It’s safe to say I am a sucker for family Halloween costumes. I don’t know about you, but I sure do not enjoy paying for full costumes from a Halloween store. If I can DIY our costumes, you better believe I’m going to figure it out! Actually, I’ve gotten away with not buying the girls costumes the past several years as well. We’ve been able to use dresses that they already had, and all we had to buy were a few accessories here and there. I’m sure this luck will run out sooner or later, but for now I’ll enjoy saving that money! Because Halloween costumes have gotten pricey!!
This Olaf costume was SO EASY to make and I’m going to show you how to do it today. The best part: I made this for less than $12! I got almost everything I needed in one trip to Walmart. The only thing they didn’t have was the stiff felt, which I found at Hobby Lobby.
*Be sure and pin this for next Halloween, so you can easily find it in case your child wants to go as Frozen characters next year!
DIY Olaf Costume
What you’ll need:
White long sleeve t-shirt
Blank white hat
1 sheet Stiff black felt
1 sheet white felt
1 sheet orange felt
Black or brown fuzzy sticks
Hot glue gun or fabric glue
The shirt for the Olaf costume is the easiest part! All you do is grab a cup or a round cookie cutter, trace circles onto the stiff black felt, and cut it out. I attempted to use the Heat-n-bond to adhere the felt circles onto the shirt but it DID NOT WORK! So don’t even try it! I ended up using hot glue because that’s all I had at the time, and it held fine. You could also use fabric glue. Easy peasy.
Step 1: Eyes
For the eyes you’ll want 3 layers – black, white, black. I traced the open end of a drinking glass for the bottom black layer. The bottom of the same glass was slightly smaller, so I traced it for the white layer. It ended up being the perfect size. If you don’t have two different size circles to trace, you could trace the same size, then cut just inside your line to make the white one smaller.
For the pupils, I traced a nickel. Once you have all of these cut out the size that you want, hot glue them together. I hot glued the layers together before gluing it to the hat.
Step 2: Eyebrows
I simply free hand drew these onto the black felt and cut them out. They don’t have to be perfect, just somewhat resembling the shape of eyebrows!
Step 3: Carrot nose
The nose was the hardest part. Cut your felt into a triangle with the bottom side curved. I ended up cutting some off of the back end after rolling it up to get the right size. I left it a little bigger than I needed because it’s always better to cut it down later than to cut it too small!
Take the point at the top of the triangle, fold it down slightly and glue it in place, as shown in the picture below.
Next, roll it up into a cone shape, then glue the edge to hold it together. If needed, this is when you would trim it down to get the right length. Don’t cut it too short though! You’ll need to be able to fold in the back edges in order to be able to glue it to your hat!
Stuff your cone with the stuffing. This will help it hold it’s shape. Take a pencil and shove it down into the tip of the nose so that it’s stuffed in there pretty good.
Next, you’ll fold the back edges in like you’re wrapping a gift. Fold in the top and bottom, and then the sides. Glue it all into place. The back side of the nose should be flat. Glue the back of the nose onto the hat where the fold of the brim is.
Finally, glue the bottom side of the nose onto the brim so that it lays flat. Otherwise it will be sticking up in the air and you’ll be able to see the seam on the bottom of the nose.
If you chose to do so, you can draw little lines onto the top of the nose with a Sharpie.
Step 4: Hair (or whatever that is on top of Olaf’s head!)
Take your scissors and snip 3 very small cuts in the top of the hat, just behind the button.
Push 1 fuzzy stick through each hole about an inch.
On the underside of the hat, twist the 3 sticks together, lay them flat against the top of the hat, and glue in place.
Ta-da! You’re done! Wasn’t that easy?! Now you’re ready for Halloween. This is such an easy and comfy Olaf costume.
Let me ask you…Would you be interested in a Kristoff costume tutorial? His costume was much more difficult that I expected it to be, and I was totally winging it, but if you’re interested I can type up how I ended up getting it all together. Let me know if that’s something you’re interested in!
If you’d like to read more about our week of Halloween festivities, you can see it all here!