DIY Costume Idea: Tina Belcher

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“Hi, I’m Tina. I like horses, music and boys”.

Of all the things I love about Halloween, dressing in costume ranks pretty high on my list. It doesn’t take much for me to dress in theme (off to the movies? You know I’ll be rocking a popcorn necklace. And my love for DisneyBounding knows no, um, bounds…) so, at this time of year, I can really throw myself into any idea that comes to me!

My inspiration tends to come from some of my favourite TV and film characters – I much prefer that over trying to frighten people (plus, let’s face it, I’m about as scary as a slice of pie!) and I can also show my appreciation for what I’ve been binge-watching lately.

Last year’s Halloween ensemble was put together very quickly – we had friends coming over and  little time to spare. I still managed to pull it off with items I already had at home, making it a very easy costume idea!

It really didn’t take much convincing for me to dress as Tina Belcher, a character from one of my most-watched TV shows, Bob’s Burgers. Who DOESN’T want to be Tina for the day? Heck, with her confidence, sass and courage I kinda want to be Tina every day!

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Want to put your own Tina Belcher outfit together? You will need:

  • a blue tee
  • a blue skirt
  • glasses
  • white knee socks
  • black sneakers
  • a yellow hair clip
  • a look of despair
  • …and I added a burger-shaped handbag (which Tina doesn’t actually use, but I thought would be a fun touch!)

It helped that I also have a similar haircut to Tina, so if you don’t, a black bobbed wig might need to be added into the mix. Other than that, you’re good to go! As Tina would say, “Time for the charm bomb to explode”!

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I’d love to know if you decide to dress like Tina Belcher for Halloween this year. As for me? I’m still deciding, but you can keep up to date with whatever I decide on over on Instagram

 

 

DIY Flair Display Board

When we were road tripping across America last month, I didn’t go on any major shopping sprees – the way I saw it, the more I bought, the more I’d need to carry! But I DID pick up an enamel pin from each location we visited. I wanted a memento from the amazing places we were lucky enough to see, and pins didn’t take up much room in my suitcase, which made them very easy to collect over the weeks we were away.

I wear a lot of pins and patches but (as much as I’d like to!) I can’t wear them all at once! So I decided to show off the ones that aren’t currently adorning my lapels – and share how I did it.

This DIY flair display is an inexpensive, easy and effective way to store your pins! Here’s how to make your own…

You will need

  • 1 x corkboard (mine was £1.75 from Amazon)
  • Paint in contrasting colours (I used two tester pots from Homebase, £1 each)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Something to protect your work surface (I used an old magazine)

  1. Paint your first colour onto the whole board, and leave it to dry.
  2. Using your tape, section off some areas for your second colour. You can be as creative as you like – I made some geometric shapes with mine!
  3. Add your second colour, paint the frame and wait for it to dry. 
  4. Once all of the paint is dry, peel back the tape (so satisfying!) and admire your handiwork!
  5. Arrange your pins and affix to the board. I decided to use my board for just for the pins and prints that I picked up on our trip.

…and that’s really all there is to it – I told you it was easy!

I love walking past this board and remembering our trip. I’m tempted to make a second board very soon for the pins I have by some of my favourite indie designers.

I hope you give this DIY flair display a try, and if you do, be sure to let me know!