DIY Trick or Treat Costume: Thomas the Train

I’m noticing I’ve been doing a lot of DIY lately. I really do enjoy doing them. I think it’s therapeutic. It’s so nice when you can proudly say you made something. Especially when it’s for someone you love. I’m really not the DIY girl. I did crafts when I was in high school and a little cross stitching in college. But that’s just it. Another problem I have when DIYing is my meticulousness. I always want the end product to be perfect which either takes me longer to finish or never finish or even never get to start it. It’s a really bad trait I know. But I’m trying to change. See? Anyways, can you see how happy Jack Jack is from the Thomas the Train costume? He says, “Chooo! Chooo! All aboard!” I chose to do Thomas the Train particularly because he likes anything that has wheels on it. I’m afraid he’s never going to wear it if it does not have wheels. And since I don’t do well with a needle and thread, this is my best bet. I got a lot of help on creating Thomas the Train costume from here and here. Here are the materials:

  • Boxes. Cost: FREE. Make sure that the size is already proportional so you don’t have to cut them.
  • Empty Pringles container. Cost: FREE. Others used the emptied carton from paper towels or cling-wrap but I thought they are too thin so I used this instead.
  • Round container. Cost: FREE. You can also make one on your own out of boards but this I think would be sturdier in the long run. I used a Chef Tony’s container.
  • Cartolina (Black and Blue). Cost: Php16.75 (Black) Php22.00 (Blue). I used the blue one for the wheels so I can write on it.
  • Felt Paper (Blue and Gray). Cost: Php18.00. I planned on using cartolina for everything but the felt looked better and it’s cheaper too!
  • Art Board (Yellow). Cost: 14.25. You can also use art papers but I find them too glossy. * The amount of cartolina, felt paper and art board would depend on how big your train is going to be. ** You can also choose to paint the box to color it. I did not choose that path because it’s too messy for me. It’s also expensive.
  • Twist Tie, Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. Glue Gun Cost: Php52.50. The others I already have in stock. These are what I used to put them all together.
  • Thin Packing Tape (Red). Cost: Php12.75. Easier for the linings.
  • Regular Packing Tape. Cost: Php12.00. To cover the twist ties from the inside.
  • Harness Strap Covers. Cost: Php289.75. I had these for the longest time. Never got to use them until now.
  • Strap. Cost: FREE. I used a ribbon scrapped from a gift.
  • Sharpie (Black). Cost: Php36.50. I used this to draw Thomas’ face.
  • Cutter, Pencil and Scissors.

Here are the steps:

  1. I started with creating all the embellishments of the train. You can also opt to do this last but I was still waiting for Big J to bring home the cutter at that time.
  2. Use the pencil to draw Thomas’ face on the gray felt paper. Once you’re satisfied with how it looks, use the Sharpie pen to finalize.
  3. Make six wheels and outline them as well.
  4. When I got the cutter, I started working on the box. The box was exactly his size so I didn’t have to resize it. I just cut a hole in the bottom so he could go through it.
  5. OPTIONAL: You can try cutting a hole for the box at the back. This way they’ve got extra storage for more treats!
  6. Attach the back, the face and the smoke stack using twist tie and hot glue. You should make it as sturdy as possible. Kids can be rough and we don’t want parts falling off! *** By this time, I was wondering what the hell I was doing. I felt like I’ve been doing it forever! But don’t fret, it’ll be finished soon.
  7. Cover the whole body with the appropriate colors.
  8. Attach the remaining accessories we did from steps 1 and 3.
  9. Use the thin packing tape for the red lines.
  10. Attach the straps and harness strap covers.
  11. Let your kid wear a hat like a train engineer. From the picture, they did not get to make him wear the hat.

Total Cost: Php250 (excluding the harness strap covers) Time Spent: 7 hours I tried as much as I can to not perfect everything so I don’t spend too much time on it. Did you notice my list does not include a ruler? It’s not because I’m trying to not perfect it but simply because I don’t have any. Ha! Gotcha!

There you have it guys. The longest ever (by far) DIY by The Lazy Mama. Now, I can fully understand why people start looking for costumes at the early month of September. What I like about it is that he can play with it even after the events.

I’ve signed up for a “few” Trick or Treatin events in the metro so we could enjoy them all. This is actually the first time he’d be doing this since the last years, I never made him join any. Just thought it’s too tacky and he’s too young to understand it (Lazy excuses!). But now, he’s very excited when he puts it on.

Let me know what your plans are this Trick or Treating season. You know after browsing some more costumes, I’m thinking maybe I should have just made him Elmo so I could be Katy Perry! Just kidding!

Now, to get back to my little chugger!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    OMG, that is so cute! And what you did is perfect! Judging from your son’s face, I am sure he loves it! I wish I can be as crafty as you. I am in the process of doing something also, and like you, it’s for my little man. I wish I can finish my thing perfectly just like you did. ;)

  2. Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

    Thanks sis! You can do it too! It’s so rewarding to see their faces enjoying the costume.

  3. hangingbridge
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    looks like you both had fun with the train costume. Galing sis. Kaw pa talaga gumawa ng costume niya :) hope he gets a lot of goodies during his trick or treating :)

  4. Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM | Permalink

    good job! it looks really really nice! compare to the costumes you can see at the mall, I must say, this is very original =)

  5. Posted October 29, 2010 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    I saw this at your son today. Galing sis. Did you win something from the party? You were the most creative and unique huh. Happy Halloween!

  6. Posted October 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    Yes, sis. We got Most Creative award. *giggles*

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