If you’re little one is taking part in the annual nativity event, don’t assume you have to spend a fortune on clothes they’ll never be able to wear again. We’ve brought together some clever tips for creating the perfect Christmas costumes on a budget, and from clothes they can wear every day. Frugal and festive – what could be better?
Your child is… Mary
All you need for this look is a light blue dress or T-shirt, teamed with white or blue tights. These are great wardrobe essentials that she can wear again, and the tights will be ideal for school over winter. Use a white pillow case or tea-towel as a headdress, secured with a length of white ribbon or a stretchy headband. Finish the perfect Mary costume with a child’s doll wrapped in a pillowcase or towel.
Your child is… Joseph or a shepherd
Grab a long white T-shirt and a brown belt then team with a pair of brown trousers – a great smart/casual wardrobe staple for any little boy. Add a pair of brown shoes: no one will mind if you don’t go for sandals, although if you want to be prepared with his summer footwear, you could go for a few sizes bigger than he is now and bulk them out with some chunky socks. Finish off with that nativity favourite, the striped tea-towel headdress, and he’s ready.
Your child is… a wise man
This role gives little ones the perfect opportunity to wear colourful, royal-looking outfits. Start with a basic T-shirt in an opulent colour – royal blue or emerald green is perfect. A pair of dark trousers will do nicely – anything that doesn’t draw the eye away from the other, more luxurious features of the outfit. Now you’ve created the basic outfit from everyday wear, add the finery on a budget by getting a large but inexpensive section of silver or gold fabric and fasten it loosely at the neck so that it falls over his shoulders as a cape. You can use a sparkly brooch to hold it together and add an extra flourish. Don’t forget a cardboard crown and gift-wrapped box to complete the look.
Your child is… a star
You don’t need to spend all day searching the high street for gold leotards; just pick out a black T-shirt and a pair of black trousers (for boys) or a pair of black tights (for girls) and get creative with some silver or gold foil. You might want to attach one large star to the front and the back of their T-shirts, or go for lots of little ones attached all over the T-shirt. It’s so simple to do but these stars will be really effective against the black of their outfits.
You child is a…stable animal or a donkey
Don’t be disappointed if your little one is picked to play an animal – this gives them the opportunity to have the most fun. Also it can be wonderfully simple for you. Just take a look at the cute animal onesies from F&F – there’s a donkey costume so he or she can help Mary on her very important journey, there’s a sheep costume to ensure the stable is suitably filled with bleats, there is also a reindeer onesie for those schools and organisations who are a little more lenient with the nativity theme but no less festive.