KIDS COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL

WHOOOOOAAAA!
STOMP.
STOMP STOMP.
This year just like every other year I started casually asking our boys what they wanted to be for Halloween around August. In August they wanted to be super heroes, in the beginning of September they wanted to be musicians, then we watched The Greatest Showman and the dancing, singing at the top of the lungs and jumping off the couch stunts filled our day to day life. Yes, I also joined in the dancing, singing and jumping off of the couch — hello?! I could totally have been an acrobat.

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

Once I found the super cool fabric for the “Circus Conductor’s” costume, and the patterns were cut: the choice was set and the costumes were on their way to become a reality.

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

Work it little man! Imagine: “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack being played by dad and both of our little loves dancing, jumping, and giggling through these photos. It was pretty adorable and they sure have some moves! (They must get it from their Mama 😘)

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

Initially our youngest wanted to be “a lion that jumps through a fire hoop” but after some research and findings of the heartbreaking realness of past + present animal cruelty in the circus, I decided to give him some other options to choose from. I showed him images of:
“Fire Breathing man” [NOPE],
“The Strongest Man in the World” [NOPE],
“Unicyclist” [NOPE],
“Human Cannonball” [ YES MAMA!!!]
Ding! Ding!! DING!!! we had a WINNER!

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

If you know our youngest at all, you would know that his daily get up usually includes a helmet, goggles, a cape, a towel, and some sort of shield. So an Evel Knievel inspired human cannonball costume, was PERFECT.

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

What I’ve found in the six years and counting of this Mama hand making Halloween costumes, is that I challenge myself more every year and it’s totally worth it! I love the process, always making it a point to include our littles in it from the brainstorming stage, shopping + collecting supplies and through each DIY.

The photoshoots are a blast and they are life lasting memories that we will treasure forever — AND … every year’s costumes are my favorite.

Getting creative in this way: letting our imaginations soar, pattern making, designing, sewing, gluing, painting, and cutting, the costumes and props is always the creativity we needed to bond and exclaim + applaud every finished piece (so much more fun when you have your kids screaming: “WOW MOM THAT IS SOOOOO COOL!” It’s always the creative challenge I personally needed that I had probably been neglecting.

Check out the costume + prop details below. We hope you had an awesome Halloween loves! Don’t worry: I’m also eating the good Halloween candy on the couch after our tiny humans are asleep in bed right there with you.
We’re in this together! 🌈♥️

CIRCUS CONDUCTOR:
Top Hat + Baton: Amazon
Coat: Handmade by Mama
Top: Handmade by Mama
Jeans: Zara
Boots: Aigle
Circus Tent: IKEA

EVEL KNIEVEL:
Helmet: Spray painted and designed by Mama
Goggles: REI
Top: Handmade by Mama
Cape: Handmade by Mama
Pants: Amazon
Boots: Hunter boots
Cannon: Handmade + painted by Mama


M IS FOR MERMAID 🐚

DIY PROJECTS

You can create Christmas decor using any theme right?! I think so! As little girls, my sisters and I spent countless hours playing pretend that we were mermaids. We would take the pillow covers off of our pillows and put them over our legs, then narrate an underwater world to life. 🐚

Playing make believe with my sisters are my most cherished childhood memories and trust me … we have TONS of stories!

 While I was photographing the Hotwheels Christmas Wreath DIY I was thinking about what a fun wreath would be for a little girl (if she didn't care for cars) and I was SOOOO very excited when the word MERMAIDS!!!!! came into my mind. I got right to work and hand drew + cut out all of these little underwater ladies out of foam, got to gluing them together and started attaching them to this beautiful white wreath.

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Are there any seashell collectors out there? 🙋🏻 I spend hours collecting shells on the beach when I get a chance to go and my collection is finally being put into good use! I picked some of my favorites and painted them with watercolors.

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// This part was fun! I wasn't sure how the paint would adhere to the shells but I was pleasantly surprised at the richness of color that I got and the texture in the shells made each of them a beautiful piece of art!

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// I glued these shells on with a glue gun around the mermaids, attached some mini trees and DONE!

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

* If you love and want to re-create this wreath but don't want to hand draw all your mermaids, comment "DIY PLEASE" below and I will draw out a free downloadable template for you to print for them! I will include it (along with a few instructions to make them) into this post for you to access it! Happy Christmas memory making loves! * ❤️❄️🐠

DIY Projects — MERMAID CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY 🎄

DIY PROJECTS

If you didn't know this by now, then I think after this post you will for sure know that my boys LOVE hot wheels cars! When I thought of the idea for this wreath, I was really excited to see their reaction to the finished product. Just like I thought that they would: they jumped, laughed and yelled "COOOOL!!!!!". These reactions are always so rewarding, keep the ideas flowing, and my heart so full! I love making my little men happy! ❤️


MESSY LEVEL: 1
This project isn't very messy, there is some gluing with the hot glue gun and string cutting. 

SUPPLIES:

  • Wreath of your choice
  • Hot wheels cars
  • String
  • Racing words printed on cardstock + cut out (optional). Download for racing words available HERE.
  • Paper straws in color / pattern of choice.
DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

1.) The first thing you're going to need is a wreath of your choice. 

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

2.) Then round up all the Hot Wheels cars that you want to use.

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

3.) It was helpful for us to stage them on the wreath where we were going to want them to go. (This step is optional)

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

4.) Then you start to cut your string into 5 inch pieces, cut as many pieces as there are cars. You'll be using these pieces to tie your racers all around your wreath! Wrapping the string around the cars twice, then tying held them on more securely.

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

5.) If you decide to use the racing words, you can print the download out on cardstock. Cut each letter out and glue each word to a paper straw. You can then cut the remnant of each straw off. This made it easier for me to attach the words to the wreath. Then you can glue your words with a hot glue gun all around your wreath.

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// That's it! Your Hot Wheels race car wreath is done + ready to hang!

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Also, how cute are these little Hot Wheels cars that we attached reindeer antlers + a red nose to?! 😍

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted

// Have SO much fun making these with your kiddos or on your own to surprise them! The squeals of excitement will leave you so happy that you did! Happy Holidays and have fun decking your halls + joining in all the Holiday festivities! ❤️❄️

DIY Projects — HOT WHEELS CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY — All Kids Are Gifted