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How to Make a Cheap Halloween Costume
Cheap DIY Costumes
Ideas from things in your home to create a cheap costume
This is the ultimate in creativity when you can use what you have around the house to create a costume. We Will cover some items that easily transform into new uses. Household items shaped into new things or used as accessories. As my kids grew up, I created many of their costumes. I used cardboard and paint to turn my son into a train. My daughter into a sunflower and a ladybug. My son was a spotted dog one year, up until a little girl looked at him and said, "Oh look mom it's aaaa mooo cow bunny?" She was majorly confused over the interpretation of his costume, plus the word dog, was missing in her sentence.
Old clothing, free or a few dollars from the thrift stores or salvation army. Plaids are renowned for lumberjacks, old man look. Black clothes are easy to find and terrific for many costumes like, cats, rabbits, bats, vampires, Dracula and dark characters from scary movies. Scarecrows, farmers and things like static cling, a washer machine or clothes line.
Fabric Tulle can is low cost and can be used to create wedding dresses, fairy dresses, ghosts and butterfly wing centers. $3-16 based on the number of yards.
Broken umbrellas and other broken cloth items, jackets etc can become wings, capes, skirts, pant legs that flare.
Floral items and wreaths. Make a walking flowerpot with cardboard, you can use thin cardboard from cereal boxes. Straps over the shoulders and florals sprouting out of the top or vines draping down. You can add fabric petals around their face or leaves. Hula girls need flowers too.
Holiday décor. Christmas tree, snowman or a large present.
Packing materials, a world of uses for cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, paper shopping bags for vests, hats. Bubble wrap for jellyfish or futuristic concepts.
All kinds of tape. Duck tape, masking tape and electrical tape. Combine with aluminum foil. Weapon designs galore, shields, swords, bows, horns, halos.
Yarn is your best friend for making wigs, hair, braids. Birds nests, fish nets, and bug nets are cost effective to make yourself.
Paper. Crafting endless items with paper from jewelry, silhouettes, labels, signs, flowers, and skirts or vests.
Stuffed animals. Make a zoo keeper, animal lover, or all the same, including the child, like penguins, teddy bears, etc.
Are your children into sporting activities, dancing or karate? They can wear the uniforms for Halloween, no real creativity needed.
Wants to be like daddy? A hunter or navy officer, dress them up in the camo clothes and paint green and brown camo colors on their faces. Make a fake bow from a bendable stick and Kitchen twine, the arrow from another stick.
Nature offers some exceptional gifts of embellishments like floral crowns, safe weapons, fairy adornments and sticks for snowmen or scarcrow outfits.
My personal Photographs of Toothfairy and Grim Reaper costumes
Low cost, thrift store and Seasonal Costume Ideas
Use low cost and dollar store finds to create the ultimate cheap costume for extremely little money.
Thrift stores display costumes every year, but you have to go early rather than close to Halloween. They sell out or will have exceedingly little left to choose from by that time. Capes and witches hats are lurking about.
Makeup and dark fingernail polishes or just basic black. Table clothes for capes, robes and presents.
Both types of stores carry seasonal items, Halloween décor, spiders, jewelry and posterboard. You can pick" ready to wear" costumes or incorporate the items into a costume you are designing, for a finished look.
Celebrate your favorite holiday, be a Christmas tree, an Easter bunny, an April fool or a cornucopia.
Use paper mache to create things you can't purchase, plus they are lighter items for your child to carry.
Household items like leftover dryer hose, plastic plumbing pipes and empty containers thouroughly cleaned out are transformationaly into "new Age or Futureistic" creations.
Cheesecloth for spider webs or to create an old, worn look. You can easily dye it to black, grey or any color. Add some tearing action and strechting to design the perfect spider web.
You can take pieces from other costumes or clothing, accessories or from the dress up box to further create a costume. I created my daughter's toothfairy costume with a combination of previous costumes to create the one.
Working through Design flaws in a Costume
As I found when designing the Thomas the Train choo choo box for my son, it was difficult for him to walk up steps without knocking things loose from the box.
- A little trial and error to work out the bugs is a good thing.
- Make sure they can see without obstructing their view.
- Add glow sticks or glowing duck tape to improve nighttime visibility.
- Make sure they can walk comfortably on flat surfaces and steps.
- See if anything tips over or falls off easily. Reattach and Re-situate the items to maintain there locations.
- Comfortableness is important, if something is scratching, irritating their skin or falling into their eyes, try softening or adding a comfortable layer between the item causing problems.
- Use additional glue, tape and other adhesives or Velcro to improve secureness of extra items attached to the outfits.
- Children get tired of carrying things like swords, shields or other bulky things. Think about adding a strap so either he/she or a parent can easily carry it.
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