We hear it all the time “we’re a HEXBUG family”. Parents express their enthusiasm for the HEXBUG brand by telling us how our toys grow with their kids, providing fun and stimulating options for children of any age. HEXBUG’s newest venture explored the realm of toddler toys, resulting in two new products, the Cuddlebots and the long-awaited nano Junior. The nano Junior is the solution to an age old conundrum. Toddlers often aspire to play with these vibrating bugs alongside their older siblings, but can’t due to their tiny stature. Now, everything has changed. The nano Junior is a cute and oversized, toddler-safe toy that promotes early crawling. The identical version of the toy their older siblings play with, just bigger!
In celebration of this toddler toy, the team at HEXBUG DIY has devised a nano Junior Halloween costume that is easy to assemble and super affordable. It’s a great go-to if you’re short on time but you still want to make dressing up for Halloween a memorable milestone.
Before you begin: You may need an adult’s help with cutting and printing.
- Duck Brand Duct Tape, White ($2.97, walmart.com)
- Fiskars 7” Student Scissors ($6.34, walmart.com)
- Elmer’s Pre-Cut White Foam Board Sheets ($5.54, walmart.com)
- Xerox Business 4200 Copy Paper, 11” x 17” ($9.50, walmart.com)
- Fruit of the Loom T-Shirt, White ($1.69, walmart.com)
- Scotch Wrinkle-Free Glue Sticks, 0.27 oz, 2pk ($1.60, walmart.com)
- Pacific Handy Cutter, Inc 5-3/4”, Safety Utility Knife, S4R ($3.86, walmart.com)
STEP 1: Download the nano Junior image from the HEXHUB blog. Print your nano Junior image onto a piece of 11×17” white printer paper.
STEP 2: Carefully cut out your image and adhere it to a piece of foam board using your glue stick. Use your safety utility knife to carefully cut out your nano Junior image. Be sure to trace over the cut lines once or twice to ensure you are cleanly slicing through the foam as you go.
STEP 3: Making the straps to the costume is easy. Measure 3” high along the hem of your white t-shirt. Cut horizontally creating a long band of fabric.
STEP 4: Cut your band of fabric in half, resulting in two equal pieces.
STEP 5: Roll your fabric strips vertically, along the 3”.
STEP 6: Use your utility knife to cut 3 x 1” rectangles out of foam board. Fold on 1” and cut an “X” in the center of the 2” portion. Create four of these rectangles.
STEP 7: Feed the vertical fabric strips through two of your four foam squares. Make sure one square ends up towards the top and the other, towards the bottom. Knot the excess fabric on the ends. Repeat on your second strip of fabric.
STEP 8: Now that you have successfully completed your straps, it’s time to attach them to your costume. Flip over your nano Junior image to the white blank side. Tape down two of the foam blocks towards the top of the costume, and two towards the middle. And just like that, your costume is complete!
Have fun with your DIY nano Junior costume! Don’t forget to take photos, we want to see your results. Upload to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tag us @HEXBUG!