Last year was my son’s first Halloween. I wanted something unique and homemade. I came across a baby scuba diver costume and instantly fell in love with it. My only problem is that there were no tutorials on how to make a baby scuba diver costume.
So folks, I am here to tell you just how simple, cheap, and easy this costume is.
I will show you the materials I used to make my son a Halloween sensation. (Well not really, but he was around my town.)
My son was the perfect age for this costume. He was 6.5 months. He had very little mobility which was PERFECT for taking all of our sweet pictures. If I did this costume on him now at his age 1.5, the flippers, goggles, and oxygen tank wouldn’t be on for more than 3 minutes.
Here is how I made the baby scuba diver costume:
Take a look at this for reference guides while you make it. I didn’t think his costume would be SO popular so I didn’t do step by step pictures. This is my best impromptu visual to help you out throughout the tutorial.
Remember less than $5!
24 oz empty Pepsi bottle ($1 if you buy it at a grocery store or free if you have a soda addict in your house! Also, Pepsi looks more like an oxygen tank than a Coke bottle)
1 piece Black Felt (.25 cents)
Electric tape ($1 or free if you have some)
Yarn or string of some sort (FREE if not, then go to a neighbor! 😉
MAM binky (FREE) (If you’re baby isn’t a binky sucker, then this may not be the costume for them!)
Black pants (Free if you already had it)
Black shirt (Free if you already had it, I didn’t have a long sleeved black shirt so I got mine at a thrift store for $1)
Black socks (Free if you have them already)
Silver paint (.65 cents at Walmart)
Black Velcro ($1 at Walmart)
Grand Total (My grand total) : $4.90
How to make it!
There were 2 main things that I needed to make — the flippers and the oxygen tank.
1. Oxygen Tank:
To start off I drank the Pepsi. It was oh so good.
Once it was empty, I squirted some of the silver paint inside the bottle and shook it until it was completely covered on the inside. I let it dry out and then I colored the lid black with a sharpie.
I took some electric tape and taped the bottom of the bottle a little ways up. I did 2 single strip of tape in the middle of bottle. (Look at picture below)
I used duct tape and an acrylic paint lid to make the line to the breathing tube. (Seriously, I was totally just whipping this whole thing together with things I had!)
Now it’s time to make the breathing tube. Take your yarn, string straw, whatever you have and cover it with black electric tape.
Put one end of the breathing tube (yarn covered electric tape) on the oxygen bottle and tie the other to the MAM binky.
Take your velcro and cut it into 3 long strips, but shorter than your bottle.
Hot glue the scratchy side of the strip to the bottle.
Use the other 3 strips (the softer sides) and hot glue them on the back of the long sleeve black shirt.
BAM. Your oxygen tank is DONE.
So the flippers were also random. I measured the top of my boys foot to the end of his toes. Then I just took the black felt and drew a flipper on it and cut it out.
I punched a hole on each side and then put yarn through one hole, put the felt flipper on the top of it foot and put the yarn around the back of his foot so it fit snug.
BAM. Your Flippers are done.
All you have left is piecing the costume together. Put your baby in their black socks, pants, and long sleeve shirt. I tucked in my little guys shirt because it was so big.
Tie the flippers on him.
Then put on the finishing touch and put the velcro oxygen tank onto the back of his velcro shirt.
Take some epic pictures. And enjoy your handsome baby scuba diver costume!
He came in contact with a dolphin while at sea!
Just another excited moment. He got to ride on the dolphin’s back.
He got pretty serious when he brought out the goggles.
If you loved this check out this DIY Owl Costume I made for my daughter!