because it was awesome.
As for the hat, I found it for $4 online Target. You can get these anywhere though – just shop either for a Fedora hat, straw hat or something similar. I have linked to one on Amazon as well and that is below. Mine came with the striped ribbon and bow on it and I just trimmed off the bow and covered the ribbon with my double sided tape and ribbon!
It started out like the left picture and you can see my ribbon, scissors and tape on the right image.
I added on the other colors and you can see how the raw edges looked where the bow was. This part would be covered with my own bow, so I didn’t stress about it being perfectly removed, the edges being clean, etc.
I knew we had a pair of black dress shoes that he never wore and I knew I had a can of white spray paint. A few minutes later, Bert’s shoes were drying and ready to be packed. I knew the paint would not cover it perfectly, but I knew it would be close enough – and free, so we went with it. Forgive me for the awful iPhone photos! I literally remembered and did this around 11:30 PM the night before we left!
Also included in the pics is Brother running around Disney World pausing for .03 seconds to show me his Bert socks. I am including it so you can see how my spray paint job lasted after he had run in the shoes for a few hours. Not bad for a quick job!
Here are my affiliate links to everything I used to make Bert. Some of the items I did have at home, so I did NOT have to purchase all of this. The hat, I found for $4 cheaper (Target) and the ribbon I snagged at Hobby Lobby for half off. In total, I spent just under $50 making Bert’s costume.
The only other things I recommend for crafting and for this project is a good pair of scissors and a hot glue gun. Mine scissors are fabulous and super sharp and worth every penny – I would get some from a fabric or craft store – not just the cheap drug store ones. Also, the a glue gun is another crafters staple! They are cheap and great when you need a simple quick fix. With the perma stick tape this would be perfect for hemming clothes or for tacking up curtains. Really easy and a great product!
Below are affiliate links but to the exact ones I have and have used in case you need recommendations.
Let me know if you have questions!