DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY Halloween costumes
We are still working on our Halloween costumes this year, so look out for that. They are on the villain-side of the character world, but the kids are excited! We have had some great past Halloween costumes, and unfortunately not enough time for full tutorials. Hopefully this helps give you some Halloween DIY costume inspiration. You don’t need to know how to sew, or own a sewing machine. You can do it!

Oh, and please excuse the poor quality of the photos – an old iphone, inexperience behind the camera and rushing from Halloween party to Halloween party to blame! Stay tuned all the way to the bottom of this post, because if none of our costumes meet your fancy, we’ve listed some other fantastic ideas!

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TROLLS HALLOWEEN COSTUME

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You can get all the details about how to make our DIY Trolls costume on the blog post here. This was one of my favorites. We used a lot of regular clothes (that the kids wore all year-long) and felt. The second Trolls movie is coming to theaters this November, so it’s a great time to dress like our favorites; Branch, happy Poppy and all their colorful friends.

HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

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Our kids are big Harry Potter fans. With two boys and a girl, Jessica’s had the perfect trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron Weasley. We pulled these costumes together easily, and the kids still play with the robes, wands and magic spell books. Details below…

  • Buy the Harry Potter robe at Nordstrom Rack for less than $25, or here. To make the wands, find sticks in the backyard. Use hot glue to add layers, vines, and texture to the stick. Once dry, paint the sticks copper or brown. We used plaid paint for this.
  • You can easily find ties for Harry Potter costumes, but we’re suckers for anything DIY, plus we didn’t want to spend anymore money on this costume. So, we used felt and cut it to look like a tie with stripes. We used hot glue to stick it to a hair clip, and then clipped it onto the white shirt.
  • The spell book is a must because every wizard needs his/her spells. Again, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this, so I bought a journal with kraft color pages, painted the cover and binding a maroon color (with acrylic paint), and then used gold vinyl to add names, and a title of the spell book. I used my Silhouette for this, but you can buy a gold metallic sharpie to write the info on the cover of the book. I went the extra mile on this one, and wrote some of the famous Harry Potter spells in it. The kids LOVED it!
  • As for the rest of the costume, we’re BIG, BIG fans of buying clothing items our kids can re-wear throughout the year. So, you can find some of the other pieces here: boy black jeans | grey sweaters | harry potter glasses | Hermione pleated skirt |

DEEP-SEA THEMED HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: JELLYFISH, DEADLIEST CATCH FISHERMAN & DEEP SEA DIVER

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Our kids were really into all-things ocean one year, so we decided on a deep-sea theme. Jessica’s oldest was a fisherman from the show Deadliest Catch. Her daughter was a jellyfish with glowing lights, and her youngest was a deep-sea diver. All of them are no-sew, and fun to make! Looks at those cute smurfs, too! Details below…

  • Deadliest Catch Crab Fisherman: This one is so easy! We cut out paper crabs to place in the bucket with the netting. Also, for the hat, we bought it online, and then added the name of a ship to it with a fabric pen, so we knew his “ship crew.” Other pieces bought here: orange bib or this one | net |
  • Jellyfish: Buy an umbrella and tape and hot glue paper streamers, lights, mesh tubes and ribbon all along the inside and around the edge. Make sure the lights are battery operated and light enough to tape in the umbrella. For the outfit, you can find clothing here: metallic leggings | white or silver tulle or ruffled skirt | shite long sleeve shirt | clear umbrella | blue twinkle lights | mesh tubes |
  • Deep Sea Diver: My little swimmer loved to dress up like a diver. We bought him tight black pants and a long sleeve shirt (like long underwear tight), used a ski mask to cover his head, and the DIY piece was with the oxygen tanks. First, spray paint two liter bottles. Once dry, tape them together with electrical tape, and glue them together in the back. You can add straps with rope so he/she can wear like a backpack. For a belt of supplies, use black electrical tape (make sure it’s double-sided so it doesn’t stick, and add velcro to the ends so it can be easily put on and removed as a belt), and snap sponge curlers through it. We used our swim goggles and snorkels for extra props. Also, I used black tubing from Home Depot, inserted it into one of the bottles (glued it to the bottom), and attached a water bottle top to the end of it, and it was his mouth-piece. Sorry I don’t have a close-up photo!

