DIY Belle and Gaston Costumes

wpid-wp-1446312895124.jpegHappy Halloween Everyone! I hope everyone is having a SPOOK-tacular day!

This morning, my four-legged side kick and I decided to go to the Broadway Paw-rade in Uptown Columbus. There were over a hundred dogs, and most of them were dressed up! It was a lot of fun. If you know me, even a little, you know I wouldn’t miss a chance to dress up with my fur baby. Koda Bear and I went as Belle and Gaston!

I put together both costumes for under $15. I’m actually quite impressed with how easily it all came together. Since we just got back from Disney World, I wasn’t wanting to spend too much. But I was also very inspired to keep my Disney outfits going strong.

But here’s what you need to pull it off!

Belle:

  1. Blue Dress – Plato’s Closet – $1 (on sale)
  2. Blue Ribbon – Michael’s – $3
  3. White Button-Up – Goodwill – $3
  4. 2 Yards White Fabric (for apron) – Previously Owned
  5. Black Flats – Previously Owned
  6. White Cami – Previously Owned – Optional
  7. Basket – Goodwill – $1
  8. Book – Previously Owned

**The Blue dress was the hardest thing to find. You want to find a dress that has a very basic shape. Its best to look for one with a tank top style top and a flare style bottom. My dress had lace already sewed in the bottom. You can add that if you like it.

Style It:

Start by putting on the white top. Button it up, but leave the top open. If your button-up shirt has pockets, you may want to put a white cami over it to smooth it out. Other wise you’ll be able to see the pocket lines through the dress. Put the dress on over the white shirt. Finish your outfit with your apron and black flats. Put your hair up. I twisted my bangs back and tied them up. Then I put the rest of my hair in a ponytail and added the ribbon.

If you need to make your apron, lay your dress down and decided how big you need it to be. Remember you will want it to be shorter then your dress. Cut out the size square you need and sew that square to a long strip of fabric you will use to tie it onto your waist. I used two layers of fabric because it was a little see-through. You may not need to.

Gaston:

**Disclaimer** This costume was intended for a dog, but you are essentially making a shirt. Although I would style a person different than a dog, but this costume would work for a person as well. 

  1. Red Polo – Goodwill – $3
  2. 2 Sheets of Yellow Felt – Michael’s -$1
  3. Brown Fabric – Previously Owned
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Make It:

Cut out sheets of yellow felt and glue them to the collar of the polo. Cut two strips of brown fabric for his belt. Glue them on the shirt. Cut out a buckle out of the left over yellow felt and glue it on. You could sew all of this on if you wanted, but I didn’t want to spend much time making something I wasn’t sure Koda would actually wear. I was afraid he would rip it up, but he wore it all morning and didn’t try to get it off once. I did have to safety pin it up some so he wouldn’t step on it. I only pinned up a couple of inches.

If you wanted to be Gaston, you could make this shirt for yourself. If it were me, personally, I would attach the yellow felt on the collar. Then I would wear an actual belt over it. I would pair it with brown or black pants or leggings and black boots. You could also accessorize with a bow and arrow.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

alyssa

DIY Bam Bam and Pebbles Costumes

1900117_10152370685432617_3365013254769095359_nSince Halloween is right around the corner, I figured I would share the costumes I made for my husband and I last year. We didn’t have a lot of time to pull these costumes together, but I think they turned out pretty well.

Supplies:

For Bam Bam:

  • Orange Fabric
  • An Orange Hat
  • Brown Fabric
  • Safety Pins
  • A Small Dog Bone
  • A Medium Sized Dog Bone
  • Black Felt
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cave Man Club

**We found the plain orange hat at a hat store that custom embroiders hats. We found the Cave Man Club at Spirit Halloween. The Bones are all Nylabone bones. You can get them at WalMart,Target, Meijer, and Petsmart.

For Pebbles:

  • Green Tank Top
  • Light Blue Body Con Skirt (or blue shorts)
  • Black Felt
  • Medium Sized Dog Bone
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

For Bam Bam:

  1. Start by measuring around the waist of the person who is going to be wearing the costume. Then have them measure how long they want their costume to be. Keep in mind that you will be cutting pieces off, so be sure to find out how long it needs to be for them to be comfortable.
  2. Next cut triangular shapes out of the orange fabric.
  3. Have the wearer tie the fabric around their waist where they want to wear it.
  4. Measure from the front left hip bone, over the shoulder to the right side of the lower back. Add about two inches and cut out a strip of brown fabric. Cut triangular shapes out of the brown fabric.
  5. Safety pin the brown fabric to the orange fabric. (Be sure to pin it so you can’t see the pin.) Hot glue the medium sized bone over the front safety pin.
  6. Cut out various sizes of triangles out of the black felt.
  7. Hot glue the black triangles all over the orange fabric.
  8. Cut out smaller triangles for the hat.
  9. Hot glue them all over the hat.
  10. Hot glue the small bone on the back of the hat.

For Pebbles:

  1. I found my green shirt at Plato’s Closet and ended up liking it too much to want to hot glue anything to it. So for mine, I cut triangles out of black felt that hat sticker backing. It didn’t really work as well as the hot glue, but it saved the shirt.
  2. Wear green shirt with blue skirt or shorts.
  3. Complete look buy wearing the last dog bone in your hair. I hot glued a bone to a hair thing.

It wasn’t the most difficult DIY i have ever done, but we were able to pull the two costumes together quickly and with very little money. I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year!

lyssa