October is going to be so much fun at Doll Diaries! We will have the Halloween Parade, Karen has fun and easy doll costume crafts planned for Fridays, we have new Spotlight sites coming up and that doesn’t even count doll news, reviews, and new videos!
Let’s kick off a month of fun with an easy to make cat costume for your doll.
With Halloween fast approaching I thought it would be fun to do a slight twist on the Easter bunny costume I made for my blog this past spring.
I found the original idea at Family Fun but when I made mine I used fun foam instead of felt and I am thrilled with how it turned out. You could make the bunny costume for your doll as well. You can never have too many homemade costumes for your dolls.
Back to making the Cat Costume for Dolls
First you will need:
- Fun foam in black, pink and white
- 1 black pipe cleaner
- a glue gun or white glue
- 20 inches of ¼ inch elastic cut into two 10 inch long pieces (not shown),
- a pencil and a ruler
I used a glue gun as I am a very impatient crafter and if you are going to do yours the same way please make sure you have your parent’s permission and supervision. You can also use felt if you do not have fun foam on hand and sew yours, it is up to you.
First make your pattern by drawing one 2 ½ inch triangle, and two 1 ½ inch triangles. Then draw a jelly been shape to make the cat’s mouth mask that is 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Cut a small oval shape for the cat’s nose – you can make yours a triangle shape or oval it’s up to you.
Cut two black squares out of black fun foam for the ears, then two out of white for the inside of the ears. Glue the white part of the ear to the black part and let it dry. I cut the jelly bean shape out of black but you can choose what ever color you want for the face. I also free hand cut two “J” shapes to outline the mouth of the cat for the mask.
Hot glue the elastic together over lapping the ends slightly or if you are using white glue tie a knot at the end because WHITE GLUE WILL NOT HOLD THIS.
Find the middle of your elastic bands and line up where you want the ears, fold the bottom of each triangle to make a glue line for your ears, glue your elastic in place and add more glue holding the fold closed until it dries and repeat on the other ear.
For the mask place the glue in a line across the jelly bean mask and hold your elastic in place until it dries. If you are using white glue you will need to glue the elastic down and place another piece of fun foam over top and glue it in place over the elastic to get it to hold.
Glue the “J” shapes in place on the mask and top it with the nose. When it is dry cut the pipe cleaner in three equal pieces and twist them together. Hot glue them on the back of the mask but you can try to tape them, too if you are using white glue (it will not hold them in place alone). You can also cut whiskers out of more fun foam and glue it to the front of the mask – the choice is up to you.
When it was all dry I put the ear hair band on my doll then placed the mask part over her nose and elastic over her hair. I really liked how this turned out and I hope you do too.
So, if you didn’t know what costume to make for your dolls for week one of the Halloween Parade, now you have a quick and easy project to try! I hope to see some of these in the parade.
Stop by next Friday for more doll craft fun with Karen of Karen Mom of Three!