Monday, October 15, 2012

More Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just a little over two weeks away - so there's still plenty of time to pull together a sweet costume. I've rounded up some of my favorite homemade Halloween costume ideas - to add to the list I rounded up last year. Here goes:

Flo from Progressive - attach some blue iron-on letters like these to a white apron like this one. You could buy an "I love insurance" button, or I think you could easily make one yourself too.



Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games - dig out the pair of cargo pants buried in the back of your closet (or pick up a pair from Goodwill), and get a toy bow and arrow set like this one. And if you feel like going all out (which I totally support) you could order a Mockingjay pin.

Image from MTV.


A Hungry Hungry Hippo - get a basic plastic push-top garbage can like this one and use a box-cutter to cut off the bottom, as well as grooves for your arms and a hole for your head. Make nostrils using plastic cups and spray paint the whole thing the color of your choice - I think the original hippos were pink, green, orange and yellow. Make eyes, ears and teeth out of cardboard and/or craft foam.

Image from College Humor.


Olive Oyl (Popeye's girlfriend) - strap on your hiking boots, attach a strip of yellow duct tape along the bottom of a black skirt, and fashion a scalloped collar out of white felt for an existing red blouse.

Image from Xoelle.


Pig in a blanket - Real Simple shares all the DIY details for these pig ears and this nose here, but essentially you need pink felt, a headband, a bottle cap, pink paint, a button and some pink ribbon.

Image from Real Simple.

A piƱata - the costume on the left was made using a nude leotard and crepe paper, details here. The costume on the right was made using old pajamas and felt, video tutorial here.

Image on the left from Camille Styles. Image on the right from Costume Works.


A shark - get some gray, white, and black felt to attach to a gray sweatsuit - details on how this was made here.
Image from Fiskars.



Andy Warhol - grab a black turtleneck, a short white wig (Amazon's selling one for $8 here), and a can of Campbell's tomato soup.

Image via Oh Happy Day.



Frida Kahlo - glue some fake flowers onto a headband, use an eyeliner pencil to give yourself a unibrow, and throw on a flowy dress, your biggest dangly earrings, and a colorful pashmina.

Image via Oh Happy Day.



Cinderella (before she met the prince) - grab your broom and get a brown a-line skirt (there are thousands of em' available for cheap on ebay), a brown tank top, a long-sleeved light blue shirt, a white apron (here's one on Amazon for $7), and an all-white bandana/handkerchief.

Image via TinkerellaCreations.



A crayon - get a party hat and a matching long-sleeved shirt and leggings (or a dress and tights) and attach some black felt.

Image on the left from Fantasy Toyland.  Image on the right from Parents.


Ceiling Fan - get some cheerleading pom poms like these and attach some iron-on letters on a t-shirt to spell "Go Ceiling." To be extra festive get a giant foam finger like this.

An Iron Chef - grab your iron and throw on a chef hat, and maybe even a chef coat or apron.

A Buccaneer - tape dollar bills to a pair of earrings.  Get it?...you'll have a 'buck an ear'.

Images compiled from Real Simple.


After rounding up countless ideas and a lot of deliberation, I've decided that I'm going to be Lady Gaga for Halloween this year. This weekend I ordered one yard of this bacon pattered fabric, this platinum blond wig, and a pair of fishnets tights.


I'm really excited to pull it all together. I promise to share lots of pictures and details once I do - just like I did for last year's chicken costume and my sheep costume the year before.

As always, thank you so much for reading - you rock!



1 comment:

Kirstin said...

Love these ideas! Can't wait to see the Gaga costume!

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