Day 17 Halloween Costume Idea: She-ra Kids Costume DIY (with free pattern printable)

She-ra Kids Costume DIY (with free pattern printable)

She-ra Kids Costume DIY (with free pattern printable)

Day 17 of my 50 DIY DaysShe-ra Kids Costume DIY (with free pattern printable)

Where are my 80’s kids at? The 80’s had the most amazing cartoons and She-ra was definitely at the top of the list for me. Who is She-ra? She-ra is He-man’s twin sister. She’s an amazing super hero that my kid has fallen in love with and it makes me so happy! Last year we discovered that Hulu had all of the episodes available to watch and I thought we could give it a try. I had no idea she’d get so hooked on it. I mean, She-ra does kick ass. For 9 months my daughter has been asking to be She-ra for Halloween (kids really plan ahead for this holiday), but I couldn’t find any store bought kid sized costumes, so I had to make my own. It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be.

If you are totally lost and have no idea who this She-ra chick is, you can get some more info here on the He-man Wiki. 

Supplies needed for the She-ra Kids Costume DIY:

  • white leotard with skirt
  • sparkle gold foam sheets (I used 3)
  • 1 sparkle blue foam sheet
  • red gem
  • hot glue
  • ribbon
  • stretchy elastic
  • Velcro with sticker backing
  • 1 yard of shiny red fabric
  • suspender clips
  • She-ra sword (We bought ours here, but it’s sold out. You could always make one out of foam, or spray another sword gold and add a gem.)
  • My free printable She-ra patterns for the belt, shirt design, and crown (click here to download for personal use only)
  • gold shoes 


Step 1: Print out the She-ra patterns I provided. Cut out the shapes, then trace them onto the back of the sparkle gold foam sheets. Cut out the shape with some scissors. For the belt you will need to tape the point together in the center before tracing the pattern onto the foam. Note: you can make the patterns smaller by shrinking the size before you print.

She-ra Kids Costume DIY (with free pattern printable)

Step 2: Optional: If you want to add more detail to the She-ra crown, cut out the smaller designs on the crown pattern and trace/cut them from the extra gold foam.

Step 3: Assemble the crown with the hot glue. Test it out on your kid’s head to see where the headband should go. Then glue it all together. Use a hole punch to add holes to the sides of the crown and belt. String some of the elastic through (measure the size on your child) and tie the elastic.

Step 4: Cut out a gem shape for the shirt design out of the sparkle blue foam. Use the hot glue to attach it to the design.

Step 5: Add the sticky Velcro to the back of the shoulder designs and shirt design. Add to the leotard. Note: I used Velcro so I could easily remove the foam if I need to clean the leotard.

Step 6: Cut out a strip of gold foam for the necklace, hole punch the ends and string some ribbon through (size depends on the kid). Cut out two fat rectangles for the arm bands, use the hole punch and ribbon to string it together (size depends on kid).

Step 7: Use a sewing machine to sew up the edges of the red fabric to create the She-ra cape (the size depends on your kid). Hand stitch the top corners of the cape onto the suspender clips. Note: I used suspender clips so I could easily remove the cape if I need to clean the leotard.

Step 8: Put the whole outfit together, and you’re done!

She-ra Kids Costume DIY (with free pattern printable)

The best part about this costume is my kiddo wants to also have a She-ra birthday party, so she gets to wear it again in a month. Yay!

Are you wondering what the 50 DIY Days is? Each year I share a bunch of holiday DIY ideas, recipes, and guides to inspire you during the Fall. Starting now, through early December, you’ll find a ton of great ideas to get you ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any sort of holiday gift giving. You can check out this link to explore past DIY Days.

– Chelsey

P.S. If you create this project, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo, @thepapermama, and use the #papermamafriends hashtag. I use Amazon affiliate links.




  • Zf on said:

    Hi from the Philippines!

    Thank you for sharing how to make this costume for free. My daughter is planning to wear this for halloween 2019.

    All the best!

  • Janet Dorey on said:

    Thanks for the printable patterns and great instructions. I constructed all the pieces, sewed the skirt, and used a girl’s undershirt for the leotard. I then took all the pieces to my 7-year-old granddaughter for a fitting. Well, she put it on and played hard in it for 3 hours. This resulted in rips and tears in the holes punched in the foam-sheet belt.. So I reconstructed the belt in double layers. Large gems were hard to find so I just used small ones. Will post photos when she tries it on again.

    • Chelsey on said:

      I can’t wait to see!

  • Kristine on said:

    Oof! I’m not crafty so THANK YOU! Could not have made it without this post! I’m late to this party lol What brand boots are those??

    • Chelsey on said:

      Yay! I’d love to see a photo (you can tag me on Instagram). So the boots I bought were from Amazon. It looks like they are no longer up there. I did find some more that look inexpensive:

  • Don on said:

    What was the thickness of the gold foil foam board you used? My daughter wants to be She-ra as well and she got VERY excited when we showed her these photos.

    • Chelsey on said:

      I’m not sure. I just purchased the standard foam sheets from a craft store. Maybe 1/8″ thick at most?

  • Megan Jones on said:

    May I ask where you got the leotard w/skirt? I love the fullness of the skirt, but can’t seem to locate one.

    Thank you ?

    • Chelsey on said:

      I LOVED that leotard. It was actually a gift from Grandma for ballet class and I’m not sure where it came from. I tried to find something from Amazon that’s similar, but nothing was as full. Have you been to a ballet/dance store? I think that’s where they bought it from.

  • A. Howard on said:

    Used your patterns for my 11 month old’s first Halloween costume. THANK YOU! It was so simple and turned out so adorable! People were blown away that I had actually made that because I am not a super crafty person. It is rare in this day and age that anyone gives up anything for free. As a mom on a budget, I can’t tell you what that means. Thank you for helping make my baby girl the cutest super hero in the universe!

  • Katie Carlill on said:

    I don’t seem to be able to access the printable but would love to make this amazing costume for my she-ra obsessed daughter. Is there another way to access the printable?

  • Nancy on said:

    Just used your download pattern to make two She-Ra costumes for my granddaughters (2 and 4) – I could never have done it without your pattern so thank you VERY VERY much! (I used fabric rather than foam but your designs were still perfect!) I’ll try sending you a photo to your website.

    • Chelsey on said:

      That’s great! If you’re on Instagram or FB you can try and tag me @thepapermama

  • Christina on said:

    I am currently making this for my 4-year-old and I am loving this! Thank you so much for the printables! She’s going to be awesome!

    • Laura on said:

      Fancy making 2 and we will pay u for 1 🙂 need it before Halloween lol 🙂

      • Chelsey on said:

        Ha! I wish I had time for that. Good luck!

  • Eleftheria on said:

    Fellow mom from Greece here. I just wanted to thank you for the idea and mostly for the free printables. They were so useful! We don’t celebrate Halloween here but we have a Rio-style carnival where the kids get to wear costumes and this year she wants to go as She-ra so thanks again!xx

  • Amanda Rose Zampelli on said:

    This is amazing, and if I had this costume when I was 4, I would have passed out from joy. I aspire to be a mom like you! Happy Halloween!

  • Vanessa on said:

    I was just reminiscing about the awesomeness of She-Ra last week. Love the costume!

  • Heather on said:

    Stop it with her cuteness! She’s gotten so tall!! Love it!

    • Chelsey on said:

      I know, right? So tall.

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