Christmas Tree Prop using cardboard


I know there is already a post of DIY Christmas tree prop which was more of pin-up to the t-shirt kind of prop. That was made to fit Anjana’s t-shirt and this was for Santoshi. Read here on how I had to make one more costume this time.

Things used:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Colour paper (green and brown)
  3. Christmas decorations
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue
  6. Box cutter
  7. Marker


Step 1: Draw a Christmas tree outline on the cardboard (mine is a very rough drawing; guess that’s my signature style apart from poor finishing)


Step 2: Cut to shape.


Step 3: Using glue, paste the green paper and start decorating. Sorry, not many pics because I was running out of time.



Here is Santoshi with the prop:


Here is the rare pic of a Christmas tree sitting down and hugging a Pongal pot:


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Pongal Pot Costume

Hello there!

This is yet another DIY costume post – this time it was Pongal pot.

The after school activity centre was conducting a fancy dress (costume) competition and initially I thought, “arrgh, ditch it! I have no ideas and no time, more importantly, no motivation”.  I had to Santoshi to the dentist for her half-yearly check-up and conveniently blamed the appointment for my laziness.

But, the dental clinic called that morning and cancelled the appointment. I did not know how to react. A part of me wanted to make costumes or props and the rest of me was like, “you already made your mind up; so, no costumes”.

Somehow, I persuaded myself to go to the nearest stationery shop for ideas. A bulb went ding, glowed with all brightness – a Pongal pot for Anjana. There was not even the faintest spark for the second idea or prop. It would be absurd to send both kids as Pongal pots.

The stationery was located at a corner and when I turned, I noticed the shop which sells decorations for birthday parties, etc. That’s the shop from where I had bought Christmas decorations for Anjana’s classroom. So, Santoshi had to be the Christmas tree for the show. I bought cardboards for both, Christmas decorations for the tree and cotton for the Pongal pot (to be the pongal which boils over from the pot).

This post is only on the Pongal pot. The Christmas tree post is here.

Things used:

  1. A sheet of cardboard
  2. Golden colour paper
  3. Stickers, satin ribbon and colour paper for decorating the pot
  4. Cotton roll (sorry it looks like toilet roll in the pic below)
  5. Glue
  6. Brown tape (my trusted companion in making props)
  7. Scissors and box cutter
  8. Marker
  9. A circular lid and a small plate
  10. Hat (fitting your child’s head) and binder clips


Step 1: Using the lid, draw the pot and the pongal on top


Step 2: Cut to shape


Step 3: Cut a circular hole (using the small plate) close to the top for the face.



Step 4: Apply glue


Step 5: Paste the colour paper and press to remove air bubbles


Step 6: Start decorating. I added a strips of paper / satin ribbon and stickers. Then, I made wavy lines and dots using glue and sprinkled white flour over it and let it dry.


Step 7: While it dried, I pasted cotton at the top as pongal. Take a small piece of cotton, fluff it and paste it on to the cardboard, making sure that the cardboard is not seen. Let try


Step 8: (sorry no pic): Using binder clips, hold the front side of the hat to the top of the circle from behind. The hat will hold the prop in place.

The finished pot:



Here is Anjana as a Pongal pot. After she put it on, I realised that her face was much smalelr than the plate. Never mind, there is always next time.

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DIY Christmas tree costume for toddlers


The second day of enjoying life as a stay at home mom of two kids was marked with another diy project. How exciting!

Thanks to cyclone Vardah, schools are closed until next Monday but the day care is functioning as usual. Since my two-year-old is so bored at home in spite of having her sister along with her all the time and her own iPad, she was eager to go to day care. Good for me!

When I went to drop her at day care on 15 December, the notice board read ‘please send the children dressed up for Christmas on 16 December 2016’. I didn’t fully understand what was meant by ‘dressed up for Christmas’. So, I asked the person in-charge and she said, “oh, anything Christmas-related”.

We don’t celebrate Christmas and we did not have any Christmas-y tshirt or a frock for Anjana. Santoshi, my elder daughter, had an idea – punch a few holes in a carton for Anjana’s legs, wrap it up with paper and ribbons and Anjana’s could be a Christmas gift. Good idea, but won’t work for a 2 year old and definitely not for Anjana.

