Update: Hey Guys! I’ve improved this post with new pictures, explanations, and even a template :)
I’m a huge Tim Burton fan-there is something so special about his art and movies that I love. His characters are usually a little dark, a little strange and always relatable (to me anyway).
I love that my kids are also into him. I actually let my daughter skip school a few years ago so that we could see the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA- I think that experiencing art is just as important as any of the other subjects! It was awesome in the truest sense of the word. It was cool to see the actual props and puppets from his movies, but the most interesting to me was his installation art and his scribbles on newspapers.
His mind is so strange and brilliant and humorous at the same time.
Ok enough gushing! One of our favorite movies in my house is The Nightmare Before Christmas, so when my son said that he wanted to be Jack I jumped at the chance to make the costume! I searched around pinterest for a little bit to get some ideas, then decided what was important for us. Number 1- comfort- I knew that he would not be too happy with face makeup on, so I decided to make a hat for Jack’s head.
I know how quickly a three year old can change his mind, so I wanted to get him excited about the costume right away so I made the hat with cheap-o white yarn that I had in my stash. Let’s just say there is not much stretch in there ;)
His bat bow tie was my favorite part. The materials needed are : black felt, poly-fil, and white puffy fabric paint. I even included a handy tutorial at the end of this post for you!
For the costume, I bought an inexpensive black Garanimals sweatshirt and sweatpants, and white puffy paint from the craft aisle. I actually thought that it was glow in the dark, but I’m a spazz and always grab the wrong thing. I think the glow paint was greenish, so its probably better off to just use white :)
I pulled up a buch of pictures of Jack’s suit on the computer, and just went for it. The lines are supposed to be sketchy so dont go crazy trying to make it perfect! I began with the edges, following the shirt itself to make the lines seem as straight as possible. Cleaning the paint off of my coffee table was probably the hardest part-oops! Sorry for the cell phone snapshots, but I didn’t plan on making a full tutorial-lesson learned.