Costume for an Inaugural Ball


Look at history through the lens of fashion, creating original costumes for inaugural balls throughout history.


1. Learn about fashion trends throughout history by exploring electronic and library resources. Use Crayola® Colored Pencils to sketch ideas for inaugural ball costumes for different time periods.

2. Design fancy fabric on velour paper using Crayola Oil Pastels. Choose imaginative colors, lines, shapes. Try using dots, squiggly lines, angular lines, concentric circles, and hatching or cross-hatching.

3. With Crayola Scissors cut out inaugural ball costume shapes, such as pants, dresses, shirts, and hats, from the velour paper. Glue these on a large sheet of colored construction paper with Crayola Washable Glue Sticks.

4. Use oil pastels to draw faces, arms, legs, and accessories. Fill in the background with the broad side of the pastel. Overlay colors to create new colors. Blend colors gently with fingers. Use paper towels to clean fingers and pastels as needed.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Build this activity into a unit about a country's leaders, the election process, and national celebrations. Find out about balls that are held on Inauguration Day. Play music that might be heard at an inaugural parade or ball.
  • For students with disabilities that make it difficult to draw or cut, offer a computer design program.
  • Use the remainder of the velour pieces to make additional fashion designs, or to make patterns, such as a mosaic.
  • Expand these concepts into studies of apparel worn in several cultures and eras. Talk about natural resources (silk worms), technology (weaving), and other factors that influence design.

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crayola supplies
  • Portfolio® Series Oil Pastels
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • velour paper
  • paper towels



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research fashions past and present.

  • Students design period costumes for inaugural balls, using color, patterns, shapes and researched information.


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