Showing posts with label costume. Show all posts
Showing posts with label costume. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lots of great ideas for how to make a DIY crown or tiara

If you want to learn how to make a DIY crown or tiara, you're in the right place! Whether you want to make a craft to feel fancy while watching the royal wedding, need something for International Tiara Day or just need a birthday crown for your favorite adult or child, I've got you covered! 

You want  to make a paper crown? Got it!

Birthday crown? Got it?

Mermaid crown with seashells? You better believe it! 

Just choose your favorite style of crown below and click the picture to learn how to make it! All of these crowns have a helpful tutorial that will show you how to make one for yourself. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

How to make a seashell crown or DIY mermaid tiara
If you have dreams of being a mer-princess, this beautiful mermaid crown is for you! Every mermaid princess needs a spectacular seashell crown to top their long flowing hair. This DIY headpiece isn't hard to make and will be sure to impress whether you are partying at a festival or trick or treating for Halloween.

I originally designed this mermaid crown to be part of little girl's mermaid Halloween costume (full mermaid costume tutorial here) but it is definitely sophisticated enough for the adult mermaid as pictured. 

If you use my tutorial to create your own mermaid crown, let me know! Share a picture in the Creative Green Living Tribe or tag me on Instagram.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

how to make a DIY unicorn headband with free pattern

If you love unicorns, you will love this pattern for a DIY unicorn horn headband. Unicorn headbands are the perfect unicorn party accessory, or for playing make believe. This unicorn headband is built on a plastic headband with a felt unicorn horn and two-colored unicorn ears. 

For Valentine's Day last year I made a whole collection of unicorn headbands for all the first graders at my son's school and they loved them! If you can cut out felt and use a glue gun, you can make these headbands! I've got a free download for a printable unicorn horn and ears pattern as well - just read through the tutorial and you can click over to grab it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More than 20 unicorn craft ideas - All the best unicorn crafts from unicorn costumes to easy unicorn crafts for preschoolers

If you are looking for a unicorn craft, this is the place to be!

Here's a fun fact about me: I am obsessed with unicorns. 

Of course, as someone who also loves to do crafts I naturally want to do all the unicorn crafts!

If you have spent any time on Pinterest lately, you will see that I am clearly not alone! Unicorn crafts everywhere!

Kids, teens and adults alike are embracing the magical rainbow unicorn love and whipping up unicorn crafts left and right. (looking for more unicorn stuff? I have a Unicorn Love Pinterest board for you!)

You know your friend that is obsessed with unicorn stuff? Browse through this list to get some great unicorn craft ideas to really make their day!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Make a Glow in the Dark Stick Figure Costume #CreativeGreenLiving

Are you scrambling to come up with a good last minute, no-sew Halloween costume that won't break the bank? This costume is inexpensive and a perfect last minute DIY to make with some dollar store glow sticks. Be a solo stick figure or be a whole family or squad of stick figures - this costume is totally customizable so swap out the colors, add some sweet hair or even a cute skirt!


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Friday, January 3, 2014

Superhero capes are one of our current favorites. In addition to having a cape wardrobe himself, my son loves giving these as presents to his friends. The good news is, they are SO easy to make! You don't even need to have a shred of sewing experience to pull it off, either!


  • Felt-by-the-yard in desired color for cape (2/3 yard is enough for a cape for a 3-5 year old)
  • Felt for monogram
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Velcro AKA "Hook and loop tape"
  • High temp hot glue gun (this one is mine and I LOVE it!)
  • Computer and printer
  • Stapler

Monday, October 28, 2013

I have totally been that mom. The one that still has no idea what her kid is going to be for Halloween until the day before. Last minute girl costumes are easy to throw together. Most girls have a tutu or floofy dress of some kind, throw that on and add a crown and boom! You're a princess. 

Boys can be a little more challenging. But they don't have to be! Here are 15 great last minute Halloween costumes you can throw together for your boy - on a budget!

