How to make a Peter Pan Costume
Every fall, Cargo Ranch has the volunteers come in a costume for the last two weeks of October. Since I grew up overseas, I have hardly ever gone to costume parties or joined in Halloween fun, so it sounded pretty fun to me except for two things: first, I don’t want to spend a wad of cash for a costume I’ll only wear once; second, I had no idea what to dress up as. I understand that some people actually enjoy the challenge of dressing up creatively (If you meet one such person, please direct them my way as I still need to make my costume for a party coming up). I am not one such person. I would consider myself a creative person – it takes a lot of creativity and imagination to figure out how my drawings are stick figure people – but I am not the type of person to make my own costume . . . until today.
Without any idea of what to dress up as for Cargo’s costume days, I followed the ingenious advice of a friend: “Never do today what you can do tomorrow.” His advice works brilliantly until tomorrow becomes today; and when today became tomorrow, I finally had to make my costume.
I chose to dress up as Peter Pan. I say “chose,” but a friend actually told me to dress up as Peter Pan so that the other volunteers could be Lost Boys and she could be Wendy. Free will. Go figure.
So how do you make a Peter Pan costume for the financially and creatively challenged?
I still don’t know, but I managed to scrap together a costume for the costume day.Step 1: Gather supplies
Gathering supplies is probably the most important step. In past experiences, I’ve found it mildly challenging to make a costume without any supplies. For this project, you will need: a green shirt, tape, green leaves, and yellowing leaves. I went the cheap route and stole some leaves from the trees outside when the trees weren’t watching me. Make sure that you have enough tape because I used quite a bit to make sure that my costume wouldn’t fall apart like Cinderella’s dress at the stroke of midnight. The most significant aspect of this step was creating the “PAN!” sign since I am sure that no one would recognize me without it.Step 2: Create the band
Rip the leaves off of their twigs, leaving only the stems. From the shoulder, cross the torso and end at the bottom of the shirt, laying leaves along a somewhat straight line. Feel free to add a little flare to the effort by rotating some of the leaves.Step 3: Make the belt
As you did in the aforementioned step, rip the leaves off of the twigs and lay them on the shirt. Create a belt around the bottom of the shirt.Step 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the back
Self-explanatory. Repeat what you did for the front of the shirt on the back of the shirt.Step 5: Add a splash of color with other leaves
Now that you have created the foundation of dark green leaves, use the colored leaves to add color along the green bands.Step 6: The hat
Now that you have your shirt ready, you need to make Peter Pan’s hat, for what’s a Peter Pan without his signature hat? To make the hat, ask a friend. I reached the limit of my creativity with that splash of color and have no idea how to make a hat that resembles the iconic green cap. Ask a friend for help, for college is not a time to think that you’re Superman and try to save the world by yourself. That’s Batman’s job. Unless you’re a billionaire with way too much free time, you aren’t Batman. Unlike Batman, we need each other for help when we aren’t sure how to do something whether it’s laundry (true story), lofting a bed (true story), learning to lift weights (true story), or making Peter Pan’s cap (true story).