I thought of buying a Santa Claus mask and team it with a red tshirt and a pair of red leggings, but it was easy too common. Reindeer or sleigh? No way, too complex and too little time. And, more importantly, no internet! Internet connectivity has been affected since Monday 12 December 2016 and we do not know when it would be restored [finally restored on 23 December].

But, a Christmas tree? Yes, it could work. Cardboard, green paper, decorations, etc. – all these were already in my stationery and craft boxes. I was a bit sceptical about using cardboard because even Santoshi couldn’t bring it back in one piece [the fin in the mermaid costume never came back and the Veena in her Saraswati costume came back home only after two days, that too in a bad shape]. Actually, my problem wasn’t whether it would come back. It was more about the costume staying in place at least till the end of the photo session at the day care.

The crayon costume that I had made for Anjana in November 2016 was a hit because it was easy to make and no hassles in putting it on. So, I decided to make the Christmas tree in a similar fashion – using fabric as the base.

What I used:

  • Green fabric
  • A small piece of brown fabric
  • Pipe cleaners – 2
  • Headband
  • Decorations [flower, leaf shaped]
  • Colour paper [for decorations and gift wrapping]
  • Glitter foam sheet in red colour for the star
  • Cardboard strips [as gifts]
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors

Step 1: Lay the green fabric flat and fold it over so that there are two overlapping layers, with the wrong side [or the inside] on top.

Step 2: Measure the height of the tree from to to bottom and mark the top and bottom ends on the fabric. Since my daughter was already at the day care, I used the crayon costume for vertical measurement.

Step 3: Mark the width on the fabric – I used one of Anjana’s tshirts.

Step 4: Fold the fabric over once again – now you should have four overlapping layers.

Step 5: Keeping in mind seam allowance, draw the outline of the tree. Since the fabric is already folded, draw only a half of the tree. The costume is intended to cover the toddler from bottom of the neck to ankle [give or take an inch or two]. So, the maximum width could be the bottommost branches of the tree [close to the calf muscle] and the tree bark below that.

Step 6: Draw another outline of the tree considering the desired seam allowance. I have used about half an inch of seam allowance.

Step 7: Cut [all four players of fabric] along the outer lines.

Step 8: Open the fold – you will have a full tree.

Step 9: Right sides of the fabrics facing earth each other, sew on the outer lines. Do not sew the part marked with x in the pic and do not sew on the bark portion either.

Step 10: Repeat step 9 for the inner lines.

Step 11: Snip small triangles out as shown in the pic. This is needed so that when the fabric is turned right side out, the seams will lie flat inside.

Step 12: Turn the tree inside out [remember the portion where we did not sew – that’s the space using which we are going to turn the tree out]. Ensure that the corners are pulled gently out so that you get the intended shape. Mine didn’t come out so well, but it’s OK.

Step 13: Sew a piece of brown fabric as the bark of the tree,
Step 14: Decorate the tree in any manner as you wish. I glued some craft items.

Step 15: Cut a star out of the glitter foam sheet and paste it to the headband with a cardboard backing. Step 8 onwards in crayon costume will show you how to do this [paste the star in place of the triangle in crayon costume].

Step 16: Using a few cardboard strips, make small boxes, wrap them with paper, add a ribbon or a glitter tape in place of ribbons, glue them to the bark to resemble Christmas gifts under the tree. The dark green one is the cap of a baby shampoo bottle, he he.

Step 17: Pin the tree to the toddler’s clothes using safety pins. I have pinned it to the t-shirt at the top and the end of the branches, leaving the last branch and the bark unpinned so that the costume would not hinder movement.

If you are using felt, it could be a no-sew project. Ignore all about seeing on the instructions above. Cut the felt to shape of a tree, glue the bark portion, glue all decorations and attach it to the toddler’s clothes.

Here is my little Anjana with the christmas tree pinned on to her t-shirt.

The Christmas tree could also be a cute wall decor if you wish to repurpose it!


DIY Crayon Costume


This is another DIY costume. It is again for my younger daughter Anjana.