WITCHFUL THINKING

If Halloween really isn’t your thing, but you want to me festive, this is the perfect combo of easy and cute. Details here.

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GIMME’ MORE!! 
There are so many good and creative Halloween costumes to choose from! Make sure to check out all these amazing DIY Family Costumes:

Stranger Things | Hello Whimsy
Hot Dog, Ketchup & Mustard | Pretty Life Girls
15 Family Costume Ideas | Design Dazzle
Dr. Who | Simple Practical Beautiful
Circus Themed Costumes | Make It and Love It
Shabby Apple and Disco Ball | Among the Youngs
Crafting in the Rain
Bandits | Sugar Bee Crafts
Firefighter Themed| The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Troll Hair | Fleece Fun 

 

DIY Halloween Tee: Witchful Thinking

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It’s wishful thinking to think that we will dress up every year on Halloween. It can be fun, but it’s not our most favorite holiday to celebrate, so we typically don’t dress up. We dress the kids cute and call it good. Our favorite part about the holiday is celebrating at our aunt and uncle’s house. The party is loud, the food is good, the homemade costumes rock and the laughter echoes throughout the house. We love a good tradition that is carried on for generations…don’t you?

If you semi-like Halloween, don’t care for it at all, or have a party to go to but don’t want to dress up, this DIY semi-costume is for you. It’s a last-minute, really easy DIY tee that can be made in less than 10 minutes. Procrastinators, you got this!

This Witchful Thinking tee is cute, and you won’t be totally lame at this year’s party with black pants and a witches hat to fancy it up a bit.

Where our witches at?

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Materials:

  • Cotton t-shirt
  • Iron-on letters
  • Iron

Directions:

Step 1: Cut out letters for WITCHFUL THINKING.

Step 2: Follow iron-on letter package instructions.

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Step 3: Wear it and have fun!

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DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter

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Our love for succulents has never faded. We love them, year-round! So, recently when we took a trip to find pumpkins at a garden center and saw pumpkin planters with succulents, we were head-over-heels in love. We made our own versions of the pumpkin planter {we bought the one with the skeleton}. This no-carve Halloween arrangement can be made for friends and family this Halloween and Thanksgiving season, and when pumpkin season is over, transfer the arrangement to a more festive winter holiday base.

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Materials:

  • Mini pumpkins, faux or real
  • Succulents, mini
  • Hot glue
  • Skulls and other fairy-size decorations
  • Moss, Spanish Moss
  • Glitter hairspray

Directions:

Step 1: Gather supplies.

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Step 2: Glue a handful Spanish Moss to the top of the pumpkin.

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Step 3: Insert the small succulents into the moss. Use a little hot glue if you have to keep them in place.

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Step 4: Add any other types of moss and mini stems to the top of the pumpkin. Finally, glue a skull or fairy-garden accessory on top.

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Step 5: Spray hair glitter on the arrangement. This can be wiped off later, but the sparkle is so cute!

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You’re done. To keep the succulents alive, spray them with water.

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DIY Trolls Halloween Costume

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Can’t Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake is a song that’s been on repeat in our home all summer. Now with the anticipation of the movie Trolls {in theaters November 4), the song is being played even louder while simultaneously having a dance party! We’re so excited about the movie. Jessica’s kids wanted to be Poppy and Branch, two characters from the movie Trolls. Today she’s telling us how she made one Poppy costume and two Branch no-sew DIY Halloween costumes.  You still have one week to make this costume before Halloween – you can do it!

Materials:

  • Felt, 23 green sheets {about .25 cents each), 1 light green sheet, 3 white sheets
  • White acrylic paint, Plaid Crafts
  • Peel-n-Stick permanent fabric fuse tape {this worked well for me, but Hello Wonderful made amazing felt costumes with a hot glue gun, so that’s an option, too}
  • khaki pants, cut like shorts
  • Turquoise sweatshirt, Wal-Mart
  • Pink pants and long sleeve shirt, Wal-Mart
  • Pink glitter boots, The Children’s Place
  • Grey long underwear, Costco
  • Troll wigs, Wal-Mart or Amazon
  • Black spray paint
  • Vests, Carters
  • Velcro
  • Faux flowers
  • Scissors {good for fabric}

Directions:

Branch Costume

Cut out felt leaves. I used a leaf cut out as my template, and then I cut, cut and cut some more.

