diy {Star Wars costumes}

You probably think I am a huge fan of Halloween costumes. Most people do anyway. I’m not. Maybe if my kids let me pick their costumes and I could be creative with it…maybe then I’d enjoy it. However, I have 2 boys that are very particular about costumes. It is pointless for me to even offer suggestions. It is just not a battle worth fighting for me. So this year they wanted to be Obi-Wan Kenobi & Luke Skywalker.

Sadly at some point my kids decided I have the ability to create whatever they dream up. I don’t. They end up with really handmade looking stuff, but they seem to be thrilled so I’m good. I am not a big fan of dressing up. Just isn’t me. However, we went to a party where I thought all the adults and children were supposed to wear costumes so I let the boys decide on what the rest of the family should be.

Before we headed to the party I wanted to get a few pictures…here is the setting we chose for our Star Wars shoot:

The picture of Yoda & Darth Vader made the older boys so mad…which made me want to do it all the more.

Evidently I am breaking all kinds of Star Wars codes by letting Darth Vader hold Yoda.

Notes to self:

1. When dressing your daughter as Yoda throw a bow on Yoda’s head so people don’t tell you how cute your little boy is

2. Be prepared for people to think you are all peasants…and Yoda is an Elf Peasant.

3. Text before attending a party to make sure adults are wearing costumes, otherwise you will walk around all night with yarn buns on your head feeling ridiculous.

4. It doens’t matter that R2D2 doesn’t technically have arms to hold a gun…he will want a gun. Let him have it.

5. Don’t worry about your lack of sewing skills…kids have imaginations far greater than anything you can or cannot sew.

6. Stand back and enjoy your older boys as they transform into Jedi knights…and based on your husband’s love of his Darth Vader mask, know that boys never outgrow the thrill of being a warrior

If you are wondering about how I made the costumes, I don’t have tutorials but here are a few pointers:

Yoda: I dyed a old white t-shirt and beanie. I created ears by cutting the tshirt into 4 triangles. There is a couple of layers of felt inside the ears. The ear layers are sewn together and then sewn onto the hat. The shoe coverings are just scraps of the dyed white tshirt cut to shape and stitched a little up the back to easily slip on. The jacket is part of the boy’s Indiana Jones costume, turned inside out.

Jedi Knights: I used this tutorial and $4.00 bed sheets from Walmart

R2D2: Large white long sleeve t-shirt and beanie….free hand drawing with sharpies. It would have been a lot cuter to make some kind of cardboard thing for him to wear, but he would have never worn it.

Darth Vader: borrowed costume

Princess Leia: I bought a $3 nightgown and silver purse from Goodwill. I cut off the bottom of the nightgown to make a belt and I also sewed a piece to the top of the dress to cover up blue flow


Though I am making a jab about the lack of costumes at the party…we had a great time. The hostess had all kinds of thought out, cute details…it looked straight out of a magazine. Thanks M.


thankfully I have another year before they sceme up their next costumes…maybe FireCracker will get to be a girl next year…

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