DIY Trolls Halloween Costume


Can’t Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake is a song that’s been on repeat in our home all summer. Now with the anticipation of the movie Trolls {in theaters November 4), the song is being played even louder while simultaneously having a dance party! We’re so excited about the movie. Jessica’s kids wanted to be Poppy and Branch, two characters from the movie Trolls. Today she’s telling us how she made one Poppy costume and two Branch no-sew DIY Halloween costumes.  You still have one week to make this costume before Halloween – you can do it!


  • Felt, 23 green sheets {about .25 cents each), 1 light green sheet, 3 white sheets
  • White acrylic paint, Plaid Crafts
  • Peel-n-Stick permanent fabric fuse tape {this worked well for me, but Hello Wonderful made amazing felt costumes with a hot glue gun, so that’s an option, too}
  • khaki pants, cut like shorts
  • Turquoise sweatshirt, Wal-Mart
  • Pink pants and long sleeve shirt, Wal-Mart
  • Pink glitter boots, The Children’s Place
  • Grey long underwear, Costco
  • Troll wigs, Wal-Mart or Amazon
  • Black spray paint
  • Vests, Carters
  • Velcro
  • Faux flowers
  • Scissors {good for fabric}


Branch Costume

Cut out felt leaves. I used a leaf cut out as my template, and then I cut, cut and cut some more.


Add Peel-n-Stick to the back of the leaves, and begin to layer the leaves on the vest, from the bottom-up.




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Cut the khaki pants to be shorts.

Cut green felt squares and rectangles to place on shorts to look like patches.


For Branch, I needed a black wig, but couldn’t find one, so I spray painted a purple wig black.

The grey clothes underneath not only keep the kids warm, but it’s the color of the Trolls skin. Win-win!



Poppy Costume

Cut the sleeves off a turquoise sweatshirt. I used the Peel-n-Stick tape to ‘hem’ the cut seams.

Cut petals with white felt. I used a cut-out petal, similar to the leaf vest process. Add Peel-n-Stick to the back of the petals and add the petals to the bottom of the dress to match Poppy’s design.

Paint the bottom of Poppy’s dress to look like the real thing. I free-handed the design on the bottom.


Use scraps from the sweatshirt sleeves to make Poppy’s headband. I used the Peel-n-Stick tape to make the headband edges more seamless.

Paint faux flowers turquoise and hot glue them to the headband. Cut small felt petals to glue behind the flowers.


Poppy’s dress has a little wrap around the neck, so I used the hood of the sweatshirt to wrap around the neck. To keep it in place, I added a small strip of velcro to the hood and sweatshirt.



DIY Halloween Costume Contest Award


And the best costume goes to……{insert drum roll}

The best Halloween costume award is always a big deal. The friendly competition among our kids and their peers is something they look forward to every year. The best costume, the cutest costume, the scariest costume, the funniest costume and the most original costume are awarded to kids in every grade. To properly reward them, they receive a small gift or acknowledgement. The DIY Halloween award that we are sharing today is not only affordable and adorable, but it is an edible {who doesn’t love a giant Hershey’s chocolate bar} medal that can be worn with pride, it can be customized with names and any costume category, plus it’s a favor bag so gift cards and notes can be easily inserted.

We can’t take full credit for this idea. Jessica’s friend Atlanta introduced us to this idea last year, and we loved it so much, we decided to make our own version. Thanks, girl.



  • Caution tape, Oriental Trading
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, giant
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Bat cut-outs, we used our Silhouette electronic cutting machine
  • Black card stock {we used Astrobrights Papers} and gold spray paint if you want the bat to be gold
  • Chalkboard favor bag, Target $1 and $3 section
  • Chalkboard marker


Step 1: Gather materials.


Step 2: Use Silhouette software to design the bat, and then use the machine to cut out the bat, or use a template online. Spray paint the bottom of the bat {optional}.


Step 3: Write the award on the envelope with a chalkboard marker.




Step 4: Use the double-sided tape to tape the bat to the envelope {above the text}.


Step 5: Cut the caution tape to the size you want.


Step 6: Flip the chocolate bar face down. Line up the caution tape evenly on each side. Use masking tape to tape the caution tape to the chocolate bar. We used two strips on each bar.



Step 7: Insert a gift card to a favorite local spot for kids {optional}. Get a panel of judges, and once all the votes have been tallied, reward the best dressed with their DIY giant chocolate bar medal.



Note: When no one is home but kids during the day, and a project must get done, the kid becomes the photographer. These last two photos are property of Jessica’s youngest, Jackson {age 4}. He loved every second playing ‘photographer’ of the day. And, since no one is around or organized enough to have an actual costume ready, the plaid shirt totally plays off as the best lumberjack ever, right?!




DIY Gift: Custom Candles


Not only can our kids make DIY crayon candles covered with rainbows, hearts and crayon splatter. We can make DIY candles too, but more sophisticated ones. I can see more melted crayons and candles in our near future for DIY holiday gifts. It’s a gift that’s sure to SHINE!

To see how we made the crayons with the kids, see the full tutorial on Momtastic. But basically, all you have to do is heat the crayon with a blow dryer (continuously} and draw. We found that black crayons worked the best to write words and monograms.







Friday Fall Fashion Finds


Since it’s September 30, we reluctantly (and finally) switched our flip-flops to fall boots, and we’re mad for plaid. While we love shopping for booties, scarves and other fall fashion must-haves, we are also prepping our skin and immune system for fall and winter, too. Here’s a few Friday Fall favorites for those of you looking to add a few pieces to your closet and newbies to your routine. Happy shopping!

Stretch Moto Leggings
, Nordstrom | On Guard, doTERRA | Dolce Vita Sutton Bootie, Nordstrom | Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Wild Plaid, Madewell | Blanket Scarf, Grey and White Plaid, Mindy Maes Market | Knit Swing Dress, Old Navy

Andalou Naturals Cooling Body Lotion, Amazon | Hermosah Pump, Nordstrom | Topshop ‘Meg’ Zip Pocket Coat, Nordstrom | Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil, Amazon | Thank You Notes, Fleur de Lis a paperie | Shirt Dress, H&M

Baseball Double Hooded Sweatshirt, Mindy Maes Market | Communal Bootie – Pewter, Mindy Maes Market | Chuck Taylor All-Star Converse, Zappos | Mom Life is the Best Life Tee, Mindy Maes Market | Age-Defying Night Cream | Faux Leather Jacket

 photo by Meredith Moran Photography

DIY Hostess Gift: Crayon Candles

DIY crayon candle craft and hostess gift with kids

We melted crayon wax a couple weeks ago, and the project we shared with Momtastic quickly became one of our favorite DIY hostess gifts. We haven’t actually given any of the DIY candles away because we love what our kids created so much, they are on display in our homes.

Learn how we made the DIY custom art melted crayon candles here.