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When it comes to little girls and Halloween costumes, the options are literally endless (read: she’s going to change her mind at least 13 times). Chances are, that baker’s dozen list of costumes has a Disney character costume or three on it, so the good news is that the DIY mermaid costume you bookmarked could come in handy after all if Ariel is the one. But if she happens to land on a Moana costume for Halloween this year, we have some handy ideas to re-create the outfit worn by our favorite Polynesian protagonist. In fact, we bet pulling this look together is almost as fun as the adventures the lead character embarks on in the movie.
So exactly how do you help your little darling bring Moana’s main character to life? One way is to simply opt for a store-bought Moana Halloween costume. But truth be told, it's actually pretty easy (and fun!) to pull together a homemade version all on your own—and we're showing you how right here, including everything you need to gather or buy to make the very best Moana DIY costume for Halloween.
Whether you're a crafting pro (“I can sew that!”) or need a little more help to get started (“Wait, I don’t even own a glue gun?!”), you can pull this off, just like that DIY unicorn costume you nailed last year. Either way, learn how to assemble an easy Moana costume for girls with just a few basic items—some of which you may already have in your house.
Beginner Level: Easy Moana Costume
There's absolutely no shame in keeping it simple. In fact, some of the best DIYs and most creative costumes are made by sorting through your own closet. Here, pair a plain red swimsuit with a grass skirt. Next, add a red scarf around her waist and a few inexpensive accessories.
The only problem: She really may never want to take this Halloween costume off!
Crafter Level: DIY Moana Costume
If you're into crafting, put those skills to work with this more advanced DIY Moana costume. Yes, it involves a little more elbow grease, but you'll be surprised at just how accomplished you feel once it's complete.
Prediction: She'll play dress-up with these pieces all year long!
DIY Moana Top
Cut a coral or red long-sleeve shirt from armpit to armpit and save both top and bottom pieces.
Take the bottom portion and fold it into a strapless top of your desired length.
Cut the bottom hem into a zigzag.
Using a marker or fabric paint, mimic the pattern of Moana's top along the top and bottom hem (columns of five lines alternating with eight "starburst" lines).
Tip: Place a piece of cardboard between the layers to prevent the marker from bleeding.
Download and print our 10-point star template onto card stock. Cut out to make a stencil.
Place the star stencil just below the middle of the bodice and lightly brush black paint around the edges. Repeat all the way across the shirt.
Hot glue white trim across the bodice for the shell sash.
DIY Moana Skirt and Belt
Cut a grass skirt to length (just below the knees is a good length).
Cut enough off-white broadcloth to fold down into two tiers and wrap around waist and tie.
Download and print our triangle template onto card stock. Cut out to make a stencil.
Trace the stencil along the top and bottom of the broadcloth, with the point always facing outward, and cut out.
Fold one edge over to create the top tier of the skirt.
Tuck the leftover piece of the shirt into a strip to serve as the belt.
Repeat the same line pattern along one edge of the belt and tie over the broadcloth at the waist.
DIY Moana Heart of Te Fiti Necklace
Cut twine to desired necklace length, leaving extra to tie.
Thread a turquoise pendant onto the twine and knot on either side.
Add white seed beads for accents and knot on either side.
Tie around neck.
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