Homemade Storybook Character Costumes

Cut and crease paper to create these clever Halloween costumes, inspired by your kid's favorite storybook characters.

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Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf

Go into the woods with these classic costumes: a red cape crafted from art-store paper (we used Canson 19" x 25" paper for this and many of the other projects in this story) and a wolf wardrobe made from newsprint, an oatmeal container, and paper.

Click here to get the directions to make the Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf costumes.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Jack and the Beanstalk

A paper-bag vest and a jaunty cap transform your little ruffian into a giant-slayer. Cardboard tubes are the base for his homemade stalk.

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The Princess and the Pea

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

The Princess and the Pea

A large cardboard box forms the headboard and footboard of this royal bed. Rolled paper makes the mattresses.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Get the whole family in on the act. Goldi's wig is made from curled paper spirals and the bears' heads are crafted from paper bags and plates.

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Little Miss Muffet

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Little Miss Muffet

A sweet disguise for a proper little lady: Her wig and cap are made from accordion-folded paper, a paper bowl, and coffee filters.

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Humpty Dumpty

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Humpty Dumpty

Dress your tot and his carrier as the fabled egg for an on-the-go ensemble. Humpty's body is made from papier-mí¢ché, while coffee filters, an egg carton, and paper create his accessories.

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Make a Clown Collar Costume

Make a Clown Collar Costume

Make a Clown Collar Costume