Carnival Costume Ideas

In Germany, it’s the middle of Carnival (or Fasching, depending which part of the country you’re in) season at the moment, which started in November and reaches its peak next week on Shrove Monday, or Rose Monday as it’s known there. It’s a time for costumes, and parties, and parades, before the more sombre season of Lent begins. We may not be in Germany any more, but that doesn’t mean the boys have to miss out on Carnival this year – there is a German playgroup that meets in Edinburgh once a month, and we will be celebrating with them there. The boys are still deliberating what to dress up as, and I thought this would be a great excuse to round-up some of our best DIY costume ideas from here on the blog!

diy doctors coat

This doctor’s coat, up-cycled from one of daddy’s old shirts, is not only the most popular DIY post here on the blog, but also one of the most popular posts overall on the blog ever!

diy knight costume

For those who want to avoid sewing altogether, these easy-peasy Knight’s tunics just involve some felt, a pair of scissors and some fabric glue. Templates for the emblem are included in my previous post.

diy snail costume

This snail costume is actually made from two hats from Ikea – we ‘hacked’ one of them in to strap on shell!

diy bat costume

And, finally, a fairly recent post but I thought I’d include the bat costume again, because it was such a big success. Judging by how often he wears it, bats are for life, not just for Hallowe’en, lol.

What do you or your children like to dress up as most for fancy dress parties? Do you have an all time favourite costume? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below!

8 Comments on Carnival Costume Ideas

  1. Victoria
    7 February 2018 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    I love Carnival! I know here in the UK Carnival season isn’t until later in the year. The costumes look so good – I like the idea of using felt material instead of sewing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Perdita
    7 February 2018 at 12:54 pm (3 years ago)

    The snail one is so cool!!
    I remember visiting carnival in Frankfurt when I was a teenager – it was incredibly cold (snow everywhere) and we watched a parade where they threw sweets at us and we caught them in buckets. #bloggerclubuk

  3. Helen
    7 February 2018 at 2:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww that snail costume is so cute!! My daughter loves dressing up :)

  4. Kerry Norris
    7 February 2018 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

    The costumes look fab. Can’t believe they aren’t homemade. I’m really impressed with the doctors one x

  5. Talya
    8 February 2018 at 1:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the snail costume that really is something different. You can’t beat a carnival for fun!

  6. Newcastle Family Life
    8 February 2018 at 1:21 pm (3 years ago)

    What great costumes, my children would love these as they love any excuse to dress up x

  7. Chloe Ciliberto
    8 February 2018 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

    What a fun celebration and so amazing that there is a playgroup near you that celebrates it. I think all the costumes are amazing and so incredible they’re all homemade. x

  8. Katy Stevens
    10 February 2018 at 8:12 am (3 years ago)

    These costumes look brilliant. Looks like they’ve had great fun!


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