A DIY Darth Vader Halloween costume…in Pink.

My then 5 year old daughter. Last October.

“Mommy, I want to be Darth Vader for Halloween.”

“Ok! Awesome!”

“But I want him to be Pink.”

“Sorry, what?”

“And have a pink face and wear a skirt.”


“And a pink lightsaber.”

I went from “Oh my God, my child shares my passionate love of Star Wars! I’m so proud!!” to “Where the hell am I going to find a pink lightsaber?” in about 10 seconds.

I would have shared this costume last Halloween but we moved into our new home last Oct 30th and it was just nuts. I had no time to post anything. But that’s ok because that means I can share 4 Halloween costumes this week.

Now if at least one of my kids didn’t choose a Disney character every single year for Halloween, I think Halloween itself would self implode.

The Disney character thing started with my older daughter. First it was the Evil Queen and Snow White.



Then it was Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts.

DIY Alice in Wonderland costume and Queen of Hearts cape

Followed by Maleficent and Princess Aurora.

Maleficent Costume for Kids - northstory

Halloween Costumes - northstory.ca

Then last year the matchy matchy sister Halloween costumes ended. It was to be Pink Vader and a Haunted Dead Halloween Bride.

It was fun while it lasted.

But back to Vader, secretly I think I was more thrilled than my 5 year old that she wanted to be Vader than she was (it’s a tie for her favourite between Vader and BB8). Mainly because when I was 6, this was me on Halloween. Homemade, old school, yarn buns and all, Princess Leia. Check out that tweed wallpaper in the back.

I was like that “I am your father” toy commercial come to life.

Princess Leia costume retro

How does one make a Pink Darth Vader costume? Well. Spray paint. A tutu. And bit of creative juggling for the t-shirt. None of the regular Vader costumes fit the idea for her “Vaderella” (that is we affectionately nicknamed her costume) as the colours on the Vader chest panel were red and green and we wanted pink and well, pink. So this is what I used to make her front Vader Panel.

Self adhesive vinyl is basically clear plastic with a sticky backing (a giant clear removable sticker). Something that you would use to put over a photo or picture to laminate it. It comes in a roll or a pre-cut sizes. I’ve used it in many projects before and it works so well as a removable stencil.

Because the image is to go stick onto a shirt, everything that I put on it had to be done in a mirror image. That way when you pick up your sticky cut out piece of vinyl and stick it on the front of your shirt, it will appear the right way. I hope I am making sense.

I cut out a bunch of shapes that matched Vaders chest template except use hearts instead of the red and green button shapes. I stuck all the shapes onto the sticky side of the vinyl that I had cut out to correspond with the size of her t-shirt.

Remember do this in a mirror image and not as if you were looking at the chest.

Then I just stuck it on the t-shirt. This photo is a full year later, dragged out of her closet. Still stuck on.


But the best part?

Amazon has pink lightsabers. No really. Pink lightsabers. We got this one.

And this is how the rest of the Pink Darth Vader costume came to life.

  • 2 party capes from Party City, one pink, one black that I stitched together…by hand…like only a crazy person would do.
  • The Vader mask was spray painted with Rustoleum Berry Pink (make sure you do not spray paint the eyes so your kid can see at night so cover the eyes with painters tape before you spray the mask!)
  • A pink tutu, star leggings and fancy sparkly shoes (because why not?)







I can’t. I just can’t.

My Star Wars addicted self is wiping tears of joy. She looks all innocent and cute right? Yeah. There’s a reason Darth is her favourite character. Don’t let the sugar and spice fool you. Wait til you see what she is this year.

Now if you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you’re a Star Wars fan or know someone who is. Well, the wonderful folks at Disney who have made my Star Wars marketing dreams come true, want to give you a chance to win some nice Star Wars swag.

Because well, Christmas is coming.

And who doesn’t want their own Millennium Falcon?  And all of this! A Vader remote control car, I mean hello?


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  • Reply
    Kirsten G.
    October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

    My favourite Star Wars character is BB8.

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    October 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Vader is my absolute favourite character, and I do have a space in my heart for Lando Calrissian! I love that your daughter choose Darth – with a twist! *Swoon*

    Ps. Alex, I meant to track you down at Blogpodium, but the day got too chaotic. Would have been so cool to meet in person, since I’ve been following your blog for awhile 🙂

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    Marielle Quinton
    October 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    As a kid my favourite was Han. He was so cool, as was his alter ego Indiana 😉

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    Jennifer Flores (@ramblingreno)
    October 18, 2016 at 10:35 am

    My favourite Star Wars character was Leia. It’s all about the hair.

