3 DIY Halloween Costumes on the Cheap

October 26, 2009
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Whenever possible I try to spend as little as possible on my kids’ Halloween costumes. That’s why I really appreciate these three DIY Halloween costumes-on-the-cheap ideas from the folks at iVillage. While they’re designed for kids, I think any grown up could pull one of these off, too.

1. Bunch of Grapesgrapes-325

Start with: Purple or green sweatsuit or leotard, green or purple balloons, brown tights or leggings. Add on: Blow up small purple or green balloons and carefully pin the ends of them to your kid’s sweatsuit or leotard, and you’re all set.

2. Tiger Lily (as in the princess from “Peter Pan”)Princess_Close-325

Start with: Brown leotard, sweatsuit, or a light-colored shirt and brown leggings. Add on: Cut out head and arm holes from a brown pillowcase, and then, add colorful rick rack trim along the bottom edge using a glue gun. Belt the pillowcase with a piece of twine or red fabric. Take a brown, cotton headband and glue on red craft feathers for the perfect Native American princess headdress.

3. Bathing BabyBath2-325

Start with: White leotard or sweatsuit Add on: Wrap a small wagon in white tissue paper and tape in a few small white and blue balloons. Wrap a plastic cane (you can easily find one at a party supply store) with aluminum foil, and then, attach it to the back of the wagon. Add some tinsel to the curved end and voila―a shower head spraying water. Finally, the most important part: Top your tot’s head with a shower cap, and plop her in with a rubber ducky.

Let me know if any of you give these costumes a go this year–for your kids or yourself. Or if you have other ideas for DIY costumes on the cheap, I’d love to hear about them.

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5 Responses to 3 DIY Halloween Costumes on the Cheap

  1. Mamma Links: Easy DIY Costumes | Creative Mamma on October 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

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  2. flsquared on October 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    My boys (1 year old and 2 year old) will be farmers this year–flannel shirt, blue-jean overalls, a kerchief, and a little animal (one has a pig and another a rooster) attached to the overalls. If they were older I would add a straw hat.

    (I was inspired by my husband who always calls the boys “farmers” when I put them in overalls!)

    Another “easy” outfit that was popular down south, but they probably wouldn’t “get” up here in NYC is a blackened eye and a white T-shirt with a “P” (drum roll….. black-eyed pea).

  3. dee dee on October 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

    One year Sam was a lady bug: black tights (or leggings); red turtle neck with black iron-on round patches for the spots; antennae fashioned from a headband and black pipe cleaners. Cute as a bug!
    And another year she was a fairy: white tights, white turtleneck; wings fashioned from wire hangers and platic wrap and a magic wand fashioned from a dowel with a foil-covered dowl. We never once bought a costume. For years we had storage boxes filled with costume elements (wigs, shawls, hats, capes, etc.) so we could put something together for any occasion.

  4. leahingram on October 26, 2009 at 7:24 am

    That one made me laugh out loud. Thanks!

  5. Victoria on October 26, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Black garbage bag, cut armholes and hole for head. Stick mini cereal boxes all over it with knife wounds (ok, not for kids this one) and you have a “Cereal Killer”.

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