Renew the Old • Crafting: It’s-a Me!

Renew the Old: Crafting
Creating something new with recycled, old, or ordinary items.

Toddler Mario Costume

Yes, I am posting a Halloween post after Halloween, please accept my apologies.

For Halloween 2018, I was more or less able to pick my daughter’s costume without much fight. She is the type of toddler that wears a princess dress 99% of the time already so I was excited that she shares a love for Mario with her dad. They will sit together and she will “help” him play Mario Odyssey and the room fills with giggles and joys as they accomplish new goals together so it was easy to decide she would dress up as Mario for Halloween! The past two years I have made her costumes and I plan / hope to every year until she no longer wants to dress up. Now before any one gets intimidated by such a mom, all of her costumes have consisted of normal clothing with just a few added touches to make them into a character.

Past Costumes:

This year, for her Mario costume, I considered sewing her some super simple overalls but I thought why do that when I can buy her overalls that she can wear after Halloween? The first place I looked for overalls for her was Poshmark. I knew I wanted semi “girly” overalls because my daughter is as girly as they come. I was fortunate to find exactly what I was looking for (Carter’s Heart Overalls) from the closet @sarahlee110685 in a size 4T ($14 with shipping).

Details on the rest of Mario’s clothing:

– 4T Granimals boy’s long sleeve shirt ($4) Walmart.

– Toddler size 9 Fall’s Creek red slip on sneakers ($4 on clearance) Meijer.

– Women’s white knit winter gloves ($0 already owned)

Making Mario’s Hat

The supplies:

-Foam camo hat $4. Pat Catan’s.

-Two red and one white foam sheet $1.50. Pat Catan’s.

– Flip flop glue $2.50. Pat Catan’s.

-Sanding block ($1) Dollar Tree.

-Tulip red slick fabric paint ($4). Meijer.

– Scribbles 3D white fabric paint ($1.50) Michael’s. *Did not end up using, but wish I had!*

***Total: $8 ($14.50 if I had to buy everything just for this project)***

How to Start:

The first step I took in making this hat was sanding the hat so it had a rough surface for the fabric paint to stick to. I used the sanding block that is meant for finger nails and gently rubbed it over the entire outside of the hat until it felt a bit rough. This didn’t take long at all!

The next step I took was tracing on the foam sheets where I need to cut to add a bill to the hat (the hat I bought didn’t have much of a bill). To make this less complicated, I simply placed the hat on the edge of the foam and used the bottom end of a paint brush and pushed into the foam leaving a bit of an indent where I needed to cut.

I then cut out the bill shape I wanted and used that piece to cut out a second one that matched it exactly. The next step I took was using the flip flop glue to attach the two foam pieces together. At first I chose the flip flop glue because it was on clearance, but then I realized it was a extra good choice because it would dry flexible. You can see in the picture below that I did not apply glue toward to the straight edge. I did this so that I could give the two pieces time to bond before slipping the tiny bill of that hat between them. Once I did that applied glue along the straight edges to secure them to the hat.

After attaching the bill to the hat I began painting the hat with the red Tulip slick fabric paint… and painting another layer, and another and another and another… about 15 or more layers of this paint later I finally was able to blend the darkest part of the camo in with the paint. IMPORTANT NOTE: I should have covered the camo portion of the hat in white paint first to give the red paint a better chance of even coverage with fewer coats!

Once I FINALLY finished painting the hat I used two different cups to trace circles, the larger one white and smaller one red, and attached them on to each other with the flip flop glue. While those dried, I cut out a capital M and place it on the red circle, again with the flip flop glue. After giving these pieces times to bond, I glued them to the front of the hat and used ordinary tape to hold it in place while it dried… and then… it finally happened! The hat was complete!


The last step to the Mario costume was cutting out two small yellow circles from construction paper and taping them to the buttons on her overalls.

The complete look:

I hope you liked this first Renew The Old: Crafting post! Did you make your child’s Halloween costume? If so tag us on Instagram @antiquamrenovare, we’d love to check out your crafty work!


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