After I "googled" robot images, I created a design that I liked and thought was feasible to make. Many times I get these grandiose ideas in my head, but when it comes time to make them I get stumped on something. These costumes actually turned out very close to what I had envisioned. The only hard part was figuring out how to make them so they were easy to take on and off. I solved that by using the cardboard box flaps and keeping them open in the back so they could almost "walk into" them. After all, these little guys had to put these on and take them off at their preschool.
|The back flaps did stick out, but we didn't care :) You could use velcro or something similar to keep the flaps closed.|
I used dryer vent tubing for the arms, this was the most expensive part of the costume at $20 from Lowe's. However, I loved how it looked and wanted to use it for the legs too, but that was just too complicated for a 4 year old to keep putting on and taking off for all the Halloween events we like to attend. To make the arms, I simply measured their arm length and the tubing as close as possible, cut it, and duct taped it to the inside of the box.
The fun part was roaming the aisles of Dollar Tree looking for "robot looking" items to attach. I found circle foam stickers, a travel game with pegs, and computer chip looking things (I wish I knew what these were called). I searched the internet for a gauge graphic, printed and glued it to an old CD. I also picked up a tire gauge at our local grocery store and my favorite find, the battery operated, bendable reading lamp that went on top!! It was cheap and looked so cute lite up at night. I attached all of these items with either glue or grey duct tape.
However, my creativity and control of Halloween costumes doesn't have to end there!! I still have a few good years with two more ahead!!! This was the girls' first Halloween and my biggest success that year was making sure all four had their Halloween costumes!! Since these two weren't much older than a month they got a little break :)
|My little pumpkins!! Their older brothers also wore these pumpkin hats.|