Friday, October 25, 2013

No-sew costume #creativegreenliving
My son is obsessed with bees. When he turned three, we had a bee birthday party, which was the inspiration for this fun costume. Best of all? It's no-sew, baby! If you are scared of your sewing machine (or just don't have one), you can still have a pretty sweet costume.


  • Body & Wings
  • Antenna
    • Black headband
    • Thick and Thin chenille stems
    • Wire cutters
    • Hot glue
  • Black pants
  • Black long sleeve shirt


Thursday, October 24, 2013

I've been going Halloween Costume Crazy! Most of my costumes are for boys but when I found out one of my friends wanted help coming up with a mermaid costume for her little girl I was delighted to get involved! We made the tail with pants instead of a skirt to make it easier for an active girl to do her thing without worrying about tripping or wardrobe malfunctions.

Monday, October 14, 2013

This summer I showed you how to make a shark fin t-shirt over on Dollar Store Crafts for shark week. Building on the shark shirt we already had, we were able to pull together a super easy shark costume in no-time and for less than $10.


  • Shark Shirt - $3
    • two grey t-shirts
    • double sided extra firm iron-on interfacing
    • sewing machine or needle & thread
    • permanent marker
    • paper
    • iron & press cloth
    • scrap cardboard
  • Long sleeve shirt in black, white or grey, on hand
  • Grey pants, on hand
  • Grey hat, $1
  • Grey mittens, $1
  • Black fabric scraps
  • Stuffed fish props, $1 each

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I've been there. The week before Halloween scramble. The "holy crap, I'm broke but my kid needs a costume" realization. This is the perfect kids costume if you need something inexpensive and easy to throw together - with minimal crafting (and NO SEWING!) involved!

Creative Green Halloween costumes are all about using what you have or using things that you'll reuse again later. This costume was great because we had everything except for the fish on hand. I spent a whopping $1 on this costume!

If your family doesn't already happen to be outdoor enthusiasts, you may need to spring for a fishing vest. These can be picked up inexpensively for $5-$10 in the sporting goods section of big box stores. If you need a fishing pole, check your local thrift store. It doesn't even have to work! Alternately, your little fisherman could carry a net instead, which if lined with fabric could double as a trick-or-treating candy receptacle.


  • Bucket Hat
  • Plaid shirt
  • Fishing vest - pick one up in the sporting goods or toy aisle of a local store
  • Jeans or cargo pants
  • Hiking boots or rain boots
  • Fishing pole
  • Electrical tape
  • Safety pin
  • Fake fish (we got ours at the dollar store)
If you don't already have a fishing pole or can't find one at your local thrift store, use a net instead.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Have you seen Disney's latest: Oz the Great and Powerful? In addition to having an all-star cast, it has fabulous costumes. I am totally a costume gawker and spend time after watching epic movies daydreaming about costumes and thinking about how I can recreate the looks. 

Marylea from Pink and Green Mama totally hit the nail on the head for re-creating Glinda's crown from the movie - and in recycled coffee sleeve cardboard. A recycled craft that recreates a beautiful costume piece? Crafts just don't get better than that friends!


  • Old coffee sleeves
  • Scissors
  • Gold paint
  • Headband
  • Gems & beads
  • Glue


Find the directions online at Pink and Green Mama: Recycled Crown Craft Inspired By Oz The Great And Powerful 

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

I had these great plans for Halloween in my head. Fancy costumes for our whole family including hand-sewn retro style dress for me. Fabulous! Until it was 3 days before Halloween and I had neither time nor a Halloween costume budget. Snap! What to do?

When I was talking through my conundrum with my husband he suggested we make K a monk. And while it sounds like an odd choice, our son does have a physique to pull it off....a cute little toddler belly and so little hair on the top of his head that he almost looks bald. It also has the added geeky appeal of it doubling as a "Reformation Day" costume (Luther is one of my husband's favorite movies. Ever.).

It was cheap and easy to make. Less than $10 in material and less than an hour of time. Depending on how you accessorize this, you could be a more specific character (St. Francis of Assisi? Luther? Friar Tuck from Robin Hood?), too

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