5 DIY Halloween costumes on a budget
Making your own Halloween costume can not only be an inexpensive alternative to pre-packaged store bought sets, but it also encourages creativity and individuality!
Thrift stores, the clearance aisle, dad’s workshop and your current closet can provide many of the basics you need. And with just one or two key store bought pieces, the rest is imagination. Making your own Halloween costume can not only be an inexpensive alternative to pre-packaged store bought sets, but it also encourages creativity and individuality!
Thrift stores, the clearance aisle, dad’s workshop and your current closet can provide many of the basics you need. And with just one or two key store bought pieces, the rest is imagination.
Here are a few ideas for DIY costumes for your trick or treaters:
- Black sweatshirt and sweatpants
- Wide, long piece of red felt
- White gloves
- Red and white hat
Easy peasy. Wear black sweats and white gloves, then tie a large bow with the red felt around the neck.
- Red sweatsuits
- White gloves
- Bright blue yarn and ski hat
- White paint and permanent marker
Once again, You can buy Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts or make your own. Paint on the white circle and then use a book or online pics for reference. Use the marker to draw on the “Thing 1″ wording.
- Green shirt (plain, no graphics) and pants
- Black or Green derby style hat, green ribbon
- Gloves (purple or white)
- Cane or stick, cardboard, yellow tape
- Black permanent marker
Use the marker to write question marks all over the green shirt. The Riddler question mark has a rounded top (search for images of Riddler as a guide).
- Leggings and Turtleneck in desired color
- Wide elastic belt (tied to fit around waist)
- Strips of colorful tulle, organza or scrap fabric
- Silk flowers and silk leaves
- Wire hanger, colored tights or panty hose, elastic or ribbon
Strips of fabric should be twice the length of the distance between your child’s waist and knees (A little shorter if you want a shorter skirt). Width should be about 3-4 inches. Fold strips in half and lay on top of the elastic “belt” band (loop slightly above band), hold top of loop and thread the ends of the fabric through the loop. Pull down to tighten “knot”.
- White sweatsuit (long johns, football/baseball pants also work)
- White gloves
- Piece of neon green felt
- Several old cardboard boxes painted white, hot glue and wide purple cord/ribbon, double sided velcro tape or duct tape
Cut the green felt into the shape of a collar (with a slit at the back for an opening), then using a Buzz Lightyear picture for reference, paint on Buzz’s “control panel” buttons
Once again, use a picture as reference to paint on the wing details. Using hot glue, on the top attach the purple cord to the inside corners of the top of the back piece. When you place the piece on your child, cross the cords in front and then attach with double sided velcro or duct tape to the bottom corners of the box.
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