Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess + A DIY Olivia Costume

Happy birthday Dr. Suess! Even though the official date is March 2nd, Rowan's school spends all week celebrating him and all great books and authors alike. They kicked off the celebration last Friday with their annual "book character day". As soon as the fliers starting coming home, Rowan and I started planning. Unfortunately we couldn't squeeze her back into her Eloise costume from Halloween but we got right to work on her next very favorite book character - Olivia!
Stripes being all the rage right now I knew it wouldn't be an obstacle to find something. After a quick tour of Ebay I figured out pretty much anything Hanna Anderson would be perfect and found several great options at just the right price. I love the dress we picked out in the end - It is something she can wear again even when she isn't channeling her inner adventurous pig that day.

To make the ears I picked up some felt and a similar colored headband from Joann's. I googled searched "Olivia book" and narrowed down my results to only large ones to find this image. Then in photoshop I cropped Olivia's left and right ears to print so it filled one page each - I used these as stencils to cut out my felt. I threw a quick stitch around a front and back then looped some wire in before closing them up. To attach them so they wouldn't droop over I wound them once around the headband and hot glued them in place. Voila!

Most people knew who she was right away and some others thought she was a bunny. It was super fun to see what all the kids choose to dress up as - There were lots and lots of Cat in the Hats and her teacher was Mrs. Wishy-Washy. This Friday they wrap up the week with green eggs and ham, yum!
xoxo melissa