Not Too Late to Make an Easy Purim Costume

Make a no-sew Purim costume from what you already have at homeRemember when your first child was born?

I kept our older daughter’s baby book, noting her first smile, the first time she rolled over, her first word.

As her hair got longer, we reveled in making a different hair style after every bath, so we could show Daddy.

And then, if you’re like me, after the second child comes, you’re just glad to finish dinner, get in and out of the tub, and get your sweeties tucked into bed.

If you’re there now, don’t let the idea of having to create a fancy Purim costume keep you from celebrating this weekend — Saturday, March 15th to Sunday, March 16th.

Passover 2014-Sunset, Monday, April 14 through nightfall, Tuesday, April 22

My first costume ever

For our first daughter’s costume, I bravely pushed through my inadequate sewing skills to make a cute yellow tulle tutu embellished with shiny silver trim, closed with little snaps.

By child number two, I became a big fan of costumes made from large, pillow-case-size rectangles of cloth. I discovered that you could make a cow (white felt + brown felt blotches), a leopard (leopard fabric), and a variety of other boxy costumes using this basic approach.

Over time, I learned that tails are easy. Make up is easy. Jewelry is easy. Construction paper crowns are easy.

 5- minute Purim costumes

So for this Purim, think of those tricks while planning your child’s costume.

In just a few minutes, you can turn your little one into a king or queen.

  • Oversize collared, button-down shirt from an older sibling or parent becomes a dress or tunic or robe.  You can choose a bright solid color or classic stripes – or even plain white.
  • Construction paper crown, maybe embellished with gold stars or other stickers or drawing.
  • Make-up
    • Eyeliner pencils make lovely freckles or mustaches for your king.
    • Eye shadow and lipstick work great to add glam to your queen.
  • Jewelry for your queen. Something sparkly is always fun. We were lucky to have bigger-than-life costume jewelry from my grandmother, z’l.
  • Scarves of silk or wool can add a final flourish.

Simple animal costumes

What if your kids aren’t into being queens or kings?

For an animal theme, you can use the rectangle approach above. Remnants are wonderful – gray for a cute mouse, white for a bunny, brown for a bear. But the real magic is in the tail.

  1. Cut a long, thin piece of fabric.
  2. Turn it inside out.
  3. Stitch it closed, so that it creates a long tube.
  4. Turn it back right side out.
  5. Stuff it with fiberfill.
  6. Stitch the bottom closed.
  7. Attach the top of the tail to the back of your main costume.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the awesome costumes on our Purim Pinterest page.

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