When creating homemade costumes for the fashion scene in Environment the Musical, bear in mind that the aim of this scene is to encourage the children to be creative and innovative. They can use ordinary stuff which most households throw out or recycle to make fun and exciting costumes.
We made the pieces below using bottle caps and the colourful plastic nets which often come with fruit or vegetables. You could use both of these materials in multiple ways to create unique items of clothing for the fashion scene. Remember that there will be a bit of movement required during this scene so practicality and simplicity are important!
Look around your classroom or home to see what you could re-purpose or up-cycle. Children love seeing things used in unusual ways so brainstorming how to create their homemade costumes will bring out their creative sides. They’ll enjoy having an input into the production and it’s a great opportunity for kids to try something new.
If you want to explore the whole theme of creating fashionable clothes out of junk, check out the fabulous creations by teenagers from throughout Ireland for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture. The competition encourages young designers to create stunning couture pieces from rubbish that they might normally throw away. Like Environment the Musical, it aims to inspire teenagers while subtly teaching them the importance of recycling and reusing waste.
For the JK Scotland website, visit www.junkkouture.co.uk.