We are going with a Plants vs. Zombies theme this year. For anyone who hasn’t played this highly-addictive and simple game yet, you must try it! The boys love it. So, they decided to be Plants vs. Zombies this year.
K is going to be a zombie. He initially wanted to be the “football zombie” but I was hesitant about the helmet/pads thing and where to get those items, so I convinced him to be just a regular zombie. For some reason, the zombies look like business executives. So I bought him a brown corduroy blazer from Gymboree on clearance, and a red tie (that I figure we can re-use for some event at some point in time). Now, he needs the white shirt and pants. Hmm…I’m still working on those, but I saw this great idea over on Betz White’s blog for putting “zombie skin” underneath the torn pants. So, I’m going to try something out with that.
J decided to be a peashooter. Initially, he wanted to be a hypno-shroom, but I thought that might give the wrong impression (lol) and the idea of making a mushroom costume seemed a bit daunting. Of course, a peashooter costume wasn’t probably much better. It actually came together rather well. First, we made a hood out of dark green fleece from a random Halloween pattern that was supposed to be for an animal jumpsuit with a hood and collar.
Now onto the peashooter part. Here is the foam model that I used to glue the green fleece to make the head. It’s a foam craft ball plus an egg-shaped one that I picked up at Michael’s and then trimmed off some sides, and glued together with tacky glue. Thanks to my friend Katie for suggesting foam and glue! I had visions of elaborate plushie designs at first.
I glued the fleece onto the egg-shape first going around. Then, I glued the overlap onto the front piece, and then covered that up with a black circle of felt. Then I made this random curved shape that I put around the top portion, and glued it around the top edges, but then hand-sewed it down onto the hood. I couldn’t use the machine because the big foam under-structure was in the way.
I also added velcro to the chin portion of the hood and collar so that it would close tightly around their heads and keep the peashooter from being wobbly.
I added some leaves to the hood collar. The leaves have a pipe cleaner through the middle to give them some sturdiness, and to help them bend. It’s just two layers of fleece, with the pipe cleaner up the middle vein, sewed down on each side of the pipe cleaner, then sewn around the outside, and some random sewing through the middle to look like veins. Then I just tacked them down onto the hood with a lot of zig-zag stitches.
Then, added eyes and a little leaf on the back of the head. Eyes are just black and white felt that I glued on. Leaf on the back was just sewn, right-sides together on three sides, turned back inside-out, and stuffed with polyfill. Sewed up the bottom, and hand-sewn onto the back of the hood.
Then, I made a brown poncho using this tutorial to be the “flower pot”. Hooray! It turned out so cute. We also bought some green foam small balls (a bag of six) just for throwing around and pretending to be peas.
I’ll share the zombie costume later this week when it comes together.