Last year I decided to do something different for Christmas gifts. I gave my nephew and two nieces dress up bins full of costume pieces. The idea came to me when a neighbor offered me a half dozen, plastic, hanging file totes that she had gotten from work that were no longer wanted. I knew with just a touch of soap and water I could put these bins to work and contain something in them, so I accepted. As I washed them out one at a time in my bath tub, my wheels started to turn as the water rushed down the drain. With Christmas still a couple of months away at the time, the idea to make dress up bins came to mind. I knew I had plenty of time to look around for just the right items to include.
Some things I included:
- Cowgirl and Cowboy hats, bandannas
- Plastic Sword and Shield
- Pom poms and cheer girl outfit
- Princess skirts, high heels, tiaras, necklaces, and wands
- Doctor's tools and a white dress shirt
- An assortment of masks
- Fireman's hats, 2 yellow, 1 red
- 2 Purses and Mailman's hat
Other tips: Make sure to wash and dry all items you purchase before you give them as a gift. Use a black sharpie to label the items for each child on the tag or inside to keep them straight. When kids open their bins they'll tend to not know who's things belong to who as they begin to share and try things on.
What you'll need to make a Dress Up Costume Bin:
- Costumes & Accessories like I mentioned above. No need to spend a lot.
|Fire Hat and Ax|
- 1 Plastic Hanging File Tote with Lid
- 1 Hanging File Folder with Plastic Tab labeled with child's name (Great for keeping smaller accessories like Pirate eye patches, Gold Coins, Rings, Pearl Necklaces, Bracelets and Tattoo stickers)
- 2 Super Sticky Post-It Labels for Sides of Tote (The super sticky post-it labels are great because unlike traditional post-its that are only sticky on one end, this one is sticky the entire length of the paper)
Choose a bright color label that will contrast the outside of your tote and will stand out. If you have more than one child you are making a bin for, use a different color for each. I like a good ol' black sharpie to write.
The Cheerleader outfit
Have fun with it. Try on a few things yourself at the next tea party you're invited to!
Stores to shop inexpensively or second hand:
Costumes: Your own House, Dollar Tree, Savers, Goodwill, Salvation Army,
Arcs Value Village, Thrift Store and Donation Center
File Tote, Hanging File Folders and Labels: Your own House or office, Office Max, Target