This post is from our Rookie Moms Squad Jessica Watson whose son Parker has been making costumes including this DIY Mario costume for years. You can follow his amazing DIY costumes on his facebook page Parker Pretends. Check out how he does these incredible costumes
DIY Mario Costume – Easy Tips to Make your own Mario or Luigi
Parker has been making costumes since he could walk. Or maybe even before that if you count the fact that we used to have to duct tape his diaper closed to keep him from swinging it through the air and launching it out of his crib every time we laid him down. Sorry Parker.
For the past few years I’ve been sharing his costume creations under the hashtag #Parkerpretends and also on the Parker Pretends facebook page and he’s gained his own little following of loyal fans. Everyone loves to see what he comes up with next. Including me—I never know who he’s going to be dressed as when he comes up from his costume area every day.
Since he loves making costumes so much we thought it only fitting that he start helping everyone out with their Halloween choices. Parker will be guiding you through making your own costumes with materials you can find at home. If you don’t have them at home I promise you can get them at a local craft store for a low cost. Parker makes so many costumes that we never spend much on materials. He’ll need to land a job at Disney to support the amount of money he would really like to spend on this stuff!
The first costumes he’ll be walking you through are Mario and Luigi. Parker’s not much of a video game guy but his little brother is so he added him in on this one… mostly because he wanted to borrow a few of his baseball hats.
Step 1 – DIY Mario Costume
- Gather your materials.
What you will need:
- red and/or green shirt
- red and/or green felt
- one or two baseball hats
- white felt
- black permanent marker
- safety pins or hot glue gun
Step 2 – Creating the Hat
- Cover your baseball hat with felt. To cover a small hat we used a piece that’s about 15 inches x 15 inches. If you’d like to reuse the hat you can use safety pins to gather the felt under and inside the hat. Smooth the felt over the brim but keep it loose and fluffy around the head. If you have a hat that you don’t mind gluing you can hot glue the felt right to the hat. Another option would be to purchase a red or green hat.
Step 3 – Making the Logo
Cut out a circular piece of white felt. We used a cup to trace the circle. Draw an “M” or “L” on the circle with black permanent marker depending on if you are being Mario or Luigi.
- The rest is simple! Just put on your red or green shirt and your overalls. Add your hat and some tennis shoes and you’re all set!
Need more Help: Parker Created a DIY Mario Costume Video to help guide you!
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