DIY Tinkerbell Halloween Costume

Obviously I meant to get this up before Halloween but I’m always of a mind set that it’s better late than never. Of course, this doesn’t apply to work or to going to the movies. You get to that ¬†sh*t on time!

Anyways, here is the step-by-step process I went through to put together this darling Halloween costume for my girl.

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This particular picture was for ballet class where ballet shoes were required. I forgot to get a picture when she wore the Tinkerbell shoes to daycare on Halloween. Oops!

First step was to brainstorm which things I could make (tutu) and which things I would have to craftily-McGyver into parts of the costume. I decided to use an old white tank top from the summer and picked up some ballet slippers from H&M and dyed them green.

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Dyeing clothing is super easy. Hot water, sink, dye and then BAM, new clothing!

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Obviously the colour is much darker than the colour you are going to dye the items. This freaks me out every time but it always mostly turns out okay. Since I wanted a really vibrant green, I kept the items in there probably an hour or two longer than the directions suggested.

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Ta-da! Green tank top.

I have no idea what those green spots are on the tank. They sure weren’t there when it was white. I thought about it for awhile and then picked up some silver holographic sparkles to hide the spots. I figured it could look like stars and pixie dust. I also picked up some ribbon trim with tulle attached and sewed it around the tank top sleeves.

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Phew. So glad those sparkles covered those spots. I was really worried about that.

While the tank top dried, I went to work on the ballet slippers. Since the slippers were baby pink when I bought them, when I dyed them green, they hadn’t become as vibrant as I wanted them. So I decided to use more glitter glue and cover the slippers to make them more green. Thank goodness for dollar stores. Cheap, primary-coloured glitter glue was available in a huge bottle!

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I spread the glue over the shoe with my finger and let it dry overnight.

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One ballet slipper with just green dye, the other with one coat of green glitter glue. I ended up putting on two coats of glitter glue. Make sure you let each coat dry throughly so this process takes a couple of days.

Now, onto the tutu. I’d been to the fabric store two times while deciding how to put together the tutu. In the end I decided to buy a length of elastic, trim it down to go around my daughter’s waist and then tie lengths of tulle around the elastic. This worked like a charm!

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Once I started tying on tulle, I realized that the white didn’t scrunch down as much as the green did, even though they were the same width. So I came up with the following pattern so there would be primarily green in the tutu: white (wide), dark green (narrow), light green (wide), dark green, light green, dark green, white, etc. I didn’t sew the elastic together until close to the end but since the tulle was tied on, it could’ve been sewn at the beginning.

Back to the shoes! I found some large pom-poms and sewed small bells to the underside so they would tinkle when she walked. (I forgot to take a picture of that step.) I then hot-glued them onto the shoes, making sure I didn’t hot-glue the clapper inside the bell because then it wouldn’t tinkle. In hindsight, I should’ve sewed them on. When I picked her up from daycare on Monday evening, the pom-poms had come off.

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Oh well, they were cute while they lasted.

Here are the dress rehearsal pics:

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Note: she is wearing white bike shorts under the tutu. On the day of, I also decided to layer them with her white ballet tights for extra warmth.

The wings were purchased by Auntie for her birthday. They were light-up and from the Disney Store.

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Photo courtesy of DisneyStore.com

Yes, I could’ve just gone to the Disney Store and bought a complete Tinkerbell costume but frankly, I didn’t want to. I love putting together her costumes.

So that’s how I made the Tinkerbell costume. I really love doing it every year and I’m always so happy when my daughter has a great time wearing them.

Do you enjoy DIYing your own Halloween costumes or do you prefer buying them all put together at the store? I’d love to hear from you. Happy Shopping!