We love making Halloween costumes and we always come up with a theme for our boys. This years theme is Camping! We recently bought a vintage camper that my husband just finished restoring and thought that camping costumes would be fitting this year. We enter the city of Marietta, GA costume contest every year and these took 1st place in all age groups along with the grand prize!yay!! These costumes cost us less than $10 dollars to make all of them together!
Here is our Scotty camper…
My husband created a replica of our camper for my 8 year old made out of a refrigerator box (thanks Brandsmart)! He used spray paint to decorate….
Here is the front…
The back with a LUV2CAMP GA license plate!:)
This is my little 6 year old Camp Fire! My husband made the base from cardboard and spray painted cut up pool noodles for the logs. The stones our packing bubbles spray painted grey. I poked holes in the logs (pool noodles) with a sharp knife and stuffed red, orange, and yellow tissue paper in the holes using a regular knife. I pinched the bottom from pieces of tissue paper and taped it together. I used red thread and sewed the tissue paper in the hat using 1 stitch so I could easily remove it. I taped the tissue paper together so it would stand up straight. It was a windy day and this worked out perfect keeping it all together. I painted his face with flames to blend in.
We popped a couple of jumbo Jet-puffed marshmallows on sticks for him to hold and roast!:)
Here is my little 2 year old Roasted Marshmallow! We tried to think of something comfortable and easy for him to wear that he wouldn’t try to pull off. He loved this and it turned out so cute. In fact he was the definite hit of the costume contest! We were supplied with so many marshmallow from our friends at Jet-puffed awhile back and we thought a marshmallow would be the perfect costume to make since we are loaded with them here at the house! Plus…we always make so much of our fun food with marshmallows!
This is so easy to make. My husband took a piece of foam and cut it to size. Cut out a round piece with a hole in the middle and glue to the top. Cut holes from the sides for the arms. Paint it white and then use brown spray paint on the top and bottom to give it that roasted look. Glue velcro to the back so it will hold together. Push a stick in the back side and that is it!
We had him holding a Hershey bar and Keebler graham cracker. I never give him chocolate and he gobbled that Hershey bar up so fast on stage. It did keep him focused and still. However he was quite wired that night!
Here they are at the Marietta square costume contest. You can see my 2 year old has chocolate dribbled down the front of him from that Hershey bar…yum yum!:)
Here we are…the Mills family and our camping creations! We actually got in the paper this year! These were so fun to make and we love doing homemade costumes every year!
Another shot of my camping boys!
Here are some fun costumes that we have made from previous years using boxes, fabric, and foam. My husband always amazes me with what he can make with boxes. We usually go with what we already have and keep all 3 costumes under 20 bucks.
Here are their 1st place Sea Life costumes from last year….
1st place Antique Auto theme from 2010. My husband made the gas pump and roadster from boxes and I made the little oil can using foam and material….
My little Pirate Boat and Treasure Chest from 2009…both 1st place. My husband Josh made these using boxes. I decorated….
My husband made this Robot costume in 2008 for my oldest. Isn’t this so cool?! Grand prize winner!
My mom made this skunk costume for my middle boy in 2008…
My mom also made this Billy Goat costume for my oldest when he was a baby. One of my favs!:)