Bubbles Dress Up!
We’ve all been there. It’s raining outside and you need something to occupy the afternoon. How about a little fun with the power of dress up? Not only is playing dress up fun, but your child can also learn a lot too. And we have just the costume in mind – Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls!
The Powerpuff Girls were created by Professor Utonium using a mixture of “sugar, spice, and everything nice.” Bubbles is the “sugar” from this equation; she is cute and sensitive, can understand multiple languages, and communicate with various animals. But don’t let that fool you – she is tough and can fight monsters just as well as her sisters with her supersonic wave voice power.
Follow these easy steps to make a Bubbles costume for under $9.00 and let your little one loose on all the monsters hiding in your home. Of course, you can make Blossom (pink) and Buttercup (green) if you have friends over; we’re just partial to Bubbles for obvious reasons!
You will need:
- White, Yellow, and Baby Blue craft foam sheets. Basic felt squares will work if they are out of a color, like we are using here for the white.
- $1 pair of sunglasses – the bigger the better
- $1 foam mask
- Four different sized round objects for tracing (we used two different cups, a sauce container, and a button)
- An oversized baby blue shirt (we got ours for under $4 at Michael’s)
- A black belt
- Black shoes
- White tights (optional)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- A pen or marker
- Ponytail holders
First you want to make Bubbles’ cartoon eyes. Follow these easy instructions and follow along with the images in the gallery to help you through the process.
- Trace your largest cup twice on the baby blue foam sheet using your pen or marker. These will become the iris of the eye, and the base for the rest of the eyepiece.
- Cut these out using the scissors.
- Take your white foam sheet (or felt like we are using here) and make two additional traces of the largest cup. Before cutting these out, take the second largest cup and trace it inside the markings of the larger cup. Make sure their lines match up for part of it as shown in the picture. You want to be left with two opposite crescent moon shapes you will cut out.
- Cut out the white crescent moons and place them on the edges of the blue circles you cut out. These moons are the sclera of the eye.
- Trace the sauce container (or third largest circle) in the center of the smaller blue foam circle created by step 4. Be sure the white moons are still on the edges. You do not want the circle you are tracing to be bigger than the shades of the sunglasses you bought.
- Take the white moons off and gently fold the blue circles so you can make a cut in the center of the small circle you just traced. This will allow you to cut out the circle while keeping the edges intact. Using the scissors, cut along the inner circle. These holes will become the pupil and the parts you actually look out of, so make sure they are big enough but again, aren’t too big for the pair of glasses you picked out.
- Using a heated hot glue gun, glue the white moons in place on the blue circles. You will want to glue down the sides that show your tracing marks on the white to the sides that do not show your tracing marks on the blue. Be careful if little ones are helping, as hot glue guns can burn.
- Now glue the back of the blue circles onto your sunglasses. Make sure to line them up so that the empty circles are completely filled by the shade of the sunglasses, creating the pupil and your ability to see!
- Trace your smallest circle, here we used a button, twice on the white foam or felt and cut them out. These will become the gleam on the eye. Put the sunglasses on and play around with where these can be placed and you can still see. Then hot glue them onto the front of the glasses in the black space.
Voila! You now have some awesome cartoon eyes. Now on to Bubbles’ signature hair. If your child has blonde hair, just pull it into two high pigtails. Be sure to leave out bangs. If your child does not have blonde hair, no worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you make Bubbles’ locks:
- Take the foam mask and cut off the part with the nose. Make slits below the attached string to the eye holes and then across the bridge of the nose. We are going to use this as a forehead band instead of a mask.
- Using the yellow foam sheet, create Bubbles’ bangs. Freehand draw a low arch that is wider than the foam mask you cut from step 10. Making sure it is thicker than the mask, create a sort of rounded W shape connecting the edges. Hot glue this to the foam mask piece that has the attached string.
- Freehand draw a big comma shape on the yellow foam and cut it out. Use it to trace a second, identical piece. Turn them opposite each other, with the points sticking out, and hot glue them to the back of the top of the yellow bangs.
- Turn it over and you have Bubbles’ bangs and ponytails.
Now that those two pieces are ready, it’s time to dress! Put on the oversized baby blue shirt and use the belt to make it into a dress. If it’s cold, wear white tights. Otherwise, just put on black shoes, Mary Janes are best. Use the ponytail holders to pull back your real hair and put the fake hair on like a mask, sliding it to rest on the forehead instead of over your eyes. Top off the look with those fun eyes and go spread Bubbles’ joy and laughter!
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