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  • Pinay Stay-At-Home Mom Creates Costumes From Scratch For Her Son's School Activities

    This crafty mama sources materials at home or buys them from the palengke!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Pinay Stay-At-Home Mom Creates Costumes From Scratch For Her Son's School Activities
PHOTO BY courtesy of Alona Don
  • Every time we ask moms and dads to send in the DIY costumes they make for their kids, we’re always so impressed with what they can come up with. It’s proof that parents will do whatever it takes to make their child stand out — and they don’t even need to spend much for it!

    Budget-friendly costumes are mom Alona Jane Don’s specialty. The stay-at-home mom who is based in Tagaytay recently shared her works in our Facebook community, Smart Parenting Village, hoping to inspire her co-parents looking for ideas that they can make for their own kids.

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    “I started making costumes for my 5-year-old son, Grey, when he entered preschool. Since I’m a housewife and I love DIY, I decided to think of an activity I can pursue as a sideline, and that’s costume-making pero ‘yung budget-friendly,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph.

    She sources materials like fabric, thread, and accessories in Silang Market because “they have very good deals especially sa mga fabric.” See the designs she’s made below!

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    Ethnic costume

    Alona sewed this costume by hand and it cost her less than Php500. "I used three yards of fabric for Php120 per yard. I also bought two packs of feathers for the headdress that cost Php75 each and attached it to a black velcro to make it adjustable. The gold trimmings are Php4 to Php8 per yard and I also used a thick black garter for the waist," she shares.

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    Doesn't the costume look authentic?
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Alona Don
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    Robot costume

    Alona used materials she could find at home for this costume: old boxes for the body and head, broken toys, wires, unused bottles, and bottle caps. She also used bubble wrap for the shoes! She then sprayed the box with a silver metallic spray paint and used felt paper to cover the head part.

    This crafty mama only paid for the glue stick and spray paint!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Alona Don
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    Rainforest costume

    Grey's school asked the kids to come as animals found in the Amazon, so Alona was inspired by the blue Spix macaw. The mama made the wings from old calendars and used boxes as base. The headdress was made out of boxes, with styro balls for the eyes. She used a mosquito net for the "hair effect," and used black-colored paper for the beak. Felt cloth was used on the feet and claws. 

    For the chest design, Alona used newspaper. "Inikot-ikot ko po siya and then tinalian ko po ng thread para maging stiff at saka po gumamit ng spray paint," she shares.

    Easily our favorite out of her creations!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Alona Don
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    Total cost? Less than Php400! Galing!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Alona DOn
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    Elf costume

    Of course, there's also a Christmas-themed costume! While most of her costumes did not require sewing, Alona shares she bought a cheap sewing machine from Shopee that cost around Php500. She purchased Geena cloth and felt cloth and even sewed elf ears for the Santa hat. Total cost? Less than Php300 (because she already had the sewing machine on hand)!

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    Santa's little helper is adorable!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Alona Don
    Love to DIY? Show us your creations! Email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com and get featured on our website. Click here to get more costume ideas!

     

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