I know that Halloween is fast approaching! But lucky for me, the costume of Zoey’s choice is a simple DIY this year. I have “made” her costumes to a certain extent every year. Usually, it’s some variation of tutu. Because let’s be real… toddler girls in tutus are painfully adorable.
But suddenly, Little Miss Zo has a mind of her own… and she wants to be Pikachu this year. Yeah, you know, from the cartoon that was all the rage when I was in elementary school. Thanks PokemonGO. haha! But I was actually pretty excited about it, because it was a relatively easy costume to make. And cheap. (Surprisingly, homemade tutus are neither!)
So naturally I took to Pinterest to explore my options in regards to DIYing a Pikachu costume. The various options looked easy enough, and I couldn’t wait to paint some giant red circles on her cheeks. #ADORABLE
This will be our first Halloween coming in at under 90 degrees and 150% humidity, so I opted for leggings underneath her Pikachu-yellow shirt (which is just a yellow shirt that I picked up from Walmart.)
My biggest concern was what I could use to make the ears and tail. It had to be something that would maintain it’s form while on a headband and/or tied around her waist. I originally planned on using some type of foam board material. But our local Office Depot is closing and they had everything inside on major clearance so we went to check it out. I ended up with a yellow trifolded project board (cardboard) for $3! #score And it’s already yellow.
So here’s what you’ll need:
- Yellow shirt
- Yellow Cardboard (or similar material)
- Brown + Black Sharpies
- Exacto Knife
And Voila! That’s all you need. Materials ran me somewhere in the $10 range since I already had most of these items laying around the house.
And here’s what you do:
- Draw Pikachu’s ears and tail on the cardboard (don’t fret, they’re easy. No art degree required)
- Cut them out. I cut out one and then traced the mirror image so both sides of the tail would be yellow once I glued them together.
- Use brown and black sharpies to add details.
- Attach the ears to a headband.
- Attach the tail to an elastic band or a belt.
- Use the brown sharpie to draw Pikachu’s stripes on the back of the shirt.
- Don your gorgeous attire. Admire yourself 😉
PS. She opted for the pink headband…and who I am I to deny a child their simple request on a holiday?!
Zoey is pretty excited about it. Thank goodness she’s easy to please, because at 37 weeks pregnant, I didn’t have much interest in an elaborate costume. haha! She’s still at that cute age where she loves things simply because I made them for her. <3
Jace, not so much. He originally wanted to be Baymax (we’re obsessed with Big Hero 6 here) but how on earth do you make one of those costumes?! I was going to order a cute one off of Amazon but he opted for instant gratification when he saw Iron Man at Walmart.
It was a great Simple costume idea, and the older kids at Jace’s Costume Parade at school loved it. Honestly, she looks just as cute as the more expensive and store bought Pikachus…if I do say so myself. ;P
Plus, HOW CUTE are kids in Halloween costumes anyways?! UGH. I could just die. I’m definitely a Christmas lover…but Halloween is certainly a close second. Especially now that we get REAL FALL. #obsessed
So if you were in need of a list minute costume idea. This was definitely quick and easy. We hope you’re having a happy Halloween weekend!!