Woohoo! It’s costume season again, one of my favourite times of the year. If it were up to me, I would love to dress up in silly costumes more than once a year.
This year for Halloween, I will be going as a loofah and the boyfriend will be going as a bar of soap!
Out of all the DIY costumes we have made over the years, the loofah was certainly the most challenging. I used a combination of videos/posts, and it was a lot of trial and error.
Although I love DIY costumes, I am absolutely abysmal at making them and can’t sew. Which is why I like to share these on my blog – if I can make these, anyone can. Trust me. Let’s get started!
LOOFAH COSTUME MATERIALS/INSTRUCTIONS:
- 25 yards/74 feet of tulle fabric (You can easily purchase this at Michael’s or at a fabric store)
- Twelve safety pins
- Shirt (preferably same colour as the tulle)
- Measuring tape
- Cut out 12 even strips of tulle using a measuring tape for accuracy, approximately 6 feet each. This part was frustrating for me because one layer of lavender tulle is practically clear, so I couldn’t really see where I was cutting… multiply this by 12 and you can understand why I was getting frustrated!
- With each strip, fold it in half length-wise
- Then, fold it in half width-wise again (should be approximately 3 feet by this step)
- In the middle, wrap a piece of string tightly
- Repeat #2-#4 for the other strips
- Take a safety pin and hook it in the middle of the strip, where the string is.
- Pin the first piece of tulle by your collar bone
- Repeat #6-7 for the other strips until they are evenly pinned on the shirt. I have attached a photo of where I pinned each tulle section on the tshirt. Repeat for the back as well. It may seem a bit high but once you fluff it out, you can’t tell!
- Now comes to fun part – fluffing it out! Go crazy and (gently) pull the tulle out to give it the desired puffy effect
- Repeat #10 until you are satisfied with the level of puff!
BAR OF SOAP MATERIALS/INSTRUCTIONS:
For this costume, we were originally planning on just painting a cardboard box. However, we didn’t find one large enough and also, my friend brought up a good point where the boyfriend wouldn’t be able to sit down LOL. So, I did some brainstorming and came up with this super cheap and easy alternative!
- Two sheets of white poster board
- Blue, gold, black acrylic paint (other colours are okay but we decided to go with the Dove bars haha)
- Paint brush
- Using a pencil, outline the design you’d like. We looked up an image of Dove’s bar soaps and replicated that, but you can do whichever brand you’d wish, or simply just write “SOAP”.
- Outline what you are planning on painting with a sharpie
- Write down the ingredients, or any other text you’d like included to make it look more realistic
- Cut two pieces of string and use tape to connect the two poster boards
I will be updating this post after Halloween with our final costume result! Just wanted to get this post up before Halloween to give you some ideas.
As a bonus, get some rubber duckies at the dollar store (I found this pack for $1.25) and hot glue gun it onto a headband! 🙂 You could also blow up some white balloons to act as bubbles, heh.