityStuck in a rut? Losing motivation to draw? Unfortunately every creative knows the feeling of being trapped in a mental block all too well. If you happen to need a little inspiration, go ahead and check out our 25 tips on how to rejuvenate your creativity. Who knows, you just might create your next favorite piece!

1. Keep an idea notebook with you at all times – Hand-writing your ideas spurs more creativity than typing them on a computer, and having a place to store your inspiration will help you remember more in the long run.

2. Do more of what makes you happy – Another reason to find time for your hobbies! Doing what you love puts you in a more creative mindset that will help you think of more ideas.

3.  Attempt something new every day – Try writing with your bad hand, learning a few words in a new language, or taking a few photographs when you run your errands! Switching up your routine will expose you to new adventures to draw from creatively.

4. Get some exercise – In addition to being healthy for your body, kinesthetic movement stimulates blood flow and loosens your mind up to new ideas.

5. Meet new people – A conversation with someone new can offer a different perspective you may not have thought of before.

6. Take time to daydream – Some of the best ideas come unexpectedly!

7. Do something silly – Whether you decide to go skipping, chicken-dancing, or cartwheeling, breaking down social barriers will help you think more creatively.

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 6.52.48 PM8. Make an inspiration board or mind map – Having a visual board of ideas can help you formulate your existing plan and branch out to new possibilities.

9. Go outside – Fresh air relaxes your brain, which can stimulate new insights.

10. Brainstorm out loud with another person – Hearing feedback may inspire you to take a different direction on your creative project.

11. Go for a drive – A long ride on the roadside can be the perfect activity to let your mind wander.

12. People-watch – People are incredible sources of inspiration!

13. Keep a notebook by the side of the bed – Ever had a brilliant idea just as you were drifting off and then forgotten it in the morning? A notebook is a great way to remember thoughts you might have otherwise forgotten.

14. Browse books at your local bookstore for ideas – Whether you read the back covers for ideas or check out a genre you wouldn’t normally read, bookstores are gold mines for information that can help with your next great idea.

15. Pretend to be someone else for a day – Imagining how someone else feels can help your brain think in an entirely new way.

16. Build off other small ideas you admire – Does another artist have a style that you would love to try? Love the color palette of something you just saw? Find little ways to incorporate these into your own ideas!

17. Review your old notes regularly – Something new may stand out the next time you review your past brainstorms!

18. Doodle – Let your hand do its thing and your mind may follow.

19. Switch up your work space – Changing your surroundings often leads to new ideas. One of our artists, Annisa Tiara Utami, makes sure to sketch everywhere she goes!

20. Turn off all distractions – Silence the text messages, stay away from the TV, and ignore the emails if at all possible. Your focused mind will thank youlater!

unsplash4_15h21. Make sure your workspace has natural light – Sunlight helps relax the mind, which enables creative activity.

22. Just start! – Sometimes the best results come from no plan at all.

23. Take risks – The more you push yourself, the more possibilities you will find!

24. Allow yourself to make mistakes – Remember that it is okay to mess up. Once you lose the fear of failure, you will realize how unimportant mishaps are.

25. Stop when you need to, but don’t give up – Last but not least, keep going even when you can’t seem to think of any ideas. Even a so-so product can yield more inspiration in the future!

Do you have any solutions on how to get creatively inspired? Share them in the comments below!unnamed-3

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