Calling all FROZEN fans…This DIY Kristoff costume is SO easy (and relatively inexpensive) to make!! It’s perfect for Halloween or just everyday dress-up play!
Have little boys who love Disney’s FROZEN? I do – in fact, I have 3 of them! And, one thing that is sorely lacking is FROZEN costumes for the boys! I’ve seen tons Elsa & Anna dresses (both to buy and DIY) and ample other princess gear. But, little boys want to dress up as their favorite characters too! I’d already made the boys Olaf shirts for their Frozen-themed birthday party. But, I’ve seen hardly any DIY Kristoff outfits out there so far, so I set out to make a Kristoff costume for Little Brother! And, I’m SO excited about the way it turned out. Most importantly, Little Brother absolutely loves it!! As I type this, he’s in costume watching the movie! 😉 Sooooo cute! It took a bit of time to do, but really, there wasn’t anything hard about it at all! The whole thing is no-sew and the best part is that the tunic is just a t-shirt!!! It doesn’t get easier (or cheaper than that)! Here in Arizona a super warm, fleecy top would just NOT be doable at Halloween or even for inside dress-up play. So, I set out to make something a bit cooler and fairly inexpensive. And, for just a t-shirt and some embellishments, I think it turned out great! I spent less than $40 for enough supplies to make TWO costumes. So, you can definitely do this for around $20 (even less if you already have some of the supplies at home and/or make good use of those 40% off craft store coupons). Here’s the rough tutorial…
DIY Kristoff Costume Supplies:
- fitted black or charcoal gray t-shirt
- 1 sheet of black or charcoal gray stiffened felt
- 1 black or charcoal gray beanie/skull cap
- 1 large black pom pom (2″)
- 1/8 to 1/4 yard of fur (depending on how large the child is)
- 1/16 to 1/8 yard of maroon/dark fuschia fabric
- maroon/dark fuschia ribbon (I used 5/8″)
- purple ribbon (I used (3/8″)
- 1 to 1.5 yards of embellished ribbon
- Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold
- hot glue
- scissors (fabric scissors are ideal)
- gray crayon (optional)
The first thing you’ll want to do is measure the shirt on your child and decide where you need to cut the bottom, the sleeves, and the neckline. Use a crayon (or fabric pencil) to make cut marks! The beauty of using a t-shirt (in addition to being inexpensive and no-sew) is that the jersey knit material doesn’t fray! For our 4 year old & 7 year old, I started with an adult small fitted tee (found at Hobby Lobby). The fitted tee already had a natural tunic-type shape to it, making it less baggy on the little guys! Once the basic shape of the t-shirt is ready, then add the collar. Cut about a 2″ wide strip from the lightly stiffened felt. Measure on your child approximately where the collar should start and mark the spot with crayon on the inside of the shirt. Using scissors, gently slope and round the front edges of the collar. Originally, I had started hand stitching the collar on. But, I quickly realized how much faster Heat ‘n Bond would be. To do that, flip the shirt inside out. Apply the Heat ‘n Bond to the bottom edge of the felt strip. Then, remove the Heat ‘n Bond paper backing and iron on the collar to the inside of the shirt collar. To do the details, I found it helpful to have an image of Kristoff there to look at (whether on the computer or printed). So, I used that to help me decide on everything. I couldn’t find any ribbon that was exactly right, but using two colors around the collar helped to make things look more authentically Kristoff. For adding the ribbon, I just used the Heat ‘n Bond again. The only thing remotely difficult about it was just cutting the Heat ‘n Bond to fit the small width of the ribbon. But, once that was done and the Heat ‘n Bond was applied to the ribbon, ironing it on to the shirt was SO easy. Do that with both colors and iron on the shirt (doing this also helps cover up the ribbed t-shirt collar). Once the ribbon detailing on the collar was done, I decided it was time to mess with the fur! Some sort of gray fur would be ideal. But, my options were rather limited. I decided on this one because I could alter the amount of “shaggy” I wanted and I liked that there was some different colors in it (sort of a brown, gray, and white color combination). No matter what fur you go with though, I highly recommend doing this part outside. Talk about messy – lots of shedding! Cut about 1 inch strips for the collar, the sleeves, and bottom of the shirt. Shape & trim the fur as needed. Flip the shirt inside out again and use hot glue to attach the back side of the fur to the inside of the collar, sleeves, and bottom of the tunic. If you find the fur isn’t staying, you could always tack down with a little hand stitching. Because I couldn’t find dark gray t-shirts, I decided to distress the black shirt a bit. This is totally not necessary, but just helps it looks a bit more like Kirstoff’s. To do this, I just used a gray crayon and colored right on the shirt. It didn’t take much time, but REALLY added to the look. I did the same thing to the hat too. Then, for the hat, I did do a hand stitch to attach the pompom to the top of the hat (ok…so technically that IS sewing. 😉 But…you don’t need a machine to do that. Just a few little stitches!Lastly of course, you need the sash. Unfortunately, I got rather carried away and forgot to take pictures while I was making this part. But, it’s not hard at all. First off, I cut about a 5″ wide strip of my maroon-ish fabric. Then, I used Heat ‘n Bond to fold the rough, cut edges in on themselves on the back side. Then, I used the iron to really flatten everything out. For the front of the sash, I added Heat ‘n Bond to the back of the embellished/pattern ribbon and ironed that on. To save money/materials, I opted to not have that ribbon go all the way around the back (it just shows on the front & sides. You could use Heat ‘n Bond to attach the sash to the tunic. But, I decided instead to put velcro on the ends of the pieces that wrap around so it can be a bit adjustable (and removable). For the ties that hang down, I pieced together (using Heat ‘n Bond of course) the patterned ribbon and the maroon ribbon I used around the collar. Then, I hot glued the two piece to the underneath side of the sash. And, with that last detail…we’re done! Whew! Then you’ll just need to decide on clothes for under the tunic. Kristoff’s outfit is really different shades of blue. But, we had a black long-sleeved shirt and gray sweatpants! So, that’s what we did. I think any shades of steel blue, gray, or black would look fine! I bought materials to make Kristoff’s gloves, but just didn’t have it in me right now. Little Brother had no problem raiding our winter wear draw (and chose two different gloves/mittens 😉 ). But, now he’s asking me to make him Kristoff boots – uh oh!! Ha! Even without the boots though, I think he still looks great!
Sven & Olaf wanted to join in the fun too! 😉 We had so much fun with this. And, now…instead of another Kristoff outfit, Big Brother has requested a Sven costume! Good grief! We’ll see about that! I’ll keep you posted if that ever gets made. In the meantime, you can check out the whole list of 20+ DIY Frozen Costumes!
What character(s) from FROZEN would YOUR kid(s) love to dress-up as?