2014 Costume Contest Winners – Baby/Toddler Category

2014 BABY / TODDLER CATEGORY

For the 2014 DIY Costume Contest we added the Baby/Toddler category, and it did NOT disappoint! This category received some of the most volume and definitely contained the cutest entries! Parents went above and beyond the call of duty for their young ones this year and it made for a very difficult selection process. We hope you enjoy these winners as much as we did!

FIRST PLACE: Rachael Kaufman – Olympia, WA

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

Last year when my son wasn’t walking yet I was trying to come up with a funny costume that would make sense with a crawling baby. I thought a crocodile or something low to the ground was perfect and loving a little dark humor I wanted to make it eating my son. Unfortunately, I never had the time to make it so I put it on the back burner. This year I made him a spartan costume and he kept stripping it off and refused to wear it. So one week ago I said screw it, I’m gonna do the crocodile costume. In the middle of planning how to construct it I was struck by lightning. Captain hook! How Perfect.

 

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

To make the stuffed animal portion of the costume I used about 2 yards of green fleece fabric and about 24 ounces of stuffing. The eyes and teeth are made from felt to add a little stiffness. I designed the jaw to be wider to accommodate my diaper wearing cutie. I cut holes in the jaw and made him green pants with fleece booties that matched the back legs I attached to the crocodile. I sewed suspenders into the jaw to hold the weight of the costume so my son could easily walk freely.

For the Captain hook I made a simple fleece lined coat with lace sticking out and gold trim fused onto the edges. The hat was something I had from a pirate party, I glued the edges to make it a triangle and added white feathers for that Captain Hook flair. The hook is from the dollar store and the sword as well. The mustache is entirely natural, I have an early bloomer. 😉

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

The reactions were amazing. Absolutely no one could walk by with complimenting, laughing, or gasping. It was so much fun. My son is a little ham and zoomed around all over the place loving the attention. We were stopped by at least 30 people to take photos of him and countless people said it was the best costume they’ve ever seen. It was great validation for all the hard work and needle poked fingers! Exactly what I was aiming for. We definitely left a mark on peoples memories.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

No, thank you!

 


SECOND PLACE: Heather Rinard – Gilbert, AZ

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

We wanted Daddy and daughter to have matching busses. So we copied his 71′ VW bus!

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

We built a wood frame around our daughters wheelchair. Used styrofoam to make the round top and front of bus. Then layered it in cardboard. Stapled and taped it up. We even matched the paint exactly to the original bus. We used a cut down laundry basket for the roof rack, mirrors for the side mirror, pool noodle for number, organizing container for the grill and a frisbee for the VW sign.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everyone that saw Charlie in her bus loved it! They screamed with Joy! They commented “awesome, cute, best they have ever there seen”!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

We wanted our 23 month old special needs daughter, Charlie Dawn, to be the star in her costume. We were very pleased with how it turned out!

 


THIRD PLACE: Stephanie Ortiz – Sicklerville, NJ

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

Jack (Cliff Claven) is a huge Cheers fan. He has been watching it since he was in the womb.

 WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

A peacoat from Gap, USPS Mail Patches, Mailman costume, Eyeliner, Suit, Wagon, Pergo flooring, Enlarged picture of Ted Dansen.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everyone says “we won Halloween”

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

No, thank you!

 

 

 


 

 

THIRD PLACE (a): Kathleen Wright – Halethorpe, MD

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

I made this costume for my daughter. I grew up near Baltimore and Baltimoreans are know for being “hons” and loving pink flamingos. John Waters did a cult film called Pink Flamingo. I also collect them in our house and have them in the yard. My mother used to make all my Halloween costumes and I couldn’t wait to be able to do that for my daughter. I told my husband that our child would never wear a store bought costume, because I never did!

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

I went to Joann Fabrics and bought pink fabric, feathers and Styrofoam. I used a Styrofoam egg for the head and carved a cone shape for the beak. I did the pattern freehand and just started sewing! It took about 2 months off and on, taking my time to see what would work best for the different parts. I used Velcro to attach the head to her crochet cap, then added feathers.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everyone loved it! They told me it was the most elaborate child’s costume they have ever seen. We went to the local mall for a Halloween fun day and all the mother’s asked to take her picture. The woman who ran the mall function asked us to come up front to show off her costume (my daughter was the only one asked to come up front out of over 100 children).

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

I love Halloween and make a costume every year for myself, but now I can start this tradition with my daughter. She is 9 months old now and my first child. I am 43!