This year Cal and Clark both decided they wanted to be dinosaurs-- T-Rex dinosaurs, to be exact. I tried to dissuade them from that decision because I had no idea how I would make a dinosaur costume without a ton of time and no sewing machine or sewing machine skills. They wouldn't budge though. That's what they wanted.
So I looked up some ideas online and got a good idea for a head and made up the rest. They came out better than I thought they would. I hope this is helpful to anyone making dinosaur costumes!
|I used the boys' plastic baseball helmets, but I didn't want to|
ruin them, so I first covered them with foil.
|Taped it underneath|
|Duct taped some cardboard on the front|
|And on the top and sides|
|Blew up balloons about the size of my fists and taped the tied spots down|
|Taped it all together so the surfaces could be covered in paper mache|
|Two dinosaur heads!|
|Here's where the boys start helping: ripping up newspaper for paper mache|
|Paper mache explosion! I don't measure anything, just add flour and water|
until it's a goopy but spreadable paste.
|Requires parental involvement :)|
|The messy hands are the best!|
|Done! They dried for a couple days.|
|We spray painted them green and I trimmed out holes for eyes.|
|I wedged in Styrofoam balls in the "eye sockets" and the boys' painted |
the fronts of them yellow.
|And added a black pupil in each.. ta-dah! Wide-eyed dino heads!|
|For claws: I hot glued brown "claws" that the boys cut out of brown foam|
onto some old gloves we had. I eventually also put some foam
green and brown spots on them.
|For teeth- poster board-- tape it in a few places underneath|
|I found a pair of women's camouflage tights and cut the legs out for |
|Unwound clothes hanger and put stuffing inside|
|I glued the ends almost-closed and let the hook part of the hanger|
poke out a little bit so it can attach to the little dinosaur's pants.
|For feet: I bought large gray women's fuzzy socks, put them around |
the boys' shoes, and hot glued the same brown foam as claws.
|I had to trim the toenails several times to make the dinosaurs happy.|
|Add one exuberant 5 year-old and a pair of $9 camo jammies|
and you've got yourself a T-Rex!
|Ready for candy!|