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Last Minute DIY Costume… Paper Bag Princess…

Here is the fourth costume in my last minute diy halloween costume series!… the adorable Paper Bag Princess!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Who doesn’t love the Paper Bag Princess?!… if you want to make this costume dig up the following materials:

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Large paper bag… if you’re in Calgary you likely have a stack of these kicking around with the new composting collection kits that were rolled out this past summer… if not you can create a paper bag shape with some brown kraft paper!

Cereal box… for the crown!… or you could use a heavy card stock or construction paper… or even a thin sheet of glittery gold foam

Gold Paint… some gold acrylic from the dollar store will do the trick… or even gold spray paint!

Gold Glitter… this isn’t necessary but what princess doesn’t want her crown to glitter!?

Twine/ribbon… to attach the crown to the melon of the wearer ūüôā

Measuring tape

Scissors

Paint brush

Tape… clear packing tape works, or duct tape… I also used two way tape for the tapeless look

Hole punch… if you don’t have one don’t worry… you could poke a hole with a pen or a knife just the same ūüôā

Dragon stuffie… okay its a dinosaur but it’s the closest I could find quickly!… another idea if you are making the Paper Bag Princess costume in adult size and you have a little is to dress them as a dragon! OMG HOW CUTE!?

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To get this last minute costume underway peel open the cereal box… I like to start with the crown… as by the time the dress is done the paint should be dry ūüôā

Draw out a rough crown shape… the Paper Bag Princess’s crown is by far perfect… its a little twisted and banged up… so don’t fret about making the shapes perfect!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…as you can see the first coat of paint looks rough!… depending on the paint it may take 2-3 coats to cover the printing… acrylic dries pretty quick but if you want to speed it up bust out the hairdryer on medium/low and give it a quick dry… I painted both sides and stood the crown piece up against the bottle so that both sides could dry at the same time…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

After my second coat was painted on and still wet I sprinkled gold glitter over the tips of the crown for a little sparkle… I used a sheet of parchment under the crown to catch the glitter in an attempt to not get glitter eeeeeverywhere… tinfoil works here too!

Because the paint was still wet the glitter stuck without needing the extra step of applying glue to adhere the glitter once the paint dried ūüôā

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To create the round crown shape I used my handy dandy glue gun to glue the edges of the crown together… in a pinch you could use crazy glue or some other glue and hold it together with paper clips or clothes pins until that glue is dry… heck even a stapler would work if you don’t have glue on hand…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

After the crown was glued together I twisted up the crown tips… to match the crown of Robert Munch’s Paper Bag Princess

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Next we need to make some holes in the crown to tie that sucker onto the wearer… if you don’t have a hole punch don’t fret…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…you can use a pen or knife to poke a couple holes on opposite sides and that will work just fine!…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Tie strings or ribbons… yarn… whatever you have on hand that will work to each hole… leaving the pieces long enough to be tied under the wearers chinny chin chin…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Okay the last minute costume crown out of the way it’s paper bag dress time!… Have any large paper compost waste bags kicking around!? Perfect! Those are the easiest way to create this last minute costume… if you’re looking to make the costume in adult size you may have to use two bags and do a little cutting/taping to work the two bags together to get the length/width that you need… OR pickup a roll of brown kraft paper from your nearest post office and tape/cut/fold that paper into a custom sized bag for your paper bag dress!…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To make this dress for the darling little I started by cutting it to length for her… from shoulder to above the knee… then I cut the bottom off of the bag…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Because the bags that I have are printed all over the outside I cut the bag down one side and turned the outside to the inside… reversing all of the folds and taped it back together with duct tape on the inside.

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…see! Print on the inside!… nice plain bad on the outside!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…duct tape on the inside to put the bag back together… and turns out the bags I have are double walled… so I used two way tape to secure the outer layer of the back back down so that I wouldn’t have to apply tape to the outside of the paper bag dress… really though you could put this seam a the back and use clear packing tape on the outside in a pinch ūüôā

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…I’m just a smidge too persnickty for that… so two way tape it did the trick for me!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Next I cut down the sides of the bag from the top of the “dress” a few inches… this will vary based on the wearer and you can adjust as you assemble and try the dress on.

