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Abby Larson, entertaining guru and founder of Style Me Pretty, has the perfect DIY costume to make Halloween a real treat. From kid friendly crafts and recipes to costumes, she makes getting creative on October 31st easy! Abby’s ideas offer a spooktacular time, and we love how easy and adorable this costume is.
DIY Halloween Costume: Hot Air Balloon
A huge, 3 foot latex balloon filled with helium frames this adorable hot air balloon costume. Add a basket with the base cut out, a floral hoop, some netting and a few other goodies and onlookers will hardly believe just how awesome you are. This is Halloween gold.
30” red latex balloon
36” Balloon netting
Gold spray paint
10” Foam floral hoop
Red parachute cord
Red woven cotton straps
Red duct tape
Brown lunch bags
(1/2 yard) 1/2” foam sheet
Basket large enough to fit around your child
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Step 1: Use a utility knife to cut
out the bottom of the basket. Line the inside edge with duct tape so there are
no sharp edges.
2: Crumple a lunch bag into a ball and
stuff it inside another lunch bag; tie with rubber band. Repeat to make 3 more
Step 3: Spray paint the sandbags,
floral hoop, and balloon netting gold. Let dry 30 mins.
Step 4: Cut the red felt into small
triangles. Thread the red parachute cord through the spokes of the basket,
leaving an arc on each side, and knot at the ends on the inside of the basket.
Glue the triangles to the cord to make pennant flags.
Step 5: Thread the red straps
through both sides of the basket, as far apart as your child’s shoulders. Glue
the ends to the strap on one side, then place the basket on your child to
measure where to cut the ends on the other side. Glue those ends in place.
Step 6: Tie red parachute cord from
the basket corners to the floral hoop. Hold the hoop level and at a height tall
enough to leave room for your child. Tie the sandbags onto each corner of the
basket with red parachute cord.
Step 7: Cut the foam into 2” strips
as long as the sides of the basket. Hot glue on the top of each basket side.
Cover each piece of foam completely in red duct tape to form a cushioned rim to
Step 8: Cut 4” strips of red felt
and glue end-to-end to form a scarf. Cut the ends into strips with scissors to
Step 9: Inflate the red balloon and
place in the gold netting. Have another person hold the balloon while you tie
the netting to the floral hoop, keeping the length even on all sides.
Step 10: Dress your little one in
the hat, jacket and scarf. Place the basket over his head and help him pull his
arms through the straps. Ready to fly!