DIY Baby Popcorn Costume:
- 1/2 yard of red felt (you'll have fabric leftover)
- 1/2 yard of white felt (you'll have fabric leftover)
- glue gun and glue (quite a few glue sticks unless you want to sew)
- baby sock hat (we used an old one we already had)
- popped popcorn
- baby carrier
- Velcro or safety pins
1. Measure and then cut enough white felt to cover the outside of your baby carrier (you should end up with a white rectangle because you want the material to be long enough to cover baby's legs). Cut triangular pieces off the top side of the rectangle to create the top of the "popcorn carton". .
2. cut thin strips of the red felt that are long enough to reach from top to bottom of your white material.
3. Glue those on and trim the tops if necessary to match up with the white edges. You could sew the strips on if you wanted but I made the whole costume in about 45 minutes while watching TV... I didn't feel like sitting at the sewing machine.
4. Write "Popcorn" on your red felt and then cut the letters out.
5. Glue those onto a bigger piece of white felt and then trim the white felt around the letters to create somewhat of a bubble effect. Glue Popcorn word onto main piece in the middle toward the top.
6. Find a cute baby with an old sock stretchy hat. (Fortunately we already had both of these down the hall in the nursery.
7. Pop some popcorn and glue onto hat (make sure the baby isn't wearing the hat for this step!). I actually cut out pieces of white felt and then glued the popcorn onto those pieces and then the hat so it would last longer. Eat remaining popcorn.
To complete the costume put on your carrier and put baby inside. Use velcro or safety pins to attach the costume to the sides of the carrier under the baby's arms (if your baby is still in the forward facing position in the carrier the costume still works just as well - the baby's arms will just be inside.). Matt dressed up in a white shirt and bow tie to look like a popcorn vendor. Super cute, huh? Another reason I love this costume is because it could have easily been adapted for a cold or warm night.
*We actually had purchased a yard each of the white and red material. The popcorn costume didn't even use a half a yard so I gave the remaining fabric to my 12 year old and she made a "Where's Waldo" costume. Again, less than $5. For Where's Waldo all you need is a red and white sock hat, some glasses, a cross shoulder satchel and a red and white shirt. Cady didn't have a red & white shirt so she constructed one with the leftover fabric.