Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

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

Make a simple Cheshire Cat costume from Alice in Wonderland for Halloween! Easy to put together!

The first order of business was to find something purple to wear.  Bria had absolutely no purple in her wardrobe, so we headed to Goodwill to find something.  Bria wasn't too pleased about that since she has some germophobia going on and used clothes aren't her idea of a good idea, but she relented.

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.

Cheshire Cat Costume

She 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!

The next order of business was to find ears and a tail.  Or something that gave the impression of a tail, since she was not about to wear an actual tail.  We found a couple of purple scarves in Goodwill, but they weren't to her liking, so I told her we'd head next door to WalMart and see what we could come up with there.

Again, there were a couple of scarves, but nothing great.  We headed over to the craft aisle and found all of these feather boas and decided that the pink and purple one was exactly perfect for a Cheshire Cat Costume. What luck!

Feathers in the Walmart craft aisle

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.

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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 wasn't super pleased with the effect, so she used some of the feathers from the boa to complete the look.

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For the smile, she looked up a picture of the Cheshire Cat online, copied his smile onto posterboard 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 make-up ideas, but she came up with this alternative and I love how it turned out.

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Besides, this way she could actually "disappear" just like the Cheshire Cat.

Cheshire Cat Smile

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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.


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

  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!

  3. How sweet. I love this!

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

  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. ;)

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