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.
Here are a few ideas for
DIY costumes for your trick or treaters:
1. Cat in the Hat
- 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.
You can buy the Cat in the Hat hat
Or if you sew, make one with felt. Cut circle top base,
then approx 2-3 inch wide strips of alternating white and red in
the same diameter. Sew strips together and seam up the back. After,
attach it to the circle top. For brim, cut circle 3 inches wider than the
base, then cut the inside diameter same as the base/strips.
2. Thing One and Thing Two
- 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
Cut the yarn into about 4-5 inch strips. Tie two
together by knotting them in the middle. Take a winter ski
hat (as close to the right blue as possible, I actually made a hat
out of the same color blue jersey) and attach it onto the yarn hair.
You can either hot glue them or hand sew them using the knot
as the base.
- 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).
Use green ribbon as a band on the hat and also draw on a
question mark with the marker.
Cut out the same question mark from the cardboard (an empty
cereal box is perfect). Then wrap it with the yellow tape.
Use yellow tape to attach the question mark to the top of the
cane or stick. If using a long stick, wrap it with the tape
4. Fairy/Tinkerbell/Poison Ivy
(to go with
- 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
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".
Place flowers in hair as desired.
For wings, clip off the hook part of the hanger with
wire cutters and then straighten out the wire. Create a figure 8
shape with the wire, and then wrap the black panty hose around the
outside (a foot on each wing). Attach the elastic or ribbon
to the center of the "8" to use to tie the wings onto your child's
shoulders. Leave wings off for Poison Ivy costume. Instead,
hot glue leaves onto a band of elastic as a "top".
5. Buzz Lightyear
- White sweatsuit (long johns, football/baseball pants also
- 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
paint on Buzz's "control panel" buttons
Cut one of the boxes so that it will fit the size of your
child's back. Be sure to leave about a 2 inch deep boarder
around the outside (so box is still 3D not flat). Cut another
box into wing shapes, fold down an inch on the wide end to hot glue
to each side of the back box.
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.
Happy Creative, Budget Friendly Halloween!
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