- Kelly BondParticipant
Do you have any dress up ideas for boys? For my 4 1/2 year old, we have a firefighter jacket & hat; some playsilks; a train engineer hat; and that’s about it. Any other inexpensive ideas for dress up? Stuff I could find at a thrift store or laying around the house?
My son likes to dress up as a knight. I made him my own version using various sizes of tin pie plates. I think I found more detailed descriptions on the internet. Martha Stewart has some cute ideas for costumes on her kids website. I also made him a spider costume ( we acted out the Miss Muppet rhyme;he was the spider) using mens dress socks stuffed with tissue or rags and sewn onto black shirt and black leggings. He was quite happy with it. You could probably find a cowboy type hat at a dollar store or thrift store and a bandanna made out of a handkerchief you could make a little vest out of felt yourself or find one easily enough at a thrift store as well. HTH. Have fun!Lesley LetsonParticipant
I know this isn’t really the time of year for this, but I have bought Halloween costumes (the non-scary and gross kind) the day after Halloween for cheap. We have a dr. outfit, police outfit, and a cowboy from that. We have also gotten inexpensive cowboy hats at Wal-Mart/Bass Pro that my 3 boys love to wear. We also have reindeer antlers from the $1 isle at Christmas that they pretend to be deer with. They too are fans of the firefighter – I don’t know if you have a Firehouse subs nearby but they give away free hats – we have lots. We have a knight set that was a bday present from Target for around $20 I think. And we have the Davy Crockett hats (which my two year olds are afraid of). They also like to put on their orange toboggans and a camo shirt and pretend to hunt like Daddy. The little two like to just wear their older brother’s clothes and pretend to be him! 🙂 There is always the paper sack vest that can be decorated any way you need it to be. Overalls and a tool belt and they are construction workers. We also have small aprons and chef hats (I got the hats at a kitchen store for cheap, the aprons are give-aways, but can easily be made) and they like to cook. That’s all I can think of right now that is in the dressup box. As for my boys, they are usually content with a hat or one piece of an outfit and they are instantly someone else!nerakrParticipant
There’s always some of your dh’s old shirts, ties, etc. Or he could be a farmer with a straw hat or cap with a bill (my father always wore caps, not straw hats). I think I’ve seen inexpensive police/wild west sheriff badges at dollar stores. Of course, there are doctor’s kits, too. He would need one of your dh’s shirts to use as his lab coat, but I think the kit would have a stethoscope and other “medical” stuff.Karen SmithModerator
My boys loved making crowns out of paper and pretending to be kings.Lesley LetsonParticipant
oh yes that reminded me – Burger King crowns, another free dress-up (we have made the paper ones too), also the Krispy Kreme doughnut hats get used as chef hats around here. I promise we really don’t eat out as much as it sounds like we do 🙂missceegeeParticipant
A stick pony is a great addition to the dress up box for boys or girls – a great accessory.mrsjamiesouthMember
We make capes out of old blankets, sheets or adult t-shirts to go with the Crowns. You can easily make your own crown and have them decorate it from cardstock.TristanParticipant
My kids love the book Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes for ideas (and so do I!):Kelly BondParticipant
These ideas are just terrific. Thanks so much!
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