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!
To make the cactus costume you will need the following supplies:
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 🙂
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…
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.
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.
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!
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!
Cutting and gluing the spikes on this size shirt took about 30 minutes… once you get going it goes pretty quick!
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…
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!
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
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.
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…
…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…
Once your petals are all glued into place you can pull the tips of the petals back and out to make your cactus bloom
…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…
For the headband version… glue the completed flower to one circle of felt…
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…
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…
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
…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!
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: