This year Kaleb decided that we needed to dress up like Emoticon characters for Halloween. If you aren’t sure what an emoticon (or emoji) is, it’s basically a tiny picture (each one is the size of a letter) you can send as a text message to someone when you are typing out a text message. You would normally use it to animate your text a little more and show the person you are texting what you are really thinking. Emoticons bring a lot of life to text messages and we love them! Kaleb and I hardly send messages without including an emoticon into the message. We actually sometimes see an emoticon and are inspired to come up with a whole message to send someone based off that emoticon character. If you haven’t discovered these yet, you should check them out and send one to someone. For us, we really enjoy getting text messages with emoticons included. So we decided to recreate the emojis that we use the most. If you are still brainstorming last-minute Halloween costume ideas, these are pretty simple and easy to make. And they make people smile!
Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need some felt or fleece in the colors and shapes of the emoticon character you plan to be (probably 2 yards for each costume), two pieces of large foam core for each costume you plan to make, fabric scissors, sharpie, clear duct tape, ribbon or hemp rope, spray glue, exact-o knife.
Step 2: Cut the shape of your emoticon character out of your foam core using your exact-o knife. We created double-sided emoticons so we’d have the option to decorate both sides as a different character.
Step 3: Use your spray glue to spray your foam core and adhere your felt or fleece to the board. Use your scissors to cut closely around the board once this has dried a few minutes. Go ahead and cut out any other shapes you might need to adhere to your character. (We used an 11″x24″ folded in half to trace and draw out our shapes ahead of time. This also helped ensure the shapes were symmetrical). Adhere all your shapes to your emoticon using your spray glue. If your character requires finer details, use your sharpie to fill in wear necessary.
Step 4: Once all of your pieces have been created, grab someone to help hold the characters where you would like them to fall on your body. Grab your hemp string or ribbon, your duct tape, and scissors to tape your ribbon in place on the insides of the emoticon.
Step 5: Put your costume on and go trick-or-treating!
Photography by Kaleb and Marilyn Nimz