Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

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A simple white t-shirt offers a blank canvas for any DIY costume…all you need are some craft supplies and a creative mind!

A simple white t-shirt offers a blank canvas for any DIY costume...all you need are some craft supplies and a creative mind!
A simple white t-shirt offers a blank canvas for any DIY costume…all you need are some craft supplies and a creative mind!

With Halloween quickly approaching, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the daunting prospect of what costume to wear. There are many Halloween and party stores that pop up around this time of year, but often times store-bought costumes can be a serious waste of money for minimal fabric. Read on for five do-it-yourself projects that are both unique and won’t break the bank.

  1. Christmas Tree

Who says Halloween has to be scary? Channel your Christmas spirit a couple months early and dress up as everyone’s favorite tree! All you need is a green dress or oversized sweater. Dig up some of your Christmas ornaments and garlands and drape them on top, securing with clear tape. Place a bow or star on top of your head and you’ve got a unique outfit that is sure to impress your friends.

  1. Crayola Crayon

Pick your favorite color and dress in it from top to bottom. Cut out some felt or cardboard letters to say “crayola” and stick it over your clothing. If you really want to get crafty, find out the closest crayola color name to the one you are wearing, and use the same felt or cardboard letters to write out that color name on your leg or back.

  1. Black Cat

A classic Halloween favorite and a totally easy costume to make on your own. Throw on some black leggings and a long sleeve top and add some cat ears – these can be bought for cheap at dollar stores or are simple to make with some triangular felt glued onto a headband. Complete the look by drawing on “whiskers” and a nose with black eyeliner.

  1. Grapes

Blow up 12 or so purple balloons and tape them all over your body. Cut out some leaves from green paper and place them on top of your head. Simple! You are a bunch of grapes.

     5. Mermaid

This costume is great if you have a lot of blue or turquoise clothes to work with. Wear a blue maxi skirt to act as a “tail.” If you really want to add to it, cut out some some felt circles and sprinkle them with glitter to look like scales, then tape them to the skirt. Wear a plain tank top, t-shirt, or even long sleeve and add glitter to it. Accessorize with turquoise jewelry, maybe even a starfish bracelet or necklace if you have one. For makeup, use a few blue eyeshadows to really amp up the look.

    When in doubt, the internet is always a great resource to use for a surplus of Halloween costume ideas. Pinterest is full of crafty ideas for the season, and Youtube video tutorials are good if you want step by step instructions to follow along with. There is no reason to stress over what to wear, and you can even make the process fun by grabbing a few friends to make costumes with. With these tips, you are sure to have a Halloween costume to remember!