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Add Peel-n-Stick to the back of the leaves, and begin to layer the leaves on the vest, from the bottom-up.

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Cut the khaki pants to be shorts.

Cut green felt squares and rectangles to place on shorts to look like patches.

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For Branch, I needed a black wig, but couldn’t find one, so I spray painted a purple wig black.

The grey clothes underneath not only keep the kids warm, but it’s the color of the Trolls skin. Win-win!

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Poppy Costume

Cut the sleeves off a turquoise sweatshirt. I used the Peel-n-Stick tape to ‘hem’ the cut seams.

Cut petals with white felt. I used a cut-out petal, similar to the leaf vest process. Add Peel-n-Stick to the back of the petals and add the petals to the bottom of the dress to match Poppy’s design.

Paint the bottom of Poppy’s dress to look like the real thing. I free-handed the design on the bottom.

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Use scraps from the sweatshirt sleeves to make Poppy’s headband. I used the Peel-n-Stick tape to make the headband edges more seamless.

Paint faux flowers turquoise and hot glue them to the headband. Cut small felt petals to glue behind the flowers.

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Poppy’s dress has a little wrap around the neck, so I used the hood of the sweatshirt to wrap around the neck. To keep it in place, I added a small strip of velcro to the hood and sweatshirt.

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GIMME’ MORE!
Check out all these other amazing no-sew costumes!

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Bumble Bee | Sugar Bee Crafts
Cat | Paging Supermom
No Sew Ideas | Rachel Teodoro
Moana | Houseful of Homemade
Alice in Wonderland | Polka Dot Chair
Rain Cloud | Make It Love It
Dinosaur | Ginger Snap Crafts
Bubble Bath | Giggles Galore
Hades | House Wife Eclectic 

DIY Halloween Costume Contest Award

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And the best costume goes to……{insert drum roll}

The best Halloween costume award is always a big deal. The friendly competition among our kids and their peers is something they look forward to every year. The best costume, the cutest costume, the scariest costume, the funniest costume and the most original costume are awarded to kids in every grade. To properly reward them, they receive a small gift or acknowledgement. The DIY Halloween award that we are sharing today is not only affordable and adorable, but it is an edible {who doesn’t love a giant Hershey’s chocolate bar} medal that can be worn with pride, it can be customized with names and any costume category, plus it’s a favor bag so gift cards and notes can be easily inserted.

We can’t take full credit for this idea. Jessica’s friend Atlanta introduced us to this idea last year, and we loved it so much, we decided to make our own version. Thanks, girl.

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Materials:

  • Caution tape, Oriental Trading
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, giant
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Bat cut-outs, we used our Silhouette electronic cutting machine
  • Black card stock {we used Astrobrights Papers} and gold spray paint if you want the bat to be gold
  • Chalkboard favor bag, Target $1 and $3 section
  • Chalkboard marker

Directions:

Step 1: Gather materials.

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Step 2: Use Silhouette software to design the bat, and then use the machine to cut out the bat, or use a template online. Spray paint the bottom of the bat {optional}.

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Step 3: Write the award on the envelope with a chalkboard marker.

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Step 4: Use the double-sided tape to tape the bat to the envelope {above the text}.

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Step 5: Cut the caution tape to the size you want.

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Step 6: Flip the chocolate bar face down. Line up the caution tape evenly on each side. Use masking tape to tape the caution tape to the chocolate bar. We used two strips on each bar.

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Step 7: Insert a gift card to a favorite local spot for kids {optional}. Get a panel of judges, and once all the votes have been tallied, reward the best dressed with their DIY giant chocolate bar medal.

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Note: When no one is home but kids during the day, and a project must get done, the kid becomes the photographer. These last two photos are property of Jessica’s youngest, Jackson {age 4}. He loved every second playing ‘photographer’ of the day. And, since no one is around or organized enough to have an actual costume ready, the plaid shirt totally plays off as the best lumberjack ever, right?!

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