This Halloween we are dressing up as a little Koala Bear and his Eucalyptus Tree. Halloween is the holiday of children; I adore it. And this year means another DIY costume. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I looked at the costumes at Costco but cringed at the thought. My mother didn’t raise me to buy Halloween costumes. So, we pulled on the creativity hat and committed to a costume: a koala bear costume.
Walter is only 15 months this Halloween and not able to tell me what he wants to be. So, I’ve taken the liberty to choose. It was a hard decision. I wanted something I could tie in baby wearing or could embrace my ever-growing baby bump. It also needed to be able to withstand a Northern Halloween.
He’s going to be a Koala Bear today. It is simple, warm, and adorable. To match, I will be his eucalyptus tree. I have a beautiful green wrap to carry him in, should his little legs tucker out during today’s adventures.
Here’s How I Made a Koala Bear Costume
- Grey Sweater with hood.
- Grey Pants
- White Fur-like fabric (white/cream washcloth)
- Sewing supplies
- Grey/White Yarn
- Reflective Tape (optional)
- And more misc. Crafting supplies for assembling.
I rummaged thru our closets and purchased a few items at local thrift stores. We had grey pants, and I picked up a $5 grey hoodie, $1 cream washcloth, $2.50 in assorted yarn, and found the rest in my sewing closet. A total spent: $7.50. Cheaper than the store, and way cuter, in my opinion.
Assemble the Koala Bear Costume
It was pretty straightforward assembling the Koala Bear costume. Koala bears traditionally have a white belly and big fluffy ears.
- Trim cream washcloth to a belly shape and attache to the front of the sweater. Pin in place, and sew.
- Make grey/white pom-poms with the yarn. I followed this tutorial vaguely. Important note: count the number of times you wind the yarn around. This will ensure that each ear is about the same size. I made three attempts to get similarly shaped ears!
- Attach the pom-poms to the top of the hood of the sweater. I hand stitched mine on, while some friends suggested glue.
- Optional: Attach some reflective tape, so you’re little is visible at night. Safety first.
Now… just wait for the big day and dress you’re little!
Walter is sporting Finch Sloomb Basewoolies with his Koala Bear costume. Naturally, he will sport matching diapers. I can’t recall too many Koala Bear prints, but this year we will opt for simple grey and similarly festive prints. Our line up for the occasion includes GroVia Storm AIO, Funky Fluff Kryptonite, and Blueberry Booberry. Surprisingly that’s all I have for the occasion – if you know of an adorable Koala Bear print share it below.
Matching Mama Costume: Eucalyptus Tree
I had to have some fun for the day. My husband is rarely around for the festivities, so this year he was not pencilled into the costume plans. I could have been his matching mama Koala Bear, but I have a green wrap. 🙂
I kept it simple. I picked up a green shirt at the thrift store and tailored it to fit (it was a man XXL to fit over my big belly!). I cut out different shades of green felt. Some hardboard and some soft. Some glittered and some not. Variety is always better. I cut out a variety of different sized leaves and then…
My green shirt, plus some skinny maternity jeans completed my look. I have a beautiful Green Park Woven Wings Wrap I plan on lugging around for quick ups during the day. I hope it gives my little Koala Bear the look of being wrapped up into a tree <3
Happy Halloween! What did you dress up this year? We mistakenly took our costume on a morning Hike and now it’s all dirty for the rest of the day!