When we saw the emails about needing colonial costumes for our kids, I immediately panicked. I’m not exactly what you’d call “crafty”, so to be honest, I ignored it initially. But after constant questions from my type-A first born about all the necessary requirements for her to be a historically correct Natchez Indian (and my Kindergartener’s adamant insisting that he wanted to be George Washington), I couldn’t sit back any longer.
I was comforted by her 2nd grade teacher yesterday after school who assured us we didn’t have to spend money on an actual costume. And I also figured that Britton’s old Captain Hook costume could adequately double as a George Washington costume (though it’s a 2-3 and we’ll have to cover up the pirate icon with an American flag 😉
So we armed ourselves with a 20% off Michaels coupon and invested about $5 in a large white adult t-shirt and some wooden beads.
My handy husband took the shirt and notched all around the collar (being careful not to cut through the seam) and did the same with the sleeves to create fringe.
He also cut about 3 inches up all along the bottom hem to create larger trim. He then took the wooden beads and alternated colors and which fringe he chose to decorate, simply tying a knot at the bottom of the fringe he threaded the beads through.
We paired it with a fake leather belt I bought at H&M years ago and we’ll stick her hair in braids and VOILA! instant Indian princess!
UPDATE: It’s been a year, but Kariss wanted to dress like an Indian for a Thanksgiving party at church, and I love how she paired it with jeggings, moccasin boots and a feather in her hair: