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Peep & the Big Wide World Inspired Costumes

WGBH asked me if I had some ideas on how to make Peep and the Big Wide World Costumes.  This is my solution.  These are the easiest costumes you’ll ever make!  No sewing involved.

Costumes

What you’ll need:

-Generic long sleeve shirt: purple, red, or yellow—depending on which character you are making  (Can usually be found at any craft store)

-Black leggings or straight leg sweat pants

-Light (for Peep) or dark (for Quack and Chirp) colored generic baseball cap (Can usually be found at any craft store)

-Fabric paints to paint the cap and name on the shirt.  Get the coordinating colors to paint the crown, brim, and shirt of your character.

-Felt pieces:  White and black for the eyes, red for Peep’s chicken comb, and extra white if you are making Quack’s hat.

-Black pipe cleaners for Chirps head

-Large plastic disposable cup if you are making Quack’s hat.

-Scissors

-Hot glue gun

-Optional:  You can use the name patterns at the end of this post to cut and make templates for painting the names on your character, OR print the patterns on iron-on transfers through an ink-jet printer.  Be sure to get the appropriate kind for dark or light shirts. Use the black filled name template and THIS product if you want the name to be black.  Use the white outlined name template and THIS product if you want the name to be white.

-Optional:  You could also use batting or something soft to puff the shirt out a little and make it more rounded.

*Another idea:  If Halloween night gets really cold in your area, you could use an oversized shirt and put it right over a child’s coat—it would make the shape looker rounder, just like the characters.

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Directions:

The directions for all the costumes are pretty much the same, with just a few variations in the hats.

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Peep

For Peep’s costume, you’ll need a yellow long-sleeve shirt, black leggings/sweat pants, and pieces of white, black and red felt.  You’ll also need black and yellow fabric paint.

Start with a white or light colored cap.  Use the fabric paints to paint the crown yellow and then paint the brim black.  Let dry.  Use the patterns below to make white felt ovals, and small black circles for the eyes.  Use red felt and the pattern below to make the chicken comb.  Attach felt pieces to cap with hot glue.

Use the name pattern to print an iron-on transfer of the name for the shirt OR just use the pattern as a template and paint the name on with black fabric paint.

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Chirp

For Chirp’s costume, you’ll need a red long-sleeve shirt, black leggings/sweat pants, and pieces of white and black felt. You’ll also need red, orange, and black fabric paint.

Start with a medium dark or dark colored cap. Use the fabric paints to paint the crown red, and then paint the brim orange. Let dry. Use the patterns below to make white felt circles, and smaller black circles for the eyes. Use thick black pipe cleaners to make the spikey tufts on top of Chirp’s head.  Attach felt pieces and pipe cleaners to cap with hot glue.

Use the name pattern to print an iron-on transfer of the name for the shirt OR just use the pattern as a template and paint the name on with black fabric paint.

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Quack

For Quack’s costume, you’ll need a purple long-sleeve shirt, black leggings/sweat pants, and pieces of white and black felt. You’ll also need purple and black fabric paint (and white if you are using fabric paint for the name on the shirt)

Start with a medium dark or dark colored cap. Use the fabric paints to paint the crown purple, and then paint the brim black. Let dry. Use the patterns below to make white felt circles, and smaller black circles for the eyes.

cup

Use a large plastic disposable cup for Quack’s hat.  Cut the cup down to about 1.25” high (shown above).  Glue a strip of white felt around it.  Attach felt pieces and felt-covered hat to cap with hot glue.

Use the name pattern to print an iron-on transfer of the name for the shirt OR just use the pattern as a template and paint the name on with white fabric paint.

Patterns for Features:

EyesPattern

NamePattern

NamePattern2

Halloween Book Review

On Halloween afternoon, we headed to my sister’s house to see their amazing outdoor Halloween decorations.  We went inside to chat for a bit, and not to my surprise my sister was already decked out in her Halloween costume and she had these cute books on her table.  She is a children’s librarian and always knows the ins and outs about the cutest and most clever books for kids.  My kids love it when she reads to them and this occasion was no different.  Pretty soon the kids swarmed around her while she read these cute books.

Twisted Sistahs

Written by Mark Kimball, Illustrated by Karen Hillard Good

“Twisted Sistahs” is a story about the fictional first Halloween.  Three witch sisters throw a big party and invite all the men in the land–like Frankenstein and Dracula, and Jack-o-Lantern.  The sisters help each other prepare for the ghoulish party and advise each other on the perfect outfit and creepy crawly accessories.  They play music and fun games at the party, like bobbing for apples (green apples with worms in them).  The party is such a success, the witch sisters decide to have a party every year on the same night and call it Halloween.  The entire story is told in rhyme with clever phrases and funny, imaginative descriptions.

Room On The Broom

Written by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

“Room On The Broom” is a cute witch story too.  I smiled at this because maybe I identify with her.  She’s a not-so-bad person really, but still a witch.  Doing her best to hold it together, she keeps losing things.  Each time she runs into a mini crisis, she meets someone who is there at just the right moment to help her out.  Each new friend hops on to the not-so-roomy broom.  Pretty soon the broom snaps, and the witch finds herself in trouble when she crashes into a big bad dragon.  In the end her new friends come up with a creative rescue plan.  When all is well again, everyone gathers ingredients to put in the witches caldron.  “Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM!  Then out rose a truly magnificent broom!” The crew then flies off in a new and improved, extra long, deluxe broom–with built in seats for everyone.

More Halloween Printables…

More Halloween printables as promised!  Here is a Halloween Neighborhood Treat chain letter.  I’m going to start this in my neighborhood tonight! (To my neighbors:  Okay, so I gave it away…but just keep it going!  It’s so fun when everyone gets a treat!)

Also below, a Halloween gift tag–perfect for decorating a plate of spooky treats–and a Halloween party invitation.  Print and Enjoy!

Halloween Printables!

I love fun holiday activities.  I created these printables last year and Anne was excited to have her teacher use them in class.  They are great for classrooms or to use for a fun Halloween party activity at home!  Print and enjoy!

Click here to print all, or click on each image to print individually.

Don’t forget about the Angel Street Kids Monster Backpack and Monster Lunchbox—PERFECT to take to the Halloween party at a friend’s or overnight at Grandma’s house!