Which meant I needed another costume and to tweak our outfits. Nico had a tiger mask, so I figured we could just do Lions, and Tigers, and Bears (Oh My!). I bought a bear hat, a lion outfit for a tiny puppy baby, and set off on a DIY adventure to finish the other pieces to our costumes.
[Off topic but important to us: we ended up getting two puppies!! We went to an apple farm in upstate New York to pick up our new fur baby, Scout (dressed as a lion in the photo below), but when we met Clementine (she's in the pumpkin) we couldn't leave her behind. She's just the absolute sweetest - shy and quiet and snuggly. So we took a night (at a sketch airbnb without shower functionality, greeeeaaat) to think it over (and google and call our pet expert friend and call my sister, our primary babysitter, and decided to go for it. Our girls are perfect, sweet, monsters. They're teething and crate training and learning how to walk with a leash and falling great heights off the couch, and jumping at the sound of Nico stomping down the stairs. We're so lucky. Neither of our girls are old enough to go to a party or really even wear the lion hat, so we decided they can share the lion costume. (Although, there's a cow costume due to arrive tomorrow - gotta get them used to wearing outfits early on!)]
OK, but for the DIY (which I know isn't super impressive, but there are puppy pics in this post that I'm hoping will compensate for the lack of inspiration). Click Read More below to learn how I made Nico's scary tiger costume!
But first, please enjoy the follow pup pics. And if you want to see more check out the adventures of Scout and Clementine on Instagram.
- Yellow (or orange) tee shirt that you're OK with cutting up
- Black tee shirt (turn shirts inside out if there's a design on them)
- Sharp scissors
- 4 socks: 2 yellow, 2 any color
- Needle and thread
- This mask on Amazon
Even though I made the costume for Nico I was able to do most of the work myself.
Put the shirts on and make slits at random in the black shirt. I put the yellow shirt on underneath the black shirt because Nico wants to continue to wear the yellow shirt (so no cutting it). See below for a good cutting technique.
The best method I found for cutting the shirt was to take a skinny chunk of the shirt and chop that bit off.
Finished shirt on display!
To get the cuts in the sides and up by the neckline I took it off and used my favorite method (above) to make thin cuts. The thinner the cut the more stripe-y it looks (the fat front cuts are not great).
Stuff two small yellow (or orange, or black, work with what you've got - I matched my colors to the mask) with two other random socks.
Fit one sock into the other sock.
At the seam where the two socks meet loosely sew the socks together. (Tight enough that it will keep for one night, loose enough to easily cut apart if you want to undo your work and wear the socks again in the future.
To make a bear tail roll one or two socks together (like you're pairing them after doing laundry) and pin that little lump of sock to your behind.
For the rest of my bear costume, I plan to wear this bear hat/gloves thing from Amazon and to paint my face similar to this look from Pinterest. Once we have our outfits on for real, I'll post pictures.
1. Paint "Oh My!" on a good sized (about 12"x18") piece of cardboard, ideally white if you have some (I used a box from some shipment or other).