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Purim Costumes Made Easy

May 9, 2009 | by Sarah Zeldman

Simple, inexpensive ideas for making no-sew Purim costumes.

Why spend your money on an overpriced, leftover Halloween costume when you can save money and make memories by making Purim costumes with your children at home. Here are some simple, inexpensive ideas for making no-sew Purim costumes with items you probably have lying around your house! It's easier than you think!


Cut posterboard in red, orange, yellow, green or brown, into two large circles (one circle for the front and one for the back). Paint a large white lower-case 'm' on the front -- or cut it out of paper and glue it onto the posterboard. Optional: Add an OU to show it's kosher!


Wrap red posterboard around your child loosely and staple or glue it together. Take the fabric and cut a blob out of it with a circle in the middle for your child's head to fit through. (This will be the dripping wax.) Drape it over the posterboard to look like the candle has been lit for awhile. Then, cut a large 'flame' out of orange construction paper. Take a standard headband (or make one out of a strap of posterboard) and glue the flame on so it stands straight up. Variation: For siblings, make this costume out of white posterboard and go as shabbos candles. Gold or Silver pants would really add to the look!


Cut large flower petals out of posterboard and glue them to the headband. Cut large leaves and pin them to your child's sleeves or leggings. Add face paint if desired.


Have your child wear the turtleneck and leggings. Cut wing shapes out of red posterboard. Draw or paint some large black circles on them. Add two holes to each wing and thread the cord through it. Have your child wear the wings like a backpack. To make the antennae, take two pipe cleaners and wrap one end around the headband. Glue a pompom on the other end of each of the pipe cleaners and you have antennae.

Smiley Face

This one is super simple! Cut circles from yellow posterboard (large enough to cover your child's chest and belly. Draw a smiley face onto the yellow posterboard with a black marker (or cut construction paper and glue it on). Punch two holes at the top of the posterboard to connect them with yarn. This will create a sandwich-board style costume that will slip over your child's head and rest on his shoulders.

Invite your child to help with making his or her costume. Spending time creating these costumes together may end up being just as much fun as the Purim Party. Don't forget to take pictures!

Tzedakah (Charity) Box

Cut a hole in the box for the child's arms and head. Wrap the entire box with silver wrapping paper. Write "Tzedakah" on the front with the Sharpie Marker. Make "Coins" out of gold paper, and glue on the front for extra emphasis.

Doctor or Dentist:

Put a large white shirt on your child as a doctor's white coat. Have him wear a pager on the shirt pocket and hang a toy stethoscope from a toy doctor's kit around his neck. Put the rest of the doctor tools in a black bag.


Cut two large circles out of brown posterboard (or paint it brown). The circles should cover your child's entire abdomen. Cut out circles out of black felt or posterboard (for the chocolate chips). Cut two equal pieces of brown ribbon. Glue or staple it to each of the cookie circles. Make sure the circles are both facing outward with the painted side. Your child can wear the two cookie halves like a backpack or "sandwich board." Adjust the ribbon to fit accordingly. You can make different types of cookies by changing the color of posterboard you use and how you decorate your cookie. Optional: Add an OU to show it's kosher!


Dress your child in the turtleneck and leggings. Cut four triangles out of dark colored felt or posterboard. Glue two each together. Cut two smaller triangles out of lighter color felt or posterboard. Glue one on each of the larger triangles. Glue or tape the ears to a headband. Put the headband (with the ears) on your child. Use face paint to draw a black nose on your kitten, then use eye liner to draw whiskers.


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