Alpha Mom » Brenda Ponnay http://alphamom.com parenting and pregnancy opinions and information Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Our Favorite Holiday Party Outfits for Children! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holiday-party-clothes-for-girls-and-boys/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holiday-party-clothes-for-girls-and-boys/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:05:26 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35489

We’ve scoured the internet for our favorite Holiday Party outfits for girls and boys. It was hard to narrow them down but these classics won us over!

Holiday Party Dresses for Girls

We’ll admit it. We’re super partial to dresses when it comes to holiday party outfits for girls: (a.) Festive Sequin Party Dress in navy from Gap $68.00 (b.) Colorblock Fleece Dress from Gymboree $20.00 (c.) Rosette Cloche from Gymboree $11.37 (d.) Girls’ Empire Dress from Target $24.99 (e.) Ralph Lauren Girls’ Taffeta Tartan Dress from Macy’s $55.99 (f.) Girls’ Rosalie Twisted Dress from J.Crew $68.00 (g.) Brocade Party Dress from Boden $47.60 (h.) Girls Pleated Jersey Dress in Robie Red $16.00 from Old Navy (i.) Girls’ Sateen Bow Dress in navy from J.Crew $98.00 (j.) Thalia Sleeveless Jacquard Dress from Nordstrom $78.00 (k.) Holiday Birdie Velvet Dress from Olive Juice for $84.50

Next up: the Small Gentlemen!

Holiday Party Outfits for Boys

(a.) Woven Button-Front Shirt in blue from Carters $14.00 (b.) Corduroy Pants in Olive from Carters $15.00 (c.) Carter’s Dress Shoes in Grey from Carters $17.00 (d.) Plaid Bowtie from The Children’s Place $4.77 (e.) Argyle Crew Socks from The Children’s Place $2.37 (f.) Christmas Cabin Collection Plaid Shirt from Janie and Jack $28.80 (g.) Skinny Jeans with Tags from Zara $35.90 (h.) Combined Leather Mountain Boot from Zara $59.90 (i.) Preppy Penguin Plaid shirt from Janie and Jack $24.39 (j.) Yellow Bowtie from Janie and Jack $13.59 (k) Penguin Sweater Vest in Grey $24.79 (l.) The Standard Shirt from Appaman in red check $30.60 (m.) Collared Sweater Pullover in Holly Berry Red from Gymboree $14.98 (n.) Zip Reindeer Sweater from Gymboree $18.48 (o.) Fleece-Lined Jeans from Gymboree $19.98 (p.) Melange Blazer from H&M $29.95 (q.) Cotton Shirt in Red Check with matching satin tie from H&M $17.95

Let’s Party!

Holiday Party Outfits for Children

We hope you enjoyed this virtual shopping experience. We know we did!

Outfits on our models are (left): Metallic Dot Dress in Ruby from Janie and Jack $34.99 (sold out already!), Sparkle Tights in Metallic Gold from Janie and Jack $12.80 right: Boys’ Cotton Tie in Dark Poppy Tartan from J. Crew $26.50Classic Blazer in Navy from The Children’s Place $26.97   (not shown on mobile view), Oxford Shirt in Blue from The Children’s Place  $11.97Kids’ Adidas Dragon Sneakers in Red and White from Zappos $54.00.

*prices and selection subject to vary as websites may change their inventory.

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40 Favorite Holiday Pajamas for Kids! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/best-christmas-pajamas-kids/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/best-christmas-pajamas-kids/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:47:38 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35361

We don’t know about you but it’s that time of year when we start day dreaming about Christmas morning. The family will gather in their cozy pajamas around the tree, wrapping paper will fly, smiles will be so bright you’ll want to have your camera ready for that magical moment. Which means it’s time to start shopping for Christmas pajamas! Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.  We’ve searched long and hard, from this end of the internet to the other to find all of our favorite pajamas and collected them in one convenient location for your clicking ease. (Update: the prices below reflect pre-Black Friday sales. Please click through as some of these pajamas are up to 50% off now.)

