As a bonus, these light up Christmas tree costumes have the built-in nighttime safety feature of actually lighting up! So trick-or-treating can go extra late this year.
Step 1: Create Base
I cut two full dresses for both costumes. Since there were to be a whole mess of wires winding about inside of the costumes, I wanted an extra layer to protect the girls from the wires and the wires from the girls.
Next I sewed together the inner dresses, leaving one shoulder open so they could get them over their heads.
For the outer dresses that would need to be wired, I sewed together one side seam only.
Step 2: Positioning the lights
Next I pierced the LED legs through the felt and spread them so all of the positive and negative leads would all face the same direction respectively. (If you have zero electronics knowledge, just make sure the short legs are all pointing in one direction and the long legs are all pointing in the other. The long legs connect to the + side of the battery pack.)
Then I was ready to wire everything up!
Step 3: Wiring the LEDS
Once each of the paths was soldered together, I sewed together the remaining side seam and one shoulder seam, leaving the other open. Then I completed the circuits by wiring the LEDs across the seam and finally to a AA battery pack near the hem. (remember, long legs = +, short legs = -)
After soldering, I clipped the ends of the leads and covered them with dots of hot glue, both to secure the connections and protect the girls from any sharp edges.
Step 4: Finishing
I placed a wire around the hem of the tree to make it stand out in a circle.
I finished the shoulder seam with Velcro so it was easier for the girls to get over their heads and close up.
A quick vinyl star attached to a spring on a headband topped off the costumes.
I hope you have fun designing and lighting up your own Christmas tree costumes - the possibilities are limitless. And the costumes are great for after-dark trick-or-treating, as they provide their own light source!