About a month ago now, my daughter came home off the school bus with a big smile on her face. “Guess what, Mama? Our class is doing a play about animals, and I picked a sloth!”
This made me so very happy because if you know me, you know that my most favorite animal in the world is the sloth. And, I can proudly say I have loved them long before the hipsters did. (Friends that have known me since high school and college can verify!)
But then my daughter uttered these terrifying words… “and you need to make me a sloth costume.”
Now I can do crafts, but truth be told, I don’t particularly enjoy them. It’s even more pressure when your daughter’s potential happiness hinges on the outcome. A quick search for “sloth costumes” on Amazon produced this:
Yup, not quite what we’re looking for.
However, I’m happy to say that not only did I make a sloth costume, I made a pretty darn good one. I wanted to share some of what we did because if you’re a parent, at some point you might find yourself in need of making a sloth costume (or a fox costume, or a squid costume, or a slow loris costume).
First stop? Hobby Lobby.
The year my son was a giraffe for the 2nd grade play, I’d made a mask using construction paper and elastic. My thinking this time around: why reinvent the wheel?
Hobby Lobby had a great selection of these plain Mardi Gras style masks, and for pretty cheap. I opted for the 3-pack of blank masks you see in the upper right hand corner of the photo above. Just $2.47 – and for three of them! Score.
On a nearby aisle, I found these pieces of craft fur for $2.99 each. Perfect. I decided to cut some of it to glue to my mask.
Next, I purchased a piece of plain black felt to make the eyes and nose. Check out these awesome animal-print felt sheets I found! Perfect if you need to make a tiger, giraffe, or zebra costume. You could easily construct a similar mask or make other animal costume accessories.
While I didn’t go this route, you could also consider buying plain headbands to glue ears or headpieces to. Hobby Lobby was selling these multi-packs for $1.99. You could also use one you have already or head to the dollar store.
Now this was another great Hobby Lobby find! These feather wrist cuffs were on clearance for just $1.19 for a pair! I had been thinking of making some sort of furry hand wraps for my daughter, but this was a lot faster and cheaper.
Here’s another item I spotted, but didn’t buy: these iron-on art prints. I want to say they were maybe around $4? This would be an easy option for jazzing up a plain t-shirt or accessories to turn into an animal-themed costume!
Ready to see the finished product?
The mask took me all of 10 minutes to make, thanks to the mask form I bought (and my husband’s artistic ability!). I just hot glued the craft fur and felt down. On another occasion, my daughter and I stopped by the thrift store where she scored the fur vest for $3.99! We also found brown colored leggings and a skirt. The belt was another piece of craft fur I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
When she saw the whole ensemble, she was thrilled!!
I have to say, I impressed myself with the mask!
Last night was the big night, and she was so excited.
Off to the school we went. Of course, I was most excited for her part, a poem called The Sloth (quite appropriately!).
She made sure to say her lines very, very slowly. She did a great job!
So the next time your kid comes home with a strange costume request, I hope you’ll stop back to this post for a few ideas. (Or if nothing else, a little encouragement.)
What’s the strangest costume you’ve ever had to make for your child? I’d love to hear about it: leave a comment below!