After making Elliot a Hiro costume sweatshirt recently, I figured I’d be out of the costume making business for a little while, at least until the fall. Elliot must have had other plans because he randomly asked for a Prince Charming costume.
All the talk about princess costumes at his preschool must have triggered his request. With Disney’s live-action Cinderella now in theaters, I figured a prince costume would make a fun and timely blog project too!
DIY Prince Charming Costume
No sewing machine? No problem! I came up with a super easy NO SEW Prince Charming costume that anyone can make. Seriously, my own sewing skills are based on nine weeks of 7th grade home economics.
And look how amazing my costume turned out! Check out my little Prince Charming on our swing set.
That being said, if you are a seamstress or no one with mad skills, you need to hop over to this amazing tutorial and follow it instead. Everything is handmade and she details out each step in her tutorial.
Both her design and mine are based on the Prince Charming version you see at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Making them the perfect costume to wear on a Disney parks trip.
How to Make a Prince Charming Outfit
Are you ready to make your own Prince Charming costume? You need to pick up a few supplies. I try to use items we have on hand first, so I always raid our closets and craft supplies before heading to the store.
Don’t forget you can shop at thrift stores, consignment shops and borrow things when possible as well.
We don’t dress up much so I didn’t have a spare white shirt in Elliot’s closet. I hoped to find a button-down white shirt at a local thrift store but never did.
I ended up buying the perfect white shirt on Amazon though. It was sateen (it seemed fancier than plain cotton) and no pockets.
I did find a pair of shiny red track pants in Elliot’s dresser which worked well for my prince charming pants. They had a stripe down the leg but that wasn’t a big deal because I planned on added gold ribbon down the leg anyway.
Buying the gold ribbon and trim was a little tricky. I went down to my local fabric store and just kept referring back to the picture on my phone. I ended up using red fleece as my accent fabric because it doesn’t need to be hemmed.
Prince Charming Pants
My first plan was to just run gold ribbon down each pant leg, covering the athletic stripe. Unfortunately, my ribbon wasn’t wide enough. So I used my seam ripper to remove the athletic stripes from each leg. Once that was done, I used heat n bond to attach my gold ribbon down the length of each pant leg.
Prince Charming Shirt
Originally I wanted to buy a white shirt with a mandarin collar to use for the costume. I didn’t find many mandarin options for little boys and none at a reasonable price so I just made my own.
To create a mandarin collar on a regular button-down shirt, just cut away the collar just above the top button. The existing seam around the collar serves as the hem.
I removed the regular buttons and hot glued the gold buttons on the front of the shirt. They were a little too big to fit through the existing button holes so I opted to add velcro down the edge of the shirt. Bonus, it made the shirt easy for little hands to put on and remove.
Prince Charming Shirt Details
For the collar detail, I layered red ribbon, gold ribbon, and gold trim together with my glue gun and then attached it to the collar with the glue gun.
I used red felt to cover the ends of the shirt sleeves and then used heat n bond to attach it to the cuffs. I added one gold button to each sleeve with my glue gun.
The fancy gold detail on the front of the shirt was the hardest part for me. I hot glued each loop, one at a time and that seemed to work ok. After all 6 were done, I hot glued the finish pieces to the shirt.
Prince Charming Belt
Cutting the red felt to make the belt was also a little tricky because I am scissor challenged. I can never cut a straight line. I might have had to cut out several strips before I thought it was “good enough”. You definitley want to use very sharp scissors though.
I attached a length of the pant striping (that I removed from the pants earlier) to give the belt a little substance. You could use anything, maybe even doubling up on the felt if you want. Then I added gold ribbon to embellish it. I opted for velcro on each end for belt closure.
That’s it. I think it turned out quite cute and honestly way better than I expected. I have new found respect for my hot glue gun. It rocks! Ready to make your own prince charming costume? Check out the list of supplies below.
No Sew Prince Charming Costume Supplies:
- Button Down White Shirt –this shirt is perfect
- Red Pants (We used shiny track pants like these pants)
- Gold ribbon and trim
- 6 Gold Buttons
- Red Fleece
- Glue Gun
- Heat n Bond
I think a blue and silver version similar to Prince Kit in the Disney’s new live-action Cinderella would be a fun version of this costume too! I think Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid is my next prince costume goal.
Looking for more easy costume ideas? Don’t miss my other costume tutorials!
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More Fairy Tale Prince Costume Ideas:
You don’t have to make a Prince Charming costume, I have a few more fairy tale prince costume ideas you can choose from.
Snow White and the seven dwarfs may be the main focus of the Disney film but there is a prince in that fairy tale too. Check out this Snow White Prince costume tutorial
And remember in Beauty and the Beast, the Beast turns into a Prince at the end! Check out this Beast costume tutorial.
More Costume Ideas from Fairy Tales
You don’t always have to be a princess or princess. Here are a few more ideas that can help you round out your royal storybook costume theme.
- Fairy Godmother
- Blue Fairy
- Seven Dwarfs
- Blue Birds
- Evil Queen
- Maleficent Costume ideas
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This was post was originally published March 13, 2015