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Bright Idea: Our Little Lightbulb

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Bright Idea: Our Little Lightbulb - Homemade costumes for kids

DONE!: outer shell on, lit up and ready to go!

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Photo #1 - DONE!: outer shell on, lit up and ready to go! Photo #2 - Stage Two: lights on, frame complete Photo #3 - Just the beginning: Bodice on and wire frame being contructed
Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Teresa, the 'Bright Idea: Our Little Lightbulb' costume creator:

I am including three pictures to show the stages of creation.
This year, my three year old daughter, Presley wanted to be one thing and one thing only.... a lightbulb. She is a very different child. Last year, she also came up with her own idea for a costume... broccoli (not a VeggieTale broccoli... actual store bought broccoli- I may actually submit that one too lol).

So, trying to be a good mom, I make it a point to try and carry out the creative ideas she comes up with. So, here is our light bulb.

First, we dressed in black to black out the arms and legs. Then, we created a bodice by using a sheet of plastic canvas. We cut arm holes on eachside and laced the front up with pipe cleaners. Then we used 20 gauge jewelery wire to contruce the shape of the light bulb attaching it to the plastic canvas by just twisting (and some trusty duct tape).

Next, we wrapped a battery powered string of mini Christmas lights to make our light bulb actually illuminate.

Then, we used white tulle draped over the frame (so she could still see and still breathe), cutting holes for the arms and wrapping tightly under the arms and saftey pinning (Mom is NOT a sewer!!).

Lastly, we used thick, stretchy, sequined banding to wrap around her bottom half to create the base of the lightbulb. We secured this, again, with my handy saftey pins.

My daughter was estatic that we were able to make her dream come to life and it gave me another chance to think outside of the box for her.

With crafty love,
Teresa McGuire (and the costume innovator- Presley age 3)
Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA

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