Baby carrier costume: Shark

Be the talk of the deep seas with this frightfully cute shark costume.

You’ll need:
grey felt
stiffened black, white and red felt
glue gun
2 large googly eyes
fabric elastic
tulle in several shades of blue
black infant and adult clothing
adult swim goggles
child swim goggles
two empty 2-L pop bottles
blue spray paint
duct tape

For the shark costume
To make the head, cut grey felt into a shark head shape (roughly, a rectangle with a
rounded top).
To make a mouthful of teeth, first cut red felt into a mouth shape, then cut black felt into a similar shape, only 1½ in. smaller all around. Cut white triangles for the chompers. Glue red felt to grey body, black felt to red, and white teeth to black felt. Glue goggly eyes to the sides of the shark head.

For the junior diver
Cut straps off a pair of child goggles and use a glue gun to affix the goggles to the front of a hat.
Dress your baby all in black.

For the scuba diver
Dress all in black and put on a pair of adult goggles. To make oxygen tanks, spray-paint two empty pop bottles blue. Once dry, add strips of duct tape and glue the bottles to a piece of cardboard. Add straps by cutting small holes in cardboard and feeding string through, tying a knot to fasten. Attach shark to front of carrier (see sidebar on the next page) before putting it on. Once it’s on and the baby is inside, wrap the waves around the carrier and tie snugly.

Extra details
Make waves by cutting a piece of fabric elastic large enough to fit around the carrier with the baby in it, plus a few inches so you can tie it on. Cut long strips of tulle, and knot them one at a time onto the elastic.

A version of this article appeared in our October 2015 issue with the headline “Double the fun,” p. 90-5.

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