For many of us this is not the year to spend a fortune on store-bought Halloween costumes with all the trimmings; but how to break that news to your so-excited-for-Halloween-she-can’t-sleep offspring? We say: don’t! Instead, take a more creative approach and choose one of these make-at-home costumes that offer a cool, quick and almost free alternative to ready-to-wear. Plus the DIY method’s got a few things to recommend it besides thriftiness, including encouraging your child to get creative in thinking of how to achieve their desired disguise, plus since many of these costumes reuse items you’ve already got at home they’re all that much greener.
A Bunch of Grapes in 30 Minutes
With just a bag of purple balloons, a bunch of safety pins and a purple sweatshirt your kid is on their way to grape greatness. The time consuming part of this costume will be blowing up all the balloons you will need to cover the front and back of your little guy’s shirt. Enlist the rest of the family’s help and the task will go swiftly. Next carefully pin the tied-off portion of each balloon to the sweatshirt. To take it a few steps further, hunt for purple pants or leggings in your kid’s closet and think about dabbing on a little purple face paint. Get full directions here.
Fairy Wings in 20 Minutes
These may well be the fastest fairy wings ever made. If your daughter has her heart set on trick-or-treating as a fairy (or fairy princess, or butterfly) have we got the quick-and-easy project for you! This video takes you through crafting a pair of glittery wings in almost no time from just four hangers, two pairs of old tights, twine, ribbon, glitter and glue. Oncer you’ve got the wings, pull together a one-color outfit that matches them and your child’s good to go. Watch the video here.
Bubblegum on a Shoe in 15 Minutes
Is this not great thinking? It’s step-by-step instructions for dressing your kid as pink chewing gum stuck to the sole of a shoe. True, it’s a little high concept, but it’s also unlikely to be duplicated by every other second grader, and able to be accomplished in 15 minutes with $0-$20. The project starts with finding a headband and a flip-flop you don’t mind sacrificing. The shoe gets glued sole-side-down on the headband, which gets painted pink. Add an all-pink outfit and an optional store-bought pink wig or a can of temporary pink hair spray and you’re through—one gigantic piece of pink gum stuck to a shoe.
Dora the Explorer in 5 Minutes
Dora’s one omnipresent explorer, who even kids without regular TV access seem to somehow know and love. And she’s perhaps TV’s easiest star to imitate. This costume will require the purchase of a black wig, but any one will do—even a hideous shag on sale. When you get it home you’ll quickly cut blunt bangs at the front of the wig and trim the rest into a bob. And then you’re pretty much done! The rest of the costume consists of red shorts, green socks a pink shirt and a purple backpack. Toy monkey sidekick is optional! Check out these step-by-step instructions.
PHOTO: Courtesy of RedPlum reader Cindy in Michigan, who dressed he son as Emeril for Halloween!
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