DIY Dorobek family costume 2013

It’s almost Halloween! Oh candy and costumes, and pumpkins galore… how I heart this time of year! And since we bought a real house (vs our  condo) in a real neighborhood this will be the first year we (fingers crossed) have tricker or treaters! I’m assuming tricker treaters end at 8p and then it’s on to costume party extravaganza, hosted by my party throwing bestie, Rachelle! After last years glow stick people mis hap, I was determined to make that happen this year. But, then I saw this little pin from this awesome blog post and decided I was over glow stick people. After all, I wrote a whole post last year, wishing Bob a happy 70th birthday (he was born on 10-29-42). Check out that post, and you have to watch the remix in #3, you won’t regret it. Since I’m pregnant (19 weeks!), I really wanted to find a way to incorporate the bambino into our costumes. Thus, the squirrel in my happy little tree! I give you, Bob Ross, a happy little tree, and a squirrel… our first little DIY family Halloween costume!


DIY family costume: Bob Ross, Happy Little Tree, and a Squirrel


The best part is the costumes are pretty dang easy to make. Well, Andy’s is super easy… the only thing we had to buy was a brown afro!  Here’s what you need to make all 3 costumes:

  • Brown long sleeve giant man’s t-shirt (This was harder to find than I thought! I finally got one at Walmart for less than $8.)
  • 4 pieces of felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Sharpie marker
  • One fall branch limb from Hobby Lobby (It was all 40% off this week.)
  • Cardboard
  • Paint/ nail polish/ paint pens
  • Paint brush
  • Jeans, blue button down, brown belt, brown afro

I bought those fun “tree finger gloves” from Target, but ended up taking them back and using my bare hands and painted orange nails! The gloves were awkward, and I wanted to be a fall tree not a bright green tree. I also wanted to be able to use my hands.

DIY family Halloween costume


I googled “cartoon squirrel” and doodled a simple image on paper to have something to mimic in felt. I used fabric scissors and started cutting my felt pieces.

DIY family Halloween costume



I was going to use glue to attach the squirrel to the black tree hole, but then decided to just add a few stitches. I stitched up his tail, attempted to use the fancy star stitch on my machine for eyes, and sewed around the belly circle. Then I had to make the tree dress! Oh and I attempted to use real acorns, but opted for a giant felt acorn, it was cuter!

DIY family Halloween costume


I’ve sewn a few costume  “dresses” from giant men’s t-shirts. Like my indian and Wilma costume of Halloween pasts. I just buy the biggest, cheapest t-shirt I can find, and sew up the sides. Nothing fancy. I turned the shirt inside out, tried it on, and declared I needed to take in about 4 inches from both sides. I used a white pencil to give me a kind of guide line and then I sewed it up.

DIY family Halloween costume

After I sewed up one side, I folded the shirt in half, and used that as a guide for the other side. This is not a perfect method, but it works! And the whole dress took me about 45 minutes to make. The arm pits were a little tricky, and they still look wonky if you look close, but who cares! I’m a happy little tree!

DIY family Halloween costume


After the dress is sewn, I used a good ol’ Sharpie to make bark! I doodled bark all over the t-shirt. Front, back, and sleeves. Then, I hand stitched the squirrel to the shirt. I wanted that to be easily removable in case I jut need a tree costume with no squirrel in the future. You never know, ha!

DIY family Halloween costume


Making my branches was really easy! I just cut up the one strip I bought from Hobby Lobby into 5 smaller pieces. I have a head piece, 2 bracelets, and 2 shoulder pieces I attached with safety pins. Andy had most of his costume in his closet, we just had to hunt for the brown Afro, which we finally found at a one of those big box costume stores for $15 and I made him a painters pallet out of cardboard. I used a Sharpie to outline a bean shape, and cut it with an XACTO. It’s a giant piece of cardboard I use to spray paint lots of things, so the left over paint marks worked out perfectly!

DIY family Halloween costume


Since Bob was painting a happy little fall tree, I gave him a fall color palette. Here’s Bob in full costume. That beard came in handy!

DIY Bob Ross adult Halloween costume


And here’s Bob painting the squirrel! I can’t believe we find out the gender of this little guy next week!

Tree 8 Baby


A few more fun pictures from our Halloween photo shoot we did with a tripod and camera on a timer in our backyard! Bob’s a very good painter…

DIY family Halloween costume


It’s a baby squirrel… ahhh!

DIY family Halloween costume


I’m 19 weeks pregnant, and I have gained 9 lbs. The bump is definitely visible to me, but to others it just looks like I ate to much pizza, ha!

DIY family costume: Bob Ross, Happy Little Tree, and a Squirrel

One more pic with Bob looking at the camera and me smiling nicely:

DIY family costume: Bob Ross, Happy Little Tree, and a Squirrel

And there you have it, the first Dorobek family of 3 Halloween costume! Wanna see our DIY Halloween costumes from years pasts? We’ve been Dorothy (DIY) and tin man (bought), lady bug (DIY) and sumo wrestler (bought at Good Will), Fred and Wilma (DIY), and 70 year old man and 70’s hippie (DIY)! Happy almost Halloween, friends!


Psst… here are 22 more DIY pregnant Halloween costumes!



  1. OMG Congratulations Jamie! You are gonna rock being a mom! Bob Ross costume is amazing!

  2. Um, that is awesome! And before I read in the post that you were pregnant, I was thinking, “that would be an awesome pregnancy costume!” We’re pregnant with our second, so I’ve been coming up with some ideas of my own!

    Congratulations and thanks for blogging, I enjoy reading!

  3. LOVE it! I am due in 10 days and am so excited to follow along on your journey! :)

  4. So cute! I love it!

  5. Oh my word, you are so adorbs! Congrats on your pregnancy. I can’t wait to see how crafty you’ll be with the nursery. God bless you and your hubby. Your costumes are by far the best I’ve seen yet!

  6. This is probably the best couple costume I have ever seen in my entire life (and that includes Peter Pan & his shadow that I have seen floating around the Internet this year). Great work!

  7. I LOVE your costumes and actually just featured them in my 25 last minute Halloween costume ideas :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  8. Ok..y’all are the cutest little things eva! Such a great costume Idea and you are one cute little pregnant momma to be! ;)

  9. Hands down my FAVORITE costume of all time, Jamie! haha, of course with Bob Ross, you know I had to love it. The faux bois dress – sheer genius. As are all the other touches. LOVE it! Happy Halloween!

    • Jamie Dorobek says:

      Awww… thanks, Colleen! I kinda love it too :) I’m already brewing up tree themed ideas for next year, so I can wear it again, ha!


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