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DIY Superman Halloween Costume

When my kid asked to be Superman for Halloween…  Of course I said YES!  Read below for my D.I.Y. Superman DIY Superman Costume (47)Halloween Costume Tutorial!

Lily & Frog Supplies:

  • 2 Yards of Red Flannel
  • 2 Sheets of Red felt
  • 2 Sheets of Yellow felt
  • Thread (color of your choice)
  • 1 yard of ribbon (I use Grosgrain Ribbon)
  • Elastic
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting Board and Cutting Square
  • Iron
  • Fusible Webbing
  • Superhero Letter Template (slightly altered mine)
  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk
  • Navy Color Long Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Navy Color Slacks

Lily & Frog Instructions:


Superman “S”: 
Start with designing your Super Hero Shield, the big giant “S” for Superman, using the 2 sheets of red felt and 2 sheets of yellow felt.  You will be designing 2 Superman Shields from my tutorial.  I would suggest using the template from Vanilla Joy, you may have to make slight alterations to the shape to fit onto one sheet of felt.  Iron and sew one Superman Shield to the front of your long sleeve navy shirt.

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Superman Cape:  Design your Super Hero Cape with the red flannel.  You will be designing this cape from my tutorial.  I did make slight alterations to my design; I did not use a ribbon necktie, instead I created the necktie from the red flannel and snaps.  Iron and sew one Superman Shield to the front of your long sleeve navy shirt.

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Superman Belt:  Using 1 yard of yellow grosgrain, wrap the ribbon around your toddler’s waist creating a belt.  I used snaps to hold the ends together.

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Superman Red Boots:  Design your Super Hero Boots with the remaining red flannel from the cape designing and a tutorial from The Craft Patch called Syndrome Costume Mini-Tutorial plus Easy Boot Tutorial.   I used Zach’s sneakers as a template, adding 1/3 inch to the edge for the seam and for a little ‘give.’  I stitched together the two pieces and created a seam along the top of the boot opening and the bottom of the shoe opening.  Originally, I did not want to add the elastic to the underside of his boot covers, I did not think they were necessary.  Boy was I wrong, I went back to add them, it made the costume look much better because it held the Boot Cover in place.

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What a snazzy little Superman our little man is!

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I look forward to seeing all of your Super Hero Capes and Shield Designs!  Please share them to info@lilyandfrog.com or in the comments and tell me how this DIY project worked out for you!

Interested in creating your own Super Hero Cape, visit our DIY instructions for details:  Designing your Super Hero Cape & Designing your Super Hero Shield

Lily & Frog Super Hero Capes are available through our Online Store.  For any questions, please contact Elizabeth directly via info@lilyandfrog.com.

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Super Hero Birthday Party Games

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Tamar, of Tamar Invitations, designed a Pin the Shield on Superman Game for us…  It really is quite simple, grabbing inspiration from Lily’s Mad Hatter Tea Party and the game Pin the Smile on
the Cheshire Cat
; I created Pin the Shield on Superman!  I asked Tamar to design a 2ft x 2ft poster which I brought to the local printer for printing.

To create the shields for pinning, I simple printed out extra shields from the place card holders she designed!  And this time I was sure to use double stick tape…  But my tape was a little too strong, once it was stuck, there was NO moving it, which the kids didn’t like all too much…  Now I know for next time…

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Spiderman’s Web Slinging Training

This is part of Zach’s Super Hero Birthday Party which I can take ZERO credit for.  After I updated Andrew on the party games planned (Pin the Shield on Superman), Andrew wanted to have a second game, just-in-case.

He wanted something Spiderman related and devised this party game…  Spiderman’s Web Slinging Training!  Which was a complete HOOT!  Basically, Andrew researched the internet for for Spiderman villains and printed them from the computer at a large size.  Then I found Silly String from our local Dollar Tree (which was on sale because it was Halloween)!  And Voila…  Spiderman’s Web Slinging Training!

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Yes, there was a hitch, the Dads needed to get involved because the kids’ hands were too little to hold the Silly String canister and press the button…  But I think secretly, the Dads enjoyed it just as much as the kids did!

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Super Hero Birthday Party Secret Identity Cupcakes

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I really wish I could take credit for these delicious cupcakes, but alas, they are the result of the talented baking ability of Lindsey, the owner of Voilet & Vanille Cake Shoppe in Connecticut AND imagination of Andrew

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I contacted Lindsey, of Voilet & Vanille Cake Shoppe, sharing with her the Super Hero Birthday Party theme…  And Lindsey got off to planning and designing the adorable hand cut super hero shields.

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After a few days, Andrew asked how the planning was coming along; I told him about the delicious flavors and mouth watering fillings Lindsey offers…  like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate ganache!  And since I prefer to ‘name’ everything, he asked for the name of these cupcakes.  When I didn’t have one, he suggested A Secret Identity…  Filling them each with a different flavor…

Thus creating Zach’s Secret Identity Super Hero Cupcakes!

