|Read on to find out how to make these and other costumes for the big night!|
So this year, I am putting my fears aside and thinking to the future by devoting two full columns to DIY costume inspiration (much of which I have seen out and about right here in Juneau). See you out there!
Get started now on these costumes that take a bit longer (with Alaskan themes!):
Group: The Tongass
Get a group together for a crafting session of tall trees. Clad yourselves in brown and throw on funky faux bois (fake wood grain) fabric toga wraps. Then create hats that peak into treetops. Either use real fallen tree limbs or cut your own from fabric, and a box as the base. Cut a large circle from cardboard and cut along a radius to the center. Pull the circle into a cone shape that will fit your head like a dunce cap and secure with glue. Poke holes in the cone and insert the branches, or simply glue on fabric branches you've created. Don your hats and watch an entire forest emerge. Finish the look off with attached birds, squirrels and moss.
Family: Matryoshka Dolls (see image above)
Dig into Alaskan history with a set of Russian dolls for the entire fam. Using layers of felt, first cut the base silhouette of a nesting doll out of two large pieces to fit each family member. Now do some research and find a pattern that you like. Applique the design by sewing or ironing it using iron-on interfacing. Cut holes for your heads to peek out and don your new family-friendly costumes.
Couple: Fisherman and Hoochie
Switch up stereotypes with a female fisherwoman clad in yellow slicker and pants, rainboots, and a fishing cap. At the end of her rod dangles her trusted tackle, the hoochie.
|Here is what a hoochie looks like if you were picturing something else.|
Single: Spawning Salmon
You don't need a partner to pull off this fishy costume. Using a base of red or pink clothes, attach used and discarded CDs. To secure the shiny silver discs drill two holes along one side using a power drill. Then stitch through the holes to your base costume. In the end you'll look a bit like a flapper made from CDs, shiny and scaly. To top it off carry pink jelly beans and hand them out to other party-goers, because after all, you're a spawning salmon!
Tune in again in two weeks for a slew of quick costumes to make on the fly.