Fun floral Halloween costumes
It's around this time in October that many people begin to panic about what they're going to be for Halloween. With the holiday fast approaching, there are limited days to plan and organize a costume – not to mention purchasing all of the necessary materials. Costumes inspired by flowers are an ideal option because they're recognizable, timeless and many of them are easy to make. Not to mention, they're a great option for groups as blossoms only look better in a bunch! Here are a few ideas if you're looking for a relatively simple but still eye-catching costume for you or your kids this holiday:
For a mom and daughter
A garden duo idea from Parents magazine, which includes a packet of seeds and a plant, is a perfect metaphor for how you've nurtured your child and offers a playful take on her growth.
For your costume, start by punching holes in two large sheets of poster paper and fastening them together with string so that they can hang over your front and backside like a sign. You can purchase premade letters to form the words of your favorite flower seeds and paste them on, drawing an accompanying picture with markers.
Your child will dress as the corresponding blossom. She'll need a green outfit of leggings or tights, a long-sleeved top, and a tulle tutu. Then, fasten felt or paper petals with a glue gun to a headband in the flower's color. A watering can is your final prop.
For a group
It's a lot easier to create more than one of the same costume than a variety of different ones. Better yet, this idea from Martha Stewart magazine doesn't require any sewing at all. The only materials you need to make a stunning bouquet are a headband, fusible web, felt, fabric glue, colorful dot stickers, 28-gauge floral wire and an iron.
For the headband, start by snipping the wire into eight pieces approximately 4 to 5 inches long and place stickers on top of all of them. Then begin winding the floral tape about 1/3 of the way up the headband, secure a wire piece to the band and continue wrapping over its end. Continue this process, adding the wires an inch apart. To make the collar, press the fusible web to the felt square and iron them together. Then use a pen or marker to trace the outline of the petal on the web side. After cutting it out, put it on another piece of felt with a section of floral wire in between, iron them and cut out. Repeat five to 10 times, depending on how many petals you want. Place petals into the fold of a 36-inch cut of double-layered bias tape starting at 10 inches from the edge and use fabric glue to keep them in place.
Solid cotton dresses, colorful striped tights and ballet flats complete the adorable ensemble.
For a girl
You don't need more than one person to represent an entire field of flowers. For this solo costume from Oh Happy Day, you'll want to browse the dollar store for bunches of artificial flowers. Other than that, you'll simply need a monochromatic shirt, leggings and beanie, as well as a glue gun.
Start by detaching the blooms and leaves from the stems. Apply hot glue on the backside of the flowers one by one and stick on to your apparel. Be sure to stick the most beautiful blossoms on the front of your clothes. Also, remember to leave an inch or two bare at the waistband of your leggings so that the shirt lays smoothly on top. After your outfit is essentially covered with flowers, let the glue dry and you're ready for any kind of festivities or soirée.
Leigh Wendinger of HalloweenCostumes said “While DIY is in right now, it is sometimes hard to find the time to complete the ensemble before Halloween rolls around. We have a lot of ready made options and ideas for completing the look with a gardener costume and watering can.