Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

winged creatures via lots o’ hot glue

The girls are always so excited about Halloween and start planning out costume ideas throughout the year. However, they have a mother who is a pro at procrastination which means costumes don’t get started until 9:00 p.m. the night before the costumes are needed. Yes, this is what I did, and I’m not proud of myself. In my defense, life has been hectic up until this point. Please reference my previous posts dated June 2011 until October 2011 for documentation. So the costume situation boiled down to what I could make in a night’s time using only what I had on hand in my craft room and which did not require any sewing versus what the girls really wanted. In the end though I think the girls were pleased with the final results and wore their hot glue creations with pride.

For Annie I found a bat costume that looked pretty easy and seemed to fit her personality (enough). Turns out I had a brown dress and brown fabric in my possession that worked perfectly. Annie and I really wanted to make her a vampire bat, but surprisingly I couldn’t find any fangs at the 3 places I looked. Oh well, it still was cute.


I saw the bird wings tutorial and immediately thought they were perfect for Mimi. Mimi wasn’t too keen on what I had chosen for her at first, but once she was attired in the whole ensemble she was pretty satisfied. She’s my little birdie.

For Violet I absolutely couldn’t resist the owl tutorial I found. She was quite pleased with her creation and took the role very seriously keeping her mask on the entire night and hooting at voluntary intervals.

And here are all my girls together. They really were delighted with their costumes. Whew!

Since we live out in the sticks with only 2 neighbors close by and our small branch doesn’t usually do a Trunk-or-Treat, we figured we better come up with some better options for the kids. On Friday night the Watertown Boys and Girls Club had a Halloween party which had food and carnival-like games. Mike had a buddy in town for hunting for the weekend, so it was just the girls and I that went to it.
Halloween 2011

Then last night we invited ourselves to over a friends’ house from church to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. The kids all had a blast. The little ones were done about 30-45 minutes in, but the big kids went for about an hour and a half and came back with huge bags of candy.

I’m so glad everything turned out well and that the girls’ first Halloween here was a success. Hopefully, our friends don’t mind us planning a yearly tradition with them in their neighborhood because that’s our plan. It was actually kind of fun creating the costumes because it brought up memories from projects’ past. The fabrics I used were from projects all the way back from when Mike and I first got married up until recent projects in our last home. I used so much darn hot glue I seriously thought I was going to run out even though I had at least 20 sticks of that stuff. I had a few sticks left in the end, so it all worked out.

I hope everyone else had a safe and fun Halloween. I’ve been seeing the costumes many of you had all across the interwebs, and I’m thoroughly impressed.

4 Responses to “ winged creatures via lots o’ hot glue ”

  1. Shoebox Princess says:

    Jen, you did a fabulous job! Hooray for homemade costumes! This is why keeping scraps is SO IMPORTANT. We should NEVER throw any piece of fabric or craft item away because someday we will NEED them all. All three girls looked appropriately attired for flying and I’m amazed that Vi kept her mask on.

  2. Julie says:

    I wish I could sew. I spent WAY too much on costumes this year, plus with a homemade costume you know no one else will have the same one. We were on the same page though this year since two of my kids were birds and one was a vampire, so almost a bat, right?

    Your creations were very cute and hooray for living in a town where they trick or treat on Halloween. Jealous!

  3. LeShel says:

    Love the cute costumes. Your girls look so happy sporting their costumes. Trick-or-treating is magic, glad you found a place to do some. I took Nic out last night in the county, it was magic. We’ll be doing that again next year.

  4. Jenni says:

    You didn’t see any pictures of my kids in costumes – because there weren’t any. Sadly, that phase seems to be over. You, on the other hand, are in the thick of it. I’ll have to see if I can scrounge up my 3 Hershey Kiss costumes and send them your way next year. You did a great job and I think the bird wings are so pretty. Violets little owl was so cute in its simplicity. Wonderful job!!! I’m glad you found a place to trick or treat, too!!

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