Oh well, October is one of my favorite months for all kinds of reasons! In fact, many people that I have met agree with me. Do any of you name October as one of your favorite months? I just love the chilly weather and the falling leaves and all the smells of pumpkin bread and maple cookies and---oh, I'm just making myself hungry - and probably you too!
Another reason is Halloween. I know a lot of people do not celebrate Halloween for many different reasons such as; it being too scary, religion, etc. I agree that it can get too scary (some decorations are just way too over the top for my family! XD), and as for religion, I know a lot of people at my church who don't do the trick or treating and instead go to the Fall Carnival at the church. I have done that before too.
I do celebrate Halloween/Fall. However, I do the not-scary version of it. My family carves cute pumpkins and puts them out on our lawn/sidewalk and we sometimes make banners of cut-out fall leaves. We trick or treat for a little bit around our neighborhood at the non-scarily decorated houses (I do have little sisters too!) and then we often go over to our neighbor's Halloween party. They celebrate Halloween like us, so it is fun. Sometimes, we host the party. Whatever I do on Halloween though, I always make sure to dress-up in some sort of silly and fun costume.
Anyway, so even if you don't celebrate Halloween/Fall, I do hope that you and your dolls dress up, because there is just something so exciting and magical about becoming your favorite storybook character or character from a movie.
So this October, I am going to be posting about 1 costume idea a day. These costumes will not be scary or inappropriate, they will mostly be my dolls dressed as characters from their favorite books or as their favorite animals.
So, here is costume idea #1: A Cat
First, get your doll dressed in an outfit in the color that you want the cat costume to be. Payton chose to be a black cat, but there are so many choices; white, calico, brown, or even pink!
This black leotard from Isabelle's collection works nicely. I also put black tights from Samantha's collection over top of it.
To make this outfit, you will need about 5 things; scissors, tape, tissue paper, wire or pipe cleaner, and foam w/a sticky backing. All supplies can easily be found at a dollar store, Michaels & other craft stores, etc. Most of these, you should find in your home already - this project was made out of all materials I had in my home; so it cost me nothing! Also, keep in mind that you can alter the materials to match with whatever you have at home. The goal with all these costumes is to not spend a cent!
Using the thick foam with the sticky backing, I made little whiskers (3 for each cheek) and stuck them on. I do not know what the foam will do if it is stuck to the doll's skin long-term, so I recommend taking it off after photo shoot/play, etc. Use foam/tape, etc. at your own risk.
Then, for the kitty claws, I used long strips of foam and I also taped a little circle of pink tissue paper to the palm of each hand to look like paws!
Then, I created ears, using an old black wire that came in some packaging for outdoor equipment. That proves that you can really find a way to make a craft out of anything! Reusing is fun and interesting! I attached cut-out foam ears to the wire using the foam's sticky back and I taped on pink pieces of tissue paper to the front!
Here is her finished face! I think the little nose is just SO cute!
I love this picture of the costume!
Since your doll will not be able to just walk around the pumpkin patch in tights and leggings, I suggested adding some black shoes to complete the outfit. I used Molly's Meet Outfit shoes!
What do you think of the costume? Do your dolls ever dress up?