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Happy Halloween friends!
As you might have noticed, our kids are HUGE Minecraft fans. We’re also big into Halloween, with all of us, even the adults dressing up each year. This year in addition to having his Minecraft 8th Birthday Party, Ronin decided that he wanted to be Steve for Halloween. I’m not one to waste time making something if not necessary so I headed over to Amazon and found a cardboard box Minecraft Steve head, which I thought was perfect. He looked super cool too. I mean how perfect is a box head.
We even saw a 6th grader at Ellie’s school yesterday wearing one at their Halloween carnival. All the kids loved seeing their favorite Minecraft character Steve, and gave him loads of high fives and smiles!
But earlier this month, something happened.
Ellie’s Kindergarten PTA hosted an early Halloween party. The kids got the chance to wear costumes, which by the way I think is awesome since we spend so much money on them. I love when they have multiple chances to wear them. And Ronin discovered he HATED that box head. It was cool looking (of course) but inside that giant cardboard box head in a hot grade school gym, he not only sweated up a storm, he also had a very hard time seeing where he was going.
He came home saying he did not want to wear that box. Dang!
So this time, I put my thinking cap on and decided I would make something. There aren’t any other pre-made Steve costumes that I could find. I first decided to purchase a tan fleece hat, and thought I’d use it in some way to make a hat for him. In the end, I did use the hat, but mainly as a way to make the box hat I created more comfortable. So if you re-create this Steve box head for your child, feel free to use any hat you have on hand underneath it.
DIY Minecraft Steve Box Hat
What You’ll Need:
A small square-ish box that fits your child’s head
A tan color t-shirt or scrap of fabric (an old T that you’re OK cutting up!)
Felties Sticky-Back Felt Sheets (or plain sheets of felt and glue)
Step 1: Find the Right Box: I hunted around in our garage to find a box that fit Ronin’s head and was tall enough to look like a square. I ended up on one that we had received some stationary in (from Minted, if you happen to have a box from them around) that was just slightly too big for his head. But after putting the fleece hat on his head (as I mentioned above) and then the box, it fit very nicely and was pretty comfortable for him.
Step 2: Cover the Box in Tan Fabric: I cut up an old t-shirt with a full size of cloth that wrapped around the box covering it. I secured this with duct tape on the inside of the box.
Step 3: Create Steve Face/Head with Felt: I purchased the Felties on Amazon, and let me tell you this stuff is awesome. No glue required. It’s like felt stickers. You can probably find this stuff at craft supply stores as well, but if not you can certainly use regular sheets of felt and glue. But I was happy to go this easier, less messy route!
I started by cutting the shapes for the face. A long rectangle across the top of his forehead and then two squares to create the sides of his hair using the dark brown. Then I used blue and white to make the eyes by cutting two small squares of each color, and the nose is one long rectangle in brown that is the same size as the blue and white squares. And then cut the mouth shape in brown. Again, this stuff is awesome because it just stuck right onto the tan fabric with no problem.
I created the side of the head like this. To be honest, the package of Felties only came with 2 sheets of brown so I didn’t have enough to cover the whole box. So I used black for the sides and back. But if you have more brown felt you could always cover the whole box in brown.
And there you have it!
Ronin is wearing his with the fleece hat underneath for comfort. And the rest of his costume includes a diamond sword, bright teal shirt and bright blue pants. His shoes are Vans with little squares, which he already had and I think are perfect Minecraft shoes. I ordered him a larger sized shirt because I had the dream that he’d wear a box under it. I did find the perfect little square box and worked it out so he could wear it but alas, this is the only time he’s actually done so. He said it was uncomfortable, understandably I suppose!
We went to a Halloween party last weekend, and here’s a little glimpse at my costume too. I’m Ginny Weasley playing Quidditch. I made my own jersey so more info coming on that soon!
Better pics of the whole family coming soon! I hope you and your families have an awesome Halloween!
What are you and your kids dressing up as?
If you like this, don’t forget to check out my other Minecraft-inspired ideas!