Here’s another ultra-easy dress-up costume for the Little Mouse, Little Rabbit or Little Pig animal. You can make it from a Craftdesignworks animal, a faux flower (the dollar store or thrift store can be an excellent supplier if you don’t have one you’re ready to pass on) plus any tiny additions that catch your fancy.(animal patterns and kits can be purchased from my shop here)
Step 1: Assemble what you need to make this costume:
- The flower(s)
- Fabric glue (of course I default to my beloved/hated Fabri-tac) or hot glue or you can stitch the elements in place.
- Scissors, needle, thread
You’ll need to take the flower apart. Most will have similar parts to this one.
Step 2: Pull off the stem, then the sepal unit.
Step 3: Separate all the component pieces. Now you can see what you have to work with. You’re free to reassemble them as you wish. Bodice? Hat? Wings? Cape? You choose.
Step 4: To use a large petal piece as a skirt, snip a small X-shaped opening in the middle of the petal section with the tips of your scissors. There may be a bit of fussing around until you settle on the right fit for your animal. No worries. If you make a “mistake” you can always find a way to cover it up. And that may make the little costume even better.
Step 5: Add as many skirt layers as you like, securing each piece with glue or small stitches. Then add whatever embellishments or accessories suit your fancy. This little one has “wings”, so could be a fairy or some other garden spirit.
Since this project is so simple it can be an enjoyable activity to do with kids. Do I need to remind you that they LOVE to take things apart? Depending on the ages/skill levels, you’ll want to supply the animal bodies already made, work under the childrens’ design direction to assemble, or let the older children make the animal, then dress it themselves.
And, of course, this can be an easy way for an older child or adult to make puppets or ornaments in all kinds of styles and colors, depending on the faux flowers you have available. Poinsettia fairy, anyone?