Halloween costumes can be expensive, so why not make them yourself? Here are some fun ideas for DIY Halloween costumes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and look great. This Halloween, have some fun and try one of these easy homemade Halloween costumes instead of a store bought one. They are fun to make and you get to add your own creative touches. Making them is almost as much fun as wearing them! I hope you enjoy these ideas and find the perfect DIY costume to make a splash at Halloween parties.
You Are Going To Love These Inexpensive, Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes Ideas
Growing up, almost all of my Halloween costumes were homemade. Nowadays, it seems like busy schedules result in many store bought costumes. Although homemade costumes are fun to make, for me, it has always been a challenge to come up with creative ideas that are quick, easy and won’t break my bank. Below are a few easy homemade costume ideas that are not only creative and inexpensive, but they will also help you green your Halloween. You should be able to find all the materials needed to make these costumes around your house.
Homemade Lumberjack Costume
This homemade costume is pretty simple to get ready. All you need is a flannel shirt, suspenders, jeans, and boots. Then you can make a saw out of a large cardboard box and paint it. Voila- you are ready to trick or treat!
Homemade Train Costume
This is a favorite of the easy homemade Halloween costumes. Use a large cardboard box to make a train or fire truck costume for your child. Make sure the box has an opening allowing your child to step inside. To decorate, use paint, colored paper and glitter to make wheels and give the box some color. Have your child wear suspenders to hold the box up so it looks like they are the driver. Let your creative juices flow or if you prefer direction, there is here is a super cute tutorial here.
Homemade Paper Doll Costume
This costume is very easy to make. Using a pencil, outline your child’s body onto a large cardboard box. Then, outline clothing over the body outline and add some over-the-shoulder tabs – this is to put over your child once the costume is complete. Once done, cut the outline out and have your child paint and color in the outlines of the outfit. Connect the tabs over the shoulder on either side of the body to hold the paper doll outfit in place. There is a cute example idea here.
Fun DIY Halloween Couples Costumes- Fairly Odd Parents
It is pretty easy and cute to recreate the two iconic fairies from Nickelodeon’s Fairly Odd Parents. It took 20 minutes to produce Cosmo and Wanda look-a-likes with sticks, paint, foam, scissors, hairspray paint, pipe cleaners, headbands, and whatever clothes we had in our closets. This couples costume is so easy and such a blast! And best of all, it was CHEAP. Ten dollars later, we had two costumes. See the full tutorial here.
Homemade LEGO Costume
The recent release of The LEGO Movie has made this easy homemade Halloween costume a popular choice! My kids LOVE their collection of colorful, stackable blocks – so much so, my son asked to be one for Halloween! After rummaging through my storage closet, I found that I have all the supplies I need to make his building block request come true.
To create the costume all you need is a large cardboard box. Then, simply cut five holes into the box – one for your child’s head and two each for the legs and arms. Make sure each hole is large enough for the person that is wearing the costume to fit through and then some for breathing room. To add the bumps, use duct tape to secure round, plastic containers from your recycling bin on the front side of the box. Paint the box a solid color of your choice and wear black pants and a black shirt. This will help you blend in with the night, making the LEGO block stand out. Here are adorable homemade Lego costumes for the entire family.
Homemade Crayon Costume
Ok—you’re going to need a lot of felt. You need enough felt to cover your body (wrap it around you to measure), and enough black felt to cut out the word CRAYOLA. Glue your letters on your felt(hot glue is easiest). You can also personalize your crayon with a sharpie. Get creative! Next, pick up a paper birthday hat and cover it in your felt as well. Strap the hat on and safety pin the felt ends together around you body and to your clothes.
DIY Baby Spaghetti Costume
This one is simple. Grab a new yellow mop head. Cut and sew the mop head to a onesie to create the spaghetti. A red bodysuit worn under the mop onesie creates the appearance of sauce. Find a big bowl for him to sit in and voila! Throw on a chef hat and you’ll have one delicious pair. This is a super cute unique homemade Halloween costume everyone will remember!
This one was super easy for me. My son likes playing dress up all the time anyway so we already had a cowboy hat we had gotten at a dollar store. I also bought him a pretend pistol that came with a sheriff badge at the dollar store. I used hot glue to attach the badge to the cowboy hat. Then we accessorized with a vest, stick horse, and neck bandana. I wished we had cowboy boots too but he was as happy as could be with his simple cowboy costume.
DIY Flower Costume
Since this costume screams adorable little girl, start out by putting a skirt together. Green tulle will create the illusion of leaves. Gather the tulle and sew it to a piece of elastic to make the skirt. Find tights and a shirt that match the tulle (or dye them). Next, grab some felt and cut out ovals for the petals. Then, put a piece of wire through each petal and wire the petals to a headband. Gluing the petals together may help them stand up straight and appear stiffer. Make sure to cover the headband with tape so that the twisted wire doesn’t bother her!
Homemade Mario Costume
If you have a love for video games, this could be the perfect costume to see your little one running around in. You’ll need a pair of overalls, a red t-shirt, a red hat, paper, felt, and markers. Simply glue a circular piece of white paper with a large, blue letter M in the center to the hat. Next, cut out two small circles from yellow felt and draw an X on each circle. Safety pin, or sew, the circles onto the overalls where the straps meet the front. Finally, draw on a mustache with black eyeliner. If you have more than one child, think about adding Luigi to the mix! Just use a green hat and shirt instead! With MarioCart, this has gained in popularity among easy homemade Halloween costumes
Homemade Fairy Costume
Dress your child up in a fancy dress and have them create their own wings and wand to complete the costume. Use a cardboard box to outline the wings and wand. Then, cut the outlines out and have your child decorate! Use paint, markers, glitter and buttons to make a magical piece. Use yarn to attach the wings over your child’s shoulders. Here is a tutorial for how to make fairy wings and wand.
Before you go out and buy a costume this year, think about making one! It’s an activity you and your child will enjoy working on together! I encourage you to challenge yourself and make the most out of the materials you have around your home and turn them into fun, homemade Halloween costumes! It’s a great way to get your children involved creatively, while reducing and reusing materials to the help the environment.
I hope you enjoyed these 10 easy homemade Halloween costumes. There are really endless ideas for homemade Halloween costumes. You can even go as your horoscope sign- see this DIY ram horns tutorial for Aeries. Some of my favorites growing up were a comic book character, a black cat, a gypsy, and a witch. You can get more inspiration for all things Halloween related on our Halloween Pinterest board! What are your favorite easy homemade Halloween costumes?
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