This #BacktoBabyBasics post is sponsored by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertisers. I made a DIY R2-D2 Baby Costume for Elon’s first Halloween. Check out my tutorial and see how adorable he is.
DIY R2-D2 Baby Costume
This year big brother asked to be BB-8. I thought it would be fitting for little brother to be R2-D2. (Big sister picked a dinosaur costume but she also wants to wear a Storm Trooper mask, so she is going to be a Storm Trooper riding a dinosaur.)
A baby bodysuit, a hat, and some paint is really it all it takes to create an adorable baby costume. We headed to Babies “R” Us to grab the clothing supplies and some Huggies Natural Care wipes. The wipes are perfect for taking with us on Halloween.
We had to stop to take a look at all of the adorable baby costumes while we were there, too.
How to Make the R2-D2 Baby Costume
Here’s what you’ll need:
- white bodysuit (they come in packages of 3 or 4 at Babies “R” Us), washed
- white hat (I found a 2 pack at Babies “R” Us), washed
- freezer paper
- fabric paint (navy blue, red, black, and metallic silver)
- digital cutting machine and/or utility knife
Create a Freezer Paper Stencil
My oldest has several R2-D2 items, so I patterned the baby costume after these as well as looking at pictures of the real R2-D2. I created a freezer paper stencil using my digital cutting machine. You can find freezer paper next to the aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and wax paper at the store. The awesome thing about freezer paper is that you can iron it to your fabric. It is removable and repositionable. This means your stencil will stay in place, and you can easily pull it away.
In planning my design, I measured the length and width of the bodysuit, the arms, and the hat. I drew the stencil using the software that came with my digital cutting machine. Then, I flipped my image horizontally.
Place your freezer paper on your cutting mat shiny side up. It seems to cut better this way. You will need to iron your freezer paper shiny side down. This is why we flip the image.
For my digital cutting machine, I used blade setting 1, speed 3, and thickness 14.
Paint the Costume
You’ll want to protect your work surface. I use an old tablecloth or some newspaper. And then I place a piece of freezer paper on top of that for added protection and to give me a nice clean work space. Wash and dry the bodysuit and hat according to label instructions. Then, iron them to remove any wrinkles. Place a piece of cardboard or freezer paper inside the bodysuit and hat to prevent the paint from seeping through to the back.
Flip the freezer paper over shiny side down and iron to the fabric. Be sure to iron the edges of the stencil really well so the paint will not seep under.
Follow the directions on your fabric paint for dry time and washing instructions. I let my paint dry for a while (until it looked dry) and then pulled away the freezer paper stencil. After the front of the bodysuit was completely (I waited until the next day), I painted the arms.
Wear the Costume
Once the fabric paint is completely dry, you can wear the costume. My paint says to wait 72 hours before washing. I probably won’t wash our costume until after Halloween.
Here’s the finished hat. I thought about painting more of the hat with the metallic silver, but I decided I like it like this.
And here is the rest of the R2-D2 baby costume. I am pleased with how it turned out.
My little Elon makes an adorable R2-D2, don’t you think?
Baby’s First Halloween In-store Event
When: Saturday, October 15th, 11am-12pm
Where: Baby’s “R” Us
What: Celebrate your baby’s first Halloween with a parade around the store and a keepsake craft. Meet and get to know other moms with babies. Cold weather product solutions and tips will be shared. There will be giveaways and raffle prizes, too.
Check out the Event Finder on the Babies “R” Us website for more in-store classes and events.
What will your baby be for his or her first Halloween?