How to Make a Sunflower Costume

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The largest sunflower plant ever recorded had 837 heads.
The largest sunflower plant ever recorded had 837 heads. (Image: sunflower and sunflower seeds image by Andrey Chmelyov from Fotolia.com)

Sunflowers are not only cheerful rays of beauty and brightness but important sources of food. Their seeds and oil are used in breads, cereals and birdseed. They are native to North America and are so plentiful in Kansas that it is known as the "Sunflower State." If you are looking for a costume for a Halloween or costume party or a school project, dressing as a sunflower will be a striking and unusual option.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow felt
  • Scissors
  • Green hooded sweatshirt
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Green felt
  • Stiff wire or pipe cleaners
  • Green pants or leggings
  • Brown shoes

Cut yellow felt into 45 to 50 petal shapes, measuring three or four inches in length and about one inch in width.

Two varieties of sunflower are produced commercially: oilseed and non-oilseed.
Two varieties of sunflower are produced commercially: oilseed and non-oilseed. (Image: sunflower image by Lucid_Exposure from Fotolia.com)

Sew the petals around the hood of a green hooded sweatshirt in a staggered pattern or in two rows with the back petals showing between the front ones.

The tallest sunflower was grown in the Netherlands at over 25 feet.
The tallest sunflower was grown in the Netherlands at over 25 feet. (Image: sunflower image by Lucid_Exposure from Fotolia.com)

Cut several large leaf shapes out of the green felt.

Archeologists believe that the sunflower was first domesticated around 3000 B.C.
Archeologists believe that the sunflower was first domesticated around 3000 B.C. (Image: sunflower image by Lucid_Exposure from Fotolia.com)

Sew pieces of wire or pipe cleaner to the underside of the "leaves," in the position that a stem might be on a real leaf. Leave a small "stem" sticking out of the back end of each leaf.

Sunflower seeds contain a high amount of vitamin E.
Sunflower seeds contain a high amount of vitamin E. (Image: Sunflower image by marmit from Fotolia.com)

Sew the "leaves" to the sleeves and torso of the sweatshirt, as well as the pants. Position and attach the wires so they stick out nearly perpendicular to the wearer.

Native Americans used the hulls of sunflower seeds to make purple dye.
Native Americans used the hulls of sunflower seeds to make purple dye. (Image: closeup of sunflower image by Sarah Cafaro from Fotolia.com)

Wear the sweatshirt with the hood up; if the hood has drawstrings, pull them tightly so the hood surrounds your face. Add brown shoes to complete the costume.

Once a sunflower bud has opened, the blossom always faces east.
Once a sunflower bud has opened, the blossom always faces east. (Image: Sunflower image by Alis from Fotolia.com)

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