Here are two different ways to do a Moana costume for toddlers. The first one follows the exact dress and prints of Moana’s outfit in the movie, while the second one of Moana’s dress is a bit more artistic.
I hope you find the one that best fits your little one.
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DIY Moana Costume 1
There are three important things necessary to make this Moana costume for toddlers.
First, you’ll need a coral-colored top.
You can leave the shirt as it is without any design on it. But if you like it to look more realistic, you can draw the prints using a fabric marker or fabric paint. You can also glue cowrie shells across the front of the shirt using glue gun.
Here’s a picture of Moana’s top to help you copy the pattern.
Different Types of Moana Costumes For Toddlers
There are many different ways to make Moana costumes for toddlers. As you can see in the Amazon marketplace below, there are different types and designs. And they all look lovely.
Secondly, you will need a light brown raffia or grass skirt.
The video below shows you how to make a hula skirt. She uses grass, but you can easily make this with raffia string instead.
Third, and the trickiest part of the costume is the skirt that covers the raffia skirt.
The idea here is to make something like a wrap skirt.
Draw the pattern on Moana’s skirt using fabric or puffy paint.
Once this is done, you can add a coral-colored scarf for the sash.
Here’s a picture of Moana’s skirt to help you copy the patterns.
DIY Kids Moana Costume 2
If you want to go a little bit more artistic with Moana’s costume (and have some clothes your child could wear on regular days), here are some ideas on clothes you can put together that give a Moana feel to it.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to make the Moana costume
Here’s another video tutorial to help you make the costume at home.
Buy A Moana Costume For Kids
There are now a few different kinds of Moana costumes for kids that you can buy. Here are some of the ones I like.
The Official Moana costume by Disney
This is the official costume by Disney. As expected, it looks very similar to the movie. But as far as I can see, it’s not available in small toddler sizes. However, if you’re buying this for an older kid, then this costume is perfect for a Halloween outfit.
- size: 3 – 10 years old
The Unofficial Moana Costumes
These costumes are not officially made by Disney — so there might be a little difference in what the dress looks like.
But I think they look just as good. Some of them your child can even use as a dress for everyday wear.
Moana Costumes For Toddlers
Now, doesn’t this look very similar? and the good thing about it is that it’s available for toddlers in 3T-4T sizes. So a great alternative if you’re buying this for a toddler.
Polynesian Princess Dress Up Costume
I love this dress. The colors are the same as Moana’s, but the prints are different and it doesn’t use a raffia skirt, which can sometimes be itchy for some kids.
The fabric and the style of this dress have young kids in mind. It’s made of soft fabric and is easy to put on.
It comes with a barrette with a flower on it to finish and complete the look.
- small ( 1-3 years old)
- medium (5 -7 )
- large (7-9)
Moana Costumes For Toddlers Variations: Polynesian Princess Dress
Much like the costume above, there are other variations of the kids Moana costumes. They almost always come with the coral and light brown color combination.
Here are four different types of dresses along this line. One is a princess’ dress, another has a long-sleeve addition for cool nights and there are another two which add pink and purple colors to the Moana dress — not very much like the original but looks good (and apparently great as pajamas, too) :
Moana Costumes With Tutu
Tutus… Obviously, they’re not very Moana-like. But these dresses are so cute and a good alternative to the original outfit.
What I like most about these are that they’re more dresses than costumes so your child can wear them any day — even when it’s not Halloween
Moana Costume Accessories
Complete the Moana look with some of these accessories.
If your toddler wants hair that looks exactly like Moana’s, this is the perfect wig to use.
However, if you have the time and your daughter has long hair, here’s a tutorial on how to do this Moana hair style
Complete the look with a Moana shell necklace. Choose from these different styles. You can also make one yourself. Just check out the video tutorial below.
- Heart of Te Fiti Necklace: Official necklace by Disney
- Polynesian Princess Seashell and Hero Magic Fish Hook Necklace: Comes as a set
Heart of Te Fiti Necklace Tutorial
The tutorial goes a bit fast so you might want to slow the video down. The necklace is made of polymer clay. I like that it’s a locket you can open.
The Easy (ish) Way To Make The Necklace
Here’s another diy tutorial which uses green Palmolive soap! See if it’s an easier option
Necklace Using Glue Gun and Nail Polish
Oh the many different materials that people use to make this necklace. And who would have thought of using hot glue and nail polish? Well, this video shows exactly how to make the necklace using these two material.
The introduction is not in English. Forward to the .30 mark for the video instructions which you can easily follow just by looking at the video.
Get the complete look with these cool Moana shoes licensed by Disney. Toddler-sizes to 13/1 YTH sizes available.
DIY Moana Costume
Here’s a video showing how to make a Moana costume. You will need to put your creativity hat on. Below the video, there are also some recommendations materials that you will need to make this costume.