My kids are last-minute costume-pickers. They tend to change their minds on what they want to dress up as all October long. Luckily, the characters that two of my kids decided to be at the very last minute this Halloween turned out to be very easy (and cheap) for us to put together.
DIY Phineas and Ferb Halloween Costumes
Phineas and Ferb is one of our favorite shows. Even my husband raves about the humor and stops his work to sit down with the kids to watch an episode.
My 12 year old Necco is a huge Perry the Platypus fan, and so she decided to put together a Perry costume. Here’s how it turned out:
What you need for a DIY Perry the Platypus costume:
- Turquoise or green sweat pants
- Turquoise or green hooded sweat shirt
- Orange gloves (or “hands” cut out of extra orange felt)
- Two 8×10 pieces of orange felt
- One 8×10 (or smaller) sheet of orange craft foam
- safety pins
Instructions for making a Perry the Platypus costume:
Cut one 8×10 piece of orange felt in half so that you have two 4×5 pieces. Cut a simple “foot” shape (each side will be the same). Safety pin or tape one foot to each shoe.
Cut a platypus tail from the second sheet of orange felt. Safety pin the tail to the back of child’s shirt or pants.
Cut a beak from the sheet of orange craft foam (ours was approximately 3 inches long by 4 inches wide, rounded). Safety pin the beak to the sides of the hood or tie a string to each side of the beak and tie around the child’s face like a mask.
Dress child in sweat shirt and sweat pants. Be sure to put the hood up and place the hat on top of the hood. That’s it!
What you need for a DIY Ferb costume:
My 6 year old son is a big Ferb fan. As soon as he saw us working on a Perry costume, he asked if we could make a Ferb costume for him. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- yellow t-shirt
- blue pants
- 2 8×10 sheets of tan craft foam (or 3 sheets of 4×5 foam)
- 1 sheet of white craft foam
- 1 8×10 piece of green felt
- glue, staples, clear packing tape
- black sharpie marker
Instructions for making a Ferb costume:
Measure child’s head and make a “hat” with the sheets of tan craft foam. We used 2 and a half 5-inch-long pieces of foam and put them together to make one strip that was approximately 4 inches tall and 12 inches wide. We secured the pieces with staples and tape (to cover up the staples).
Cut randomly zig-zaggy hair from the green felt. Tape the hair onto the top of the “hat.”
Cut two circles using the white craft foam and draw a black eyeball on each circle. Glue or tape the circles onto the front of your “hat.”
Dress child up in yellow shirt and blue pants and Ferb head “hat” – that’s it!
Note: Multi-color packs or single sheets of felt and craft foam can be purchased at Walmart or craft stores like Michaels. I payed about 5 dollars for both mutli-color packs that I used and have a ton left over. The t-shirt, sweat pants and sweat shirt were the most pricey parts of the costume, but those can all be used for every-day wear since they are not modified at all as part of the costume.
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