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DIY Flower Basket Costume

Oh my word, it’s October!  Before we know it……it’ll be Christmas morning!  Fall has to be the speediest season of all and I think that’s mostly because it’s packed with so many things to look forward to.  Ahhhhh…..when it’s springtime, I always say spring is my favorite season.  But come October, I’m smitten with everything Fall!

One of my favorite things about October (as you all know….because I’ve mentioned it about a trillion times) — COSTUMES!  I have been making costumes for years and for me, the most fun ones to make are for kids.  (See all my Halloween Costume tutorials HERE.)

This month, as a Michaels Maker, we were challenged to make, yep, a costume.  Fine by me!  As I walked through the aisles of Michaels, I tried thinking of ideas that were really simple, didn’t involve any sewing, and could be thrown together in 15 minutes or so.  Okay, one more thing…..a bit on the unique side.

That’s when this Flower Basket Costume came to life!  And I know it’s October…..but how does a basket full of bright pink flowers NOT make you happy!

 

All it takes is a clearanced-out basket (or one you’re not using at home), some flower stems, a bit of ribbon for the shoulder straps….and you have a cheery little costume that no one else will be wearing!

 

And how does one walk while wearing a basket?  Well, one foot in front of the other!  The bottom of the basket is completely open and since it hits above her knees, walking isn’t an issue at all.  Perfect for trick-or-treating, costume parades, work parties, etc.

 

I went back and forth, trying to decide if I should put flowers all the way around (I even bought them and stuck them in to test it out), but in the end, I opted not to.  It’s cheaper to leave them off, it’s a little more comfortable without them, and I also figured it doesn’t have to be literal.  It’s a costume….and you totally get what’s going on from the front.  HOWEVER, if you want flowers all the way around, add them in!

 

Chloe was pleased as punch to test the costume out for me!  (By the way, that blue top she’s wearing is actually a dress.  So yes, she’s fully dressed under there.  I know some of you may wonder! ;) )

 

Then, she wanted to test out her character role……and got into position on the front porch.  Yep, totally legit.

 

In fact, we could set Chloe out here on the front porch when we need her to do some spy work for us.  (I don’t know why we’d need to spy on someone standing on our front porch…..but just go with it!)  Because come on, you can’t even tell she’s there, right?!  So sneaky. ;)

 

Well, until she starts giggling and peeking up at you.  4-year-olds make terrible spies. Just sayin’!! Ha!

 

Like always, I took way too many photos……but we had a lot of fun with this little costume.  In fact, I started thinking about how fun this costume would be as a group costume….and everyone in the group was a basket of different colored flowers.  OR, one person could be a basket of flowers, the other person could be a bumblebee, and another person a big yellow sun.  Or maybe a butterfly?  Or a caterpillar? You really could go on and on! :)

 

Want to make one too??

 

SUPPLIES:

  • a wicker basket, a large plastic bucket or an over-sized flower pot (just be sure it’s large enough to fit around the subject, with plenty of space to walk and add flowers)
  • flowers of any variety (the bigger and puffier they are, they more they’ll cover)
  • 1-inch wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hair clip

 

Okay, let’s get started!

Cut the bottom of your basket out with sharp kitchen scissors or a utility knife.

 

Then, hot glue a piece of ribbon along the cut edge of the basket, to enclose the pieces of wicker and keep it from unraveling.

 

Then, if the weave of your basket is big enough, you can loop the ends of your shoulder straps though them to secure them in place.  Otherwise, you can cut larger slits in your basket or use wire to attach them.  I just looped my ends through and then folded the ends back up onto itself and hot glued in place.

 

And because the weave of my basket was large enough, I slid the flower stems down through the weave to hold them in place.  But you may need to hot glue the stems to the inside of your basket or bucket.

 

Then, trim off the excess flowers stems.

 

Before gluing down both ends of my shoulder straps, I actually safety pinned the 2nd ends until I could try the whole thing on my subject, with the flowers in place, etc.  Once you’ve tested it out and adjusted the length of each strap, secure them in place.

 

Now your costume is ready to go!

 

 

For the hair clip, just cut off your flower stem so that the underside is flat….

 

…..then trim off the extra leaves from your stem and add them to the underside of the flower.  Glue a hair clip in place, then slide into the hair!

 

That’s it!  This little Flower Basket Costume is complete!

 

Enjoy!

-Ashley

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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Lisa/Syncopated Mama says:

    OhMyGoodness! THIS! This is perfect – my little Gv immediately said this is what she wants to be. I love all of your ideas, so much! Pinning and subscribing and whatever other non-stalky things I can do to make sure I don’t miss a single bit of genius from you!

  2. Anonomouys says:

    Such a fun and creative costume! Hopefully we’ll get to see your kids in their costumes soon! You always come up with such fun costumes Wonder what they’ll be this year???

  3. Kate says:

    Ashley, I always love your creative costuming ideas come Halloween time, but I gotta say, this is DEFINITELY my favourite! Makes me wish I had a little one to dress up as a flower basket. Somehow, I don’t think my closing-in-on-6-ft 15 year old son would go for that! LOL

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha…..this made me laugh out loud, thinking of your tall son stuffed inside of this basket! :) And my word, you have a tall son! My 6’5″ husband said he was about that tall at 15! Buckle up, he’ll probably keep growing! :)

      Thanks Kate!

  4. Amy Anderson says:

    She’s a doll! She needs to walk my Roxie, because she’s a flower basket this month too! :0

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha……okay, that would be hilarious!!! And Chloe would LOVE that! :)

  5. Kat says:

    Such a cute idea! Quick, easy and looks like it would be inexpensive to make! I’m going to put all 3 of my girls in these! Thanks for the great costume ideas!!!! Love your hard work!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, how cute would it be to see them all 3 as baskets of flowers! You’ve got to share a picture if you do! :)

      And you’re so welcome Kat….I really have a lot of fun with these!

  6. Artemisa says:

    It’s a wonderful idea. Furthermore, the model is great … I love her innocent smile. Congratulations

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwwww, thanks!

  7. Jaime says:

    oh i totally busted out laughing when I saw her sitting on the front porch “spying.” What a fun kid. And fun idea too.

    1. Ashley says:

      My husband and I were just cracking up about it….haha! It gets me every time I scroll through and see it. HA! :)

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