Looking for a last minute Halloween Costume Idea? This DIY Panda Costume takes 10 minutes to throw together and costs $10 or under to make! Perfect for all ages and all the pieces are reusable!
Disclosure: Thank you to EnviroKidz for working with us on this post. As with every article on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
Hi Crafty Friends!
I’m back with our fourth and final Halloween project in partnership with EnviroKidz and I’m so excited with how this one turned out!
Have you ever had one of those Halloween’s where you are down to the 11th hour and you don’t have a Halloween costume for one of your kids (or yourself??!?!) Oh friends, I have been there! The clock is ticking, one of my kiddos is being indecisive and the last thing I want to do is spend a bunch of money on a store bought costume that they are only going to wear once– because that’s not very environmentally friendly!
Today’s costume is inspired by one of our favorite EnviroKidz cereals— Panda Puffs! We love Panda Puffs because:
- They have the most deliciously creamy peanut butter flavor
- The ingredients are all organic and contain no artificial flavours and colors
- A percentage of each sale goes to helps save pandas through Pandas International!
Today’s costume literally takes 10 minutes to make (and that’s including makeup time). You may already have each of the pieces that you need at home, but if you don’t you can find them at Michaels and the dollar store!
For your 10 Minute Panda Costume all you need is:
- White and black raglan shirt (available in the blank shirts aisle at your local craft store. Bonus you can continue to wear it when Halloween is over!)
- Cat ear headband (Available in the beauty section of the dollar store all year long.)
- White and black face paint (Available at your local craft store or dollar store.)
- Glue gun and hot glue sticks
I’m also going to show you how to make an adorable trick or treat container that only takes 5 minutes to make using an empty EnviroKidz Cereal Box! Ready to get started? Read on!
Last Minute Halloween Costume- 10 Minute Panda
Download your free Panda Ears Template here.
- Cat ear headband
- Black Felt
- Glue gun
- White and black raglan shirt
- White and black face paint
- Optional: Beauty Blender style sponges, makeup brushes, black eyeliner, black lipstick
- Measure the ears on your cat ear headband. Cut 4 half circles out of black felt that are slightly larger than your cat ears. You can use our template from above as a guide. Our panda ears were 3.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall.
- Use your glue gun to make a thin line of hot glue around the curved part of one of the ear pieces. Lay a second ear piece on top lining up the edges. Repeat with the second ear. You will now have two ear shaped pockets.
- Slip each ear over the cat ear on the headband. Put a thin line of hot glue along the straight edge of each ear and then pinch so that the felt pockets are glued together just beneath the curve of the headband.
- Now it's time for the makeup! I suggest having your "panda" put on their raglan shirt first so that they don't mess up their makeup while putting it on. Start by putting a layer of white makeup all over the face, leaving two circular areas around the eyes uncovered. I like to use a beauty blender style sponge to do this.
- Next paint two circles around the eyes. I like to do my outline first.
- Fill in the circles with black face paint (I used black liquid liner for the areas close to the eyes). Paint on a nose, a line going from the nose to the lips and the lips (you may want to use black lipstick for the lip area depending on what the instructions on your face paint say).
- Style hair and pop on the panda ear headband to complete the look!
I’m so happy with how this costume turned out! I think I’m going to pop over to the craft store and pick up a white and black raglan shirt for myself so I can recreate this look for myself this Halloween!
Want to learn how to make the super cute Panda Puffs Trick Or Treat Container? It’s super simple! Read on!
DIY Trick Or Treat Container Made From A Re-Used Cereal Box
- Empty Cereal Box
- Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
- Hole Punch
- Take your empty cereal box, and push down the four flaps that make up the top of the cereal box. Use hot glue to glue the flaps down.
- Use your hole punch to make two holes on the front of your box and two holes on the back of your box to tie ribbon handles through. All of your holes should be fairly nicely lined up.
- Cut two pieces of ribbon the same length to use as handles. Thread one piece of ribbon through the two holes on the front of the box. Tie the two ends together. Repeat with the second ribbon using the two holes in the back of the box.
- And there you have it! A super simple, 5 minute or less DIY Trick or Treat Container!
- Take it out on Halloween night and fill it with all kinds of yummy treats!
We’ve had SO MUCH FUN creating with our friends at EnviroKidz over the past month! A big THANK YOU to their team for helping us bring you this super fun content!
Make sure you check out all four of our EnviroKidz Halloween posts here:
Tell me… Will your family be dressing up for Halloween this year? Do you DIY costumes or buy them?
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