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Lindsey baked cupcakes frosted with vanilla bean butter cream, chocolate bean butter cream, and salted caramel (which was mouthwatering!) filling each cupcake with a different filling…  Cookie dough, chocolate ganache, caramel, and peanut butter fluff AND (yes there is MORE) all with a surprise treat inside…  CANDY!


Super Hero Birthday Party Printables & Decorations

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Tamar, of Tamar Invitations, and her Alice In Wonderland invitation were a smashing success for Lily’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday, I knew she would be the perfect individual to design Zach’s Super Hero Birthday decorations, invitation, and games. I sent Tamar some information on Zach’s Favorite Super Heroes, and a few key phrases to add (i.e. Wonder Mom, Super Dad, etc); Tamar was well on her way to designing the perfect invitation, place cards, party favors, birthday banner, water bottle labels, AND party games!  Zach’s Birthday Invitation included a “Calling to all Super Heroes,” meeting at a Secret Lair, and RSVP’ing to Wonder Mom & Super Dad!

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Happy Birthday Banner!

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I have a soft spot for a fun and creative birthday banner…  I wanted each letter printed on it’s own sheet of paper and in between each word would be an icon from different Super Heroes.  All the sheets of paper were to be strung together and hung over the fireplace, just as I did for Lily’s Birthday Banner.

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We used the same measurements (and paper) from Lily’s Birthday Banner, the only difference, in this instance I scotch taped the yarn (I already had in the house) to the back of the letters.  It was too much work on Lily’s Birthday Banner to punch holes, tie yarn and string it all through…  When you do it, just don’t order the letters backwards, 3 times, lol.

Super Hero Decorations!

Creating Wall decorations for a Super Hero Birthday Party…  Stumped me!  I searched online and to be honest, I was not interested in re-constructing boxes into a city skyline…  That was WAY too much work, I have very little time on my hands. Since I felt like I hit a little party-planner’s block, I called in the reinforcements!

I asked for Andrew help…  This is ALL his idea… Andrew snagged a few of his old comic books, and giving me permission, I began ripping out the pages to decorate the walls and table with images.  I know, I was just as shocked as you are (well I’m assuming you are), that he allowed his precious childhood comic books be ripped into sheets of paper and taped to the walls.  In his defense, Andrew only handed over comic books which he knows are worthless, which he knows he was not interested in keeping, and which he would not be interested in sharing with Zach.

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After I was 110% sure I had permission to use them, I began ripping…  And taping the comic book pages to the walls.

There was a slight method to my madness, as there always is (sometimes, lol), I grouped the pages based on the comic book hero (not too earth shattering, I know).  As well, I printed out extra Super Hero’s shields from place holders and a few “POW” “BLAM” comic book terms.  I cut them out, tied string to them, hanging them from the chandelier and taping them to the walls.  SUPER EASY!

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Super Hero Birthday Party (92)Tamar also created “Super Energy”  Water Bottle Labels.

Right, Super-Duper cheesy, but it is for a kid’s party, so why not, right?!?  This time around, I learned a few lessons from Lily’s Mad Hatter Tea Party “Drink Me” Water Bottles… This time around, I was sure to laminate the paper…  And I cheated with the laminating, I just grabbed some packing tape, sticking it across the labels once printed.

By doing this, there almost no bleeding from the ink into ice buckets! After the party, I heard from a guest…  They brought home with them 2-3 of the “Super Energy” water bottles for their grandson, who was unable to make the party.  And their grandson LOVES his Super Energy water, informing them he needs to take a break to get strong with his ‘Super Energy.’  I L-O-V-E IT!  Too Cute!

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I prefer to keep my party favors as simple as possible…

Tamar design of a chocolate bar label for Lily’s party favor.  I sent her a little message from the birthday boy and from there, Tamar got to work.

On my side, I grabbed a big box of Hershey bars from our local grocery store.  After printing the labels, wrap the Hershey bars in the labels, gluing into place.  I have to toot my own horn on this one…  Not only is this a wicked simple favor, but everyone LOVES chocolate, right?

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Super Hero Birthday Party Clothing

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Each of the kid’s Birthdays I either design a Birthday Outfit for the kids, or I purchase one…

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After the success of Lily’s T-shirt for her Mad Hatter Tea Party, I knew Susan fromSuper Hero Birthday Party (68) Little Hunny Pot Designs was going to be my Go-To Custom Design Shirt Person for Zach’s Super Hero Birthday Party!

After a little brain storming I requested 2 custom designed shirts of Susan:

  1. One shirt for Zach with the Superman shield on his chest in which the “S” is replaced by the number “4”…  He is turning 4 after all!
  2. One shirt for Andrew with the Superman Shield on his chest in which the “S” is replaced by the letter “D”…  He is Super Dad after all!

Again, Susan was a pleasure to work with (as always) and her shirts came out wonderfully!

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