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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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Roomboard: Fercute’s Great Big Explorer Kid’s Room

This week’s roomboard features artwork by BBP artist Fercute. Coming with both a globe & telescope this room is perfect for your big dreamer! Click any of the items below to see where they can be purchased.

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1. “Saggitarius” Art Print – Fercute, BoomBoom Prints

2. Antique Brass Lamp – Bellacor

3. Solid Wood Bed Frame – Ikea

4. Onni Accent Chair – Target

5. Balboa Globe – Target

6. 2-Drawer Chest – Target

7. Starwatcher Telescope – Wayfair

8. Gold Silk Pillow Cover – Etsy

9. Black Pillow Cover – Etsy

10. Flokati Area Rug – Home Decorators

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!

 

Nursery Inpiration and Ideas Room Board from BoomBoom Prints

Roomboard: Hanna Melin’s Midcentury Madness Home Office

This week’s roomboard is a home office featuring artwork by Hanna Melin. Her home office spotlights a minimalist setup and contains ample storage space for all of your important documents. Roomboard_HannahMelin

1. Ferns with Hanging Basket – Home Depot

2. Walnut Lounge Chair – Dot & Bo

3. “Cats With Glasses” Framed Art Print – Hanna Melin, BoomBoom Prints

4. Brown Area Rug – Bellacor

5. Arc Floor Lamp – Lightology

6. Spindle Clock – Homeclick

7. Moda Desk – Urban Outfitters

8. Walnut Storage Unit – Zuri Furniture

9. Magazine File – Walmart

10. Elephant Figurine Statue – Etsy

Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Annisa Tiara Utami

Artist Annisa Tiara Utami on BoomBoom Prints

Annisa Tiara Utami, this week’s featured artist, hails all the way from Java, Indonesia! Geometric-yet-dreamy art fills her profile, and her creative prints inspire the curiosity of many. Read on to learn more!

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less!

Annisa: Cute, joyful, and heartwarming.

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Annisa: I bring my sketchbook everywhere. I always draw a raw sketch first on paper- whatever an idea pops in my head.  That keeps the idea from just vanishing like smoke in the next minute.  Then I redraw the sketch in computer to add to it and fine tune it because what’s on my sketchbook  is usually very basic. When I’m out of ideas or don’t know what to do next, I stop the drawing process and come back a few hours later. If I keep sitting in front of my computer and do nothing but stare at my unfinished work, it just starts to get frustrating. So I’ll take a little walk near my house or watch TV, just to rest my mind and refresh my imagination.

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Annisa: Mostly at my work desk but sometimes in my living room. But I sketch everywhere!

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Annisa: It hasn’t changed much. I mostly draw colorful illustration in vector form and then add some elements through Photoshop. But I’m always exploring for other possibilities.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Annisa: I like to use vintage-style colors. They make the final form of the illustration calm and warm.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Annisa: Despite the fact that many of the illustrations I’ve made were about children, robots and nature, I actually design for anyone. I realize right now that they suited mostly for kids and families, but like I said earlier, I’m always exploring toward new possibilities.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Annisa: Art is important for everyone. Any kind of art. It brightens our lives and it’s a good medium to pour out our imagination.

BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?ts101012-1-1

Annisa: My favorite one is “A Little Night Wanderer.” I just think it’s really cute.

BBP: Do you have kids? Tell us about them!

Annisa: I have a wonderful daughter. Her name is Shofiya. She’s 4 months old.

BBP: How did you decorate her nursery?

Annisa: Nothing out of the ordinary. I put some hanging toys and handicraft above her small bed and some family photos hanging up the wall. And there’s a classical music box.

BBP: What was the most surprising thing about having children?

Annisa: I spend most of the time with my daughter. Which is why I don’t have much free time like I used to. But it’s all fun spending time with her. Seeing her smile and laugh never fails to lighten my day.

BBP: Any advice for new moms or dads?

Annisa: It’s really joyful, and sometimes physically tiring, especially in the first few months- but don’t give up! Childhood passes quickly. Savor those precious times.

BBP: Any pets?

Annisa: No, but I’ve always wanted a cat.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Annisa: In a small village in western Yogyakarta.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Annisa: I remember that I really loved playing badminton with my dad. I even had a dream to be a professional badminton player. But that dream vanished as the times went by and was replaced by other dreams!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Annisa: It was pretty simple. The wall was painted with blue and yellow. There was a photo of me when I was in kindergarten which makes me laugh every time I see it because I had chubby cheeks. I also had a family photo on my bedside table, and there was this big old radio I loved so much.

BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?

Annisa: Cassava chip and a glass of tea.

BBP: Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it and why?

Annisa: My favorite quote is The “earth” without “art” is just “eh.” It’s hilarious and sort of true. The world without art is boring.

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Annisa: Coffee in the morning, tea any time.

BBP: Bungee jumping or skydiving?

Annisa: Bungee jumping.

BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Annisa: I like playing racing games on my computer.

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