This year we've gone with a Narnia theme and the boys will be Peter, Edmund, and Aslan. Blue got to be Aslan. I bought knight costumes for Peter and Edmund but figured I'd easily make the lion costume. I pinned three different examples onto a pinterest board - one was especially beautiful but involved massive amounts of crocheting! I don't crochet. The other two involved buying brown or yellow clothes and sewing on a lot of felt. In my mind I kinda combined the two but without sewing or crocheting!
Unfortunately for me all the stores are carrying in solid boys clothes are black, navy and gray. Not helpful when you need clothes for a lion costume. I checked Wal-mart and Target multiple times. I went to Kohls, Good Will, Beall's, Beall's Outlet... nodda! I was about ready to buy white/tan and start dying when finally, Old Navy came through... but I spent a little more than I wanted which is why I decided not to damage the clothes and created a no-sew version for the costume.
In the crochet-costume I pinned she crocheted a cap and had yarn coming down from it, so I bought a cap and tied yard to it! Seriously - that was it. Ok sure, it took me three hours (with the tv on, watching DVRed shows, not so bad) of pushing yarn pieces up through tiny crochet gaps and my fingers didn't love me for it, but it was easy work.
Then for the wrists, ankles, and neck I pretty much just made yarn necklaces, bracelets and anklets, again doing nothing more than tying. See:
The tail is a yarn made pom pom tied to yarn, safety pinned to his clothes.
Face paint instead of a mask for a the final touches ensure my kiddo can still see and... Done!
One very excited lion:
In all I purchased two balls of yarn (One yellow and one orange/brown/red. I used a little more than half of each) a brown cap from Good Will, a pair of brown pants and a brown t-shirt from Old Navy. Not too bad since we'll still get use out of the pants and shirt and I'm sure I'll find another use for the rest of the yarn.