Ok, guys, I know, I know. I’m a good 3 months late on posting our Halloween Costumes. But you know what? I’m going to go ahead and share them with you anyways, with the grand hope in mind that you will pin this post and refer back to it when planning for your costumes next halloween and/or in future years!
Both of my girls have been obsessed with Sherrif Woody from Toy Story for quite a while. Granted, they hadn’t actually even seen the movies when this obsession began. It was a picture book that won them over. But when they finally did see the movie, Clementine was enamored with Jessie — a cowgirl! Naturally, she decided that she wanted to dress up as Jessie for Halloween. Darla wanted to be Woody, and they assigned us parents to be Stinky Pete and Tour Guide Barbie.
You probably know by now that we are into being as creative and eco-friendly as possible. So we decided to make our own costumes, upcycling thrifted or used pieces whenever possible. So, without further ado, let me present our sustainable DIY Toy Story costumes!
Stinky Pete the Prospector + free printables!
In many ways, Pete’s costume was far simpler than all of the rest. But it is the box that definitely pushed his outfit over the edge and made it a winner. No, really, I literally mean a winner. He won a $100 gift card for having the best costume at his work.
“PETE’S BOX”: To make Stinky Pete’s box, we started with blue poster board and cut out a gigantic oval in the middle, large enough to frame his head and top of his costume. Papa Bear made the yellow frame, cactus, and wagon wheel out of construction paper and markers. I made the other graphics on the computer that we printed out and glued on.
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HAT: We thrifted this at Goodwill, cut a notch out from the front, and added velcro to help make the front stick up.
SHIRT: Bought from Goodwill.
OVERALLS: We looked at sooooo many thrift stores and could not find overalls to fit my 6’5 husband. Eventually we ordered these from Amazon. They were more than we wanted to pay, but they got listed on Ebay afterwards so it wasn’t all a loss.
WHITE FACIAL HAIR: Since Papa Bear already has a legit beard going on, all we had to do was dust it with some arrowroot powder to make it look a bit white.
Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl
Though all of the main pieces to Jessie’s outfit were used or thrifted, her look definitely took the most craft supplies or extra materials and embelishments.
HAT: You can actually buy Jessie hats on Amazon for pretty cheap, but we decided to breathe new life into a hat form Goodwill and painted it red. We also threaded white cord around the edges.
YARN WIG: I had NO tutorial for this, and honestly made a mess of it, but somehow it ended up working. I basically made a think “ring” of yarn to be the bangs and sides. I made a very thick braid, and then attached that to the ring. I then glue gunned this somehow onto the hat. It has held up well, and is still in their dress up box!
SHIRT: We thrifted the white shirt, and used new yellow fabric and red craft cord to do the embelishments. It was all pretty much free handed. I used an iron-on adhesive to iron the yellow fabric on, and used hot glue gun for the cord.
PANTS: We thrifted the jeans and used the iron-on adhesive to stick the cow fabric on.
BELT: We actually bought this at 99 cent only, poked new holes to make it small enough, and printed out a belt buckle that we found online.
BOOTS: Thrifted from Goodwill.
Oh my goodness, poor Darla Bear was such a hot mess that night! She had just split her head open a couple days before, and her lip a week and a half before that! She also had a cold. So, as badly as she had wanted to be Woody, she only *kinda* wore the costume. She totally refused to put on the boots, and kept throwing her hat off. Typical two-year-old ;)! Poor thing.
BANDANA: Came from one of our sock drawers, but if you don’t have one online they can be bought online here.
SHIRT: We should have just taken the time to find a yellow toddler shirt at a thrift store, but I actually started with a Men’s XL shirt from Goodwill, and somehow managed to cut and sew it down to size. Don’t do that. Just take the time to find a shirt that fits!
VEST: I made this from two layers of cow fabric that I used iron-on adhesive in between to make the fabric thicker and stiffer. I used thick upholstery thread and and a thick needle to hand stitch around the edges, just for appearance.
BELT: Bought at 99 cent only, new holes were poked in to make it small enough to fit, and we printed a belt buckle out that we found online.
JEANS & BOOTS: Both were bought at Goodwill.
Tour Guide Barbie
Let’s be real — get any in-focus pictures of just Mom? NUH-UH. Cause, naturally, she is carrying everyone’s junk, constantly running after one of the toddlers, or in this case, battling pregnancy morning sickness in heels. 😉 So, here is the best image I could find to display my Tour Guide Barbie costume.
DRESS: I scored the blue dress at Goodwill, and was so happy to have it be “stewardess-y” enough to not have to really alter it at all. I did free hand the Barbie patch with some fabric scissors and two different shades of pink felt, and then hot glued it on. If you don’t want to make your own patch, you can buy an actual Barbie one here.
HAT: I debated for a while over how I was going to make the hat, and then realized the easiest approach would be to recover an old pillbox hat (which I got at Goodwill for $2.99). I used blue fabric and hot glue to cover it, and made another Barbie patch from pink felt.
SHOES & BELT: I believe Barbie’s shoes and belt in the movie were actually yellow, but when I saw these as-new pink patent heels and sparkly pink belt at Goodwill, I knew I had scored.
YELLOW BUTTONS: I bought these at JoAnn Fabric, but you could get similar ones online (linked above). The over-sized cartoonyness of them definitely went a long way to make the basic dress more like a costume. I just hot glued them on.
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