Dress up or costume parties can sometimes be stressful if you don't have a good idea for a costume. Instead of looking forward to a gathering with friends, you feel worried that your costume will not be original or creative, or that you may be dressed similar to another party guest. Dress-up ideas can come from anywhere, and you don't have to be an artist or a seamstress to create a fun and creative costume. Try dressing up as your favorite letter of the alphabet!
If you are planning to turn yourself into a letter of the alphabet, you will need to consider the types of materials that can easily be formed into the correct letter shape. Keep in mind that the party may be crowded, and wearing a large letter may be cumbersome. Try creating your letter with foam. Or, use your body for as much of the letter as possible, minimizing the amount of extra materials you will need. For example, to dress up as the letter "A", wear a pointed party hat on your head. Wear a black sweatshirt and sweatpants. Paint the arms, the hat and a stripe across your waist a different, brighter color. You may need to fashion the bottom of the letter "A" from foam and attach it to your costume, being sure to paint it the same bright color as the rest of your "A".
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When dressing up as an alphabet letter, don't take yourself too seriously. In other words, have fun with your costume creation. Instead of literally creating a costume that looks like an alphabet letter, try using a hot glue gun to attach items that begin with a certain letter to your outfit. Begin with a black sweatshirt and sweatpants. You can use fabric scraps to cut out several shapes of your chosen letter and attach them to your outfit, as well as small toys and other items. For example, if you choose the letter "D," glue some small toy dinosaurs, plastic dogs and maybe a few handfuls of dirt to your costume. Attach a plastic cup to your sleeve for "drink" and fashion a steering wheel from foam for "drive." Use a dictionary if you need to get creative. See how long it takes the party guests to guess which letter you are representing.
The Entire Alphabet
If you are having a difficult time choosing a letter, why not go as the whole alphabet? Purchase a few sets of children's colorful magnetic letters and use a hot glue gun to attach them to a dark-colored sweatshirt and sweatpants. If you would like, create several hidden words on your costume, rather than just attaching the letters randomly. Or, spell out the names of the party guests, along with your randomly placed letters. Challenge other party-goers to find their names on your costume!
Interactive Letter Costume
Begin by purchasing several packages of self-stick hook and loop fasteners, as well as several sets of children's brightly colored magnetic letters. On a dark-colored sweatshirt and sweatpants, attach several strips of the hook and loop fasteners. Attach the other side of the hook and loop onto the backs of the sets of magnetic letters. Carry the letters in a small basket into the party and tell guests that you are wearing an interactive costume. Invite the other party goers to "write" words or their names on your costume using the letters in your basket.
- "The Dressing Up Book"; Wendy Baker, Jon Barnes and Fiona Pragoff; 1994
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