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Crafting Family Fun: Designing a Unique Newspaper Costume

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Summertime is all about making memories with family, and one of the most delightful ways to do this is through creative activities that bring everyone together. Imagine transforming ordinary newspapers into a fabulous dress, or costume. A project that's not only fun but also a wonderful opportunity for family bonding. This summer, let’s explore the joy of crafting a fancy newspaper creations. This activity is always a camper favourite at Camp IAWAH.

This article was provided by our friends at Camp IAWAH, the summer fun experts. Learn more at

Getting Started: Materials and Preparation

To begin your newspaper costume project, gather the following materials:

  • A stack of old newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Tape (packing tape works best)
  • String or ribbon
  • Optional: markers, or stickers for decoration

Start by laying out the newspapers and discussing the design with your family. This is a great way to encourage creativity and teamwork. Decide on the style of the costume – will it be a glamorous gown, a funky cocktail dress, a suit of armor, a lion's mane, or perhaps a whimsical fairy outfit? The possibilities are endless!

Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting the Costume

  1. Base Construction: Create the base of the costumes by wrapping newspapers around a willing family member to get the right fit. Tape the sheets together securely but ensure it’s comfortable to wear.
  2. Adding Layers: Cut strips or shapes from the newspapers and layer them onto the base. This could be done in a variety of styles, such as ruffles, pleats, or a smooth finish. Use tape to fix the pieces in place.
  3. Straps and Accessories: Fashion straps from rolled or twisted newspapers. You can also make fun accessories like hats, belts, or even a matching newspaper bag.
  4. Decorate: Get creative and draw patterns, color sections, or add stickers to make the costume truly unique.

Fun and Learning Combined

Creating a newspaper dress is more than just a craft; it’s a way to teach children about recycling and the importance of reusing materials. It’s a practical lesson in sustainability wrapped in a fun, hands-on activity.

Bringing Camp IAWAH to you

This creative activity is one we often pull out on rainy days at Camp IAWAH. It's a great opportunity to foster creativity, teamwork, and a love for thinking outside the box.

Making Memories

The process of designing and crafting a newspaper dress can be an incredibly memorable experience. Take lots of photos and perhaps even hold a mini fashion show in your backyard. These are the moments that children will remember and cherish. Summer is the perfect time to explore new activities with your family. So, gather your newspapers, unleash your creativity, and make some unforgettable summer memories!

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