Family Costume Idea: DIY Hungry Hippos Costume

Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume — We were partially inspired by Gwen’s appetite and the hungry hippo board game to make these family DIY Hungry Hippos costumes!

and you can't go wrong with a pink ball pit too, haha! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy

and of course we had to turn her walker into the hippo game! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy

You guys!!!! My moment has finally come! I’m so excited to have put together our family costume idea.

So without further ado, here’s our DIY Hungry Hippos costume reveal to show off our chunky little Gwen!

The meme options were endless when it came to dreaming up our first family Halloween costume ideas. But we landed on hungry hippos because, well, Gwen loves to eat!

Plus, we can be colorful. It’s a unique costume concept. And it wasn’t super hard to make.

That said, I always have to be a little extra and decided to REALLY try and give the full hungry hippo game effect by turning Gwen’s baby walker into the game board so it looked like she was one of the hungry hippo players.

That part… was a little trickier, haha! Not to mention the logistics of getting to the family costume party with our circus-load of costume things, diaper bag, walker, car seat, etc. So here lies the need for UberXL!

can you tell who we're supposed to be?! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy 

Now for the DIY fun, you can go as in-depth as we did for this costume. (Looking at you, baby walker)

Or you can even just whip up the hat and hippo onesie in a pinch, and be on your way!

Needless to say, this is by no means your plain bank robber costume.

Though it’s inspired by the hungry hippo game, you could also just skip the explanation and call this a hippo costume in general.

Gwen in her cute pink felt ball pit! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy

Materials And Tools Needed To Make DIY Hungry Hippo Costumes For The Family 

Before we delve right in, I thought I’d mention that we decided to start with white clothing and dyed them with fabric dye to make the hats and clothes match to the right colors.

Not only did I find that it was cheaper that way. But it also meant that each color would match rather than it looking like 4 different janky colors or orange, blue, pink, etc.

Totally up to you on if you want to go the fabric dyeing route!

Adult hat

Baby hat

Foam sheets — Or felt craft sheets to match your dye colors

Hot glue and glue gun

Scissors

Fabric dye in pink, golden yellow, and aquamarine — If dying your clothes and hats to match

Clothing: my dress, Jared’s pants, Jared’s shirt, baby onesie

White ball pit balls 

hippo kisses! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy  

Our Family Costumer Idea Materials | DIY Hungry Hippo Costumes 

For the outfits themselves, all you’ll do is dye them to the colors of your choice according to the manufacturer instructions and let dry.

Once you’re all ready to go, you’ll use a dab of hot glue to randomly place the white ball pit balls on each outfit.

the main hippo face pieces! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diystep 2, glue the pieces on -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy

For the hippo hats:

I cut shapes for the ears and nostrils from felt (for the blue) and foam sheets (for the pink and orange) to be able to match them to the hat colors.

To make the ear shape:

You’ll add a dot of hot glue to the center of the ear and pinch closed until the glue is dry. Then you’ll them to each side of the hat.

Next, you’ll cut pieces of white and black foam sheets for the eyes and teeth, then hot glue in place.

I found that giving the ears and nostrils a bit of dimension by gluing them on at a curve made it feel more realistic… if you can call it that, haha!

For the baby walker:

I used different cutout shapes of craft foam and painted styrofoam balls to give the illusion of the game while also trying to keep them out of her immediate reach.

Not going to lie, the walker portion was the hardest part, and only time will tell how well they hold up to her little crab fingers!

the full hippo gang! loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy

So what do you think?! I’d say Gwen makes the cutest hungry hippo you’ve ever seen!

Nothing like getting a good laugh from the UberXL drive-partner when they saw us juggling our 520,235 in abstract hippo form, haha!

What are your plans for Halloween?! Let’s hear them! See some more of our Halloween costume ideas below!

family costume idea! -- loading up the crazy amount of baby gear! Our Family DIY Hungry Hippos Costume Idea -- by Top Houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth -- #costumes #halloween #ideas #family #familycostume #diy

DIY Hungry Hippos Family Costume

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Family Costume Idea : DIY Hungry Hippos Costume

You can make this super cute family costume idea from a favorite board game, the Hungry Hippos!
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Halloween
Keyword: ashley rose, costume, diy, easy, halloween, hippo, how to, hungry hippo, idea, sugar and cloth, tutorial
Cost: $125

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Ingredients


  • Adult hat
  • Baby, toddler or kids hat
  • Foam or felt crafting sheets that match your chosen hippo clothing color
  • Fabric dye in the colors of your choice
  • White ball pit balls

Instructions

  • For the outfits themselves, all you’ll do is dye them to the colors of your choice according to the manufacturer instructions and let dry.
  • Once you’re all ready to go, you’ll use a dab of hot glue to randomly place the white ball pit balls on each outfit.
  • For the hippo hats: Cut shapes for the ears and nostrils from felt (for the blue) and foam sheets (for the pink and orange) to be able to match them to the hat colors.
  • To make the ear shape: Add a dot of hot glue to the center of the ear and pinch closed until the glue is dry. Then you’ll them to each side of the hat.
  • Cut pieces of white and black foam sheets for the eyes and teeth, then hot glue in place.
    I found that giving the ears and nostrils a bit of dimension by gluing them on at a curve made it feel more realistic.
  • For the baby walker: I used different cutout shapes of craft foam and painted styrofoam balls to give the illusion of the game while also trying to keep them out of her immediate reach.

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