October 03, 2011

Viking Costume

So, as I mentioned, Baden is going to be a Viking for Halloween.  I was trying to think of a cheap way to make a costume for him as I roamed through the aisles of Target.  They had some sweet faux-fur vests in the girl department that would have been awesome, but they were $25 and I didn't plan on spending that much on the entire costume.

So I kept roaming until....I found it.  There were fluffy toilet seat covers on clearance for $3 and I figured I could cut a hole in the middle and made it a caplet-kind of thing.  I was laughing my head off....all by myself as I threw them in the cart.  I kind of wanted the cashier to ask me about them so I could announce, "I'm going to make a sweet Viking costume with these babies!"  She didn't ask though :)  

Toilet seat covers are a funny thing to me.  You just can't hide a toilet.  I know they aren't pretty, but we all need them.  It's not like when you have a cover on your toilet people say, "Wow, how nice!  I hardly even noticed there was a toilet in this bathroom!"  Okay, I'm on a tangent here.  Back to the costume.

So, here's the completed costume with Rex modeling it, since he was the cooperative one yesterday.


And here's how it went down.  I bought two of the toilet seat covers.



I trimmed off the elastic, leaving me with one large circle.  (Trimming these was a bit messy because you get the strings everywhere.  See the pile to the right?  Yeah, messy.)


Then I cut out a small circle for his neck and I also cut back some of the entire circle so it would lay right on him.


I ended up cutting the edges in a jagged way so it looked more rough.  I took a craft knife and made two small slits so I could string my leather lace through it to tie it on.


The shirt is just a $3 Walmart tee.  I tied the same leather string around his wrists.  I already had it on hand from a remnant bag I had purchased a while back.  I didn't want to do anything permanent to the shirt because I wanted to be able to use it later.


The pants were just brown sweat pants.  I also didn't want do anything permanent for boots so I took out some snow boots and cut the other toilet cover in half (also trimming off the elastic).


I wrapped the toilet cover around the top of the boot and tied my leather strings around them.


Lastly, I bought the hat at a toy store for $2. 


We splurged on the Thor hammer.  It's dense foam (so they can't really injure one another with it) and the boys think it's the coolest thing ever.


And?  There's one more thing that I won't do until Halloween night.  I'm going to paint a beard on Baden.

And there you have it.  I've got one rough, tough Viking costume.  That way when Baden makes the horrible crusty face everywhere we go thrice or treating, they'll just think he's "in character."  Rex might have to teach him some of his poses, too.


Yeah, you're afraid.  I know.  It's a bit intimidating for me to live in the same house with him :)


That's all for today.  Thanks for reading.

72 comments:

  1. OK - that is AMAZINGLY smart!!!!

    And 2nd - those "poses" are KILLING me! :) Someone is a camera-lovin-ham, huh?

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  2. that is awesome. who knew a toilet cover could look so great!

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  3. Awesome costume!! Rex knows how to work it! The poses are cracking me up! Have your boys seen 'How To Train Your Dragon'? My son loves it, and it has cool vikings.

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  4. My Nephew loves How to train your dragon and this would be an awesome costume for him!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love it! And I love Rex's posing! That's so creative to use the toilet seat covers. Oh and I totally agree with your thoughts on them...are they really necessary? I feel like they draw more attention, like, hey look at my really furry and (sometimes) bright pink toilet!

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  6. Oh my goodness. The cutest Viking ever! Those poses are priceless. Love the costume. It looks so great, for such low cost.
    The covers remind me of the time my Dad helped me cut and decorate a toilet seat cover to make some kind of Egyptian Queen collar for school. I was equal parts embarrassed and proud. :). But unlike your costume, I'm pretty sure mine still looked like I was wearing a toilet seat cover!

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  7. OH my goodness this is awesome! I would have never looked at a toilet seat cover & thought "viking!" I'm also working on creating a costume without spending a lot of money.

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  8. Oh my gosh, brilliant! I've been racking my brain as to what to use for my little boy's Ewok costume. I live overseas right now because my hubby is military, and I just didn't know what or where to get the fabric I needed. Problem solved! Thank you.