Let’s start with our merry favorites:

40 Adorable Christmas Pajamas from Alphamom.com

 

(a.) little Santa suit! from Carters $10.00 (b.) Personalized Candy Stripes from Chasing Fireflies $49.50 (c.) Holiday Chevrons from CWDkids $22.00 (d.) T-Rex Stripes from Children’s Place $12.71 (e.) I Believe Stripes from CWDkids $36.00 (f.) Kids Holiday Hable Long Johns from Garnet Hill Elf $48.00 (g.) Snowman Pajamas from CWDkids $38.00 (h.) Miss Nick And Elf Nightgown from Hannah Anderson $48.00 (i.) Reindeer Stripe Pajamas from CWDkids $36.00 (j.) Kids Hable Holiday Long Johns Reindeer from Garnet Hill $48.00

Looking for something a little more….sophisticated, as in Urban Babies wear black? We couldn’t help but swoon over these classy black and white numbers, perfect for your little hipster.

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(a.) The Buck Stopes Here 2 piece from Carters $15.00 (b.) Penguins wearing Santa hats! Also from Carters $15.00 (c.) PJ Salvage ‘British Lily’ Two Piece from Nordstrom $46.00 (d.) Christmas 2-Piece Lightweight Fleece PJs from Carters $19.00 (e.) Christmas 3-Piece Cotton, Fleece & French Terry PJs (red boxers not shown) from Carters $22.00 (f.) Black Bears on Natural Kids Pajama Set from Hatley $35.00 (g.) Carters Santa Hat Penguin Pajama Set from Kohls $8.00 (h.) PJ Salvage Love Tattoo Two-Piece Pajamas from Nordstrom $50.00 (i.) Bed Head Kids Snug Fit Classic PJ from Zappos $64.00 (j.) Volcom Kids Striped PJ Set from Zappos $39.00

Haven’t spotted a favorite yet? How about some stripes!

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(a.) Puff Sleeve Gown from CWKids $24.99  (b. and c.) Long John Pajamas in Organic Cotton from Hannah Andersson $38.00 (for the whole family!) (d.) Striped Long Johns from The Children’s Place $16.96 (e.) Red and Navy Stripe Pajama Set $13.99 from zulily (f.) Girls Snug Fit Pajama Set from Lands’ End $29.00 (g.) Christmas Microfleece Shirttail Gown from Carter’s $16.00 (h.) Cat and Cow Pink & White Stripe Pajama Set from zulily $13.99 (i.) Sleep All-In-One from Boden $31.50

And last but not least our favorite button-up styles!

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(a.) Red Flannel Pajama from Pottery Barn Kids (personalized!) $44.50 (b.) Kids’ Flannel Pajama Top in Red Stripe from Garnet Hill $29.50 and Kids’ Flannel Pajama Pants in Red Stripe from Garnet Hill $29.50 (c.) PJ Salvage Pajama Party Two-Piece Pajamas from Nordstrom $46.00 (d.) Girls’ Plaid Nightgown from Target $10.00 (e.) Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Flannel Pajamas in Red Tango Tartan from Nordstrom $44.00 (f.) Arizona 2-pc. Plaid Pajama Set from JCPenney $17.99 (g.) Kids’ Holiday Plaid Pajamas from Garnet Hill $38.00 (h.) Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Flannel Pajamas in Green Verdant from Nordstrom  $44.00 (i.) Matching Santa Pajamas (for the whole family!) from CWKids $23.99

We hope you enjoyed this virtual shopping experience! Stay tuned for Party Wear coming soon!

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(Pajamas on our models: Long John Pajama in Penguin Stripes (left) from Hannah Andersson $42.00 and Long John Pajama in Gnome Stripes (right) from Hannah Andersson $42.00
. We take our research seriously. Update: these pajamas are currently 50% off at $20.40 each.  Buy before they sell out!)

We hope this helps with your Holiday Shopping!

 

*prices and selection subject to vary as websites may change their inventory.

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Painted Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/emoji-halloween-pumpkins/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/emoji-halloween-pumpkins/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:31:32 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35072

It seems like every time we go to the grocery store one of these cute little pumpkins comes home with us. I’m not ready to cut them up and bake them into pumpkin pies (I doubt I’ll ever be that ready, honestly) and I’m not ready to carve them for Halloween yet either but I have a kid that LOVES to craft so you know what we did? We painted them! In the latest trend of course: Emojis, aka my daughter’s favorite form of communication.Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies to make Emoji Pumpkins

1. washable, water-based, non-toxic, acrylic craft paint* (Don’t worry, it’s the most common craft paint out there. You probably already own some.)
2. some little round pumpkins
3. paint brushes
4. your phone or a print out of your favorite Emojis for reference

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Directions to Make Emoji Pumpkins

First, wash and dry your pumpkins. You could add a layer of varnish to your pumpkins if you want the painting to last longer but face it, these are disposable. Halloween is just a few days away.

