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Holiday of Creativity – Handmade Costumes “Two Trees” for Purim 2021

Purim. Known sometimes as the Jewish Mardi Gras or the Jewish Halloween is by far my most favorite holiday of the year. Everyone dresses up in extravagantly creative costumes and parades through the streets in a party like no other. This year, things will no doubt be quite different, but that didn’t stop us from our yearly creative frenzy!

Purim is the perfect outlet for us to express our creativity. We take these festivities as the perfect opportunity for us to create an epic and one-of-a-kind costume. As it is one of the only chances to wear beautiful gowns, long, fancy dresses tend to be our theme year after year. And of course we always have matching/coordinating costumes! In the past, we have been the sun and the moon, two birds of Israel, and a cheetah and a jaguar.

History of Purim

Purim is one of the happiest of Jewish holidays. It commemorates the Biblical story of Queen Esther. Queen Esther, whose real name was Hadassah was a young Jewish girl who, through the ancient version of a beauty contest, became the Queen of Persia. She hid her Jewish identity from the king until a royal official in the kingdom arose who planned to kill all the Jews. Right before the day decreed for the massacre of the Jews, Queen Esther told the king that she too was a Jew and was able to save her people from annihilation. The days of grief were transformed into days of joy. Just as Queen Esther hid her identity from the king, to this day, on Purim we hide our identity with masks and costumes to commemorate this amazing story!

Purim Halloween Costumes Ideas

It is also tradition to get extremely and excessively drunk (hence the crazy parties). Crowds and performers fill the streets of Israel for this incredible festival. Street parties with thousands of people, everyone in costume, is the norm for multiple days. Everyone is trying to guess the other’s costume. And the best part….it’s not just for the kids! EVERYONE dresses up, young and old. It’s really so much fun.

Purim 2021

Even though this year we certainly won’t be celebrating with mass parties with thousands of people, we are still dressing up! Having a hard time coming up with a creative costume idea, Brooke and I were trying to think of something unique. Jokingly she said to me, “whatever I can’t think of anything….let’s just be trees.” We both laughed. So stupid right? But then we sat in silence for a few moments and I looked at her. “No really….what if we’re trees. We can make a beautiful, long brown dress, narrow like a tree trunk and then add some green to a hat on top and leaves and voila!” And that is how our tree costumes were born.

Purim Halloween Costumes Ideas

We went the next day to the fabric stores and somehow, miraculously, found two brown fabrics that literally could not have been more perfect. We couldn’t imagine what someone would buy these for except a tree costume. The were brown and textured with ribs looking almost identical to tree bark. We found a few shades of green toile for our headpieces, some decorational leaves, and headed home to start creating.

We decided to make matching dresses; long, narrow, and simple to look just like a tree trunk. To add the effect of branches, we made long ‘evening’ gloves that went all the way up the arm. For the leaves, we wound together the green toiles to make a sort of a headpiece that would look like the top of a tree. Wrapping fake leaves all around the green ‘hat’ and the brown dress was the final touch. Two trees. Now the next step….a photoshoot.

Purim Halloween Costumes Ideas

“Two Trees” Photoshoot

What better place to take a photoshoot of our costumes, two trees, than in a park. We would fit right in….quite literally. So we made our way to the urban park, Park HaYarkon, in Tel Aviv very early one morning. We dressed up in the costumes and started to shoot, imagining ourselves just as the trees in the forest. We wanted more than anything to have a whole group of people to dress up with, and we could all be different trees. And then together, what would we be? A forest…..

What do you think of our costumes? And the holiday of Purim? I can never get over the small fame that Purim has around the world. If I was a tourist, I would be rushing to Israel just to celebrate Purim as it is one of the best country-wide festivals I have ever seen!

Lots of Love,

Danielle and Brooke, Colorful Sisters

Join the discussion

  1. hisprodigal1

    Brings a pretty new meaning to the phrase “Turning over a new leaf” 😊

  2. meghanewhite

    I love your costumes! Thanks for the history of Purim.