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  9. Genius! I never would have thought of using toilet seat covers! Baden is going to be a really awesome viking!!
    P.S. My boys are going to be Batman and Superman for Halloween. Thanks to your mother. Those capes are fantastic!

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  10. That is just brilliant! You get the super duper Mommy award for this costume! Couldn't be better and budget friendly, too!

    And your little boy is so darn cute!

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  11. Oh my gosh...that is SOOOOOO awesome!!! This is a link to a picture of my son in the viking costume that his auntie made for him for his first birthday

    http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/travel-outings/-122814

    But, boy oh boy do we need to make him one like this!! Great job, Cheri!!

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  12. That is so cute! I am all about an original costume. I love it!

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  13. Way way to cute!!! I was inspired by the play CATS years ago and covered my daughter with bathroom rugs to make her a calico cat! Cheap and easy. But I also a suggestion for the beard. Cover his beard area with karo syrup and then add coffee grounds. It looks real and stays on throughout the night. Smells good too! :) You should enter that one on the Family Fun magazine.

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  14. Creative!! Great thinking!

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  15. wow, i love this so much! I'm going to the bathroom aisle for more costume ideas... or I just might copy this exactly :)

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  16. Oh man, I think it's awesome that you used toilet seat covers! So creative, and the costume looks great!

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  17. I can't wait to see it on Baden with the beard!!!

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  18. This is really cute, and I love the idea of using things that one wouldn't normally consider to make a costume. I do that kind of thing all the time. You guys should have a blast on Halloween!

    His faces are hilarious, he's really channeling that fierce viking mojo.

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  19. this is totally rad, and toilet seat covers?! you genious!

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  20. AWESOME! I much prefer homemade costumes. Last year Jordan was a cowboy http://goo.gl/M1KvO but this year I think he should be a viking! Thanks so much!

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  21. That's the best looking toilet seat cover ever!!!!

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  22. Ha-larious! Those pictures are so sweet. I think he needs a viking room now.

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  23. Great costume! And I love the posing, real fierce! :)

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  24. What a cute idea and so well done! I love it! We painted a beard on my son for Halloween last year - he dressed up to look like Daddy. (Bonus - free costume because we already had everything!) But at 6 months old, drool was an issue and the paint kept disappearing. So my husband ended up using a marker. Yikes. But it worked! And we still get compliments on it.

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  25. That is some fabulous re-purposing!

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  26. This is a very cool homemade costume :)

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  27. I love this!!! Great job!

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  28. I love it! That boy is such a ham! You are so creative Cheri. What a great costume.

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  29. I love you all the more for doing this! I would have laughed with ya. :)

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  30. GREAT idea, Cheri! You are awesome.

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  31. Awesome job! And from his many in-character poses, clearly the perfect costume for him this year.

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  32. What a good idea! Last year I needed a white beard for my sons gnome cosume...the fur at the fabric store was WAY too much...so I found a old stocking and used the white fur around the top and it worked great! Love the costume!

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  33. OH MY GOSH CHERI! You are a genius! This turned out SO cute. I'm gonna send a link to my aunt who has two twin 4 year old boys. This would be SO perfect for them!

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  34. Very cool and his poses are hilarious paired with what I think is him flashing his CTR ring. Way cute!

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  35. You found a great use for toilet covers! LOVE it!
    And your model is beyond cute...

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  36. Best repurposing ever, as far as I'm concerned!

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  37. I love it! I enjoy making my kid's costume every year. Maybe I could redo some old boots of mine the same way with fake fur from the craft section of Walmart.

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  38. That is awesome. Just completely awesome!! :)

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  39. The minute I read the words "toilet seat covers" this became my favorite costume ever!

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  40. If we weren't already making my 16 month old his Yoda costume I'd say I better get to Target fast. Wow! What a great idea to use toilet seat covers. I am totally digging the viking look! It's so much cheaper and cooler if you make it your self. Can't wait to see pics of him pillaging for treats! :)

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  41. his poses are hilarious! what a cutie!

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  42. Just wanted to say, I heart your blog! You have so many cute ideas, and your kids are adorable too! Wish you lived next door to me!

