Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

Easy DIY Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Costume


DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

This Cheshire Cat costume idea is so easy to put together that anyone can do it—no sewing required!



A few years ago, my girls did an Alice in Wonderland costume theme for Halloween.  Bria came up with the ideas for this super-easy Cheshire Cat costume all on her own. Not only is it easy, it worked out to be pretty cheap, too.

Materials needed to make Cheshire Cat costume:


Purple dress—we got ours from Goodwill but I like this one and this one.
Pink and purple feather boa
Plastic headband
Crafting wire
Pink embroidery floss
Purple embroidery floss
White poster board
Wooden dowel
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to make Cheshire Cat costume:


The first order of business is to find something purple to wear.  Bria had absolutely no purple in her wardrobe, so we headed to Goodwill to find something.

There were plenty of purple outfits there, but she didn't love any of them. Until I found this cute little dress hanging in a corner. The only reason Bria consented to purchase it was because it had come from Forever 21, which is one of her favorite clothing stores.

Teenagers!

If you can't find any purple dresses that will work, I really like this purple dress.

Cheshire Cat Costume

Bria wore it over black leggings and a long-sleeved black shirt, because where we live Halloween is usually cold.  Besides, we weren't exactly going for the sexy Cheshire Cat costume look, and it was a fairly short dress!

How to make the Cheshire Cat's tail:


Bria was not about to wear an actual tail, so she wanted something that would give the impression of a tail. We looked around in Goodwill with no luck and then headed over to Walmart.

In the craft aisle, we found a bunch of feather boas and one of them was perfect for the Cheshire Cat!

You can also order a pink and purple feather boa on Amazon.

Use a feather boa to make the cheshire cat costume tail.

She wore it around her neck, but it indeed gave the impression of a tail and the overall pink and purple stripes of the Cheshire Cat.

DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

How to make the Cheshire Cat's ears:


For the ears, we purchased a headband, some craft wire, and some embroidery floss. This was, again, all Bria's idea.

She formed cat ear shapes on the headband with the wire, and then tied embroidery floss around it. She also hot glued some of the feathers from the boa onto the headband to complete the look.

I think these Cheshire Cat ears are perfectly understated for a teenager's Halloween costume, and totally cute.

DIY Cheshire Cat ears

How to make the Cheshire Cat's smile:


For the smile, she looked up a picture of the Cheshire Cat online, copied his smile onto poster board paper, cut it out, and hot glued it to a wooden dowel.

This was hands down my favorite part of her costume. We had looked at some Cheshire Cat make-up ideas, but she came up with this alternative and I love how it turned out. Everyone commented on what a great idea it was every time she went out in her Halloween costume that year.

DIY Cheshire Cat costume

And with this type of mouth she could actually "disappear" just like the Cheshire Cat and leave only her smile behind.

Cheshire Cat Smile

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

7 comments:

  1. What a super cute costume. I love when they use their imaginations and come with such great ideas.

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  2. Ali Anderson WilliamsWed Sep 24, 05:52:00 PM

    It's adorable on her, warm and comfy and cheap? What else can you ask for. Can't wait to see what she wears this year!

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  3. How sweet. I love this!

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  4. I love this... great idea and it would be warm enough to wear here where we may have "S" at Halloween.. Pinning this.

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  5. Thanks! It turned out to be a really great costume for her last year.


    And I appreciate that you did not type out the s-word. ;)

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  6. Neither can I! We are in "costume negotiation talks" now. Ha ha.

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