It’s officially October and that means it’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes! Last year, June was still an infant and I was sleep deprived so I opted for a simple store bought costume. This year, I partnered with Martha Stewart Crafts® to make my mommy and me costume dreams come true.
I’m still all about keeping it simple on Halloween (and to be honest, all holidays since becoming a mom) so this DIY parent and child costume is doable and affordable. Many items you might already have can be used. For me, that meant wearing a gray long sleeve top I sewed last fall and wearing shoes I already had. For June, I decorated a simple black long sleeve t-shirt and hand-me-down shoes. Then I found a few missing items, like both of our skirts, online. The extra special touch that made both costumes was the adhesive stencils and multi-surface metallic paints.
Keep reading to learn how to make each costume!
I seriously just adore these costumes! Both June and I kept them on way after we took photos together and you might just see use parading down the grocery store aisles in our silvery skirts. Just maybe!
Parent Moon Costume
Crackle Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreen
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Sterling
Large foam pouncer
Martha Stewart Cutting Knife
Glitter silver ribbon
1 sheet of white Plastic Corrugated Board
If you would like to use the template, print it out. You can also freehand the moon shape if you feel comfortable with that. If you choose to use the template, you can either take the file to your local copy shop to be printed or you can select the “tile” option on your printer to print and tile the pages at home. If you choose the later method, use clear tape to piece the pages together.
Cut along the black outline and then place the moon template on top of the corrugated plastic board. Use a pencil to trace the outline. Then place the board on a cutting mat or scrap piece of cardboard and use the cutting knife to carefully cut out the moon shape.
Remove the Crackle stencil from the paper backing and place it on top of corrugated plastic board. Use a large foam pouncer to fill in the stencil with the metallic silver paint. Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry completely on the board. Continue stenciling the entire front side of the moon shape. When you go to connect, or overlap the stencils place the overlapping edges on top of the original paper backing it came on to prevent the paint from being peeling up by the stencil.
Use a scrap piece of corrugated plastic board to cut out 2 small 2″ x 2″ pieces. Cut 1 piece of silver ribbon approximately 36″ long (you might find you need a shorter or longer piece). Use super glue to adhere the ribbon to the back side of the moon shape. This will become the shoulder straps. Then place one of the 2″ x 2″ pieces on top of the ribbon to reinforce the straps. Try on the costume and adjust accordingly. Attach the other end around the middle side of the moon to create a diagonal back strap.
Kids Stars Costume
This costume can easily be adapted to suit your child. Metallic silver pants can be stenciled in place of the skirt. Or you can even purchase a leotard with a skirt already attached for a simple outfit.
Constellation Martha Stewart Adhesive Laser-Cut Stencil
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Sterling and Gold
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black
Martha Stewart Family Friendly Brush Set
If using new kids clothing, wash and dry before painting to allow for shrinkage. Use the Beetle Black paint and a small paint brush to paint the entire outside of the shoes. Allow them to dry completely, it’s best for a full 24 hours before stenciling to allow the paint to fully adhere.
Remove the stencil from the paper backing and place on the front or side of the shoe. Then use a small foam pouncer to fill in the stencil using metallic gold or silver paint. Repeat the same step to the opposite shoe. If the paint bleeds a little, you can use a small angled paint brush with the black paint to touch up the edges once dry.
Place a scrap piece of paper inside the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through the fabric. Place your selected stencils on top of the shirt and press firmly to make sure they are adhered well. Use a small foam pouncer to fill in the stencil using metallic gold or silver paint. Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry 24 hours.
Continue stenciling on the skirt using the gold and black paint. Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry 24 hours. I used the same stencil across the front bottom edge of the skirt to create a simple start border.
Are you planning on dressing up with your kids this Halloween? I’d love to know what you and your family with be. If you are looking to DIY, you can find Martha Stewart craft paints, tools and stencils exclusively at Michaels.