After your pumpkin is washed and dried you can lay down your first layer of paint. In this case it’s the yellow face, white ghost and red face of the angry pumpkin. I used two layers of yellow because my paint went on a little thin and streaky. Paint as many layers as you need but make sure your paint dries thoroughly in between layers or else the paint will pull up the under-layer just like putting on a coat of nail polish before the one underneath it is dry.

Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

After your first base layers are dry it’s time to add details! Red hearts, eyes, mouths and then finally some outlines.  Real emojis are created on computers so they have lots of gradients and highlights but you can keep your detail simple or go all out. I personally liked to add the black outline to define the edges and cover up some of my smudges.

Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Then set them up along your doorstep (or maybe your Halloween party table) and send a Halloween message!

I think our message is trying to say: Don’t eat all your kid’s Halloween candy or a ghost will haunt and lick you to death or something like that….

Happy Halloween!

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Difficulty Level: moderate (depending on your painting skill level and patience)
Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how fast your paint dries.
**Always paint outside or in a well-ventilated area.

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DIY Under-The-Sea Kids’ Costumes for Halloween: Round up! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/under-the-sea-costumes-diy-halloween/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/under-the-sea-costumes-diy-halloween/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:07:14 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34880

By now you’ve noticed we’ve had an Under-the-Sea kids’ costume theme going for Halloween. They’re fun and easy to make, and who knows, you might want to break them out again for an Under-the-Sea themed party later in the year. Here is a quick round up of all the costumes for you. Follow the links to full tutorials below the pictures.

Kids’ Fish Costume

Kids' Fish Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Swish your way down the sidewalk for Halloween treats in this swishy fish costume.

Kids’ Jellyfish Costume

Kids' Jellyfish Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Twirl the night away with our swirling Jellyfish costume!

Kids’ Octopus Costume

Kids' Octopus Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Ink up the night with our octopus costume made from pool noodles!

Kids’ Sea Shell Costume

Kids' Sea Shell Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Show your pretty, softer side with this beautiful sea shell costume and giant pearl headband!

Kids’ Starfish Costume

Kids' Starfish Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Get your cute on with this adorable starfish costume!

Kids’ Submarine Costume

Kids' Submarine Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

And last but not least go down to the depths of fun with this deep sea submarine costume!

If you’ve had fun with these costumes, drop us a line and let us know. Or better yet leave us suggestions for next year. We’re always up for a costume challenge.

 

 

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DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Starfish! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/starfish-costume-kids-under-the-sea/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/starfish-costume-kids-under-the-sea/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:29:42 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34866

Did you want to make a cute little Starfish Costume for Halloween? Out of cardboard and pool noodles, no less? You have come to the right place! Please scroll down and observe these very simple steps.  This costume is the last one in our Under-the-Sea Series.

Starfish (DIY Under the Sea Costumes) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies for kids’ Starfish costume:

1. one large piece of cardboard
2. one pool noodle (you probably won’t even need all of it, in fact if you made the octopus costume and you have that one octopus leg left over this is what you’ll need it for!)
3. Some paint (spray paint* or acrylic will do)
4. box cutter**
5. serrated knife*** and cutting board
6. some ribbon
7. hole puncher (optional)

Tutorial for kids’ Starfish costume:

First, cut a five-legged star out of your cardboard. Don’t worry about being perfect. In fact, the more rounded and wobbly the starfish arms are, the better. That way your starfish will look like he’s squishing along the ocean floor one suction cup at a time. Cut a hole in the center for your child’s head (or your head).

Next you’ll need to cut your pool noodle into 1 inch segments. It’s easiest with a serrated knife but be careful and use a cutting board so you don’t cut your table or your hand while you’re at it. Ahem. That’s never happened to me. Nope.

