Harry Potter's Luna Lovegood Costume (made by our 9 year old!)

Sunday, October 27
by Robin



When our daughter said she wanted to be Luna for Halloween, I was thinking she wanted to be a fish.  We have a fish named after her favourite Harry Potter character.  Miss Lovegood is just that popular around here. 


With good reason!  Was anyone else rooting for Luna Lovegood and Harry Potter to end up together?  We totally were.  Luna is a fabulous character and she really "got" Harry.  Ginny's just so...yawn?  (We are a whole family of Harry Potter fans - you didn't know? - well, we've got the homemade Marauders Map t-shirts to prove it.)


Our 9 year old daughter made this costume herself!  (A momma can boast right?  On her own blog she darn right can!) Ed and I popped in here and there with advice and a bit of help - but the girl knocked out 95% of this costume herself.  So, even if you aren't normally a DIY dork like us - you can probably put this one together yourself.


Here's how she did it all...


Spectrespecs

 


A quick search on the interweb found this Spectrespecs tutorial with a printout:


Source

We printed it onto cardstock.  She then cut it out and attached it to a pair of glasses from our Tickle Trunk (aka. our dress-up box for those of you deprived of growing up with Mr. Dressup.)



Radish Earrings

This was my favourite thing to watch her create.  We found this tutorial on YouTube from Jane at CraftyTutorials and our crafty girl made them herself from Sculpey Clay.  (Our girl's got a background in clay - we nearly constantly have polymer clay projects on the go - like the Angry Birds one's we talked about here.)

Here's Jane's tutorial:


Then we used craft wire to attach the radishes to some earring clips from Michaels.  (Our daughter is in the vast minority at her school with not having her ears pierced.  Heck - her mother doesn't either.  We are ear-holeless freaks together.)



Quibbler


Reading the Quibbler upside down is optional, but you'll understand Nargles better this way.

We found a source of amazing artwork from Harry Potter, which we made into a simple Quibbler magazine.  First we copied the Quibbler magazine cover.  Then we cropped it into two halves, so that it was the size of a typical magazine.  After printing it, we taped it to an old magazine we had lying around.



Cork necklace

This probably doesn't need a how-to.  We didn't have any Butterbeer on hand, so a wine cork had to do.  Step 1 was to drink a bottle of wine (- we gleefully stepped in a did this part for her).

Then she screwed a simple eye hook into the end of the cork and tied it up with a ribbon.




 Ravenclaw Scarf

Her first machine sewing project!  She did all the sewing herself. 

I briefly considered knitting a Ravenclaw scarf for this costume - like the Gryffindor Scarves I knit them two years ago.  Then I sobered up came to my senses and decided that this would be a perfect first sewing project for our girlie.


We picked up 3/4 yard of felt in each colour.  Felt is great for first time sewing projects - it's inexpensive, colourful and doesn't fray.

We cut 7" strips of felt in Ravenclaw colours.  Then sewed them into stripes.  We folded the scarf in half and sewed a long seam up the side.  Turned it right-side out and - ta-da!



Other Elements:


  • Red Chuck Taylors 
    • Our girl has never asked for any brand name (or new) clothes before.  She is always pleased with what she has (a thankful mom here!).  But, this one time she asked for something - these Red Chucks - and because she happened to outgrow her outdoor pair of runners - and our vengeful cat peed on them - we obliged.  
    • I've gotta admit to a bit of sticker shock - even though we priced around.

  • School Robe 
    • Our friend loaned us one from her daughters' Tickle Trunk.  It's Gryffindor, but we covered up the Gryffindor crest.

  • A Tie in Ravenclaw Colours
    • Luckily, our son had a little clip on that worked like a charm.

  • Quirky Socks 
    • She's probably going to want to wear these new socks every chance she can get.  
    • I think we paid $2 at a local discount store.



This was such a fun experience!  It was so cool to watch our girl get her crafty on.  


Can you tell her momma's proud?  I'm so glad she didn't listen to me:  I felt lazy and tried talking her into wearing the peacock costume we made last year.  




Did you make any Halloween costumes this year?  Do you love it - or loathe it?







4 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Goodness! Your daughter is an ADORABLE Luna! She's just as adorable as Evanna Lynch herself was in the movies. AWESOME costume!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! I totally agree. :)

      She can do the voice, too! The other morning I asked her, "How was your sleep? Did you have sweet dreams?" She answered, "I didn't have any dreams - I think the Nargles took them." in a dead on Luna voice. My girl.

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  2. I LOVE this! Seriously fantastic!

    Luna is the HP character I most relate to, and this is one of the best Luna costumes I've seen.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kara! It has been seriously fun to watch her create and get so into this. I'm with you with affection for Luna. Brilliant character. :)

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