Make this no-sew child’s snowman costume for Christmas or Halloween. It’s so simple to make and looks completely adorable!
Last week, Charlie’s school had a “come dressed as something Christmassy” day. There’s always so much going on at this time of year so I *might* have left things to the last minute (nothing new there, ahem!). With just 24 hours to make a costume, I needed something that was quick, simple and low-cost. This no-sew snowman costume is what I came up with. Charlie absolutely loved it, so I consider that a success!
A note for my northern hemisphere readers – we live in Australia. Christmas means long hot summers for us. That’s why I made this snowman costume from a short sleeved t-shirt and a flimsy piece of fabric for the scarf. I didn’t want Charlie fainting from heat exhaustion while he was at school! He wanted to be dressed up as a happy snowman, not a melted one! If you live in a part of the world where you enjoy snowy winters in December, then this would work just as well by substituting with a long sleeve t-shirt or pullover, and a proper woolen scarf. Just use what you have and have fun with it!
How to make a now-sew snowman costume for kids
Supplies for the shirt:
black felt (just enough to make three black buttons, you won’t need much at all)
Vlisofix (iron-on bonding paper from craft and fabric stores)
Supplies for the hat:
Red ribbon (or colour of your choice)
Green cardboard (optional, to make holly leaves)
Red pom poms (optional, to make berries)
Glue or glue gun
To make the shirt
- Iron the vlisofix to the felt. Vlisofix is simly a heat activated bonding paper that is used to bond two layers of fabric together. It is available from craft and fabric stores)
- Trace three circles onto the vlisofix. I used a small glass as my template. It just happened to be the perfect size.
- Cut the circles out.
- Peel off the vlisofix. You will now have three circles with one side that is covered in the vlisofix residue. This will bond to the t-shirt when you iron it.
- Position the black felt circles on your t-shirt, vlisofix side down, and iron them to fuse them to your shirt. That’s it! Done!
- For the scarf, we used a strip of red chiffon – it was thin and cool, which we needed for our hot weather. You could also use a woolen scarf.
To make the snowman’s top hat
- Measure the circumference of the wearer’s head.
- Cut a rectangle from your cardboard. The dimensions will vary according the wearer’s head. Charlie is seven. For him, I cut a strip of cardboard that was 70cm (27.5 inches) wide x 20cm (7.5 inches) high. You basically want to measure the circumference of the wearer’s head and then add an inch or so for overlap.
- Draw two circles on your remaining cardboard, each circle should be the same size as the circumference of the wearer’s head.
- Now draw a second circle around the outside of each of those circles – this time about 8cms (3 inches) wider than the first. See the pictures below.
- Cut out each of the large circles.
- Take the long rectangle piece, and roll it into a cylinder to form the main part of the hat. Secure with glue and/or tape.
7. On one of your circles, draw lines radiating from the inner circle to the outer edge of the cardboard, so it looks like a sun. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture above, but hopefully you can make it out.
8. Now cut away every second “wedge” so it looks like the middle picture above.
9. Fold the wedges up. This will be inserted into the top of the hat and become the “lid” of the hat.
10. Take your second circle of cardboard. From the centre, draw lines radiating out to the edge of the inner circle. See the first photo above. It will look like a pizza or a pie.
11. Cut along each of the lines you have drawn and fold the “wedges” upwards, as show in the middle photo above. This will be the lower “rim” part of the hat.
12. Insert each of these circles into the hat cylinder that you made earlier and secure with tape and/or glue.
13. Wrap some ribbon around the hat and secure with glue.
14. Cut holly leaf shapes from green paper or cardboard, secure with glue. Add some red pom poms for berries and you are done!
To complete our snowman costume, we added a toy witch’s broom which we had left over from Halloween. You could make one of these very easily with a dowel or broom handle, and then tying on some raffia. Charlie wore some black trousers and the snowman costume was complete! So fun! It was a big hit with Charlie and his classmates. Dress up day at school is always exciting!
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