Magical unicorn, spooky bat and deadly jellyfish costumes!

DIY fancy dress

For dress-up days without the drama, bookmark these easy ways to make a unicorn, bat or jellyfish costume. They're perfect if you're on the last minute because they all use materials you're likely to have at home.

1. Unicorn costume - a homemade headband and tail

The most-asked-for outfit is so sweet!

What you’ll need: 

  • Coloured card
  • Tissue paper in lots of colours
  • Headband
  • Hair bobble
  • Belt
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue

To make the headband: 

  1. To create a horn, prepare the piece of coloured card. Draw a triangle on the card and snip it out. Roll it into a cone and tape in place.
  2. To attach the horn to the headband, make a snip in each side and thread the headband through. Glue it in place.
  3. Decorate the horn with the ribbon by wrapping it around the length of the cone. Glue this in place, as well.

To make the tail

  1. Create a pile of multi-coloured tissue paper and snip it into lots of strips.
  2. Bunch them together as you would a ponytail, and secure with the hair bobble. Use the second hair bobble to attach the tissue paper tail to the belt.
Unicorn fancy dress

2. Spooky bat costume

It’s easy to turn your little ones into a friendly, flappy friend.

What you’ll need: Black card, scissors, tape, old black material

What to do:

  1. Cut a strip of black card and fit it around your child’s head. Then cut 2 bat ears and stick them on.
  2. Attach some material to either side of an old t-shirt to make bat wings.

Job done!

3. Fairy lights jellyfish costume

Transform kids into a deadly jellyfish that lights up!

What you’ll need: 

  • Clear or white umbrella
  • Battery-powered fairy lights
  • Pack of white tissue paper
  • White and black card
  • Scissors
  • Tape

What to do:

  1. Snip a few bits of tape and secure the fairy lights in a spiral inside the umbrella. It’s easiest to start at the top and work your way down. Tape the battery pack last at the base of the umbrella.
  2. To make the eyes, draw two circles on the white card, approx 12cm diameter (we drew around a kids’ bowl). Draw two smaller circles on the black card, approx 6cm diameter (we drew around a cup). Glue them together and then glue them onto the umbrella.
  3. Cut strips from the crepe paper approx 3cm wide (it’s quicker if you fold it so you can cut a few at once.) Keep them about a metre long – you can trim them once your child is holding the costume if they trail on the floor.
  4. Turn on the lights!

Dress your child in black and give them their twinkly costume to hold.

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