21 Affordable Homemade Costume Ideas
October 23rd, 2018
21 Affordable Homemade Costume Ideas
You don’t have to go broke dressing up the family this Halloween! We’ve done all the searching for you to find the best affordable DIY costume ideas for Halloween 2018! One thing you’ll need for many of these ideas is a
. If you don’t have one yet, they are surprisingly affordable and will come in handy for tons more DIY projects down the road. Read on for cheap homemade costume ideas for men, women and kids!
Rosie the Riveter
Transform yourself into the World War II icon with a couple of items you can pick up almost anywhere, if they aren’t already hanging in your closet. The “show ‘em your guns” pose is a must for your photos. You’ll need:
Red headband or bandanna to tie in your hair
Work or combat boots, if you’ve got them
This one is all about the makeup. Don your little black dress, stick a fake flower or two in your hair, and
watch this easy tutorial
that uses makeup items you probably already have around the house to transform yourself into a sugar skull. You’ll need:
This one falls into the clever pun costume category. It’s an affordable costume solution for guys, especially if they’re the “I don’t do costumes” type. Just get him to wear a hat with a leaf dangling at mouth level and … instant leaf blower. You’ll need:
(We suggest camouflage!)
10-12 inches of fishing line
This DIY costume doubles as a party prank! Hot glue cotton “clouds” on a sky blue t-shirt, and you’re headed out to the Halloween party dressed as the sky. And what comes from the sky? Bring a squirt bottle of water with you and “make it rain” on your friends. You’ll need:
Light blue t-shirt
Cotton balls or fiberfill
Hot glue gun
You can get ready for the Halloween party this year in five minutes. Don a dark hoodie and sunglasses, and then write your friends’ names on stick-on name tags to become an identity thief. You’ll need:
Stick-on name tags
Turn your whole family into shadows for Halloween this year! All you need to buy is a black morph suit, then search your closets and drawers for black clothing to wear on top of the suit. Don’t forget the black shoes and accessories! You’ll need:
Black morph suit
Black clothing and shoes
If you own a hot glue gun, you can turn some cheap white clothing, yarn and felt into a unicorn outfit by following
. This costume is nice and cozy for little ones on the trick-or-treat trail. You’ll need:
White hooded sweatshirt
Won’t you be my neighbor? Dress up this year as your favorite childhood icon. All you need is a shirt, tie and cardigan. Earn some bonus points by bringing a
vintage hand puppet
Wear your hair down and channel your inner flower child with this easy costume. This one is all about the headband and round glasses. Don them with your favorite free-flowing blouse or boho dress, and you’re set. You’ll need:
Oversized round glasses
Tutus are a surprisingly easy thing to make and can be the backbone of many different costumes.
Make your own tutu with these directions
and add your favorite wings and sparkly makeup to transform into a fairy for the evening.
Netflix and Chill
Turn a red t-shirt and a blue t-shirt into this easy couples’ costume. Print out the Netflix logo and the word “Chill” to pin to the shirts. You could also cut out some snowflakes for the “chill” shirt. You’ll need:
Dress up as Audrey in her iconic Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany’s look. This outfit includes a tutu, but any little black dress will do. Pearls, gloves, an updo and tiara complete this classic look that is fun for a girl of any age. You’ll need:
Little black dress
Grab a flannel shirt and a straw hat, and use makeup to make yourself into the cutest scarecrow on the porch. Watch this
makeup tutorial on YouTube
for an easy scarecrow look. You’ll need:
The easiest DIY costumes involve adding accessories to street clothes, and this lion is cute, creative and simple! Craft a
no-sew lion’s mane using these directions
, wear a yellow shirt, and you’re done! You’ll need:
Yellow long-sleeve t-shirt
Ice Cream Cone
Glue a brown paper cone upside down to a headband, don some white clothes decorated with craft-stick “sprinkle,” and you’re suddenly dressed up as one of the saddest moments of childhood for Halloween: that upside down ice cream cone dropped on the sidewalk.
White shirt or dress
Mini colored craft sticks
This is a quick, inexpensive and cute costume for kids, but it would work for any age! Use safety pins to pin white balloons in varying sizes to a white shirt or dress. It’s best to put the outfit on first. Add a few balloons to a headband, too. For a special bathtime touch, use rubber cement to attach a rubber ducky to a couple of the balloons. You’ll need:
White shirt or dress
White shirt, black skirt, a few accessories, and you’ve become the world’s favorite British nanny. A bowler hat and curved-handle umbrella complete this easy Mary Poppins costume. You’ll need:
This clever costume would also work for a whole family of smart cookies. Grab a graduation cap and gown (they’re cheaper than most store-bought costumes!) and some cookie stickers, and you’re ready to go. You’ll need:
Graduation cap and gown
Here’s another easy DIY couples costume, or don the grass skirt, coconut bra and boxing gloves yourself and play both parts. You’ll need:
Use green and black felt to transform a red skater dress into a slice of watermelon. This is another great DIY costume idea that would work for females of any age. This
can give you the step-by-step. You’ll need:
Red skater dress
Glow sticks, tape and dark clothing can turn anyone into a stick figure with a cool glow-in-the-dark effect. There are
detailed instructions in this video
. You’ll need:
Dark sweatpants or leggings
Clear packing tape
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