One Colorado mom is quickly rising to Internet fame after posting a video of her homemade twin Star Wars costumes to her Facebook page last week. Because after all, the only thing cuter than a geeked-out kid on Halloween is two geeked-out kids dressed in adorable Star Wars costumes on Halloween.
Corrine Kurtz, a mother to 5-year-old twins in Commerce City, CO, rolled up her sleeves and got to work after receiving this year’s costume request from her young sons: To be dressed up as C-3PO and R2-D2 for Halloween.
Kurtz, who has been making Halloween costumes for her twins, Jason and Derek, since they were two years old, took this big costume request in stride. As she explained to Babble, “My twins really enjoy coming up with their costume ideas and then watching me bring them to life.”
No stranger to a glue gun, Kurtz started her Halloween project the good old-fashioned way. For R2-D2, she covered an old trash can and diamond sheet metal with plastic, spray paint, and fasteners. The hand-painted R2-D2 costume has suspenders and handles fastened inside, so Jason can stand up, sit down, and turn his head. While Derek’s C-3PO was admittedly a little more complicated to make, Kurtz crafted the costume from diamond sheet metal covered in plastic and spray paint. C-3PO’s arms and legs were made from plastic sheets that were spray-painted and held together with brads.
And for the grand finale, Kurtz and her husband loaded 15 different C-3PO and R2-D2 sounds into an old iPhone, that the couple then connected to a FitBit to control the sound effects. Halloween isn’t even here yet, and the boys have already won a local costume contest in Colorado. The Kurtz family also plans to put the kids’ costumes to good use by going to the new Star Wars movie opening later this year.
These handcrafted Halloween masterpieces are among many of the impressive costumes Kurtz has made for her kids. When the twins were 2, it was Thing 1 and Thing 2. The next year, the boys went as Minions. And last year, Derek and Jason dressed as the Mario Brothers. Kurtz now has a Facebook page dedicated to her custom crafts, where she makes “nearly anything and everything” by request.
In a 2013 TODAY Moms survey of 7,000 mothers in the U.S., 42 percent of moms confirmed that they had Pinterest stress and worried they weren’t crafty or creative enough. Even the sanest moms among us still succumb to this growing mom-petition on social media, especially around the holidays. But Kurtz isn’t falling for this all-too-common trap: She’s not losing sleep over the Pinterest-perfect Halloween (though she does admit to staying up into the wee hours to work on her boys’ Star Wars gear this year). This is a mom who took stuff she had lying around the house to put together two adorable little costumes that her kids are going to remember forever.
So, the next time you feel that Halloween-induced Pinterest hysteria creeping up on you (when you’re tempted to pull an all-nighter baking four-dozen vampire cupcakes for the entire class), take a page from the book of Kurtz and make something your kids will actually enjoy. Kurtz said, “We enjoy making people laugh and smile with the skits we come up with every year. The boys are extremely outgoing, so they love being the center of attention.”More On