Cotton Candy Dreams
When you finally have a daughter, and an excuse to buy pink you tend to incorporate it as often as possible. What could be more girlie or more pink than cotton candy?! The other female of the house is our 10 year old pomapoo Emmy. She is my first born, the baby I used to dress up before having human kids. She loves to be involved in our activities. Brings her back to the old days I guess. I just couldn't pass up an opportunity for a pink pet. Her hair is snow white, and takes to color so nicely. So even though it is Halloween eve, I thought I'd quickly share this costume tutorial with all of you. It honestly was easy and quick. I had to laugh when several people asked if I bought it from Pottery Barn, and even others asked to buy off of me ha!! It did take a couple tries to make my little picky princess actually wear the costume without fussing, so I'll walk you step by step through what I did.
All you need is a pink long sleeve onesie or leotard
Faux spider web
poster board (or something similar) to make a cotton candy cone
I started by making my fluff pink. Shaved chalk is what makes it look most real. Spray painting the cotton would make it stiff. I did end up lightly spraying a tad bit in to test but liked the way the chalk looked way better. After I got it pretty pink I decided it might of been less messy to pink my fluff after glueing to the body suit. The chalk makes a huge mess! Do it outside if possible!
After glueing the bulk of it to the onesie I I added more pink and more fluff as needed. This is where it gets tricky, because the polyfil is hard to glue to itself. Just add as much glue as you can. Also keep chalking and shaking the costume out till you get the desired color. I used two different shades of pink chalk.
You also want to make sure you get the sides glued down well. Hang the bodysuit up and glue the cotton as if the costume was on the child.
Next you have to make the head piece. I cute an oval of pink felt and just glued some elastic underneath to make a headband. I took some leftover pink fluff and glued it onto the pink felt with a real cotton candy cone (leftover from her first birthday) sticking out the top. Secure the cone with lots of glue and fluff around it so it doesn't droop down or fall off.
The last thing I did was take a fake spider web, you know the kind you buy around halloween for decoration, and I stretched it all over the body of the costume. I then sewed it on around the neck and legs. What I found was Aniston hated having all the fluff in her face and around her neck. When the costume was on she would just pull and yank all the fluff off. Once I contained the cotton in a nicely shaped ball she was way better with it. The spider web is very thin, and looks like candy too. It really worked nicely. Then just throw on some pink tights and cute shoes and you've got the costume!
I also puffed some blush on Aniston's cheeks and put pink hair chalk in her hair. Sometimes it's those little extra details that make the costume. As for Emmy I used the same method with her hair as I did the costume. I shaved chalk over her and then rubbed it in. Wah Lah a pink doggie! For the area by her face I took the pieces of chalk and simply colored. My puppy loved it because she felt like she was getting rubbed and petted.
Their expressions kill me. Two peas in a pod.
Photos by Me @madeoverbymandy
Moccs by @freshlypicked