A costume for those big-eyed, juice-box-bellied babies in your life. Recreate the iconic Bob’s Big Boy Statue with this Big Boy Burger Costume DIY!
Ok. Even if you don’t get this costume right off the bat LOOK AT THAT YUMMY BOY!!! Are you kidding me?! It’s a miracle I haven’t eaten him up already. This was his first solo blog modeling job and he was the sweetest, cutest little dude the whole time! AND, he turned two just yesterday (or today as I write this!!) Can you believe that!? I shared his first birthday, a Halloween Carnival here just a couple weeks ago and even that party feels so recent! But it was a year ago!! I love that he’s getting older though, TBH. It’s so much more fun (and way easier than when he was baby) haha.
I’ve always thought my kids had very vintage-style faces. Like Kewpie dolls. They have these very timeless, yet young, features. And one night, my brother in law says “You know what Otto looks like? There’s this vintage statue… It’s like of a little boy, holding a plate of donuts or something…” And I knew exactly what he was picturing! The moment he said it I thought “OMG YES!”
But, neither of us could remember exactly what it was we were thinking of! We knew it was a boy holding something and he had a round ol’ belly and that it was an iconic thing. We just could not put our finger upon it or find what we were looking for by Googling. I never forgot it though, I’d sometimes try to find it again, I just knew it looked just like my son!
Fast forward a couple months and finally I said it to my husband: “Otto looks just like this vintage image I can think of but I can’t remember what it is. It’s like a sign or a statue or something…there’s this cute little boy holding a plate of donuts or something I swear..But I can’t find it online…”
Without a seconds hesitation he knew EXACTLY what it was I was talking about! He whips out his phone and brings up this picture of the Big Boy statue from a Southern California burger Joint, Bob’s Big Boy. (Here is a fun little history on the place.) And I was like “That’s it!!!” Just like that, he understood my cryptic message and solved the mystery haha!
After seeing it, I was even more convinced that this was my Otto. I mean, the eyes are off for sure. But that pudgey lil belly! Thus huge, happy eyes! The wave in his hair! The sweet, vintage-style features. It was all so on for me! So I just HAD to recreate the look for my son for Halloween this year!
I actually already had another really fun idea for his costume that I wanted to do this year (I’ll share it soon!) but I just could not let this year pass by, when Otto still has all that baby-ish charm and chub, without doing it. So he gets two costumes this year (nothing out of the norm here…) and we all get to love on how sweet and delightful these pic are. Win win!
- Plain white T-shirt (got ours at Hobby Lobby for about $3) //
- Blue paint (fabric or Martha Stewart prefered) //
- Cricut cut file (optional) //
- Pattern for pants or overalls //
- Enough fabric in a red and white checker or gingham pattern //
- Thick red ribbon or straps //
- Fake burger (Ours was found at Hobby Lobby for $5 and I used a 40% coupon. I also saw one at the dollar store that was half the size but still would’ve worked)
- I used my cricut for the words “Big Boy” but you could free hand or stencil them on.
- Paint the sleeves a matching blue. I did not use fabric paint so this shirt is not really washable…also I just used vinyl instead of iron on for the words. So it’s really not washable lol.)
- Follow your favorite pattern for overalls or pants. I used an old pants pattern and just went extra high up to give them that overall height.
- Attach straps over shoulders using your model as a guide (or do adjustable buttons).
- Hot glue fake burger to a plate.
- Hot glue a strip of elastic big enough for model’s hand flat on the bottom of the plate (gluing at both ends so hand and slip through.)
For a while I wasn’t totally sure I would get this costume (or any) done! But that’s honestly my favorite part of having a blog, it forces me to get stuff done! I love crafting and I love when I have these ideas that I feel just NEED to happen. And I love to share those things and how to do them! But if I didn’t have the pressure of the blog to get me to do it, often I wouldn’t. Life is definitely busy enough already. I wouldn’t even add this blogging thing on unless it didn’t truly make me happy. And one of the reasons why it does is because it forces me to make the cutest costumes ever for kids, and get ADORABLE photos to remember them by!