DIY Ruth Bader Ginsburg Child’s Costume
We couldn’t resist creating a homemade Halloween costume honoring our favorite “notorious” judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
She rules supreme with her trail-blazing career, her much talked about exercise routine, her penchant for decorative collars and most importantly her ongoing fight for gender equality. Who wouldn’t want to be her for Halloween?!
Supplies needed to make this Ruth Bader Ginsburg costume
- a black long-sleeved t-shirt (or a black graduation robe or black dress)
- a pre-made lace collar or lace that you can run a quick gathering stitch through
- hot glue (or needle and thread for more permanence)
- some very large rimmed glasses (we bought these fun non-prescription versions)
- large gold studded earrings (We made our own since our models don’t have their ears pierced. See below for supplies)
- a gavel (optional)
- attitude to spare
How to make a Ruth Bader Ginsburg costume
First we measured out about a yard of lace for each t-shirt. Then with a needle and thread we ran a quick loose gathering stitch through the top of the lace so that the lace would wrap around the collar in a circle and not lay flat. Then we gently tacked the lace onto the collar with small dabs of hot glue every three inches or so. Make sure there is lots of extra lace and room for it to give so that when the t-shirt is pulled over you (or your child’s) head, it can give. We were quick and dirty with our glue-gunning job but you could take more time and probably do a better job. Just be sure to allow lots of room for the lace to expand so you can fit your head through the t-shirt or better yet, tack on the back side (with thread, not glue!) after your head is through the t-shirt.
For the earrings we ordered these clip-on backs and then attached a large over-sized pearls to them with hot glue. Then we gave the whole thing a quick spray of gold paint, let them dry and popped them on! Easy peasy!
Slide on the glasses (the larger, the better), pull your hair back into a severe slicked-back side-part bun and you are ready to wield some justice.
I don’t think anyone will dare to give these judges any trick-or-treating flack.
(Editor’s note: I love seeing the picture of these two. I hope that there are a gazillion little notorious RBGs out trick or treating this Halloween season, like there were Elsas a couple of years back.)
Trick or treat!