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minute halloween costumes

Your kid waited till the last minute to decide on a Halloween costume, but now she wants to be more than just another Angry Bird. What to do?

Here are three ideas for costumes you can make on your own. They are inexpensive but not run of the mill,
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The tissue box idea was offered by a friend who fondly recalled how,
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The bunch of grapes depicted in the book “Fancy Nancy Halloween . or Bust!” (HarperFestival,
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And the mummy costume shown here is the creation of local mom , who made it last year for her son Noah. With help from her mom, Sutin followed all the steps, even opening the inseams in the pants and sleeves so she could sew on the bandages without accidentally sewing the pant legs or sleeves shut. (Younger brother Ari models the costume for us here.)

Of these three ideas, the mummy is the most time consuming; it took Sutin three to four hours. The other two took no more than 30 minutes each to pull together. Hang to dry.

Lay out sheets, cut 2 to 3 inch slits down side of sheet. Tear into strips. Wrap “bandages” around shirt and sew on, overlapped and sloppy.

Cut inseam of sleeves. Sew on strips. Turn inside out and sew sleeves back up.

Rip up inseam of pants to crotch, sew strips on both legs. Turn pants inside out and sew legs back up.

Wrap excess material around face.

You will need:

20 by 20 by 20 inch corrugated box (try )

Two rolls of wrapping paper with a design that looks like it could be on a tissue box, or paint

One package of white pipe cleaners (Michael’s or other craft store)

One plastic headband (H E B, CVS,
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Wrap the box in wrapping paper, then cut out circles where the holes for the head and arms are. (Or paint the box.)

Bend three pipe cleaners around headband and arrange so they are sticking straight up. Tape tissues to the pipe cleaners so that the tissues stand straight up, the way they do from the top of a tissue box.

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