13 DIY Dress Up Costumes & Props

do it yourself costumes and props for dress up and pretend playPretend play is a must but spending too much on costumes and props is not. We love finding costumes at big box stores on clearance after Halloween but we also love making our own. Most of these DIY costumes and props are still around my house and are among the most treasured play things. These are all fantastic ways to support your child’s pretend play even if pretending doesn’t come naturally to you.

Paper Bag Cowboy Costume
Easy Princess Tutu
Batman Mask
Princess Wand
Superhero Cuff
Pirate Hat
Light Saber
Alien Headgear
Knight Shield
Pig Nose
Heart Wand
Creature Power Suit
Paper Beard

Baby Dress Up – Easy No Sew Tutu!

I have made many a tutu in my day, but this is the first for my daughter. There are tutorials all over the place and they may use other methods but this was how I learned years ago and it’s fast , easy and worth sharing.  I love the silly fun frills that come with girls and know that once she can voice her opinion about clothes, hair clips and tutus my reign supreme will be done.  She loved feeling the texture of the tutu but really it’s a fun prop for pictures at this age, in a year or so it will be good for play. The nice thing about these easy tie tutus is that you can add or remove tulle as needed as long as the ribbon is long enough. As with any object with string/rope/ribbon these are NOT to be used unsupervised, slept in or any other activity that isn’t directly supervised.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need tulle ( I used a roll of  6″  wedding tulle from Wal-mart), ribbon for the waistband, thinner ribbon for contrast and scissors.
  2. Measure your child’s waist with the ribbon, double it and cut.
  3. I am not one to measure mostly because I am impatient with everything other than small kids but also because my son turned my yard stick into a lance to go with his Knight’s Shield. So instead I use my arms. For the tulle I did 2 arms lengths and cut. I like longer pieces because once you pop them on the ribbon they will be poofy. Tutus should be poofy!  I did 30 of these. Not all at once.
  4. Then I folded the tulle 4, made a loop around the waistband ribbon, pulled it through and tightened. At the bottom you will see a loop , just snip it. 
  5. Keep going after 9 I popped on a contrasting ribbon in gold. These were only one arms length and I added it on the same way.
  6. Once all the tulle is on ( test it on your child a few times) make a spot in the front middle and using the same ribbon as the waistband is made from tie a bow on. This gives the illusion that the tutu is tied in the front but stops your child from being able to untie it themselves.
  7. Tie it on and take pictures ;) I am saving this for when she is a little older although she had fun practicing pulling up in it.