DIY Lightning and Thunder Costume, Perfect for Mamas and Kiddos!
Folks, Halloween is in TWO WEEKS! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? And what about your kiddos? If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect mom and kid costume, we’ve got a great DIY option for you. Presenting: Lightning and Thunder!
We teamed up with Cotton to create this costume, with the goal of making it easy to customize for different ages and sizes. You can also easily add in additional parents and kids as extra thunderclouds, lightning bolts and someone could definitely be the rain. Or perhaps, Gene Kelly’s character from Singing in the Rain? ;)
How amazing does Brit + Co mama Misty Spinney look as a lightning bolt? And her outrageously adorable Elijah is definitely the cutest “thunder” we’ve ever seen. Now, let’s get to the how-to!
– navy or gray cotton baby pajamas or onesie
– cotton balls
– yellow cotton dress
– gold fabric paint
– gold fabric-friendly glitter
– paint brush
– hot glue gun and glue
– painter’s tape
1. Start with the thunder. Use hot glue to attach cotton balls to a pair of navy or gray cotton pajamas or a onesie.
2. For the lightning bolt, place cardboard in the middle of your dress.
3. Use painter’s tape to create a lightning bolt shape on the front of the dress.
4. Paint with gold fabric paint.
5. Sprinkle on gold glitter while the paint is still wet.
6. Let dry and remove painter’s tape.
We lucked out in the pajamas department and came across these storm cloud jammers at Baby Gap. So perfect!
Use hot glue to attach cotton balls to your onesie. Yep — those are standard cotton balls!
If you feel like getting fancy, you could mix in a few blue or gray cotton pom poms as well, but we like keeping it simple.
Done. We did two clouds on the top and one on the bottom. Now, onto that lightning bolt dress for mama!
Since you’ll be painting your dress, you want to start by sliding a piece of cardboard or poster board into your dress. Then use painter’s tape to create a lightning bolt shape.
Fill in the lightning bolt with gold paint. Sprinkle on glitter intermittently while the paint is still wet.
Let dry and remove tape.
Now, all we need to do is find the perfect mama and kiddo to wear them… ;)
Love these two.
What creative parent + kid costumes have you bookmarked? Or made? Talk to us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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