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DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy}

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Ok, so I admit that I reeeeeeeelly wanted boys….3 to be exact. I was always a tomboy, so I thought I would make the perfect “boy” mom. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. Even with our youngest, whom we adopted….the chances of getting a girl were, like, %10. Boom! I would get my boy at last! Nope, still not in the cards.

Turns out, though….she’s a tomboy too. She likes bugs {a little too much}, cars, trains, getting dirty, and almost anything else boyish. So, since I really like all things robot….I talked her into being one this year. Didn’t take much talking really, just asked and she said yes. But her sisters said we have to at least make it pink!

Now, I went a little further with the decorations than I planned….so you can pretty much stop any time after the cutting and painting. Or keep going like this OCD mom did.

Supplies

Boxes~ Body and Head

Primer & Paint

Silver tape

Colored Foam

Silver Crushed Lame~ I only used 1/2 yard…but my kiddos is really tiny

Low Temp Hot Glue Gun

Silver Pipe Cleaners

Elastic

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

So, get your boxes and make sure they fit your kiddo {mostly}.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Out of the big one, I cut arm holes, neck holes, and cut the bottom out…and then cut a little more off, so it wasn’t too long for her. Same with the helmet/head box. Our girl is super small, so an oatmeal box may not fit your kiddo.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now, paint those puppies whatever color suits your fancy {or your kiddo’s} Be sure to start with primer since the cardboard will soak that paint right up and you’ll end up painting 23 layers of color.

I grabbed a huge box we had still hanging out in the garage from last Christmas {don’t judge} to spray them in and protect the driveway.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Then, I used some cute silver tape we found at Joann’s to go around all the edges. It’s a thinner tape made by the Duck Tape brand…..called mini prism tape. I like the effect it added and I thought it would also keep her little neck and arms from getting scratched by the cardboard.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Then, I folded the silver pipe cleaner and poked them through both sides of the head piece and then folded them inside to keep them in place. I really love the way it looks!

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Then I added a chin strap since the head kept falling off her tiny noggin. This ended up being very necessary!

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

We cut the foam and drew on some “voice pattern” lines for effect. I glued this stuff on with my low temp glue gun so as not to melt the foam.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

And then some little buttons….these are purple, but look kinda pink here.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Also added Velcro to the back to keep it closed while she’s wearing it.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Now for the legs and arms. I started with this cool crushed silver lame since it looks just like tin foil.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

1. I measured around her little arms and legs and added 2 inches for the fabric {for the elastic you just add 1/2″}. Then, I measured the length of her arms and legs and added 1 inch. Make sure to include any clothes they will be wearing underneath in the measurements.

2. Then, I hemmed the top and bottom of each “sleeve” with hot glue. 1/4″ at the bottom and 3/4″ at the top so I could slide the elastic through later.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

3. Now, you feed the elastic through the top and sew it together {don’t mind the messy hand~sewing}

4. *Sorry, I didn’t get a pic of the last step* Finish by gluing up the open sides….right sides together.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Ta~da! Sleeves. This was the easiest way I could think to do this part in lieu of making pants and a shirt. I met a very nice person in Joann’s who helped me figure this part out!

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Here’s the final product.

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

This cutie loved her costume!!

DIY Pink Robot Girl Costume {Or Boy} By: NotSoIdleHands.com

Here’s her robot impression.

Ok, so here are some tips:

*Make sure you get the elastic measurements snug enough because the sleeves {especially the leg ones} will slide down. Also, make sure to include any clothes they will be wearing underneath. Kira has zero % body fat, so this was a particular issue for her since there was nothing for the elastic to hug.

*You can stop at the paint….it looked really cute just pink. Don’t think you have to do everything I did ;) Remember, I have OCD

*The chin strap helped immensely! Otherwise the head part would fall off as soon as she moved her head.

*This is kind of a restrictive costume, so your kiddo will need to take it off to be able to eat, sit, run, etc.

Hope this finds you in time for the big night.

Have fun!

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About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

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