Make this easy DIY Moana costume for Halloween or dress-ups with just a few simple supplies.
Every girl will love this DIY Moana costume. And every mom will love how easy it is to make. With very little sewing, you can have your daughter ready to take on Maui in no time.
Perfect for a princess Halloween costume or to add to your dress-up stash for lots of imaginative play.
Halloween is just around the corner. When my daughter asked for a DIY Moana costume I was very excited to make one because I too love the movie Moana. Maybe it was because we saw it right after coming home from a trip to Hawaii, or because I have always loved the ocean.
Whatever the reason, I was eager to tackle this year’s costume. And I am happy to report it was so easy to make!
Luckily I had some thick red knit fabric in my leftover fabric stash (from making Incredibles costumes for me and the hubby many years ago). I knew with a little ingenuity I could turn the plain red fabric into the perfect Disney Moana costume top and sash.
Knit fabric is perfect for the island style top because it has a bit of stretch to it and doesn’t fray so you can easily cut the zigzag detail into the bottom of the top without having to spend all day trying to hem it.
But when it came to the skirt I was a little stumped. As I rifled through my fabric stash I pulled out a piece of drop cloth. I love using drop cloth for all kinds of home decor (like this hanging shoe storage and farmhouse style produce basket), but I have never used it for clothing.
However, the stiffness and color of the drop cloth perfectly reminded me of the island grass cloth so I decided to give it a go.
Can you believe how amazing the skirt turned out? The entire skirt was made with no sewing (except to attach a small piece of velcro which could have been done with glue)! And it looks just like Moana’s skirt.
And my daughter loves the sound it makes when she practices her hula. She definitely looks just like an island princess (or chief).
After finishing the skirt we made the perfect Moana necklace with a turquoise charm and some wooden beads. I let my daughter help with the necklace and she loved being able to help make her own DIY Moana costume.
Then all that was left was to add some island flowers to her hair and sing her favorite Moana songs.
Because it gets pretty cold here by the end of October, I bought a long sleeve nude leotard and a pair of leggings for my daughter to wear under her costume. As cute as she looks, I know she will be freezing after the sun goes down on October 31st.
Even tonight she exclaimed it was cold outside and promptly left the photo shoot.
Moana Top and Sash