October 23, 2009

The Cutest Halloween Costume ~ Maiden Voyage

Last year my friend Maureen blew everyone away with the Hot Air Balloon costume she crafted for her daughter. Maureen has very generously offered to share with us her inspiration, her tips and how-to for this absolutely delightful costume that is sure to "carry you away..."


Rook No 17: This wasn't the first time you've come up with an amazing original costume. So, Mo, tell us: where do you find your inspiration?

Maureen: I usually get my inspiration when I find a unique costume idea that is original and makes me laugh. I find the ideas online, from books or magazines.

Rook No. 17: Do you work from books, online tutorials, or templates? How do you do it?

Maureen: I wing it! I look at a picture of what I am trying to make and try to figure out how to construct the costume. If I think I can pull it off, I draw out my plan and start collecting materials.

Rook No. 17: Could you take us through a step-by-step of how you created the Hot Air Balloon Costume? 

Maureen: Here is my list of materials and instructions...

Hot Air Balloon Costume DIY

  • XL Balloon
  • Basket
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn- off white, 'bumpy' yarn
  • Old dress with straps that you don't mind cutting up. Works best with straps that adjust.(Like overalls)
  • 4 Brown paper lunch bags
  • Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Knit hat
  • Kids scuba mask

1) I found a 36" balloon at First Impressions Party Supplies in Monterey. (I was told this type of balloon is typically used for car lots when they want to advertise a big sale..)  

Note from the Rookery: our favorite online source for specialty and big ol' knock-your-socks off balloons is "Balloon Lovers Corner".

2) I bought a basket at Michael's craft store (half off!) and cut a hole in the bottom to fit around my daughter's hips.

3) I took an old dress with straps, and hot glued the bottom of the dress to the bottom of the basket. This way, my daughter could 'wear' the basket and it would stay upright.

4) I tied yarn to the basket and fastened it to the knot at the base of the balloon to make it seem as if the rope was holding up the basket.

5) To make stripes on the balloon, I used colored ribbon & carefully double taped them from top to bottom.

6) For sandbags, I crumbled and stuffed four brown paper lunch bags each with a plastic grocery bag (so it would be light) and hung them off the four corners of the basket.

7) To give my daughter an 'aviator' look, I dressed her in a jean jacket to hide the strapped dress, added a scarf and fastened a kiddie scuba mask (that I painted black) to a knit hat.

So there you go! I think that's everything...

Rook No. 17: Thanks so much for sharing your talent and project with us Maureen. Any final tips for the would-be-home-costume-maven?

Maureen: Use any materials that work! Glue guns and velcro are your friends.

Have you come up with a fun and original Halloween Costume this year?

Please share!


  1. Absolutely adorable! Maureen is one clever lady!

  2. ADORABLE!!!!
    of course the first thing my husband said was "Look it's Balloon boy!" How dare he ruin my fun!

  3. That is so cute. thank you for sharing.
    My son just decided to be a scarecrow otherwise I would show him this...it's adorable

  4. Oh my goodness! That is the cutest thing! How do you people come up with this stuff? My mind doesn't work like that.

  5. Wonderfully clever!

    Now, to change it up to make it more relevent, make your own duct taped mushroom mylar balloon and you'll get "balloon boy".

    Okay, not so clever but it's too early for my brain cells and synapsis to work in unison.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. What an absolutely novel idea - love it!

  7. That is such a clever idea! I saw this on the Family Fun site too. I would have never thought to do this in a million years. So cool! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  8. That was one of the best costumes I have ever seen. Maureen is so talented.

  9. That is a very creative costume! Thanks for dropping by my blog for SITS Sharefest!

  10. Wow she is so creative! I planned to put my nephew's Ashbot on my blog (his name is Asher) so come over and see another creative Halloween costume this week--

  11. Absolutely mind-blowing! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. Oh my goodness. That's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. In fact, I love the idea so much I've been clipping photos of little hot air balloons for when my duaghter is old enough for this. Some magazine...maybe Country Living?...featured something vaguely similar a few years back. Instead of one balloon, though---it was a huge batch of helium balloons that held themselves up.

    Now I have to have more children. So I can dress up more people for Halloween.

  14. Words cannot describe how cute this is! The picture barely does it justice, wish I could have seen it in person!

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  17. That may be the cutest costume I've EVER seen!

  18. I have a question? did you fill the balloon up with helium?

  19. I love the thoughtfulness put into this amazing Hot Air Balloon costume. If you're interested, there is a creative costume contest over at http://www.halloweenhero.com/costume-contest-2013.html with a grand prize of $250. You can enter as many times as you wish, as long as each entry is a unique costume.



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