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.
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.
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.
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.