Quick, Cheap & Easy DIY Olaf (from Frozen) Costume

Like almost every other girl in the world, my daughter wanted to be Elsa for Halloween.  Since it is so close to her birthday, I gave in and ordered her an Elsa dress off of Amazon.  But don’t tell her, it’s a surprise!  I thought it would be cute for my 1 1/2 year old to be Olaf, but couldn’t find the right size costume and couldn’t justify spending $30+ on something that he doesn’t really care about and will only wear for 1 or 2 days.  So I decided to make one.  I was super lucky to find the all white hoodie at a local thrift store for $2 and then with the other materials, I think I spent $6 or $7 total.  Plus it came together in about an hour.  Not too bad.

What You Need:

White Hoodie

1 piece Orange Material/Felt

1 piece Black Material/Felt

1 piece White Material/Felt

3 Brown Pipe Cleaners (or something similar)

Fabric Glue

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Tip: The Dollar Tree didn’t have felt, so I bought a black placemat and an orange feltish pumpkin decoration that I cut up.  For Olaf’s hair, I bought a plastic leafy vine and just used the brown paper covered wire from the vine decoration.

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I did not measure anything so you don’t have to either.  Haha Just eyeball it and err on the side of making things larger.  You can always trim them down more if you need to.  So to start, cut large outer eye circles out of the black material/felt.  Then cut a slightly smaller inner eye circle out of the white felt.  Cut a small black pupil out of the black and then a tiny small speck of white.  Layer from biggest to smallest and use fabric glue to put together.  Cut 2 thin happy eyebrows out of the black and adhere above eyes.  Cut out a carrot nose.  Lay on sweatshirt hood until it is the right size and shape proportions.  Cut a wide white rectangle for the tooth, leaving some extra material for glue and adhere it to the underside of the front middle of the hood.  Cut 3 big black circles out for the buttons down the front and glue them on.   Now you’re almost done!

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The hardest part was figuring out how to attach the hair and keep it sticking up without being to heavy and falling over, this is where the hot glue gun comes in.  Hot glue your 3 pieces of hair together (pipe cleaners or brown paper covered wire, like mine).  Glue them well so they hold the right shape.  Cut a square piece of white felt out and poke a small hole in the center so that you can barely push the hair into it (it should be pretty tight, keeping them snug and sticking up).  Hot glue all around bottom and top (let dry), then fabric glue it down to the top of the hoodie/head.  Make sure to let everything dry really well before trying it on.  Add extra glue as needed for everything to be securely placed.

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Now is the fun part!  Once everything is good and dry, it’s time to try on!  Here is my son in his costume….it was a little hard getting him to hold still long enough for me to snap a decent photo, but he liked it and did a good job at keeping the hood up.  He loved looking at himself in the mirror.  Now if only I could get him to say, “Hi, I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs!”

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What are your kids dressing up as this year?  Do you make or buy their costumes?

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Erin says:

    This is so cute Bree!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Hahaha Thanks! As long as I don’t have to sew anything…… 😉

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  2. Amy says:

    we love making Halloween costumes!! Can’t post ours yet as it’s still being finalized. And we “cheated” a bit this year as grandma did Ayla’s and we did Logan’s. Can’t wait though!!
    Love the Olaf! Great job Bree!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      You always have such creative funny costumes, Amy! Can’t wait to see what you put together for the kids!

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  3. aimee fauci says:

    Oh my goodness, this is so simple and genius.. I love this and must share on my fb!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      It was so much easier than I expected! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. aimee fauci says:

    I keep looking at this and really want to make it!!!!!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Hahaha seriously, just do it! I would love for you to post a picture on my Bree Talks Facebook page of how it turns out!

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  5. dawn says:

    oh wow! This is super cute!!!

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    dawn

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Thanks for the comment, Dawn!

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  6. This is just beyond adorable!!!!! My princess… of course like every other child in america has an Elsa costume hanging in her closet for dress up…. I kinda like Olaf better 😉

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    1. Breetalks says:

      He is the funniest, but Elsa wears more sparkles.

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  7. GiGi Eats says:

    OMG I WANT THIS! I would rock it more than just on Halloween!!!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Can be made for anybody, kid or kid at heart! 🙂

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  8. That is just adorable and looks so easy to make. Even for people like me who are craftily-incompetent!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      That’s exactly why I could do it! Super easy. 😀

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  9. So cute! You did a great job!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Thanks! Your encouragement means more than you know! Haha 😀

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  10. Jess says:

    so friggin adorable! i gotta show my SIL shes gonna go nuts!

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  11. OMGoodness! This is so cool and fun!! What a great idea! It’s also so easy to make. 🙂

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  12. Adanna says:

    How cool! We love Olaf! Looks very easy.

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  13. Demcy says:

    what a pretty nifty idea…now I can’t wait to make mine!

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  14. Had a friend looking for this just the other day, totally sending her your post. Too cute!

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    1. Breetalks says:

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. lauren says:

    now this is MY type of costume.. it seems easy enough to make and it turned out so cute!

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  16. Nicole says:

    You did a fabulous job. I need to make one for my daughter.

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