As she is in the playgroup, they have ‘colour day’ celebrations once in two months.  The first colour day was yellow day and she went in a yellow t-shirt. As I dropped her at the playgroup that day, I realised that she was supposed to go as a slice of cheese and I had totally forgotten about it. When the yellow day photos came out, she was nowhere to be seen. I felt extremely guilty because I have never forgotten anything for Santoshi and this was the first time I had to do something for Anjana and I forgot.

It was colour red this time and I proactively asked them if I could send her as a red crayon (clearly, hibiscus or any other red flower or Angry Bird or Elmo is a lot of work and apple was just common). The teacher happily agreed to red crayon.

Next step was, obviously, googling for ‘diy crayon costume’. I got the idea mainly from here. I have not (as I always do) followed the instructions fully and have made changes to suit my child and the materials that I have.

In a recent clean up activity at home, I consolidated all of my scrap fabric pieces in one place (they were in 2 bags and a cardbooard box before). I realised that there were different shades of red fabrics which were waiting for their destiny to be fulfilled. So, I took a piece of red fabric which was solid and lightweight and also easy to sew on. I also took out a long, thin piece of black fabric for the design.

Design: The costume has two parts – crayon body and the crayon top.

Crayon body: The design was more like an apron (strap around the neck) but also tie backs behind the chest and the bottom ends will be open to allow free movement.


Trying it on my daughter before pasting the print out:


Things I used:

  • Red fabric (about 25 inches by 20 inches) – 20 inches by 18 inches (excluding seam allowance) for the body and 14 inches by 2 inches (excluding seam allowance) for the strap around the neck
  • Black fabric (about 3 inches by 60 inches) – cut 3 inches by 20 inches (for the bottom) and 2 inches by 40 inches (for the top including tiebacks)
  • Velcro pieces (for the neck strap)
  • Print out on a sheet of paper (size A3) of the text ‘Crayon’ cut along the oval outline
  • Fabric glue
  • Fevikwik
  • Hairband
  • Pieces of cardboard (8 inches by 1 inch and 3 inches by 1 inch)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Sewing machine

For the first time in all my project, I also used the measuring tape and wrote down the length and breadth of the costume.  The finished piece had to measure 20 inches (chest) in circumference and 18 inches in height (chest to ankle). I added a strap for the neck because the costume would definitely fall down despite the tiebacks behind the chest – as it happened in my elder daughter Santoshi’s Wonder Woman costume. I also decided to add veclro to the neck strap because without an opening, it seemed a little difficult to put the costume on and remove it. Why go through the discomfort, when two pieces of veclro could resolve the issue?

Crayon Body

Step 1: Cut the fabric as per the measurements.

Step 2: Sew the (shorter) black border on the bottom.

Step 3: Sew the other black border on the top, aligning the centre of the black fabric to the centre of the red fabric so that the tiebacks are of equal length.

Step 4: Sew the neck strap piece as a tube and turn it inside out using a safety pin.

Step 5: Sew one end of the neck strap to the red fabric.

Step 6: Attach a piece of velcro to the other end of the neck strap and the other piece of the velcro to the wrong side of the red fabric.

Step 7: Add the ‘crayon’ print out to the centre of the red fabric using fabric glue and let it dry.


Good job, the first part is done! While it dries, go on to the crayon top portion.

Templates for the text ‘Crayon’ and the top and bottom borders:


Crayon Top:

Step 8: Align the centre of the 8 inch long piece of cardboard to the centre of the hairband. We are using cardboard strips to give the crayon top a firm backing. Otherwise, the crayon top may (read will) start to droop like the minnie mouse ears in the earlier costume.


Step 9: Add glue (I used fevikwik) at the centre of the cardboard strip and the ends. Fold it up and hold it tight for a minute for it to dry. Trim the top end of the carboard as in the pic below:


Step 10: Paste the shorter strip of cardboard horizontally on the bottom of the folder piece of cardboard. Trim the edges.


Step 11: Add glue and paste the red triangle on the cardboard structure and let it dry.


The finished piece of the crayon top:


Congratulations! You have successfully completed the DIY crayon costume!! All you need now is a toddler to put the costume on.

Here is mine with a red frock beneath the crayon costume and a pair of red shoes!

Hope you found this helpful! There are other posts here on making diy costumes – do read those posts too. Thanks!