Pippi Longstocking DIY Costume

This was such a fun little costume to put together and so easy too! Greta had a book sharing presentation a few weeks ago in her third grade language arts class. It's a great project that the kids do every other month. You pick a chapter book and choose to work alone or with a partner and then come up with a creative way to share the book with your classmates. She chose to work alone on Pippi Longstocking and immediately knew she wanted to be in character for the presentation. 

We used what we had on hand and only purchased the orange hair spray. Here's what you'll need if you want to do your own Pippi Longstocking outfit:

  • orange hair spray - we picked some up at our local party supply store, but you can also buy it here
  • a pair of striped socks or tights, I had a pair of thigh high socks that she borrowed
  • a pair of men's black shoes or boots
  • overalls or an apron type dress, you could also wear a patchwork vest if you don't have overalls
  • more stripes or florals for the t-shirt

For her hair I used a few pipe cleaners to get the braids to stick out. I did two pigtails and and secured with rubber bands and then stuck the pipe cleaners right in the middle (I folded the pipe cleaners in half). Then I braided around the pipe cleaners tucking hair all around them as I braided. Then secured with more rubber bands at the bottom. 

For Mr. Nilsson we used a monkey beanie boo we had and a yellow doll hat we also owned. You could also bring a stuffed or toy horse if you had one and hold it over your head. Because don't forget she is stronger than anyone and can pick up her horse.  


This week has been so crazy that I am pretty dang thrilled that today is Friday. The little ones started school this week. When will I stop calling my 5th grader a “little one”?! Ugh, none of them are that little anymore in reality. Having just one home might be more work than all 3, because I think he has expectations of all the amazing adventures we would go on. That didn’t really happen. My idea of adventure is showering without interruption, maybe even working out once in 9 weeks, and hey let’s go do something really exciting and grab lunch before we pick up your siblings, oh and how about school supply shopping for the 7th grade list?! Yeah, not so thrilled. 

We did sneak away to a movie during the day and then I paid for it by coming home and having to spend 3 hours on the computer getting stuff written, not to mention my house is a disaster. It always amazes me each year how much busier the school year is than summer. 

First day of school photos! Yay for posting the same week that I took these! I have so many back posts and photos to share that I kind of feel it’s lame to share them now. Oh well. 

What else is going on? This weekend we have one congregation picnic to attend, and two school picnics, that’s three picnics in two days. Gonna be busy. Also I would love to see my husband sometime. This week there hasn’t been a single evening where we’ve been able to catch up face to face. Between his work, my work, his meetings, and kids’ school events, we’re two ships passing in the night. One night, poor guy, I vaguely remember going to bed around 11pm, and then halfway waking up to hearing the alarm being set sometime after 1am, which was at least my sign that he had returned for a few hours during the night. 

I hope you all have an awesome weekend. Oh, and here’s our annual backpack back to school shot. Patagonia, man those backpacks are serious stuff. Second year going strong.