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Grasshopper Costume

Time: 1 hour

Effort: Easy – no sewing required

Materials:

  • Green pajamas with feet (or a green sweat suit)
  • Six 12"x18" sheets of green craft foam
  • Two small orange pom-poms
  • Two wiggly eyes
  • One yard 1/8" wide green ribbon
  • Two green pipe cleaners
  • Two small green pom-poms
  • Black permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Green hat (optional)

Instructions: Cut the foam pieces: one oval shoulder piece, 16" x 7½"; two wings, 12" x 4"; one body segment, 13" long x 7" at waist, tapering at its end; and two leg pieces, 8" x 3½".

Glue the shoulder piece under your child's pajama arms, and attach the body segments to the waist. Glue the wings to the underside of the shoulder piece. Attach the leg pieces to the outside of the pajama legs.

To make the headpiece, lay a piece of foam on a flat surface. Measure 4 inches and put a mark, then measure 6 additional inches and mark. Do the same on the other side.

Cut a 2-inch slit. Bend the foam at the slits crossing the foam and securing the overlapping pieces with glue. Round ends.

Glue eyes to orange pom-poms, and then glue the pom-poms to the headpiece. Fold the pipe cleaners in half and glue a green pom-pom to each folded end.

Poke the other antennae ends through the headpiece just above the eyes. Cut the green ribbon in half, and with the pencil poke one ribbon through each side of the headpiece to make the ties.

As an alternative, you can glue eyes and antennae to a green hat.


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