Ah, Halloween. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-filled day when kids dream of being princesses, dinosaurs and witches, or in Lotte’s case: a chicken, a moose, a blue macaw and Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. A certain monolithic e-commerce site named after a humongous South American river has My Little Pony costumes for sale but they are, well…pathetic. Kind of awful. Like, huh? In what world? Really, how hard could it be to make a Rainbow Dash costume for a kid? Blue clothes, cutie mark, wings, rainbow hair and tail. Done. Easy peasy! NOT time consuming like the bird costume from Rio. Look!
Here’s what you need: blue shirt and pants (mine don’t match perfectly in hue, but that’s okay), white, yellow, red and light blue felt, florist wire (or pipe cleaners), glue gun
*When you google “Rainbow Dash wig”, you find an assortment of awesome vendors on Etsy that made wigs that were just a *smidge* out of my price range, but worth a look. There are also a few tutorials that use markers, like this one using Sharpies. I found a decent deal on a wig and tail combo at this anime site. I figure we’ll keep it in her dress-up box and she’ll have years of fun with it. (Hush. Let me rationalize spending almost 50 bucks on a freaking rainbow wig and tail.)
*The wings? These were about $3 at some Halloween pop-up shop. You could always make them using wire hangers and pantyhose if you’re feeling motivated, or seriously, just google “fairy wing tutorial” and a zillion pages pop up. In this case I think buying them was cheaper.
Step 1: Make the cutie mark. What do you mean you don’t know what a cutie mark is?! Look at this Rainbow Dash:
See that little rainbow lightning bolt and cloud? That’s her cutie mark. Grab some felt. Cut it and hot glue it and you have yourself your very own cutie mark. Fin.
Step 2: Put two pieces of light blue felt on top of each other. Draw 2 ear shapes and cut them both out with the 2 pieces of felt still layered. That way you’ll end up with 4 pieces. Got it? Good. Hot glue those suckers together around the outer rim, but leave the bottom open so you can shove in some florist wire or a pipe cleaner. Here’s a shoddy picture to demonstrate:
Step 3: Poke the pointy wires through the wig and secure. Now, I didn’t want the wires scratching my daughter’s scalp, so I covered the wire on the underside of the wig with a little felt patch and some hot glue. Again, nothing fancy, just practical and simple. Nobody will SEE the underside of the wig, so don’t worry about what it looks like.
Guess what? THAT’S IT.
Fly Rainbow Dash, fly!