Now it’s time to paint! Non-toxic spray paint is the fastest and easiest method but if you have some regular old acrylic paint on hand, that’s good too. For this costume I used some red and some fluorescent orange spray paint I had on hand but I’m the weird crafting lady who has a rainbow of spray paint just sitting in a box in her closet. Feel free to make your starfish any or as many colors as you like. Do however, paint the suction cups (aka sections of pool noodles a contrasting color)

Once all your paint is dry, it’s time to glue. This part is a bit tricky. I did use hot glue but hot glue melts pool noodles so you have to do it just right and fast.  If you have more time I’d recommend regular non-toxic white glue or any quick drying glue. Just make sure you let the glue harden so those suction cups are secure and not sliding off on Halloween night (code for: plan ahead).

You’ll also need to punch two holes on either side of the face hole and attach some ribbon so you can tie it on your head on Halloween night.

That’s it. Add some solid colored outfit under the costume (blue might be nice to look like water) and you are ready to charm everyone with your starfish cuteness!

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Difficulty Level: easy!

Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how fast your paint and glue dries. Maybe even a whole day if you are using slow-drying glue.

*Always spray paint outside or in a very well-ventilated area. Use non-toxic (low VOC) spray paint or ask your paint store to put no- or low-VOC paint into a spray can for you.

**Box cutters are NOT for children. Have a responsible adult use any sharp cutting devices.

***Serrated knives are NOT for children (and not even some adults!). Have a responsible adult use any sharp cutting devices.

Have you seen the other costumes in our Under-the-Sea Halloween Costume Series? Here is the Sea Shell, Submarine, FishJellyfish and Octopus costumes.

 

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DIY Under-The-Sea Costumes: Octopus! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/octopus-costume-kids-under-the-sea/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/octopus-costume-kids-under-the-sea/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:45:26 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34841

Do you have a little sea creature at home who needs a costume this Halloween?  Why not put this summer’s pool noodles to good use and make a kids’ octopus costume out of them! It’s really easy and requires minimal sewing (maybe not even any if you’re sneaky).  This is our fifth costume in our Under-the-Sea series.

Octopus Costume for Kids (Under-the-Sea Costume Series)

Supplies for kids’ Octopus Costume:

1. oversize t-shirt
2. fabric paint (or you could just glue on some of those really big googlie eyes that you can buy at a craft store and skip the paint)
3. elastic (skip if you’re the no-sew type)
4. three pool noodles cut into three sections each (that’s 9 octopus legs total which is one more than you need. But save it for another craft.)
5. some yarn and a yarn needle (not pictured)

Octopus Costume for Kids (Under-the-Sea Costume Series)

 

Tutorial for DIY kids’ Octopus Costume:

First let’s start with the sewing. I folded the bottom of the t-shirt up about two inches and sewed it there. Then I cut a small slit and stuck my elastic through with a safety pin. When it was all the way around I tied my elastic in a knot and it gathered up the bottom of the shirt making a billowy tummy for my octopus.  If you’re at all comfortable with sewing this will be a no-brainer for you.

If you want to skip the sewing you can just tie the elastic in a knot without putting it through the shirt and use it as a belt for flounce up the t-shirt. This might require some readjusting through the night but it’s totally doable and the tucked in part of the shirt could double as a skirt if your t-shirt is long enough.

Once all your sewing (or non-sewing) is done you’re ready to add your octopus face.  I chose to paint on my octopus face with fabric paint but if you are in a hurry, skip the fabric paint and add giant googly eyes from the craft store. The mouth could easily be drawn on with a permanent marker. If your children are the type who like their costumes to be anatomically correct then skip the mouth altogether.

Octopus Costume for Kids (Under-the-Sea Costume Series)

 

Now it’s time for the octopus legs!  Using a long yarn needle, thread some yarn and pierce each noodle through the top about an inch down from the top. Gather them together like a really big hula skirt and tie in a bow. Wear like a belt.

Octopus Costume for Kids (Under-the-Sea Costume Series)

 

Top it with your octopus-head t-shirt and your kid’s an octopus! Add some dark leggings/pants and boots and your kid will be ready to trick or treat!

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Difficulty Level: easy!

Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, if using fabric paint allow one day for drying (or more if you live in a humid climate)

*If using fabric paint, always paint in a well-ventilated area. Follow directions on packaging.

Have you seen the other costumes in our Under-the-Sea Halloween Costume Series? Here is the Sea Shell, Submarine, Fish and Jellyfish costumes.