  3. Melody S. Owens

    Absolutely stunning. ladies. Wonderful combination of costuming and fashion! What next?

    • Colorful Sisters

      Thanks so much!! Next are some photos we took in almond blossom trees!!

  4. Greg Dennison

    That’s awesome! I knew the story of Esther, but I never knew people dressed in costumes on Purim. Nice trees.

  5. makaylajesalyn

    That’s so awesome that its pretty much a city-wide costume party! Your idea for this year is cool! I have to say, I really loved the other Purim costumes you’ve made too! Especially the god and striped dress reminiscent of the hoopoe bird! 😍 For Purim, we watch the same Esther movie every year! 🀣 I like this holiday too!

  6. Pretty, Pretty Good Short Fiction

    Fantastic…2 super trees!!!

  7. nikkidiscovers

    This is so inventive you both look great and you could wear the dresses again. Thanks for sharing I didn’t know about this holiday. I know about Esther but, didn’t know about this.

    • Colorful Sisters

      Yesss for sure! They are re-usable haha happy to have shared some new info with you πŸ™‚

  8. Paula Light

    Beautiful and creative!

  9. Maggie Kuhn

    This is AWESOME! I had never heard of Purim. How cool 😎 I want to dress up. Also the history add in was fascinating thanks for making such an incredible post! 😊

    • Colorful Sisters

      Yesss it’s so much fun!! Maybe you can come visit Israel for next year’s Purim!

  10. cmartzloff

    So creative!

  11. Vanya Wryter Consulting

    Learned something new about Purim today!

  12. 365dniwobiektywielg

    πŸ˜πŸ‘

  13. Manasa

    Oh my God! Simply loved this!

  14. jbcowgill

    Amazing costumes. Happy Purim to the both of you.

  15. gracexaris

    Esther was my childhood hero – my version of a favorite Disney princess and role model. I always went to Fall Festival, the church’s alternative to Halloween, as her. I never knew that Purim involved costume parties or alcohol!!! Color me a huge new fan.

    • Colorful Sisters

      Yess it always makes me sad that they never made a Disney princess movie out of Esther! It’s the perfect story!

  16. Michele Lee

    Wonderful post. I appreciated learning about Purim.
    I so needed this costume in 2019. For Halloween, my husband dressed as Bob Ross, the painter, and I was the happy little tree. Mine was not nearly as creative as yours. I still had fun though. 🌲

    • Colorful Sisters

      Hahaha that’s still super fun! Would love to see pictures haha

  17. Thomas Pickard

    Fantastic! I love the costumes and thank you for bringing the history of purim.

  18. arielaonthego

    Very creative! 😊

  19. Kris

    The story of Esther is one of my favorites and Purim is a festival that, although, I don’t celebrate, I do understand where and why it exists. your dresses are stunning and the idea!! Brilliance!! The fabric does look exactly like bark. Talking trees, incredibly CS Lewis of you. Used to make costumes when my eldest was in HS-so much fun!!!

    • Colorful Sisters

      It’s so fun to make costumes!! Happy you enjoy it as well. We were so excited to find that “bark” fabric….it was so perfect!

  20. thisdollhere

    Oh wow! This is so cool. Youre super talented!
    http://www.thisdollhere.com

  21. Simon

    Great costumes! They looked really great in the pictures!

  22. catldy99

    nice work ladies!

  23. viewfromoverthehill

    Wish I could join you. It would be so much fun. Enjoy the holiday. Enjoy each and every day.

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  25. Sreedevi Nair

    Costumes and get up look is amazing and so real…pictures do justify that creativity is infinite

  26. CatRutgers4Art

    Wonderfully creative costumes and great photos!! Delightful.

  27. Dena@shaldenandneatham

    Love this! Sharing with friends.

  28. Ju-Lyn

    Fun! Love the colours!

  29. marisselee

    Both of you have very beautiful eyes

  30. Victoria

    So inspiring! Thank you both

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