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Make a Mr. Potato Head Costume

6 October 2011 5,884 views 5 Comments

by rhonda

Some Halloween costumes are more universal than others.  For instance, my most recent costume consisted of a bath robe, a towel, and a book with "Don't Panic" in large, friendly letters on the cover.  Get it?  Most people didn't; despite seeing hundreds of people that day, there were only two (yes, two) geeky oddballs who got a good laugh out of it.  If you want to avoid the awkward "what-are-you-supposed-to-be" guessing game, try something a little less subtle, like this Mr. Potato Head costume from Alison at Oopsey Daisy, posted at The Train to Crazy as part of a fabulous handmade costume series.  This costume is for her husband, and she made a matching Mrs. Potato Head for herself.  They go with a collection of group outfits on a Toy Story theme.  How fun!  She appliqued the facial features to the costumes, but I'm also keen on the idea of using velcro to attach them, adding the same interactive element that makes the toy so much fun!  [how to make a Mr. Potato Head costume]

Project estimate:

  • Felt yardage, about $9
  • Velcro, on hand or $1
  • Sewing machine, on hand

Total:  about $9 and up

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  • Megan said:

    Hitchiker’s Guide costume is BRILLIANT! What an awesome idea! I love it! Too bad most people wouldn’t get it tho. :) But I do love the Potato Head costumes too! Thanks for the great ideas!!

  • Erin said:

    I get it. One time my husband blew up a picture of his head and taped it to a paper bag stuffed with newspaper so he could go as Zaphod Beeblebrox.

    Pretty sure I just misspelled his name.

    I like the potato head idea. I think it would be funny to dress my husband as Mr. Potato head and then dress the kids as some of his parts. ;)

  • J. Hill said:

    I have seen a version of this costume that uses an oversized tan t-shirt instead of the felt. If you could find them at the dollar store, that would save you a few bucks.

    You should have saved that costume until you were 43, then maybe more people would have gotten it.

  • Andrea said:

    That’s funny that nobody got it! Almost makes it more fun like an inside joke. Thanks for the link!

  • Candice said:

    Hilarious that no one got it! Super great idea. My 10-month old son was a monkey for his first Halloween. I wanted to put wings on the back of the monkey costume. No one got that idea either.