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DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Jellyfish! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/no-sew-jellyfish-costume-kids-under-the-sea/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/no-sew-jellyfish-costume-kids-under-the-sea/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:48:06 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34872

I know the jellyfish-made-from-an-umbrella costume has been done many times but I can’t very well create an under-the-sea costume series without including this magnificent NO-SEW wonder! I know, those tendrils look like some kind of fancy ruffling but they’re not. Simple, simple, simple! Everyone should rush out and get a clear umbrella right now and make this adorable Jellyfish costume.

DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Jellyfish! by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies for our Jellyfish Costume for kids:

1. a clear umbrella (actually any color would work but we think clear is extra fancy and pretty)
2. Five or six 6-inch squares of fabric. Any kind will do. I bought some $1.98 fluorescent t-shirts and used them for fabric. Much cheaper and I didn’t have to stand in the cutting line at the fabric store (and you know what that can be like this time of year)!
3. Any other kind of notions you think will look pretty hanging from an umbrella and be tendril like. We used a string of tiny pom poms and some sequined thread but ribbons would work, even crepe paper steamers would work.
4. Something to attach the tendrils to the umbrella like quick-drying glue or even clear tape (note: hot glue does NOT work. It will melt your plastic umbrella and there goes all the fun).
5. fabric scissors

Tutorial for kids’ Jellyfish Costume:

The first step is the trick. Take your six-inch square of fabric and round the edges so that it’s a circle. Then cut a spiral into the circle to the very center. When you unwrap the spiral it will hand down in a tight spiral (see photo above). It’s magic! Once you have all your tendrils cut, attach them to your umbrella with glue or tape.

Add a cute coordinating outfit and you are ready to twirl! And just think, if it rains on Halloween night, you’re ready!

DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Jellyfish! by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

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Difficulty Level: easy!

Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how coordinated you are with fabric scissors

Have you seen our sea shell, submarine and fish costumes from our Under-the-Sea costume series?

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DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Fish! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/fish-costume-kids-under-the-sea/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/fish-costume-kids-under-the-sea/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:52:23 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34853

As you can see we have an under-the-sea theme going here with the Halloween costumes. But you know what is great about these costumes? They are easy to make and you don’t have buy something from a costume store that came in a bag and looks like every other kid out there.  You can pretty much make anything out of cardboard. Fish costume for a kid? We gotcha covered!

DIY Under the Sea Costumes: Fish! by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

At first I was worried about making a flat 2D costume. I thought I’d make two cardboard sides and let them wear one on each arm.  Then I ran out of time and guess what? It turns out, kids don’t care! Add some props (bubbles attached to a fishing pole) and imagination and they are ready to pucker up and make fish lips like there’s candy being handed out or something.

This costume was really easy to make.

Supplies for our Fish Costume

1. a large piece of cardboard
2. non-toxic spray paint** (or any non-toxic paint, just allow for drying times)
3. detail paint (non-toxic acrylic paint works great!)
4. a ping pong ball
5. permanent marker in black
6. a box cutter*
7. bolsa wood stick
8. yarn
9. three clear plastic Christmas ornament balls

How to Make a Fish Costume

First you cut out your fish shape.  This is easier than you think. It’s basically an oval with a triangle attached for a tail.  Get as elaborate as you like. Pull up google images and knock yourself out copying your favorite fish. Or don’t. Don’t forget to cut an armhole in the middle so your child can wear the fish.  You can disguise the arm as a flipper.

Paint your fish with your base coat. I used spray paint but any kind of paint will work well. When the base coat is dry add your fishy details: scales, tail fin marks, maybe some cheeks and an eyebrow. Let everything dry and then add your eyeball.

For the eye, glue a ping pong ball to your cardboard and then draw a black dot in the center for the eyeball.  You could always skip this step but it makes it fun and more dimensional.

Add some leggings and a long sleeved shirt (or if you are in Southern California and experiencing a heat wave, wear your swim suit) and you are ready to trick or treat!

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Difficulty Level: easy!

Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how fast your paint dries.

**Always spray paint outside or in a very-well ventilated area.  Use non-toxic (low VOC) spray paint or ask your paint store to put no- or low-VOC paint into a spray can for you.

*Box cutters are NOT for children. Have a responsible adult use any sharp cutting devices.

Have you seen our pretty sea shell and submarine costumes  from our Under-the-Sea costume series?

