PI Girls, are you dressing up for Halloween this year? It can be tons of fun, until you realize how expensive it is to buy a fabulous premade costume. To help get your creative juices flowing, we searched for five DIY costumes that are modest and can be made on a budget. Because getting dressed up should be fun…not stressful!
Want one of the easiest and sweetest costumes of all time? Check out your closet and local thrift stores and find black tights and shoes, a black skirt, red belt, white blouse, red bow tie, black umbrella, large purse and black hat. All of these items are things you may already own or easy finds while thrifting, and though the outfit involves a lot of pieces, you should be able to get everything for less than $30! Bonus points for dressing up your hat with things around your room. Psst…this is an especially great costume if you’re heading out with your boyfriend or guy friend. Just help him gather the items worn by the chimney sweep in this photo. 🙂
- Yarn in the color of your choosing (red looks awesome) cut to desired length (adult pictured here was 40 inches)
- Felt strips (10 x 2 inches)
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Two hair combs per wig
Here’s how to make a simple yarn wig with a middle part:
Steps 1-3: Gathering your yarn together, find the center. Using your felt strip as a backing, begin sewing small sections with a backstitch. The area you’re stitching together will end up being your center part.
Steps 4-6: Continue sewing on small sections until you reach the end of your felt strip. Once it’s completed, flip it over. Starting at the same spot you began sewing on the yarn, stitch a comb onto the “front” of your wig. After you’ve gotten the comb on, trim the ends of your wig and try it on!
To complete this super-cute look, style the wig with pigtails, braids, bows and flowers! Wear a fun outfit and be sure to OVER-accessorize by adding bows, aprons, tights and cute details.
Source: A Beautiful Mess
- Multiple textured, colored and patterned fabrics (scraps work great for this project!)
- Push pins
- Hot glue gun or sewing machine
- Ribbon or edge tape
Step 1: Lay your pillowcase on a flat surface. The opening will be the bottom of your dress, so you’ll need to cut out a hole in the opposite end for your head and two arm holes on either side of the pillowcase. Hold up against your body to spot where your holes should be and what size.
Step 2: Using your scissors and all your fabrics, cut out fist-size half-ovals (each oval was created from squares that measured 3 x 4 inches, then round two of the corners). The dress pictured called for about 45 of these half-ovals. If you’re purchasing fabric, you’ll need at least one yard. These will act as your owl’s feathers.
Step 3: Beginning at the bottom of your pillowcase, lay fabric feathers alongside one another, making sure they cover the edge of your pillowcase. The straight edge of your feathers should be at the top of your row. Pin straight edge into place. Make sure you alternate your fabrics for a whimsical, charming look. (Note: You can make the dress longer by adding more half-ovals to the bottom!)
Step 4: Once you’ve completed pinning your bottom row, sew or use hot glue to attach the straight edge of your feathers to the pillowcase. Moving on to the next row, make sure to stagger your fabrics so they cover all seams you created on the line before. Repeat this step until you’ve reached the top of your pillowcase.
Step 5: Trim any excess fabrics that might be hanging over in the neck or arm areas. Now, taking your edging tape or ribbon, edge the neck and arm holes so that they cover all loose fabrics and give the entire costume a polished look!
By adding fun eye shadow, a few feathers, black pants and a messy nest-like side bun, the outfit is complete!
Source: A Beautiful Mess
BACON AND EGGS
If you’re going out with friends, dressing up as breakfast is the perfect way to be a yummy match. Simply dress in all black with comfy shoes and make your chosen food item out of cardboard or large poster board. Hole-punch two holes at the top and attach a string to wear around your neck. Voilà!
HOT AIR BALLOON BASKET
(While the costume in this photo was made for a younger girl, it’s totally doable for you, too!)
- Extra-large balloon (36 inches)
- Large basket
- Old dress with straps that you don’t mind cutting up. Works best with straps that adjust (like overalls).
- Off-white, “bumpy” yarn
- 4 brown paper lunch bags
- 4 plastic grocery bags
- Knit hat
- Scuba mask
Step 2: Buy a basket at a craft store (like Michael’s) and cut a hole in the bottom to fit around your hips.
Step 3: Take an old dress with straps, and hot-glue the bottom of the dress to the bottom of the basket. This way, you can “wear” the basket and it will stay upright.
Step 4: Tie yarn to the basket and fasten it to the knot at the base of the balloon to make it seem as if the rope were holding up the basket.
Step 5: To make stripes on the balloon, use colored ribbon and carefully double-tape them from top to bottom.
Step 6: For sandbags, crumble and stuff four brown paper lunch bags each with a plastic grocery bag (so it will be light) and hang them off the four corners of the basket.
Step 7: For an “aviator” look, wear a jacket to hide the strapped dress, put on a scarf and add a scuba mask (that you paint black) to a knit hat.