Halloween is truly all about fun, so what could be better than a costume guaranteed to bring a smile? The clown is a classic among kids' Halloween costumes, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring -- or difficult to make. Trade a few of your favorite knock-knock jokes with your kid as you concoct this easy, inexpensive clown suit.
What You'll Need
- Hot-pink sweatshirt
- Blue sweatpants
- Acrylic paint: green, yellow, violet, white, orchid, hot pink
- Sponge pouncer: large, small
- Paintbrushes: 1/2-inch flat, round size 2, shader size 2
- Black permanent marker
- Felt: white, yellow, hot pink
- Rickrack: medium purple and yellow, jumbo blue and green
- Permanent fabric adhesive
- White crochet thread
- Large-eye needle
- 11/2x6-inch piece heavy cardboard
- Yarn: yellow, green
- Sewing pins
- White pom-pom trim
- Wash and dry sweatshirt and sweatpants. Do not use fabric softener.
- Use large sponge pouncer to sponge green circles randomly on front and back of sweatshirt. Let dry. With end of a large paintbrush, make a yellow dot in center of each green circle. Use small pouncer to sponge violet circles randomly on front and back of sweatshirt. Let dry. Use end of a paintbrush to make white dots on shirt.
- Paint 11/2-inch vertical yellow stripes (or make lines depth of band) 1/2 inch apart across bottom band of sweatshirt. Use end of a paintbrush to make small orchid dots on top between each vertical stripe. Let dry.
- Use 1/2-inch paintbrush to paint vertical wavy hot-pink stripes approximately 11/2 inches apart on pants. Let dry. Paint yellow horizontal dashes across every other hot-pink stripe. Use end of a paintbrush to make white dots between wavy stripes. With black marker, draw horizontal lines 11/2 inches apart between white dots. Let dry, then heat-set the paint by putting shirt and pants in dryer for about 30 minutes.
- To make collar ruffle, cut two 42x7-inch pieces of white felt. Fold 42-inch edge over 3 inches on one piece of felt and 4 inches on the other; pin in place. On opposite 42-inch edge, glue purple rickrack on piece folded over 4 inches and blue rickrack on the other piece. Let dry. Overlap pieces, and use needle and crochet thread doubled to sew large gathering stitches along folded edges of felt. Pull to gather, and tie around child's neck in a loose bow in back.
- To make sleeve ruffles, cut two 20x5-inch pieces of white felt. Fold 20-inch edge over 2 inches on one piece of felt and 1 inch on the other; pin in place. On opposite 20-inch edge, glue yellow rickrack on piece folded over 2 inches and green rickrack on the other piece. Let dry. Overlap pieces, and use needle and crochet thread doubled to sew large gathering stitches along folded edges of felt. Pull to gather, and tie around wrist in a loose bow. Repeat for other cuff.
- To make ankle ruffles, repeat instructions for sleeve cuffs, but cut two 20x7-inch pieces of white felt for each cuff.
- To make hat brim, cut a 14-inch yellow felt circle, and cut a 61/4-inch opening in center. Cut a 21x91/2-inch piece of yellow felt, and glue 91/2-inch ends together. Fold one edge of hat over and glue to create hat top. Cut a 21x21/2-inch piece of hot-pink felt, and glue around bottom edge of hat as a hatband. Glue blue rickrack in center of hot-pink hatband. Glue hat to brim.
- Wrap yellow yarn around short side of cardboard 100 times. Slip a 12-inch piece of yarn between cardboard and yarn along short side of cardboard, and tie yarn tightly. Cut yarn along opposite edge of cardboard. Make two yellow poms. Trim poms, and pin to front of sweatshirt. Make three more poms, using green and yellow yarn. Tie a green-and-yellow pom to each shoe, and glue the third to the hatband.
- Sew or glue pom-pom trim to bottom of sweatshirt.
That's the spirit! That floppy hat is bound to bring a smile. For another new spin on a Halloween classic, click to the next page, where you'll learn to create no-sew gypsy mystique.
To learn more about fun and easy Halloween activities, see:
- Halloween Crafts: Whether hosting a spooky party or looking to keep little goblins entertained, visit this site for easy arts and crafts directions.
- Halloween Decorations: Bring Halloween holiday spirit to any location when you create these fun and festive decorations.
- Halloween Masks: For a quick, fun costume and a disguise, follow these tips for creating your own Halloween masks.
- Halloween Games: There's more to Halloween than eating candy! Get your party guests moving with these ghoulish games.
- Halloween Recipes: Spooky treats that are good to eat... find out how to concoct delicious delights here.
- How Halloween Works: Discover the history and traditions behind trick-or-treating and more. Check out this site to learn what Halloween is all about.