So when our son asked us last November if we could make him an Olaf costume we were all “Sure Buddy!” we had no idea how crazy complicated it was going to be to make a DIY Olaf Costume for Halloween. Had we known what a crazy endeavor this was going to be we might have steered him towards another homemade costume other than Olaf. But ignorance is bliss and we talked big about how awesome Olaf was going to be. We discussed how amazing he would look trick or treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party and basically just talked up this amazing costume we were going to make for Halloween. You guys. I’m gonna tell it to you straight; DIY Olaf was a pain in the butt.
I am pretty sure my husband deserves an honorary engineering degree from Stanford for coming up with this crazy thing. My mom deserves a long day at the spa for all of the sewing she did. We have all come to agreement that while this is super special, the boy will be wearing something we buy from the Disney Store next year. #easybutton
Our DIY Olaf took quite a lot of time and it ended up costing over $60 to make. $60 TO MAKE YOU GUYS! We try to keep our costumes under $25 if at all possible and we blew this one out of the water. And this is me friends, you know we used coupons and sales for fabric and we even repurposed some things. When we first started we thought we might sell these to order on etsy, but we would see how difficult and time consuming it was before we decided on a price. We have decided on a price – three grand. Let us know if you want one. Orders must be placed before October 1st and they include shipping. I’m not even kidding.
So anyway, my mom and Harry did an amazing job and we cannot wait to parade this kid around at Mickey’s Halloween Party and pretty much every rated G trick or treat option in the SoCal area.
It isn’t as heavy as it looks, but it is pretty warm. We are crossing our fingers it isn’t quite as hot at Disneyland when we go at the end of the month. If it is we suggested he maybe not put his costume on until the sun goes down.
Harry really wanted Olaf’s to be the right proportions. We have seen some really cool Olaf costumes out there; but something was missing for the animators that live inside Harry and I. Harry insisted that the Olaf head had to be just right or it just wasn’t worth doing. For those of you that did not see our sneak peek – check it out here – you can see he made several drafts on the computer, sketched out, and then several 3-D models with paper before using the pricey foam.
I know what you are thinking…. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” A couple times I was like “Babe, seriously, this is ridiculous. Let’s just buy him a Batman costume.” and he was all “No way, I already got this far, I just need to figure it out.” This was his Everest. While it took a lot longer than we originally anticipated and it ended up being quite a bit more than we like to spend; we are all so happy he made this awesome Olaf costume. We know S feels super special that Grandma and Daddy spent so much time making him a costumes that everyone is going to think is so cool; but more importantly the costume that he has been dreaming about all year! By the time Halloween rolls around this kid is going to be eight years old. While he is still a bit more squirrely than his classmates we can see that he is starting to grow up. Far too soon the day will come when he won’t even want to Trick or Treat in a costume his Daddy made and he will think Olaf is for babies. While this costume took forever, this photo is so worth it for us.
So a general ‘how to’ post is coming soon. I must warn you, this costume was crazy tedious and he is going to share some general info but not every teensie step. It will get you rolling though I promise. A full supply list and basic step by step as well as a bunch of pictures. He will also add in a few tips. He says now that he has done it he can think of quite a few things he would have done differently if he was to do it again (and I suppose he may still do it again if someone comes up with that three grand), he will add in those hot tips. Stay tuned, it will be up in the next week or so.
Yes it is hilarious and cute and I am SO glad he made this DIY Olaf Costume – and if you want to make your own DIY Olaf Costume you have all the fun instructions here – DIY Olaf Costume Instructions
But if that looks crazy to you – there’s also this route –
Until then, let me leave you with this video of Olaf bustin a move. I’m not sure if this is only amusing to me as his mom, but I cannot stop cracking up. Look at that silly Olaf bootie shaking. LOL!