Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's-a me, Mario!

This year for Halloween, no matter how hard I tried to convince them to be old-man garden gnomes, my boys insisted on dressing up as Mario and Luigi.

The good part is that those seem to be pretty simple costumes, the bad part is that I tend to overthink absolutely everything -- so simple is really a relative term for me.

I found overalls and long-sleeved shirts at a thrift store,

then I used Gorilla Glue (it's tough, peeps) to attach some inexpensive yellow buttons to the overall's original buttons...

Yep, I'm one of those sticklers for costume accuracy. The yellow buttons are vitally important to the integrity of the costume, believe me.

While I was obsessively googling Mario and Luigi costumes online, I stumbled across a fabulous Mario/Luigi hat tutorial. It was incredibly easy, even for someone as horribly inept as I am. They came together very quickly, and I only spent $4 on fleece (with lots of leftover).

I will take credit for the intials on the hats. I downloaded a Mario font (for authenticity, of course) and made a template. I cut them out of white felt and used craft glue to attach them to the hats.

I also created Mario and Luigi moustache templates (authenticity again... or simply my crazy habit of making everything more complicated than it needs to be, coming to the surface?) and I'm planning on cutting the moustaches out of a sheet of black foam and attaching them with double-sided tape.

The only thing I still need to track down are white child-sized gloves -- I've searched all the big box stores for stretchy winter gloves (they usually have them in the girls' section) but apparently 2010 is not the year for white gloves... unless you want a white sparkly hat to go with it.

Any ideas?

By the way,  I've included the template I created if anybody's looking for a good last minute costume idea!
Mario and Luigi Templates

Linking this post up to Hope Studios,
and House of Hepworths... go check them out!


  1. Oh geez, my oldest has been begging for a mario costume!! Maybe we'll make one, cause this is too cute.

  2. I LOVE those hats! I am thinking of all kinds of other reasons I could make one. Thanks so much for linking up to Theme Party Thursday!!

  3. For gloves, go to a photo supply place or similar and get the white cotton gloves they use so as not to leave fingerprints. Thin white cotton small size will work for the boys.

  4. My niece is dressing up as Mario this year, too. Yep, I said niece. She was Sonic the Hedgehog last year LOL I don't think they have a hat yet, so I'll be sure to pass this along.

    Kristin - The Goat

  5. My son is also being mario, we got his gloves from the womens section of walmart, they are a little big in the fingers but they stay on the wrists.
    I made a hat too.

  6. I know what you mean about costume accuracy/pickiness. :•) eventhough I completely forgot about the gloves. I know it's short notice, but perhaps a restaurant uniform place?

    Thanks for the heads up on the 'tach template. :)


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