 

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DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Submarine! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/submarine-costume-under-the-sea/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/submarine-costume-under-the-sea/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:33:02 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34862

Blub blub! There’s some fun going on in deep water over here. Here’s an easy way to make a kids’ submarine costume from cardboard, and will make everyone smile when they’re handing out trick or treat candy. This is the second costume in our series of Under-the-Sea kids’ costumes that we will be publishing for the next several days.

DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Submarine! by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies for Submarine Costume for Kids

1. one large piece of cardboard (two if you want to make this costume two sided)
2. a box cutter*
3. yellow and black acrylic paint**, or any color you want.
4. paint brushes
5. one large pop-apart plastic Christmas ornament (optional)

Tutorial for Submarine Costume

First cut out your submarine shape. You can cut out three circles for window shapes (the center one for an arm hole) or just one hole for an arm hole and paint in the others. Your choice. An easy way to create circles is to trace around a bowl or jar.

If you have a pop-apart Christmas ornament I say use it for special effects.  You can also add a cardboard propeller wheel to the back if you like. I personally skipped that step but it would have been cool to attach with a brad so that it actually turns.

Add a snorkel, some swim trunks and a swim shirt and maybe some flippers or rubber boots and you are ready to navigate the waters of Halloween! Perfect costume if you live in a particularly warm area of the country.

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Difficulty Level: easy!
Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how fast your paint dries.
*Box cutters are NOT for children. Have a responsible adult use any sharp cutting devices.
**Always paint outside or in a well-ventilated area.

 

Have you seen our pretty sea shell costume from our Under-the-Sea costume series?

 

 

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DIY Under-the-Sea Costumes: Sea Shell http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/seashell-costume-under-the-sea-for-kids/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/seashell-costume-under-the-sea-for-kids/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:00:42 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34858

You know what is a pretty Under-the-Sea Halloween costume? A giant sea shell made as a sandwich board and topped with a big pearl headband. This is a super easy-to-make and fun-to-wear kids’ (and adults’) costume. (This is the first in a series of Under-the-Sea costumes. Stay tuned as we publish one every day, for the next several days.)

DIY Under-The-Sea Costume: Sea Shell by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies for Sea Shell Costume

1. Two large pieces of cardboard
2. box cutter*
3. spray paint** or acrylic paint in soft seashell colors (2 colors are best)
4. ribbon in a matching color
5. an inexpensive headband you can wrap in ribbon
6. masking tape
7. a large pearlized christmas ornament (not too big though—ours was a little heavy and the headband had to be reinforced with a butterfly clip so it didn’t slip off) or any big bead that can be made to look like a pearl.
8. floral wire (optional)
9. hot glue*** or any quick-drying strong glue
10. costume “jewels” or flat floral marbles

Tutorial for Sea Shell Costume

First you will need to cut your seashell shape out of the cardboard. Draw your shape on the cardboard with pencil and then use a box cutter to cut it out. It’s easiest if you use a smooth arcing motion with your hands to get the scalloped edges.

After you’ve cut out your shapes, paint your shell. Leave light and dark areas that follow the ridges of a shell.

When your paint is dry, cut (or use a heavy-duty hole puncher)  two holes in the top of each shell where your ribbons will go. Lace ribbon through to create a sandwich board.

Tutorial to make headband

I used two really inexpensive dollar store headbands to create this look. I taped them together at both ends and in the middle with a piece of masking tape. Then I took my ribbon, taped it at one end and wrapped it around and around the headband until I got to the other end. I secured the loose end of ribbon to the headband with another small piece of making tape.

To attach the “pearl” (aka Christmas ornament), I used floral wire and wired it to the headband. Hot glue or quick-acting glue might work well here too. I then covered my wire with more ribbon, securing it by tying it in a pretty bow. Then I hot-glued some costume “jewels” and flat marbles to complete the pretty under-the-sea bubbly look.

 

DIY Under-The-Sea Costume: Sea Shell by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

 

Add leggings and rubber boots and you are ready to catch a trick-or-treat wave!

 

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Difficulty Level: moderately easy.

Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how fast your paint dries and how much of a perfectionist you are when it comes to making headbands.  Feel free to simplify my steps.

*Box cutters are NOT for children. Have a responsible adult use any sharp cutting devices.

**Always spray paint outside or in a very-well ventilated area.  Use non-toxic (low VOC) spray paint or ask your paint store to put no- or low-VOC paint into a spray can for you.

*** Hot glue can burn. Be careful, use common sense and don’t allow children near hot glue until it is cooled.

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