A lot of making your costumes authentic, unique and special comes down to detail work. Don’t panic, I don’t necessarily mean sewing and technical details like that. I mean adding fun accessories (we’ll talk more about that tomorrow) and graphics. Super hero and sport uniform costumes lend themselves especially well to graphic-type details. And images are easy to find online. As long as you’re just using them for personal use, no copyrights are violated and you can let your child pick their favorite hero, teams, players, whatever.
I like to use I am Momma Hear Me Roar’s Freezer Paper Stencil technique. It’s amazing how quickly a generic outfit can transform into an official ensemble with just a few painted-on images here and there.
You can read more about the full football uniform I made for my youngest’s third birthday here: If you’re outfitting a whole team of trick-or-treaters in similar costumes, go for a screen printing technique, since it’s reusable and freezer paper is not.
Just slapping on a graphic or two onto a store-bought tee makes your costume an even easier project. Or paint some cardboard or fun foam and add detail that way.
I love these boxer costumes from Family Fun’s site
I love the simple “champ” belts, the face paint, and just the simplicity of the whole thing, while still being pretty darned authentic looking. You know, for a kids’ costume. Maybe not the warmest trick or treating garb, but add a muscle shirt and your kid is good to go!
I tend to overcomplicate things…a lot. But costumes don’t have to be time consuming or technically advanced in construction. Look around your house, raid dad’s closet, check out your local thrift stores for your basic pieces. Then transform them with paint, appliqué, cardboard, fun foam, whatever!