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Here's An Easy Squirtle Costume Anyone Can Make

Part of the Pokémon costumes series. Go here for the full post!

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1. Gather your supplies:

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You'll need:

* A light yellow T-shirt and light blue shorts or a skirt. We got these from Forever 21 — the top is $15.90 and the skirt was $11.90. The skirt's no longer in stock, but you can get a similar one for $5.90 here.

* Yellow ribbon (we got ours at the dollar store for $1).

* Elastic (we got ours at the dollar store for $1).

* Two pieces of craft foam. We bought a bulk pack for this project, but you can also get individual sheets for $0.99 each at Michaels.

* Black and brown acrylic paint. (We used what we had already on hand, but this brand at Michael's is only $0.50 per bottle, and works really well).

* The pattern cut-outs of the Squirtle shell, taped together according to the directions on page 5 in the Pattern PDF.

Total cost for Squirtle costume: $32.80 — Oops! We went a little over budget because of the costly skirt, but with the alternative option provided above, the total would come to $26.80.

We didn't include the price of these basic crafting supplies in the estimate: scissors, a pencil, Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and a hot-glue gun with glue sticks.

2. Trace out all of the components of the shell, then paint it (click/tap on the individual photos throughout this post to get a larger photo and step-by-step instructions):

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A few tips for painting craft foam:

* Before you start painting your craft foam, it helps to prime the foam with a thick layer of Mod Podge, then let dry. This prevents the foam from simply absorbing all of the paint. Otherwise, you'll need three or more coats of paint to get a solid color.

* The light brown (outer) part of this shell is just the dark brown paint from our supplies, but the dark brown (inner) color is the dark brown mixed with black in an approximate ratio of four parts dark brown to one part black.

3. After the shell is painted and dried, measure and make the straps:

5. If you want to include the tail — super optional! — use the template for making one of Vulpix's tails on pages 17 and 18 of the pattern PDF, and paint it blue instead of red.

More of a Charizard than a Squirtle? Find the directions for 14 other easy Pokémon Halloween costumes here.

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