If you prefer creating a homemade Halloween costume to buying one of those stiff, prepackaged Halloween costumes from your local WalMart, and your little guy loves Nickelodeon’s Diego, transforming him into his favorite cartoon character can be simple and fun. It just takes a little imagination and resourcefulness to make this easy homemade Halloween costume.
Start with the main pieces of clothing. Just as Diego dresses for comfort as he heads into the jungle to rescue animals, your little one can trick or treat with ease in a simple pair of dark blue shorts or long pants and a light blue shirt.
Top off Diego’s duds with a khaki safari or fisherman’s vest. I found one for under $2 at our local Goodwill when creating this homemade Halloween costume for my son, but you might find one on eBay or a sporting goods store. If you can sew even a couple of straight lines, make a basic vest from a piece of khaki fabric. You don’t need much, and most fabric stores sell bits of fabric from the ends of the rolls at a reduced price. If you can’t sew, don’t worry. You can make a vest that will last the life of this Halloween costume with no stitching at all by cutting a piece of fabric wide enough that it covers your child’s back and meets in the middle of his chest. Simply cut two arm holes in the sides. Presto, Diego!
If you want to be 100 percent authentic, look for a Go Diego Go patch to apply to your vest. I found one on eBay for just a few dollars. Another idea is to draw or trace on your own design, which should, of course, feature Diego’s faithful jaguar companion.
Speaking of baby jaguar, your little Diego shouldn’t strike out into the night without his fearless little feline friend. A stuffed cat with similar coloring should do the trick. (But hopefully baby jaguar won’t get all the treats!)
There’s just one last item this homemade Halloween costume needs: Diego’s orange rescue pack. You can buy one of these little smiling orange backpacks online. I found one on eBay and didn’t mind purchasing it as it was both fun and useful as a toy and carry-all long after all the Halloween candy was eaten. But you can use any small backpack you might have handy to finish off this homemade Halloween costume. Your little Diego can collect his sweet loot in the pack or just wear it for grins and carry an extra bag to haul home the goods.
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