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Cutting down also allows to attach the top of the bag together so that it will be attached at the shoulders…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To do this I folded the top edge of the back of the “dress” down an inch and taped it into place…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…then I folded the top edge of the front of the “dress” over the top edge of the back of the dress and taped it into place with two way tape

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…that sounds complicated but when you see this picture it makes sense… right!? lol essentially we’re preparing the top of the back to have shoulder straps!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…once the top of the bag is attached draw on a neckline on the front of the bag…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…and on the back… the back does not need to be as large as the front… and you can always cut small and make it larger as you try it on the wearer… a real custom fit

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

I also drew on the rough arm holes and cut those out too… again these can be easily adjusted once you start fitting on the wearer…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Once you’ve test fit and made any additional cuts to fit you are done!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

If you are going to an indoor party this works best with a small dress or tank top and shorts underneath… if you live in cold Canada and will be wearing it outdoors then it definitely works with pants and long sleeves!

To checkout the other costumes in this last minute costume series:

LEGO Block

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Cactus

xx

Lacey

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 ūüėČ so you’ll be using it again after this project ūüôā

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 ūüôā 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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Last Minute DIY Costume… Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Here is the second Last Minute DIY Costume in my series of four fun and easy costumes that you can make in under an hour… with just a few materials… many of which you may already have on hand! These are all shown in little sizes but each of these last minute costumes can be easily made for adults too!

A bag of Jelly Belly Candies! The LEGO Block costume can be found here!

Last Minute DIY Costume Jelly Belly Candy

Let’s gather up the supplies to make the Jelly Belly Costume…

Jelly Belly Costume

Clear garbage/recycling bags… you just need one!

Little balloons… I used about 20 balloons for the child size costume… to make blowing these up go quick you can get an inexpensive hand pump… we happened to have one kicking around… I have no clue where it came from #mombrain

Jelly Belly logo printed out… I googled jelly belly logo and printed it off on some card stock… regular paper works too but the card stock is just a little sturdier and won’t get crumpled as easily

Two way tape… to stick the logo onto the bag… or you could used a rolled up packing tape!

Ribbon… this is optional, to tie bows onto bag… you could use twine instead or well nothing at all

Scissors… to cut the bag and cutout the logo

White leggings/pants and a white top… or black leggings and a black top… whichever you prefer or have on hand!

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Let’s get this candy party started… once you print out the logo for the candies cut that bad boy out…

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Apply two way tape to the back of the logo… if the costume wearer is rambunctious maybe apply a few extra pieces! Put the logo aside… we’ll get back to it shortly ūüôā

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

For an adult size use the full sized bag… for a child sized jelly belly costume I cut the bag down so that it was the measurement from about knee to shoulder… once you do your initial test fit you’ll know if it needs to be any shorter!

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

For both adult and child size replicate the tie up top of the bag but make it longer so that the ties can be tied up around each shoulder… you want room for the arm and then still have some bag tie at the top of the shoulder to tie your knot to hold the costume up!… even if you cut this part and try it on you can always trim more if need be!

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Cut the new ties at the top of the bag…

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

…now unfold the bag so that it is just folded in half… and cut two leg holes in the bottom… don’t worry about making them the exact size of the legs of the wearer… the plastic will stretch… just be sure to check that the leg holes are not too tight if you are making this jelly belly costume for a child.

Now the assembly:

Have the wearer step into the plastic bag

Drop in the balloons, as many as you like, and bring the bag ties up around each arm and tie at the top of the shoulder… add ribbon bows here if you want

Stick the logo onto the front of the bag and BAM!… bag of Jelly Belly Candy Costume!

Last Minute DIY Costume Jelly Belly Candy

Fun right!? If you make any of these please come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share some photos! I can’t wait to see your costumes!

To check out the other costumes in my last minute DIY costume series:

LEGO Costume

Cactus Costume

Paper Bag Princess Costume

xx

Lacey

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Last Minute Costume… LEGO Block

This first of four last minute costumes is the definition of cheap and cheerful!… a LEGO Block!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Three materials and simple tools are used to make this cute getup!… eaaaaasy peeeeasy!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Gather up your supplies:

Cardboard (sheets or boxes – whatever you have around or have easy access to) I picked up a Home Depot moving box

Plastic Bowls in the colour of your block – or another take out container… don’t worry if it isn’t the same colour you can wrap it in tape too!

Coloured Duct Tape… there is a variety of colours available! Have fun! Make last minute LEGO block costumes for the whole family! For the LEGO block you see here I used just over two rolls of duct tape.

