Our costumes last year were so much fun! I have to admit it took me sooooo long to figure out what we wanted to do but I was so happy when it all came together. The boys were so excited to be knights and well just look at that little joker! Cutest EVER! I am sharing all the details below on where to buy stuff, what to make and just how to create your own DIY Queen of Hearts family costume. We are a royal flush and let me just tell you…that joker is wild ha ha.
QUEEN OF HEARTS COSTUME
-I am NOT a seamstress and sewing a dress myself was a little scary ha ha. SO buying the dress and altering it was my next option. I bought this dress and then this petticoat to go underneath so that it had that puffed up look (which I think is way more fun!). The crown I got from party city.
Now here comes the tricky and time consuming party. I actually painted the dress. Yes painted ha! I knew I would never wear it again and I wanted us to all be black, white, with little bits of red. So the all red skirt wasn’t going to cut it. I tried fabric paint at first but then I ended up using acrylic white paint. And it works! It makes the fabric VERY stiff which I actually liked. But it IS very messy ha. So make sure you have a big area to work. I painted the sleeves, the front and then the whole skirt. I wanted to leave the front of my skirt as is because I wanted all the hearts to show.
I left the the rest of the dress as is but added some fun embellishments around the collar and sleeves.
NOW here are my thoughts…. yes this is a VERY messy project, and the painted areas will ONLY last one night maybe two. The paint cracks a little and gets dirty fast. I am not sure I would do it again? If I could do it over I would probably leave the skirt and sleeves, Paint over the gold and then add my own embellishments. OR maybe someday I will learn to sew ha ha and all this painting nonsense will be done with.
KING OF HEARTS
This costume was sooooo much easier ha!!
We bought these pants and this coat…done and done! I bought this crown and scepter and then spray painted them black. The boots are actually from this costume a few years ago that we got at goodwill but you can buy some here. For the scepter I took some PVC foam and made a club, painted it red and glued it to the top. For the boots I took more PVC foam, painted white stripes on and then glued them together. We actually didn’t glue the cuffs onto the boots but they just slid right on and stayed there. Lastly I made some medals to pin onto his coat. This was made with the super light craft foam you find at craft stores. Lastly we painted his face ha ha gotta get crazy with the face makeup, he is always down to do whatever which I love!
Now here comes all my sewing skills…ha ha which are basically non existent (so no one examine this costume too closely ha) BUT this costume was pretty simple so I could pull it off. I made the shoes and hat out of thick felt. The jumpsuit I made with black and white striped fabric.
If you can’t sew at all you can buy a jester hat here. Long sleeve onesie you could buy here.
Now I am not going to sugar coat this ha ha these are not for the faint of heart but they are dang awesome if you decide to do these!
The helmets are for sure the coolest part and I got the tutorial and pattern from here. This video goes with it and its super helpful. I then painted half the helmet white and added a club and spade to the side.
The rest of the costume was soooo much trial and error but I do have patterns to share with you guys that I made (Email me for the pattern). I am not amazing at this but I did pull them off and the kids loved them. IF you made the helmet, and the thought of making a whole suit is daunting and scary (ha ha I get it!) then you can buy some knight costume pieces here or here. Just alter them, spray paint them black and then add some card symbols.
The sword I just bought and then spray painted the handle black. I made the shield but you can buy some here.
Happy Halloween costume making! This DIY Queen of Hearts family costume is for sure going to be a hit!! Hope this helped! Let me know if you have any questions, I love to help!
I would love a copy of your knight costume pattern. :)
Oh my gosh I feel awful, your comment got lost and I never saw this! Let me know if you still want it, or email me for next year :) xoxo