Last Minute DIY Costume… Cactus…

Here is the darling third of the four last minute DIY halloween costume series!… a Cactus Costume!… again this can be done for any size wearer!… the main material that makes this costume is hilarious… drinking straws! yep! drinking straws!… I don’t know a house that doesn’t have a stash of drinking straws!

Last Minute DIY Costume Cactus

To make the cactus costume you will need the following supplies:

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Green shirt… hoodie… dress… whatever article of green clothing you want to wear and be a cactus in… you might have a green piece of clothing in your wardrobe to use… if you do not checkout a second hand clothing store!… just note that whatever you use for this costume will not be wearable after halloween… unless you’re wearing it to be a cactus

Green hat/toque/headband… which ever you prefer to wear on your melon to complete the costume

Drinking straws… these become the cactus spikes

Felt… to make the cactus flower… or if you want you could use a faux flower!… that is up to you!

Scissors… for cutting straws and felt

Glue gun… the glue gun is the quickest way to create this costume… if you don’t have a large gluegun you can inexpensively pickup a small glue gun for this project!… its totally worth it to create this adorable costume!… and clearly you’re into DIYs 😉 so you’ll be using it again after this project 🙂

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Cut the drinking straws into 3 or 4 pieces each… and apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of the straw pieces one at a time as you glue them onto your shirt…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Before gluing the “cactus spikes” to my shirt I did a practice run on my crafting table cover… I recommend doing a 3 cluster of practice spikes before getting to work on your shirt 🙂 This will help you get the hang of the positioning, amount of glue and the few seconds you may have to hold the straw piece in place.

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Now depending on the size of your shirt and the spacing that you decide on for the spikes will determine how many straws you will need… if you pickup or have a box of straws already you should have more than enough.

Last Minute Costume Cactus

For the front of this child size cactus I chose four columns of spikes down the front… if you want an all around cactus hang the shirt up and get the back too!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

For the sleeves I did the top and front… doing a line of spikes on the back of the sleeve is a good idea so that when you strike the cactus pose you see spikes on the backside of the arm!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Cutting and gluing the spikes on this size shirt took about 30 minutes… once you get going it goes pretty quick!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

If you are using a knit sweater or a thinner material shirt be sure to place a piece of cardboard inside so that you don’t glue the shirt together if the glue presses through the fabric…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Did I list a honeydew melon in the list of materials? no? oops… well to get the spikes glued onto the toque… so that the toque was stretched out a little as it would be when its being worn I pulled it down over a honeydew melon… lol

As done with the shirt glue clusters of cactus spikes onto the toque… you could even use a green ball hat if you live in a warmer climate!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

To create the cactus flower cut a rough petal shape out of various colours of felt… whatever colour cactus flower you want… and whatever size you want… no need to be perfect with the petals… you can see mine are rough

Last Minute Costume Cactus

If you are making a head band to wear also cut out two green circles of felt… these will hold the flower onto the headband for your cactus costume.

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Build the cactus flower by layering the felt petals… the first one fold it over itself at the bottom and apply glue to hold the folds in…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

…then take a second petal and glue the bottom of that petal around the first… I did four of one colour petal and then I added four of a second colour of petal… alternating the petals around the last that was glued on…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Once your petals are all glued into place you can pull the tips of the petals back and out to make your cactus bloom

Last Minute Costume Cactus

…if gluing to a hat apply glue to the bottom of the bloom and stick that sucker onto the hat… you will have to hold it in place for a minute or two until the glue cools and the flower is held in place…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

For the headband version… glue the completed flower to one circle of felt…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Apply two beads of glue around the bottom of the green piece of felt attached to your flower… leaving space between the beads for the headband to pass through… this will save your headband from having something permanently attached to it… so that you can slip the flower off after and still have your headband to wear…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Once you have your beads of glue on there apply the second circle of green felt… give the glue a minute or two to cool… then slide the headband through the openings in the green felt circle…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

If you’ve cut your green circle large enough you will have room to glue a cluster of cactus spikes next to your cactus bloom

Last Minute Costume Cactus

…and just like that you have it! Cactus costume! Another cheap and cheerful costume created with minimal items… items that you likely already have on hand!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

I would love to see your cactus costumes!… imagine a family of cacti!… OMG… if you make one of these costumes please come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share some photos!

To see the other costumes in this series:

LEGO Block

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Paper Bag Princess

xx

Lacey

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2 Responses to Last Minute DIY Costume… Cactus…

  1. Korri Cole says:

    Love the Lego costume, will you be going out Halloweening? And what will you be dressed as?

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