Scissors/Knife

Measuring Tape

Glue Gun or other type of glue for attaching bowls to front of box… or you could tape them into place with your coloured duct tape

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Measure the wearer from shoulder to the point you want the lego block to end – that will be the hight of your box that you will make… then measure them across the shoulders… this will be the width of the front and back panels of your box… then measure their thickness… this will be how wide you need to cut the side panels!…

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Once you have your front, back, and two side panels cut out it’s a good idea to cut out the arm holes… these are easier to cut out before you assemble your box!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

It just so happened that the bowls I had chosen for this Last Minute LEGO Block costume were perfect size for making arm holes!… I traced the bowl and cut out the arm holes from both side panels…

Next I assembled the box by roughly taping the fronts and sides together… at the top, before cutting and taping on the the top panel, I taped in little triangles of cardboard to help make the box sturdy and to give something to help keep the top panel in place while taping it onto the box.

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Again… like with the arm holes, cut the head hole before taping the top panel onto the box… I used a large mixing bowl to get a nice big circle for the head hole… and then I cut the traced circle out with a knife…

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Then tape the top onto the box…

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Now its time for you to get busy with your duct tape… cover that entire box!… this goes surprisingly quick!

Here is my trick for keeping the tape neat around the arm and head holes… tape over them completely at first!…

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Then once your full box is taped cut a circle out of the taped over hole… but do not cut right to the edge of the cardboard hole… leave some tape all the way around… then cut from the cardboard circle edge into the centre creating little tape tabs!… then fold in all of those little tabs to create a clean arm/head hole.

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Voila!…
Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

Now to make this box look like a LEGO!… lol… use your plastic bowls or taped up containers arrange them on the front of the box…

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

…using a glue gun, tape, or some other form of glue you have on hand attach those suckers onto the front of box to create your LEGO Block!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

I used a fat bead of glue all the way around to make sure they’re not coming off!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

AND BAM! Cheap and cheerful Last Minute LEGO Block costume!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

…here is the LEGO in action! It was a hit!

Last Minute Costume LEGO Block

…a big thank you to Colleen and her darling littles who were so excited to model these costumes!

To check out the other costumes in my last minute DIY costume series:

Jelly Belly Candy Costume

Cactus Costume

Paper Bag Princess Costume

xx

Lacey

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Matcha Lattes at Home…

Love a Matcha Latte but have no love for dropping stacks of cash each week on getting them from your local coffee shop?… I’d fallen in love with¬†the Starbucks Matcha Latte a couple years back… now I’ve not been drinking much tea as I’ve been pregnant the last 8¬†months as I am far¬†too nervous about¬†caffeine intake,¬†but as my pregnancy is nearing the end I’ve learned how to make a matcha latte at home with the help of the darling Shelley from Totalitea… seriously for the price of a couple coffee shop matcha lattes you can¬†get all¬†of the supplies you need to make plenty a matcha latte at home!

Matcha Powder

disclaimer: I received product in¬†exchange for this DIY post collaboration with Totalitea… but guess what!? I love matcha lattes and have been wanting to create¬†a do it yourself post on how to make a matcha latte at home to share with you for¬†some time now… who doesn’t like to save money and still have a tasty cuppa every morning!? When Shelley¬†approached me to talk tea I was onboard to learn and share about matcha lattes, and¬†to also share a really great LOCAL company with you all!

I visited Shelley at the Calgary Farmer’s Market and she gave me the low down on making a proper cuppa matcha and a matcha latte… we also talked about everything she’s got going on there… about¬†200 looseleaf teas and blends as the blends fluctuate with the seasons… I admitted to Shelley early on that that I’m pretty boring when it comes to tea… like I’m talking I like a cuppa black tea or an earl grey with milk and sugar… I’m not fancy… and I’ve never really found a herbal that gives me as much comfort as a nice black tea with milk and sugar… perhaps thats the Newfoundlander in me ūüôā On the advice of my Doula I’ve started drinking raspberry leaf tea… which Totalitea also¬†stocks… and on my next trip to the Farmer’s Market I’m going to be picking up some of their Earle grey cream tea to try out…

Matcha Latte Flower Bowl

Totalitea also has a great selection of tea accessories… like this beautiful flower matcha bowl, matcha whisks, tea travel mugs… all great things tea!

Okay lets get to the Matcha Latte!

