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DIY Anna Costume from Disney’s Frozen
Posted By Janel On January 27, 2014 @ 8:37 pm In Birthdays,Budget Living,DIY,Family Fun,Learning,Memory Making | 19 Comments
I’m not a professional seamstress, nor do I play one on tv. I’m just a mom with some very basic sewing skills and a desire to please my kids with homemade dress-up clothes. Over the past few years, I’ve tackled several homemade costumes for my girls. Mermaids , Hogswart students, Musketeers, and even Popstars – I’ve made them all. It’s almost an addiction to see what I can devise for them on the cheap.
I blame my mom. She was crafty rock star mom. When I was in elementary school, I came home and asked if she could make me a poodle skirt for 50′s day the next day. Not only did she whip one out that night, but it was AWESOME! That memory has stuck with me and has inspired me to do the same for my girls who LOVE dress-up and pretend play.
Their latest obsession is reenacting Disney’s movie Frozen . Their auntie (aka FishMama) gifted them with the Frozen soundtrack  for Christmas, so it’s a very audible experience too. Since both of their birthdays fall in January, I decided to try my hand at making them some Anna and Elsa costumes, and thought I’d share the process with you.
Buying the store-bought costumes would run me at least $20 per costume (if not more), but that is just not in our family’s law school budget. Instead, I bought fabric at Joann’s (either on sale or with a 40% or 50% coupon) and spent about $20 total to make 4 costumes – one of each for both girls so they both get a chance to play each character. They are thrilled that they have these fun costumes, and I’m thrilled that it didn’t break the bank.
To assemble the skirt: Follow the step-by-step instructions in this DIY Dress-Up Skirt tutorial .
I decided to use felt for the top because it doesn’t fray so you don’t have to hem it and you can just glue on the embellishments. It also comes in a very wide width (mine was 72 inches), so you’ll have extra fabric to make multiple tops or use it for another craft.
Once you’ve got the skirt and the top sewn, give the costume a few finishing touches. Either have your child wear a turtleneck or a long-sleeved leotard underneath the top. In these pictures, Anna is wearing a white turtleneck — it was 26 degrees outside after all. But if Anna had her choice, she’d be wearing a light blue leotard.
I’ve found children’s long-sleeve leotards on sale online for about $12 plus free shipping . They’re a great layer to use for dress-up costumes (especially on Halloween) and can be used over and over. Also, add in a pair of mittens and some black boots if you want.
If you want to get really fancy, buy some pink felt and make a cape too. And of course, don’t forget the double braids!
More Frozen fun that your princess will love:
- Frozen Soundtrack on CD  – the soundtrack takes pretend play to a whole new level
- Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD  – the little Anna shown above got this for her birthday earlier this month and has listened to it over, and over, and over…
- Frozen Two Disc Blue Ray/DVD + Digital Copy  — it will be released on March 18th!
- Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella .
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 Elsa Costume tutorial: http://lifeasmom.com/2014/01/diy-elsa-costume-from-disneys-frozen.html
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 DIY Dress-Up Skirt tutorial: http://lifeasmom.com/2013/10/diy-dress-up-skirts.html
 children’s long-sleeve leotards on sale online for about $12 plus free shipping: http://www.allaboutdance.com/dance-clothing/product-view/style_D5103C.html?SID=546350613&mainCategory=CHILD&styleOne=LEOTARDSAAD&styleTwo=LONGSLEEVESA&PageNumber=1&ageGroup=none
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