DIY Under-The-Sea Costumes: Octopus!
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.
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)
How to make a 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.
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.
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!
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.
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