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  43. I've been following your blog all summer and I just wanted to say that it's WONDERFUL! I'm a college student and even though I don't have kids of my own to DIY into oblivion (yet) I just LOVE your ideas. You're totally inspiring and very very empowering for all of us lady-folk. :) Thanks for doing this!

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  44. Fabulous...GREAT job mom !!!!

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  45. This is the cutest thing ever! Toilet seat covers! Who knew?!

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  46. This is awesome and the poses are sweet! I need to learn his moves too!

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  47. Great costume! I didn't even know they made toilet seat covers anymore.

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  48. this is the greatest use for those toilet seat covers ever!!!! he looks so super cute!!!

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  49. So smart and thrifty! Love the way the costume turned out! Baden is a little ham, isn't he? LOL! This is way better than a store-bought costume!
    XoXo
    Joy

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  50. Stop it! That is stinkin AWESOME!!!

    Can't wait to doll my little one up on Halloween as... a viking perhaps ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  51. ha ha ha ha OMG! I'm laughing so hard! He is the funniest little boy.... all of his crazy intimidating poses! What a great costume! Love it :)

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  52. This is brilliant!

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  53. ADORABLE!!!!!!!

    My husband said it was super cute! He is a viking every year for Halloween. lol

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  54. I lalala LAAAV your blog. Your kids are adorable and your crafts are so fun! I do almost everything you post :) gah, do I sound creeper much? haha, you are awesome! Where did you get the helmet? I haven't been able to find one anywhere.

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  55. Ha ha...this is so awesome. I love that you used a bathroom rug! So clever.

    Rex has awesome viking moves. What a cute kid!

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  56. My parents brought my son back a helmet and vest from their trip to Sweden this year. Your little viking is so cute--I am totally stealing your ideas to deck the rest of his costume out! Wish me luck finding clearance toilet seat covers...

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  57. Great costume! <3

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  58. This is hilarious! But awesome idea! Does your son know it started off as a toliet seat cover?!

    Just Better Together

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  59. I wish I'd seen this before I made three trips to target in the last week--should have checked to see if they had any toilet seat covers on sale. We're taking a little viking out as well :) Luckily I do have some leftover fur from another project so I can do something with that for my viking baby.

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  60. This is awesome. I'm thinking of using this and doing a Viking Family next year. I tried to borrow your toilet seat cover idea for a monster wreath, but my dollar store did not have any. I found other fun things instead. I love Dollar stores!

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  61. For my little guys second birthday, we are doing a viking theme and have been having no luck actually finding a toddler sized viking costume. This will be perfect since I can't sew. Thank you so much for posting this.

    The one thing you didn't mention how you did it was the belt.

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  62. I also would like to know how you did the belt. Was that a belt that you had that you just doubled or did you make it specifically for this costume?

    I love your blog!

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  63. I had the belt on hand. It's mine so I just used some packaging tape in the back to make it his size.

    Cheri

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  64. I was inspired by your adorable viking costume last year--it really helped me figure out the finishing touches for the viking vest and hat my parents brought my son from Sweden last year! I finally got around to blogging about it and linked to you in my post :) Thanks!

    http://bethbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-are-you-going-to-be-this-year.html

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  65. Thank you so much for posting this! I am not a crafty mom and I think I can totally do this!!! I am so excited to create this for my tiny viking. I am going to make a knit viking hat for him (well...that's the plan...we'll see if I have time) which I found here: http://knitforyourlife.blogspot.com/2009/08/viking-hat-free-pattern.html
    Again, thanks for this post!!

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  66. OMGeee, funniest Halloween costume posing ever! Your boy is the cutest Viking in the universe, and that is a genius idea for the costume.

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  67. Toilet seat covers = pure genius!!!

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  68. Thank you for the inspiration! Our twins were Vikings this year. So quick, affordable, and super cute! Thanks for sharing your creativity.
    I posted pictures, blogged about it, and linked back to you.
    (http://theresastodos.blogspot.com/2012/11/vikings.html).

    Again, thank you so much!!!

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  69. You are so great. :0)

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  70. Coming over from Better After. I know you have dozens of comments telling you this same theme, but I just have to echo them. Such a cute, cute costume, and toilet seat covers?! You're just a mad genius. Who would have thought!

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