Happy Halloween! Woody from Toy Story Costume
Happy Halloween! I'm a big fan of this holiday because it's a great excuse to dress up! I've loved making costumes for as long as I thought it was cool to make costumes (flashbacks of mom forcing us to wear the M&Ms costumes she made) and love being able to take creativity to new levels. There's something satisfying about knowing that you made your costume instead of just buying a cheaply made one.
Every year there's a big internal debate on what to wear. I ask myself the following questions:
- Can I make it out of items found in my closet?
- How much money would I have to spend adding parts to it?
- Are the pieces I bought pieces that I can wear again on a regular day?
- How much work does it involve?
- Will people know who/what I am without having to explain?
This year I'd like to introduce you to my costume, Woody from Toy Story.
Not that you have to choose, but I always favored Woody over Buzz Lightyear. He's classic, he runs his town, and he's devoted to Andy. For a few years I thought "D'aww, I should have been Woody!" and this year I finally made it happen.
Gathering my outfit was super simple. I already had:
- Skinny jeans
- Brown riding boots
- Leftover tan felt
- A random large ring that came with a scarf
What I needed to buy:
- Red bandana
- Cowboy hat
- Large white t-shirt
- Yellow felt
This outfit can be adapter for either gender whether you're a child or full grown adult (like me!). From head to toe, let me break down my outfit:
Hat This is actually an optional item. I found I didn't really need the hat for anyone to know who I was. Since it was a kids' hat, even though it fit me, anytime I would jump of if a breeze blew, my hat would fly right off. It became so annoying to wear!
Hair You can go with a ponytail, tucked in your hat, or just loose, but I found that pigtails upped my cute factor.
Bandana Woody is known for specific articles of clothing. That's what distinguishes this costume from just any cowboy to Woody from Toy Story. I originally was going to get a traditional bandana, but I found a fun ikat fabric at Michael's. I thought this was a good way to add my personality into the costume and I can use this fabric as a hair accessory or craft it into something else.
Fold your bandana in half, tie it around your neck with the tie behind you and the "triangle" pointed down toward your chest.
Mustard Shirt Woody has a mustard yellow button down shirt with a red plaid/check design on it. I did end up buying a shirt from Target, but I wanted to be wise about it. In normal life, I don't wear button-downs. It always pulls around my chest. I decided to see if Target had a plain yellow long-sleeve shirt and thankfully they did for $8. I decided against painting/drawing red plaid lines so that I could wear this shirt again on any other normal day.
Cow Vest This part was tricky. I bought an extra large white t-shirt to create the vest, knowing that I would cut it down to size. The problem was that the shirt was so large that it just hung off me. I tried so many things to make the shirt fit me right but it just ended up a disaster. I was desperate. I searched my closet for anything that could be cut into a vest... I decided to try again with a pillow case.
I was a little smarter this time. Using a kimono vest from my trip to Coachella as a guide, I traced the silouhette of the vest onto the pillow case. It worked perfectly! The "vest" was a little small but since it's mostly there to help emphasize that I'm Woody and not any old cowboy, it didn't need to fit perfectly.
Once the pillow case was cut to the right size, I painted black cow patterns on the vest. There's no rhyme or reason here. Just paint irregular blobs. There's no need for perfection. Let this dry overnight.
Pull String Is that what they're called? On Woody, he has a string that you pull and he says some well known phrases like "You're my favorite deputy" and "There's a snake in my boots!" I thought this was necessary so I took a scrap of t-shirt from my failed vest, stretched it out into a string, and attached a rogue large ring that came with a scarf someone bought me. Tie the string around the ring and double knot it. To secure the string to the vest, I cut a very small hole in my vest, laced the other end of the string through, and tied a double knot. I "sealed" it with hot glue. A safety pin or a couple of stitches work great as well.
Anytime someone pulled my string, I delivered some of Woody's popular phrases.
Yellow Felt The felt wasn't necessary but I like to add little details to make my outfit stand out a little more than any other Woody you might see out and about on Halloween. I cut out a start for the sheriff badge, a giant buckle for my belt, and little buttons for my boots (more below). This was totally an unnecessary spend since you could probably just use scrap paper painted yellow.
Denim Here's where you can where whatever you're comfortable in! I chose skinny jeans because they tuck into my boots easily. Denim shorts or a jean skirt are great alternatives, especially if it's warm where you're going.
Boots You're not a cowboy without boots! I added some extra felt around the base of the shaft just to add a little extra detail.
Now the detail you need to add is "ANDY" written at the bottom of the right boot. This is what shows people you belong to Andy and how much you love him. Make sure you get that "N" flipped around! I used the movie to write "ANDY" the same exact way it's shown. Don't worry about ruining your boots - they're on the bottom of your shoe!
Optional: Slinky the Dog This is the first year I tried to involve my dog with my costume and it was so fun! I decided to make him Slinky the dog - Nico sometimes looks like a weiner dog, so why not? Using my leftover felt, I cut long strips of felt, glued them end to end to make a long string, and then wrapped it around Nico. He looked more like a mummy or skeleton than Slinky, but oh well. I had treats so he was game for some jumping photos with me.
See the sad attempt here:
You're my favorite deputy.
Nico's costume ended up falling apart, but that's okay. I mostly wanted him to be Slinky just for some photo opps. He also has a hot dog costume waiting for him.
Total cost of costume: around $15, and I'll most likely return the hat, so more like $11-12. Not bad! And that includes a shirt and scarf/bandana that I can wear again!
I believe my attempts at making my Woody costume and the attention to detail is what helped me with "Best DIY" in my office Halloween costume contest. Go team!
Who is your favorite Toy Story character? Are you dressing up for Halloween? What's your costume?
Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!