A few months ago we took Olivia to the Natural History Museum. She goes crazy for butterflies lately so we made sure to see the special traveling butterfly exhibit they had going on. She loved it and on the way out we let her pick out an adorable monarch butterfly dress at the gift shop. So this year, when it was time to decide on Halloween costumes for Olivia and her little brother, the obvious choice seemed to be a butterfly, and of course, a cocoon!
I decided the easiest way for me to make a simple cocoon costume would be to take one of Jake's swaddle blankets and a baby beanie, and dye them green to look like a cocoon. I used one of Jake's all white Aden + Anais swaddle blankets and I found an adjustable beanie with a cute little knot on the end at Amazon. I'm not experienced when it comes to dying fabric, so this project was a big experiment.
I bought three different shades of green dye thinking that I was going to try tie-dying the blanket and hat. But either my technique was wrong or the dyes were too similar in color, (or maybe both) and it didn't quite turn out the way I expected. That said, it still ended up making a really cute cocoon costume, so here is what I did.
I started by dying both the blanket and the hat all one shade of green. I used the Tulip brand in Lime Green and simply dyed it according to the instructions on the packet. I tried to pick the lightest color first, but it was hard to tell which one would be lighter by the name on the package.
After the first round of dye, once the fabric had been rinsed and dried, I crumpled it up into a ball and wrapped it with a bunch of rubber bands. I wrapped the blanket and the hat separately. I used about 5 or 6 rubber bands for the blanket and 3 or 4 for the hat. Then I mixed a second packet of dye (Dylon brand, color Tropical Green) and let the fabric soak again according to the instructions.
After two rounds of dye I ended up with a splotchy two-toned pattern, which is pretty close to how an actual cocoon looks in nature. I felt like this was good enough and decided not to bother with the third packet of dye that I had purchased. I used Tulip and Dylon brand fabric dye and they both worked great.
I know I'm biased, but if you ask me, Jakey looks super sweet as a little cocoon, and I think he and his sister will be an adorable pair on Halloween night. When Olivia goes up to the door to trick-or-treat I plan to be with her, holding Jake all wrapped up. He just turned three months old, so he's still used to being swaddled at night and during naps. He'll be so comfy and warm in his costume that I'm sure he'll fall asleep as we're walking around!
Now that Olivia and Jake are all set with their Halloween costumes, can we talk about how difficult it is to photograph a persistently stubborn toddler and an extremely wiggly infant at the same time. I literally had to bribe her with candy corn and I still got the sad face!
Oh well, let's hope things go a little more smoothly on Halloween night. Thanks for reading!