So if you’re following along inside my crazy imagination, you’ve pretty much deduced that I love Halloween.
In which case you’re probably not surprised that our Halloween porch this year was inspired by my kids costumes.
First off there was the Queen of Hearts for my older daughter. The dress is a store bought costume that I picked up at Value Village. But then I looked at it and went “Ok that looks like nothing like a Queen and more like a sexy prom dress”. So I told the Queen of Hearts that if her Majesty was going to trick or treat in the freezing cold temperatures of Halloween in Canada, she would have to wear a cape. Because the Queen’s mother – a.k..a the porch decorator and caretaker of all the future gathered Halloween candy – said so.
This is my No Sew, completely Heat ‘n Bond created Queen of Hearts cape.
I picked up the following:
– Leftover red velvet fabric from thrift store for $4
– Black fleece scarf, gold ribbon and red plastic hearts from the dollar store (the hearts I got during Valentine’s season)
– Heat ‘n Bond Ultra Hold Iron On Adhesive Hem
– E6000 Glue
I took last years Evil Queen cape and basically used it as my outline for this years cape except I made it shorter.
Folded it in half after I cut it to ensure both sides were the same. I trimmed any areas that did not.
Then I basically folded, ironed and used Heat ‘n Bond to seal all the edges of the cape.
For both the bottom and the top parts (the curved parts of the cape) I cut little slits in the middle and then individually glued 3 separate areas of the edges to allow for the curve to stay.
I also made sure to allow for space for the ribbon that would tie the cape together to have room be threaded through around the collar.
Then I cut out the fleece fabric scarf and gold ribbon into strips and glued that and the red plastic hearts onto the red cape using both Heat ‘n Bond and E6000 glue.
And I did this all in my mess (more like epic disaster) of a future home office/workspace in progress. Did I just ruin the magic of you thinking I did this somewhere more Pinnable? On my carpet no less.
And here is the Queen of Hearts before school on Halloween morning.
My younger daughter was supposed to go as Minnie Mouse. We had the costume. We had the Minnie ears from from our trip to Disney World no less. But suddenly about a week before Halloween while in Party City she was like “No wait Mommy, I can be Alice too to match the Queen!”
And then the Alice costume in her size was sold out. Everywhere. So this is what I used to make a super easy Homemade Alice in Wonderland costume that I have no photos of the process of doing so because I was too busy making the costume.
– Blue shirt that I bought for $3 at Dollarama
– DIY tutu that I made from layered blue and white tulle based on my favourite tutu tutorial by Skip to my Lou, because her tutorial shows you how to make one from tulle bought in yards/meters vs from a spool of tulle.
– The apron was a No Sew apron that I made from a white pillowcase. All I did was cut out the shape of an apron based on the length and width of my 3 year old (7.5″ W at the top, 14″ L and 11.5″ W at the bottom) and used Heat ‘N Bond to seal the side edges like I did with the Queen cape. I then used it again to attach the ribbon to tie it around the neck and waist. The card shapes I cut out of felt and glued onto the bottom.
– Then I added white tights, black headband with a ribbon and black shoes. Done. Cute Happy Alice!!
Did I mention we’ve already picked up next years Halloween costumes on clearance the day after Halloween? I know. You’re looking at me like “You are officially insane and have too much time on your hands”.
Just wait til I start on Christmas decorations.