Matcha Latte Supplies

Ingredients

  • Matcha Powder – I’m a purist… lol… Totalitea offers a variety of flavored matcha powders but I love a plain ol Matcha latte¬†so I’m working with their straight matcha powder¬†for this recipe. Their Matcha is the real deal…¬†it’s¬†Chinese origin, First Flush (meaning that it is picked first in the Spring) Grade A, and certified organic by Pro-Cert! Then there are 10-12 ¬†different¬†flavoured¬†Matchas¬†to chose from, some¬†of the flavours¬†vary with the seasons…¬†so you have many tasty options to choose from!
  • Almond Milk – I’ve been avoiding too much¬†dairy intake now for quite some time, and I’m not super keen on soy, so unsweetened almond milk it is… but whatever milk you like will work juuuuust fine. I also make an iced latte below with coconut milk… mmm… whatever milk floats your boat!
  • Honey¬†– if you want your latte a little sweet try adding some honey… or another sweetener of your choice… agave perhaps? if you are using a flavoured matcha from Totalitea you may not need any sweetener as the flavoured Matcha powder have a little cane sugar in them already… only¬†4 grams per serving. ¬†I recommend making your Matcha latte¬†without additional sweetener at first… then add your sweetener of choice to taste if you like your drinks a little sweeter!
  • Water

Matcha Latte Milk Options

Tools

  • Matcha Bowl / Small Mixing Bowl /¬†Mug
  • Matcha Whisk / Small Metal Whisk
  • Tea Kettle
  • Mug
  • Microwave / Pot on Stove / Fancy steaming attachment on a fancy coffee maker / Milk warmer and brother – whichever you have that you can use to steam your choice of milk will work

Instructions

Matcha Latte

Matcha Powder and Whisk

Start by combining 1¬†tsp of¬†matcha powder and 0.5 oz of hot water together in a small bowl or you can even do this right in your mug, and then whisk with your bamboo matcha whisk to mix the match powder and the water to create your base…

Making Matcha Base

Whisking Matcha Base

…fun fact!… the matcha powder doesn’t fully dissolve, rather the powder becomes suspended in the water with your vigorous whisking.

Whisked Matcha Base

This is your matcha base! If you are working with a flavoured Matcha powder from Totalitea check the packaging to find out how much powder to use… with the flavoured Matchas you usually use a little more powder than just the straight Matcha.

Whisked Matcha Base

Now fire up the kettle and boil the until it reaches 80 degrees C… if you don’t have a temp controlled kettle, just boil the kettle and let the water sit for 3-4 minutes to cool a little before you use it

Pour your matcha latte base into your mug
Pouring Matcha Base
Add 1/2 cup of your 80 degree boiled water to your mug with the matcha base mixture that you’ve whisked together and give it a good stirring
Water into Matcha Base
Heat/Froth 1/2 cup of milk (of your choice) – I’m going to make an almond milk version and a coconut milk version. If you are using the pure matcha powder you may want to add a little sweetener to your milk when you’re steaming it.
Milk Frother
I use unsweetened almond milk so I like to add a little honey to my lattes to sweeten them a little. If you are using one of the Totalitea flavoured Matchas you use a little more powder and you can omit a sweetener as their flavoured Matchas have some organic sugar can in there.
Frothed Milk into Matcha
If you don’t have a steamer/frother you can heat your milk on the stove top or microwave. If you want to get your milk frothy you can give it a whip with a small metal whisk, a whizz with a stick blender, or pickup a small stick frother… frothy isn’t necessary but I do love a nice frothy matcha latte. I found a great little milk heater and frother at Home Sense and scooped it up as it will also froth up milk cold!
Matcha Latte
Once the milk is ready pour it into your cup and you are good to go!
Matcha Latte and Package
Enjoy that matcha latte!
Enjoying a Cuppa

Now if it’s too warm for you right now you can just as easily whip yourself up a nice Iced Matcha Latte…

Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte

The iced version is very similar to the hot…¬†Get your glass out and fill it with ice

Glass of Ice for Iced Matcha Latte

Mix your matcha base… combine 1 tsp Matcha powder and 0.5oz of hot water and whisk until the Matcha is suspended in the water

Matcha Base into Ice

Add the Matcha¬†base to your iced glass…

Matcha Iced Tea

…then add 1/2 cup of cold water, instead of hot…

Froth your cold milk and add your frothy cold milk to your glass… if you’re adding sweetener toss it into the frother with the milk for it to get whizzed into your milk

Frothed Milk into Matcha Iced Tea

Now that we’re here follow¬†the words of Bob Marley… stir it up.

Stir Up the Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte

Now… if you like your lattes more milky drop the 1/2 cup of water addition to your matcha base and go on and throw in 1 full cup of your milk… for either the hot or cold version!… mmmm… milky Matcha!…

Iced Matcha Latte and Matcha Bowl

…have fun!… play and tweak!… then come back and let me know how you’ve tweaked this recipe to make it your own! ¬†I’m looking forward to trying out your modifications!

Iced Matcha Latte

xx

Lacey

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