Friday, August 15, 2014

Making Halloween Costumes

I realize it's way too early to be thinking of Halloween, but when you're a kid, it's never too early. With this in mind, A came up with this wild idea for a costume. It's ambitious, no doubt, but she's keen on it, and she really grabbed the reigns and took off on this one. It's cool to see and a good example of how industrious the kids can be when the put their mind to it.

Her costume involved a large polyethylene globe that looks like a mouse. There's a whole backstory to this that I won't go into, but suffice it to say that it required hard work, glue, and power tools to get it done. She collected the materials over time and slowly made each component, starting as far back as spring. She did the work herself, even using my Dremel saw and assorted knives and sanders. It wasn't easy because there was always the danger of cracking or breaking the plastic. I was willing to help, but she didn't ask for it. N helped a tiny bit, but this was all her gig.

There was one point where I did step in when she needed 1/2 inch holes drilled in to install the ears. Again, we worried about cracking it, and we needed a drill that would fit inside the actual globe. We ended up using a hammer drill because it was long and slender enough to fit inside, and I have to confess, I was a little nervous. I didn't want to screw up her masterpiece.

It worked out fine, and she just recently put the finishing touches on the project. It looks fabulous, and we're proud of her for taking the initiative and doing the work. Kudos to her for that. This should make for an interesting Halloween.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Carolina Bicudo for the pic.

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