On Friday the lower Netherlands, Belgium and Germany celebrate Carnival. It’s custom that people dress up, act silly and let themselves complete go before they start Lent. There are Carnival stores where you can buy hideous costumes all made with synthetic fibres in horrible colours or you can just throw a scarf around in the town’s carnival colours and be done with it. But why not create something simple and original yourself?
So my good friend Daan form the lovely blog maandagdaandag and I teamed up. I made her children a Carnival outfit that suit their personalties and what they can also use for everyday dress-up.
Rover The Clown
Use plain white Thermos underwear, pyjamas or leggings and a white top. Machine wash the clothing before you start using the textile paint. You can use round sponge stamps, cut out potatoes or anything that makes use for a round stamp. Use textile paint to make 5 cm wide round dots all over the top and bottoms. Stamp front first, dry over a radiator and stamp back.
Cut a piece of fabric 1.40 m x 25 cm. Stitch a funnel at the top of the fabric wide enough for a ribbon to fit through and hem the rest of the fabric. Thread the ribbon through the funnel and tie it around the child’s neck.
Tip: work it off with ribbons and pompoms at the bottom for a cheerful effect!
Make the pompoms with a large pompom maker or the old-fashioned-way with a piece of cardboard or a fork (google anything what works best for you). A total of 3 large pompoms for the T-shirt and two smaller ones for the hat.
Wolf The Strawberry
Use plain white Thermos underwear, pyjamas or leggings and a white top. Machine wash the clothing before you start using the Dylon dye. Use 2 sachets of Dylon fabric dye for Hand Wash in Tulip Red and 100 gr Dylon salt. Pour the salt and the contents of the sachets in the drum of an empty washing machine. Spin the drum with your hands until the dye and salt are spread out evenly over the holes. Dry the clothes and run an empty washing machine at 90ºC with laundry detergent to make sure that the machine is clean. Use a gold fabric paint marker to draw the seeds of the strawberry on the clothing. Because the pen is quite wet, you should always put a piece of cardboard between the clothing to prevent leakage. Front first, dry on the heater and then do the back.
To form a base for the strawberry hat, cut out a strip of 10 x 20 cm cardboard and glue it onto another. Now cut eight large leaves out of the cardboard. Fold the bottom of the leaves and cut off a bit to the left and right so that there is a strip left in the middle. Stick it to the base of the hat. 4 x all around and another 4 x 4 all around between the underlying leaves. Cut a circle large enough for the top of the base hat (ø 20 cm). Glue the circle over the base hat. Roll a piece of cardboard and glue the sides to make a stalk. Cut notches at the bottom of the stalk and glue it on top of the round base of the hat.
Tip: dye the Thermos orange and make several longer leaves for the hat, and you have a carrot!
Maantje The Butterfly
Depending on the length of the child, double-fold a piece of tulle and stitch the sides together. Stitch a funnel at the top of the tulle wide enough for a piece of elastic waistband to fit through. Thread the elastic waistband through the funnel and tie it in a knot. For Maantje (5) I used a piece of 140 x 40 cm gold tulle.
Tip: you can also multiple layers in different colours sewn together for a fuller effect!
Draw a template of the left wing on a large piece of paper. Trace the left wing template onto a large unfolded box. Turn the left wing template and trace the right side of the wing onto the box. Cut out the wings (using a Stanley knife) and paint the patterns of the wings with white acrylic hobby paint. Cut out a 50 cm rubber band, tie it and lay it into an 8-shape on the back of the wings. Attach the rubber band using duck-tape so that the wings can be worn like a backpack.
Use an A4 sheet of gold coloured cardboard. Cut spikes all around the top of the crown and glue the side together. Punch a hole left and right in the crown and use ribbons or elastic bands.
After the photo-shoot we celebrated with a massive sushi dinner at Hamachi in Lommel, absolutely the best sushi in town and our favourite restaurant. Many thanks to Rover, Wolf en Maantje for being so professional and all xxx