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Light Up Christmas Tree Costume

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It can be Christmas all year long with these adorable light-up Christmas tree costumes.  With almost no electronics or sewing experience, and a little curiosity and patience, this is a costume that can be done in an afternoon or weekend.  The electronic component requires a handful of 10mm LEDs, some stranded wire, a AA battery pack, and soldering iron.  The crafting component uses a few yards of green felt, a sewing machine (if handy), hot glue gun, and some decorative elements to "spruce" up your finished tree. 

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.

 
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Step 1: Create Base

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I created a dress shape based on the girls' height and sizes, using a t-shirt to trace for the collar and arm holes.  Since I was tracing onto old newspaper which wasn't as wide as I wanted, I added a few inches to the width of the hem on each side when I traced it onto the green felt. 

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.

kmabbott6 months ago
Where did you find the lights?
cool!! <3
Hey, Schooch--this is cool. Will you make a "Girl on Fire" (Hunger Games) dress next year?
scoochmaroo (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
That's an awesome idea! I wish you'd talked to me two weeks ago :D
I'd love to see that you'd make the best Katniss
It'll be more timely next year anyway AFTER the movie comes out. : )
OMG!! best idea ever!!
Christmas,Halloween mix very original! nice work scooch
Lindie1 year ago
Very nice! And the girls are adorable!
+1
rrkrose1 year ago
Those kids are adorable!
Agreed!!!!!
PitStoP1 year ago
Pretty CoOL! Just one thing you forgot! The Christmas gifts... =)
I love it! They're adorable!
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