Halloween · Thrifts

Halloween Bunco – The Birds

Wednesday night, I got a text about subbing for Halloween Bunco this year. YES PLEASE! I love creating costumes, love dressing up, love Halloween. It was only 2 days notice, but I knew I could put something together.

The next day, this showed up on my Pinterest feed. I got super excited, because not only would it be awesome to be Tippi Hedron from The Birds, but my friend who would be hosting Bunco is FREAKED OUT by birds. Perfect!

I thought it might be tough to find a green suit, but I knew Goodwill would have a blond wig – they always stock costumes and accessories in October – so I started there. Lucky Day – they had both! I went to Michaels to find birds. We bought a black crow there years ago, and I was sure they would still have some. The woman at the check out said she didn’t think they had any left, but I dug through every Halloween bin in the store and found four. One of them was smaller with a clip attached – perfect for sticking in the wig.


Big Boy had no idea what to think of my costume. He thought I was a “Bird Lady”. And Baby Girl thinks Mama in a wig is HILARIOUS! She cracked up every time she looked at me. I’m sure Husband thinks it’s just another day at the crazy house.

31 Days · DIY · Halloween · Thrifts

31 Days: The Thrift Project – Day 19: Shaken, Not Stirred Costume

Full Disclosure: I did not complete this project this month. When you see the pics, it will be obvious, because I was pregnant with Baby Girl when I wore this costume last Halloween. However, I believe it ties in really well with The Thrift Project, and it’s another great way to use thrifted t-shirts. And maybe there’s a mama-to-be looking for a fun Halloween costume. Here you go.

I used to be part of a Bunco group. It was fantastic! These ladies are the best, and when I started playing Bunco with them, I was still working, so getting together with them was the best stress reliever after a long day teaching. After Baby Girl was born, it just got a little harder to make it to Bunco every month, so I quit with hopes of still being able to sub from time to time.

So last year, we had Halloween Bunco. I love costumes, so I REALLY LOVE dressing up for Halloween. I was almost 8 months pregnant with Baby Girl at that time, so I wanted to come up with something funny, but not pregnant nun or bun-in-the-oven. I asked Husband if he had any good ideas, and, without skipping a beat, said, “I’m seeing a martini and and olive.” AWESOME! Husband is the best!

But how to execute that?! I found a few martini-and-olive costumes online (for inspiration – you know I’m going to make my own if at all possible), but I didn’t like anything, so I got out my sketch book and started planning.

My thrift wish list for the costume:

  • black dress
  • some sheer fabric (maybe a curtain)
  • red t-shirt
  • green t-shirt

I also needed a dowel rod (for the toothpick), which I thought I had in the garage, but I didn’t, so I borrowed on from a friend. Once I had everything, I got to work.

The martini glass was the most challenging part. I didn’t do any measuring, I just freehanded the shape on a sheer curtain and cut it out. I folded the edges under and stitched a quick hem to keep it from unraveling – nothing fancy.

I used the t-shirts to create an olive shape about the size of my pregnant belly. I freehanded these, too, and trimmed as needed to fit properly in the bottom of the martini glass. I pinned the red pimento on top of the green olive and sewed it down. Then I pinned the olive to the curtain and sewed it in place.

I decided that I really liked the black maxi dress, and that, even though it fit my baby bump snugly, it might work as a regular dress after Baby Girl arrived. I didn’t want to sew the martini glass to the dress, so I attached it with safety pins. However, the top of the glass didn’t maintain its shape with pinning, so I used the dowel rod. I inserted it into the top (it was a curtain, after all, so the curtain rod pocket worked perfectly). I was then able to use safety pins to attach the top part of the glass to the straps of the dress while keeping its shape. I just had to watch out how I walked – I didn’t want to poke anyone’s eye out. (I had no other dowel rod, so I attempted to use a regular toothpick, as seen in the photo. It just didn’t have the same effect, so I scrapped that part. It wasn’t really necessary.)

LOVE this costume – maybe my favorite ever!

And here’s another pic with my friend, Ashley, who was also pregnant and looking adorable, wearing part of her daughter’s cat costume.

Anybody going to a Halloween party this year? Tell me about your costume ideas!


This post is part of a 31 Day series. Find all the posts in this series here.


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