You know I love to make a fun and unique Halloween costume for the kids, but who says the kids should have all the fun? At both my current and past workplaces we did the “dress up” thing at Halloween. Being a creative person I just could never bring myself to purchase a costume. So instead I purchased accessories to create fun costumes. I mean after all, Halloween is all about the creative fun you can have. So below are some of my own fun and creative Halloween costumes as well as some tips on how to make your own Halloween costume.
DIY Adult Statue of Liberty Costume
I made this costume in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. I was feeling patriotic. I simply bought a white t-shirt and sheet and dyed them the green color of the Statue of Liberty. The book, crown, and torch were made with poster board painted and sculpted to the shape needed. (Sorry for the unclear photo this was before digital cameras)
DIY Artist Costume
This one is super easy to make. Purchase a white nurse like top with pockets, a beret, slip-on shoes, paintbrushes, and paint. Your kids will love helping you with this costume. Simply paint your shirt and shoes. Glue paintbrushes into the pockets of your shirt and use cardboard to create a palette. For paint on your face just use eye shadow.
DIY Fortune Teller Costume
For this costume, I visited my local thrift shop to pick up a funky skirt and a couple of scarves. I bought a lot of gold costume jewelry and wore a pair of my own sandals. The tarot cards I just printed off the internet and cut out. The crystal ball, I can’t remember what I did to be honest, but I believe it is a light fixture that I painted and added glitter. The makeup is one of those store bought Halloween eye make up kits.
I have many other fun costumes I created that I just don’t have photos of such as a jester, bunny, cat, and lion. It is really easy to make costumes without knowing how to sew it is all just in what you can put together.
Tips for DIY Adult Halloween Costumes
- Dye – you can use dye for almost any costume. For my lion costume, I purchased a white sweatshirt and pants and dyed them a light brown
- Heat n’ Bond – This stuff is great for adding embellishments to clothes without sewing. This can be found in a craft store and is a layer that goes between the two fabrics and makes it an iron-on transfer. I have used this to make my children a tiger costume and Blues Clues.
- Thrift Stores – No need to purchase something you are never going to wear again. Visit your local thrift stores to put together a costume.
- Your Own Closet – To get inspiration rummage through your closet to see what you can find. One year as a kid my Halloween costume was too hard to trick or treat in. My mother quickly put me in a pair of her jeans (too big for me), added suspenders, gave me her bowling shoes, my father’s tie, and she added some makeup to make me a clown.
- Specialty stores—if you don’t have the time but you have the money for a detailed costume, you can go for period-appropriate clothing. Characters from the medieval era or the Renaissance era become more fun to dress up as when their costumes and accessories include historically accurate details.
The best thing to do when it comes to making your own DIY Adult Halloween Costume is to start thinking about what you want to be ahead of time so you can start searching for the perfect pieces to create your costume. If you are already signed up for MyPoints then you might want to check your balance you may have saved up enough for a gift card to help you do some of your Halloween shopping. Or if you have yet to sign up for MyPoints I encourage you to do so. I just posted last week about the benefits of MyPoints.
Once you have everything you need to make your perfect costume give it a trial run. Try everything on to make sure it looks good and fits right. There is nothing worse than waiting until Halloween or a party to find out the shoes don’t fit, or you can’t find that shirt you needed to complete your costume. Think of making your next Halloween costume instead of buying it. Show off some of your creative side!
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