Without costumes and trick-or-treating baskets, Halloween is never complete. I started making costumes for my Sylvanian kids with some easy ones.
It’s a bit unfortunate that seasonal sets are not available in Calico Critters series, but we can still make our own costumes to enjoy Halloween!
This so far has been the easiest costume to make. Just cut some small strips out of white cloth. There is no need to cut them out neatly.
Stick in all the strips in the mug of hot black tea for a few minutes to dye them. Don’t leave the strips in for too long though, you only want a slight tint of brown.
Dry your strips on a flat surface. You’ll notice that the edges of the strips will be darker brown. This is what you are looking for here.
Once the strips are completely dry, wrap them around your critters. You don’t even need to use glue or anything as your critters fur will do a decent job keeping the strips on.
This costumes is pretty easy to make too. But it requires some hot glue usage. Make sure you use low-temp glue gun, instead of hot to avoid accidental burns. You really don’t ever need high-temp glue guns for Sylvanian crafting.
First, cut white cloth into a circle (or whatever shape you’d like) to completely cover your little critter.
Place the cloth over your critter, and with a pencil, lightly mark holes for the eyes.
Cut the eye holes out, and double check the size adjusting as needed.
Next, with some fray preventing solution, soak the cut edges.
Once the solution is dry, place the cloth back on your critter and adjust the shape of your ghost costume gluing the cloth to itself with a low-temp glue gun.
Cut off the extra cloth along the bottom. and treat the cut edge to avoid fraying.
If you want the holes for the hands to come out, just cut them out with scissors. ;p
I made this costume mostly with hot glue instead of sewing. Thanks to Zoe from “Zoe’s Sylvanians” who shared a wonderful trick to use hot glue to make clothes. I’ve hot glued cloth before, but never thought of making clothes that way. It actually worked quite well and so much faster than sewing.
Here is the link to her article for more detail —>> Making Clothing From Fabric
For the wizard’s gown, I tweaked a bit of the famous Sylvanian clothing pattern
I made up the pattern of the wizard’s hat, I think this is pretty straightforward.
Staff is just made out of polymer clay.
<Pumpkin Shaped Treat Basket>
First, make a simple pumpkin shape out of clay. Please refer to “Modern Pumpkins” for the instructions.
Once the pumpkins are hard, cut off the top, and clean out the inside.
Pole holes on each side of the basket, and stick a wire in for the handle. Draw a face with acrylic paint, and the basket is done!