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    Lynne from Design The Life You Want to Live
    October 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

    You have the prettiest children on earth. Stamped it.Double stamped it… and now I know what I want to be for Halloween. 🙂

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    Florence C
    October 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    My favourite Star Wars character is dark vader.

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    October 18, 2016 at 10:55 am

    It’s too hard to pick a favourite! But probably Chewie.

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    Gina Bell
    October 18, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I love Chewie! 🙂

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    angela m
    October 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

    My favourite is Chewie.

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    Amy Heffernan
    October 18, 2016 at 11:23 am

    R2D2!!!! Thanks!

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    Nancy T
    October 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Growing up I remember watching the first Star Wars movie at the drive in. 🙂 My favourite back then was a toss up between Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker.

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    Anne Taylor
    October 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    We love Hans Solo and Jar Jar Binks!

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    October 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I Gotta say – anyone out there saying “Hans” or “Dark Vader” is not a true Star Wars fan and should probably go watch them before commenting.

    Sorry, not sorry for my passive aggressive comment. LOL

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    Nicolthepickle (@Nicolthepickle)
    October 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I like Chewie, and amazing job on the pink darth vader.

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    Darrah Bailey
    October 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Darth Vader for SURE! <3

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    October 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    R2D2 is my favorite character.


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    Judy Cowan
    October 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I would have to go with Darth Vador as my favourite. You did an amazing job on that costume!

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    Tina L.
    October 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    My favourite is R2D2

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    October 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    My favourite is Rae!

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    Julie bolduc
    October 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I like Darth Vader

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    Julie bolduc
    October 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I like Darth Vader!

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    October 18, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I love Chewbacca

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    October 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    My favorite Star Wars character is Darth Vader. I also really like Chewie too!! 🙂

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    Wayne Lecoy
    October 19, 2016 at 2:09 am

    It would be terrific to win a Star Wars Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    Who is your favourite Star Wars character?
    My favourite is Darth Vader.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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    Journeys of The Zoo
    October 19, 2016 at 7:52 am


    I like Yoda, the Ewoks, Chewbacca (totally misunderstood), C3P0, the list goes on.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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    Robyn Bellefleur
    October 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Princess Leia is my favorite character.

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    Tracy D
    October 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Chewy is always my fav!

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    Juliee Fitze
    October 19, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I like R2D2

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    October 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I liked Princess Leia

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    Paul Jones
    October 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Boba fett ☺

  • Reply
    October 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I like Chewbacca

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    Josh S
    October 20, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I am a big fan of Yoda. Very cool dude, Yoda is. Hmmmmmm.

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    andrea amy (@mommy2fiveboys)
    October 22, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I’m old school so I love Han Solo 🙂

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    michelle tremblett
    October 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love Yoda, Super cute 🙂

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    October 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

    YODA zen, smarts, looks = the total package!

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    laura rubenstein
    October 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I love Hans solo

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    Carole Dube
    October 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I liked Princess Leia

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    Dave S
    October 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Ewoks are my favorite Star Wars Character. Cute but deadly!!! My son is such a Star Wars fan he is planning on changing his middle name to Ewok when he gets older. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!!!

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    my villa
    October 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    my faves are R2-D2 and the Ewoks

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    Caryn Coates
    October 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    My favourite Star Wars character is Chewbacca

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    Monique L.S.
    October 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t think my Twitter handle entered in the form correctly – it is @minty_mo

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    Monique L.S.
    October 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Princess Leia is my fave

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    October 27, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I love R2D2 the most.

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    October 27, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I’d have to say that Han Solo is my favourite! Love those movies!

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    Tammy Dalley
    October 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    R2D2 is my fav

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    October 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

    My favourite character is Rey. I’m not attached to any of the older characters as I only watched all the movies when the newest one came out, but they are all plenty love-able!

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    Krista Miller
    October 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Han Solo was always my favorite character from Star Wars!

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    favgreen(Rhonda W G.)
    October 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Princess Leia would be my favourite Star Wars character!

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    Michelle k
    October 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    My son loves the Ewoks, I kinda like them too

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