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Can I just say WOW! I was super intimidated about doing this project, but it turned out so dang quick and easy, I was tempted to make one for each of my 3 boys! But…it’s good to teach them to share, right? Plus, I think if they all wore this around the house, they’d be bumping their ‘snow bellies’ into each other just for fun. Yup, that’s boys for ya! Want in on the fun? Well here’s how you can make this adorable DIY Olaf Costume in 2 hours or less!
DIY Olaf Costume
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Super fun, right?! My boys were thrilled when I agreed to make them an Olaf Costume (I’d already made their sister an Elsa AND an Anna dress, so not like I could tell them no)! If I’d known it would be so simple, I would’ve made it awhile ago…but, as I said, I let myself get intimidated. No worries, though! Whip this up in 2 hours or less, then let your kiddo run as wild as the warm-hug-loving Olaf himself!
Note: My boys are 3 and 4, so if you’re doing it for a larger or smaller child, adjust your fabric accordingly.
DIY Olaf Costume Supplies Needed
- White fleece, about 1 – 1 1/2 yard
- Stuffing of choice (scrap fabric, batting, old socks, even bubble wrap would probably work!)
- Scraps of: Brown, Black, White and Orange fleece (or flannel)
- Ribbon or Velcro strips (to secure closed in back of costume)
- Sewing machine, thread, etc.
- Hot glue gun/glue
DIY Olaf Costume Directions
- Cut a piece of white fleece that goes all the way around your child (plus a couple inches overlap in the back), and down as far as you’d like the costume. Measure and cut arm holes. Since the costume will be ‘puffy’, don’t make the holes too small or they won’t have much movement! Also make sure to add a scoop for their neck, or their face will be covered with the puffed part. This piece will be the LINING.
- Cut a piece of white fleece for the top ‘snowball’ – Olaf’s chest, if you will. I measured it out by cutting the same width (added about 4-5 more inches than the inner lining, to make up for stuffing) and sewing it along the top of the lining, including the scoop and all. I recommend doing it ‘inside out’ to hide this hem…the other hems won’t matter as much. Don’t forget to trace out the arm holes for this outer area, and sew them together to prevent stuffing coming out. Then go down to where you want his ‘chest’ to end (above the half-line, since the bottom snowball is larger than the top) and ‘puff’ it up so the fabric has plenty of growing room. Pin and sew this bottom row to the lining (don’t worry about the hem, it won’t be easily visible when it’s finished). Then sew one side down from the top to this new line, and PART of the second side. Leave room for stuffing it. Now add your stuffing until it’s nice and plump. Be sure to get around the arm holes, as well. Once you’re done adding the stuffing, finish sewing the last edge. Your top is done!
- Repeat with the bottom layer: sew a top piece along the middle hem (where the bottom of the chest poof ends on the belly), make sure you have plenty of fabric to allow for stuffing (this snowball is bigger than the top), then sew it along the bottom edge, one side completely, and part of the other side. Stuff as desired, then sew up that opening.
- Take some of your black scraps (fleece or flannel), cut large circles, and hot glue them to the belly for the buttons. Sew or glue either ribbon strips or a velcro strip in the back so you can secure the Olaf costume together in the back.
- Make the Hat: Take some of your white fleece and cut it out in a half oval shape. To make the bottom more secure, fold up the edge about an inch and sew it as a hem (inside out). Fold this piece in half (inside out still). Stick 3 strips of brown felt/flannel in it (so they’ll stick up outside of the pretty side). Then sew up the back of the hat piece, making sure it sews the brown hair pieces into place.
- Cut a ‘tooth’ shape and sew it just across the top, so it hangs over the edge of the hat. Use a sharpie to draw his side smile. Cut out two large black circles, then larger white circles for eyes. Use black for his eyebrows, and little black circles for inside his eyes. Cut his orange nose out, then hot glue all of the pieces into place.
And there you have an adorable, fun Olaf Costume your kiddos can enjoy all of the time! Here’s how it looks on my 3 youngest rascals:
He loved being Olaf, and it was hard for me to get him holding still long enough for a picture! He practically refused to look at the camera. What a cute goof!
He was all smiles and crazy faces while I let him pose for the camera, as you can see. He kept saying ‘warm hugs! warm hugs!’ and then attempted the ‘In Summer’ song. Super fun!
Can I just say that this little pill is just too dang cute for his (or my) own good?! I mean look at him – totally adorbs! He HAD to have his teddy with him for pictures, but kept jumping (and waddling) around like crazy. Love it!
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