I promise you that these two costumes were extremely easy to make, and they only cost me $11! I already had the felt and white fabric in my stash, as well as the bunny ears which we rescued from the Easter box, and the girls' own clothes. But even buying fabric and ears, they would be under $15 for sure. Here are my instructions on how to make your own:
The Queen of Hearts
La La's Big Live Band groupie days.
The collar I made with a black ribbon from my ribbon stash (I seem to have a lot of stashes), and a spare piece of white tulle that I roughly gathered and sewed on to the ribbon. I tied the ribbon under her arms and at the back.
The cute crown I made using yellow felt that I had on hand. I cut out a template using paper, and kept cutting and trying it on my daughter's head until it was the right shape. I then cut out the felt and added a small overlap that I sewed by hand using gold thread. I then cut out a felt circle for the base, and two small black rectangles that I placed on either side of the circle to use as tabs to attach to her hair with hairclips. I glued the tabs on, and then glued the crown on top using craft glue. I attached one sparkly red heart in the centre, and two smaller on either side, from my craft box stash. They were left to dry overnight.
The heart sceptre I made using the same heart shape as the skirt, and cutting out two hearts in red felt. I machine-stitched the edges leaving a gap at the bottom. I used a paint brush end to poke in enough stuffing to make it stiff, and then used craft glue to glue it to an old wand stick.
The White Rabbit
I also had a length of white cotton, which I folded over and cut to size. I roughly cut a hole for the neck, tried it on my little model, and cut a V at the front to allow the neck ruffles to show. I then hemmed the edges where required. I cut out two large hearts from red felt and machine-stitched them onto the front and back of the white fabric.
The trumpet I cut out of cardboard and painted yellow both sides using acrylic student's paint from the paint box. I also had some leftover gold glitter from a project that I added to both sides. I used our own black facepaint to draw on a little button nose and a hint of whiskers, but I need to find a better face paint that isn't as 'oily' and doesn't smudge. I had a sparkly pom pom in the party box that I had used previously, and pinned that to the back of the fabric as a tail. It was a really simple costume; perfect for a five-year-old to handle.
Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville