Honey-Oats Bread Slice costume

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Kids Crafts & School Projects | 0 comments

Honey-Oats Bread Slice costume

Makus came home from school one day jovially proclaiming:  “I am going to be a bread!   Teacher said I have to wear a bread costume for our Nutrition Month Parade!”

“Wow! That must really be fun! Fun! Fun!   We have to start making your costume now!  What kind of bread are you going to be?  Can you come as a donut?  But donut is not nutritious.  Why can’t you be a carrot?  Or can’t you go as your favorite broccoli? Can I go too?  Are parents invited to the parade?”  I showed him how thrilled I am.  Makus likes dressing up, one moment he’s cowboy Woody, or Capt. James Hook, next minute, he’s Charon, the boatman of Hades who ferry souls across the river Styx.   Being a ‘bread’ may not really be in his list of favorite characters to play, but wearing a food costume is something he had never done before and I know he looks forward to this.  My first silent reaction though is: Great, another additional expense on top of his monthly school tuition fee.bread baker cosutme

I browsed the internet for a simple and doable bread costume, one that won’t make me spend too much for a project that he will only wear for a day.  None, all the bread costumes I saw were either gingerbread costumes or the bulky ones made from foam that would make Makus look like he’s wearing a bed.

I want a bread costume for Makus that is light, flexible, easy and exciting to wear and at the same time, easy on my wallet too.  An insulation foam is the perfect material to use because its flexible, its poster color friendly, it’s not crumbly, it’s light and most of all, it’s cheaper than a usual mattress foam.

This is doable.  The trick is just to paint it with ‘shadows’ to make it appear like its actually 3D foam.

How I made Makus’ bread costume:

 

Materials:

  • 1m x 1m 1 inch thick insulation foam
  • a serrated knife to cut the foam with
  • multi-purpose Elmer’s glue
  • poster colors:  brown, yellow and orange
  • oats to use for putting texture to the surface of the foam
  • any cloth strap to hang the bread on his neck
  • coffee stirring stick to use as ‘tourniquet’ for the strap

cloth strapinsulation foam for the bread costumeglue and poster color

Directions:

 

bread costume designStep 1:  First and foremost of course, is to conceptualize how I want the costume to look like so I made a drawing of a slice of bread, complete with notes of my color scheme.  With projects like this, it’s always good practice to draw what’s in your mind so you could already picture it.  As a mother with other concerns, I forget most of the time the mental notes I make.  To solve that problem, I see to it that I draw my projects first.   This way, I could always remember if I made modifications or detail erasures.

insulation foam painted with poster color to look like a slice of breadStep 2:  The second step after the drawing is cutting the foam to shape the bread.   It’s easier to use a serrated knife or a utility knife cutter when cutting through insulation foam.  I used brown poster color to outline the bread because it’s bright and can easily be erased with water.   Pencils won’t write on the insulation foam, and I don’t want to use marking pens too.  Following my drawing, I carefully cut through the outline I made.  After shaping and cutting, I went to coloring the board to make it look like a toasted bread.   I used dark brown poster color for the edges and a combination of brown, yellow and orange immediately after the edges, running to a light yellow in the middle.  This color combinations made the bread to look like it is honey-dipped.  After doing this, I allowed 2 days for color to dry up before step 3.

final bread costume with strapsStep 3:  After coloring the bread toast, I proceeded to washing the surface with glue and sprinkled expired (I was happy to find old oats in the pantry, otherwise, I would have used powdered rice grains) oats all over just to add texture to the bread.  After 20 minutes of gluing the oats, I shook the insulation board to remove the bits and pieces of excess oats that didn’t stick to the glue.  I put the finishing touches by painting the oats some more with poster color.  But this time, my color mixture isn’t watery anymore because I am afraid adding too much water will soften the oats.   I sun dried the ‘bread’ for a couple of days, just for good measure.

cloth attached with a plastic stir to prevent it from sliding through the foam cutStep 4:  This bread is designed to hang on his neck in the parade.  Thinking that, I cut the cloth strap into 2 equal parts to allow for adjusting later on.  Using the serrated knife, I made 2 small incisions in the top area of the bread where I will insert the cloth straps through.  Although the insulation foam is made from dense plastic material, I am still careful when I shove the straps in, this way; no big cut is visible on the front view of the bread.  I also stick a small piece of plastic coffee stirrer in the knot to serve as a constricting device or tourniquet to secure the strap from sliding down from the foam.

When the honey-oats bread is done, we realized that it’s such a bare costume so we decided instead to make him a bread baker.  Adding an apron and a baker’s hat did the trick.  When the honey-oats bread costume was finished, I asked Makus if he’ll really wear it on the parade, considering its size.  My little trickster replied “Maybe yes, may be not.  What will you do Mommy if I decide not to wear it?”  he asked me.

I raised one eyebrow at him and replied “Well if you’re not gonna wear your honey-oats bread, you will eat it.”

Makus let out a burst of laughter,  he enjoys such kind of jokes.

 

This project cost me:

  • P209.00 for the insulation foam
  • P99.00 for the baker’s hat (or you can make one yourself using a carton and white cloth)
  • The glue and the poster color are from my stock of crafting items.
  • The expired oats are old pantry stock that is about to be discardedbread-costume project
    Here’s Makus’ honey-oats bread costume, from concept to finished product.Makus winning the gold medal for the most appropriate Go food costume.The bronze went to the Corn boy.
    The silver went to the noodles girl.
    And the Gold went to Makus, the bread baker.Read more about Anna Myla on Google+

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