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Homemade Rock Star Costume Ideas

Updated on May 6, 2012

A Rock Star Costume Is Great For Halloween... Or Any Other Time!

If you want rock star costume ideas for making your own rock star costume, you're in the right place. Even if you've never been on stage before, you'll shine in a great rock star costume.

The best part, it's easy to pull off! You probably already own most of the things you need, and you can get the rest from your local thrift store, online, or make it yourself! Your options really are unlimited. Just think about what rock stars are wearing these days - basically, anything goes. You can keep it simple, or go all out; it's your choice.

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Want to get inspiration from SpiritHalloween? Click on the "Rock Star Costumes" link on the Women's Halloween Costumes page.

So what are you waiting for? Get rockin'!

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The Rock Star Shirt

Buy Or Use What You Have

Basically, the most important part of choosing a rock star costume top is to make it bold and eye-catching. There are three ways to go about finding a great top.

  1. Raid Your Closet (or Your Friend's): There's probably that one top that you or a friend owns that you bought because you loved it but it's just too outrageous to wear. Now's your chance!

  2. Check the Thrift Stores: You'd be amazed at some of the quality items you can find at a thrift store, many of which are more ridiculous than you could find at a regular store. Use your imagination, and keep an eye out for the following: mesh, buckles, bright colors, metallics, zippers, etc.

  3. Shop Online or at a Local Store: If all else fails, you can use your need for a rock star costume top to go shopping!

Once you have your rock star top, feel free to modify it to look even more glamorous. Remove the sleeves, cut strips in the sides and tie them back together, or cut off the collar to go from regular glam to super hot.

Lip Service Blacklist Red Polka Dot Cami Corset Top ($45.50) and

Black Skull Crop Top ($24.50); both on Hot Topic. Click for more details!

The Rock Star Pants

Denim or Leather?

The age old question when dressing like a rock star is, do I go with leather pants or jeans?

As you can see, I chose to wear skinny jeans for my costume, mostly because I didn't have much time and I already owned the pants. Again, it's a good idea to use what you have to make a rock star costume, unless you're really looking for an excuse to shop. If you need pants, thrift stores are a great place to look.

Again, modifications are always fun when it comes to creating your rock star look. If you have a pair of pants you're willing to sacrifice (or can buy one for relatively cheap), have fun cutting them, adding patches, and splattering with paint. Sure, you can easily buy pants like that nowadays, but what's the fun in that?

Machine Black And Natural Zebra Striped Destroyed Skinny Jeans: $34.50 from Hot Topic

If you're looking to simplify your rock star costume pants-search, consider looking at some like these from Hot Topic. They're already plenty dramatic enough to take your Halloween costume from "wow" to "RROWR!"

One of the best parts of making your own homemade rock star costume is picking the shoes. There are a lot of different directions you can go in, depending on the look you're going for.

If you want to err on the sexy side, choose your favorite pair of high-heeled boots; just take into account whether or not you'll be able to walk in them all night! Combat boots are also a good choice for that tough rocker look.

If you decide to get boots online, make sure that the site has a good return policy. Boots vary widely in how they fit, and you don't want to be walking around all day in ill-fitting boots! You can, however, get all sorts of great inspiration from seeing what the internet has to offer. Click here for boots on Amazon.

Great Chinese Laundry Boots

Chinese Laundry Look Out Sequins: $89.95 on Chinese Laundry

Your rock star look won't be complete without some great body art. You probably won't want to get real tattoos just for your costume - they're expensive, and permanent! Temporary tattoos are a great solution to your dilemma, and often, people can't even tell they're fake!

Go as crazy as you want - for one day, you can be that tattooed rocker you always dreamed of being!

Twisted Tribal '10, Over 50 Temporary Tattoos
Twisted Tribal '10, Over 50 Temporary Tattoos

Just about any type of temporary body art will work with your homemade rock star costume, from Celtic designs to butterflies to barbed wire and skulls. Temporary tattoos are available at most stores for $0.50 to $1.00 each in those vending machines, or you can click here for more great temporary tattoos on Amazon.


