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.
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 wasn't pleased with 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Besides, this way she could actually "disappear" just like the Cheshire Cat.
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