Halloween is just around the corner…can you believe it? It’s not too late to make your kids’ costumes for this year, and I’ve got an adorable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume for you that is easy to make and won’t break the budget either.
This costume is the creation of my cousin, Holly Kappes. I saw her pictures on Facebook the other day and just fell in love with the costumes she made for her daughter and her friends. When I asked her if I could feature the costume on my blog, she was gracious enough to share it with us!
Here’s Holly with all the directions you need for a very cute and affordable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume:
I got everything I needed for the entire costume except the mask and foil pan from Joanne Fabrics. (Most likely any giant fabric store will carry these items if you don’t have a Joanne’s.) For all 4 costumes, you will need:
1 Yellow craft paint (for wood discs on belt and back of shell)
1 Lime green craft paint (for shell)
1 Brown craft paint (for shell)
1 Dark Green spray paint (for shell)
8 Wood circle discs (for belt and back of shell–2 for each costume)
4 Lime green shirts (also got from Joanne Fabrics)
Hot glue gun
2 spools lime green ribbon (for skirt waist and turtle shell arm holders)
Letters….M, R, D, L…..(optional, as you can just draw them on…you need 2 of each letter for belt and back of shell…purchased at Hobby Lobby)
4 Roasting pans
Face sponges (purchased at Target)
Brown fleece (for belt), less than 1/4 yard
Orange, Blue, Purple, and Red fabric, 1/4 yard each (ties for elbow, wrist, and knees)
Lime Green tulle, 1 1/2yrd for each skirt or 6 yards total
Dark Green tulle, 1 1/2yrd for each skirt or 6 yards total
Orange, Purple, Blue, Red tulle, 1yrd of each color
I also purchased Mask/Weapon packs from the boys’ toy section in Target. They were around $9 and they have all colors. It was easy enough to make the mask as well, but knew we needed the weapons so thought this was easier. 🙂
Each costume was less than $30 because of a 25% off entire purchase coupon at Joanne’s and good deals all around.
Shirt: I made a template of the abs. I just used a cardboard folder and stenciled abs on and cut out a stencil. I laid it on the shirts right at chest level and penciled it on. That way the girls just needed to paint in the lines. Use yellow craft paint to paint on abs…Easy peasy!
Skirts: They are super easy. Cut a long enough piece of ribbon that will tie around the waist with left over to tie in a bow and hang down a little. I cut the tulle in 5-inch sections right off of the bolt. (Tulle comes folded in half on bolt.) Cut into 5in sections and then cut in half at the fold so one cut gives you 2 pieces. For each skirt, depending on size of girls, you will want between 50 and 60 pieces of tulle to make them nice and full. Lay ribbon out flat in a straight line on floor. Sit on the floor and put each heel on ribbon to hold it flat and tight. Take 1 piece of tulle and fold in half place under the ribbon and do a slip knot (pull ends thru the folded side of tulle. Super easy. We did lime green and then dark green repeating. We did all the green first and then went back and added the color of the turtles.
Shell: Spray paint the shell dark green inside and out; it takes 10 minutes to dry. Put a small amount of lime green and brown paint on a plate, then take face sponges and use them to dab the paint in a camo design on the shell. Then hold shell up to their back Take knife and cut small slits where you can attach ribbon so they can wear it like a back pack. You’ll need a slit on top of shoulder and by armpit on each side. Tie ribbon so they can wear shell.
Belt: Cut strip of brown fleece fabric about 1-inch thick. Paint wooden discs yellow and add letter. Hot glue the disks to belt and to back of shell.
Ties: Cut 1-inch strips for elbows and wrists in each color. Cut 3-4 in strips to tie at the knees.
This costume was so easy, fast and fun for the girls to make! They were not expensive and they turn out adorable as well. To finish off the look, they just wore black leggings with black socks and black shoes. Most likely they will have black arms when we trick or treat because it will probably be too cold! 🙂
I hope you love this costume as much as we do!
Thanks so much for the great idea Holly 🙂
Photo Credits: Holly Kappes