Accessories for the Rock Star Costume - Flash and Bling

One of the most important parts of making a homemade rock star costume is picking the right accessories. You've probably got some eye-catching jewelry around that will work perfectly. If not, raid your friend's closets or visit your local thrift store. Get ideas from some of the items below! Keep an eye out for anything musically themed, colorful, dramatic, or quirky!

Black And Silver Spike And Bullet Necklace: $14.50 at Hot Topic (click the link or the picture for more information).

Hot Topic is a great source for all sorts of great rock star accessories. The bigger, bolder and more glittery, the better! This is the perfect time to pick jewelry that is normally outside of your comfort zone. Click here for more jewelry and accessory options.

Alternately, visit just about any big-box store that has a jewelry section, discount stores, and even thrift stores to find inexpensive costume accessories. If you have skin sensitivities, you might want to test out your jewelry before Rock Star Costume Day, because some inexpensive items can be made with irritating agents.

The best way to show that you're a rock star is to use props. It's great if you have a guitar or drum sticks to tote around, but in a pinch, the easiest prop to make is a microphone. And the best part is, you don't have to worry if you get tired of carrying it around and want to set it down somewhere, as it costs next to nothing.

You'll need: scissors, cardboard, electrical tape, aluminum foil

Construction time: 5 minutes

  1. Cut out a rectangle of cardboard about the width of the microphone length. Start rolling from one corner until you have a rough cone shape. Secure with electrical tape.

  2. Ball up a piece of aluminum foil and place it in the wide end of the cone.

  3. Starting at the thin end of the cone, wrap the electrical tape around the cardboard, making sure to leave no gaps. Continue wrapping over the aluminum foil until the ball is secure.

Glitter Microphone: $3.99 from Spirit Halloween

The great part about making your own Halloween costume is that you can decide where you want to spend your money, and where you want to spend your time. If you'd prefer to purchase a microphone, check out this one from Spirit Halloween.

Getting your hair and makeup ready are some of the funnest parts of putting together your homemade rock star costume.

For the makeup, focus on your eyes. Use bright, bold eye shadow, line both your upper and lower lids in black, and use mascara on both your upper and lower lashes.

For the hair, turn your head upside down and blow-dry. Spray with hairspray while your head is still upside down. If desired, use curlers or a curling iron to create big hair.

*Important Hair Dye Disclaimer* I used temporary spray-on pink hair dye for my costume, and I really liked how it looked. However, it contains chemicals that can be very irritating to breathe in, and is HIGHLY flammable. Also, you pretty much have to wash it off before you go to bed, which you might not be up for after staying out all night. I recommend using semi-permanent dye or hair accessories to achieve the dyed-hair look!

Here Are Some More Great Looks

Here Are Some More Great Looks
Here Are Some More Great Looks

Looking For Inspiration For Your Rock Star Costume? - Check Out the Runaways!

The Runaways
The Runaways

This movie has some great rock star looks. Just note that some of the crazier outfits might have people scratching their heads as to what you're supposed to be. Internet searches are also great sources of rock star look inspirations.


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    • betty-tailor profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice! Must defos try making some!! :)

    • betty-tailor profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice! Must defos try making some!! :)

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      This looks like a good bet!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Congratulations. You lens has been named one of the Best of Make Your Own Halloween Costumes. Be sure to stop by to pick up your award image.

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    • elyria profile image


      7 years ago

      I can probably put together a rock star costume from my closet, hehe :)

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      7 years ago

      Fun idea for a modern-style rock star costume. Great work. :)

    • themeaparty profile image


      7 years ago

      Fun costumes, and I probably have must of the clothes in my closet!

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      creativeinc lm 

      7 years ago

      Rock start for a day...

    • LissaKlar LM profile image

      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      Love the costume ideas!

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens :)

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      7 years ago

      liked your ideas, don't have any original ideas of my own, glad I browsed your lens! If you like to browse as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

    • emmaklarkins profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @GypsyPirate LM: I'm glad to help! It's a pretty easy costume to do!

    • GypsyPirate LM profile image

      GypsyPirate LM 

      7 years ago

      What a great idea - you break it down so it's nice and simple, even I can do it!

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      StaciJansma LM 

      7 years ago

      Good job on your lens!


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