Have you read the book “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. The story is so cute and the illustrations are adorable and beautiful. Last year was the first Halloween that I was able to plan a family costume and I LOVED it! I’m not saying we will always to this as our boy gets older and wants to choose his own costume, but right now, I am going to live it up!
Our first coordinated Halloween we were Woody, Jessie and Buzz from Toystory. I found the Woody onesie through Target.com and went from there. It was simply too adorable to pass up. All of our costumes, except for the onesie were put together with stuff we already had or created (as you can tell with my chaps, ha, ha). Sometimes, I think it might we worth spending the money to save the time, but I really liked how it turned out.
I’m excited to share our “Where The Wild Things Are” costumes and how I made them. So far we have the scepter that Max uses to rule the wild things.
You will need:
- cardboard tube (wrapping paper roll tube or paper towel tube)
- styrofoam ball
- 3 black pipe cleaners
- black spray paint
- gold or tan paint
- clear acrylic spray paint
- paint brush or foam brush
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- piece of paper
- elmers glue
- gold glitter
Cut the cardboard tube to the length you want. Mine is about 14″ long. Spray paint it black. I held it in one end with 2 of my fingers to spray paint the other end and then switched. Let it dry.
Paint the styrofoam ball with the gold or tan paint. The color is not that important because the gold glitter will be over it. The paint is just so that if there are spots the glitter doesn’t cover, you won’t see the white of the styrofoam. Let it dry.
Use your brush to spread the glue on the painted styrofoam ball. You can either do half of the ball at a time or try to do the whole thing all at once. Lay out a piece of paper or newspaper under the ball and sprinkle the glitter over the ball. Tap the ball to get off the extra glitter. Pour the extra glitter back into the container. Let the ball dry
Spray the glittered ball with the clear acrylic spray outside, in a well ventilated area. (Using the spray now will work because we have already painted the ball. Styrofoam will melt if you use spray paint directly on it, so don’t use it instead of acrylic paint.) This will help the glitter not to come off. Otherwise, you will be finding glitter on everyone and everything… until the end of time. Let it dry.
Plug in your hot glue gun. Glue one end of one of the pipe cleaners to the inside edge of the cardboard tube. Hold it until it is stable and then curve it over so that the other end of the pipe cleaner can be glued directly across from where it started. Do the same thing with 2 other pipe cleaners, around the edge of the tube.
Once the pipe cleaners are glued in place, you can bend them out of the way in order to insert the foam ball. First, use the hot glue gun to put glue on the top edge of the cardboard tube and then place the foam ball. Hold it in place until it feels solid. Then you can bend the pipe cleaners into the positions that you like them.
Finally, put a small drop of hot glue in between where the pipe cleaners cross at the top, so that they will stay in place.