Want to make a unique costume but don't know the first thing about sewing? Or maybe you're just pressed for time? Though I like to sew, I also love finding ways around it, and whipping up a quick costume that's sure to impress your friends. Read on for 8 of my favorite DIY costumes!
1. Rainbow Brite Twins
Twinning with my daughter as Rainbow Brite was so much fun! Just order the clothes and quickly make the accessories... it's so much easier than it looks! For extra cool points, get your friend to dress up as Rainbow Brite's horse!
2. Adult Cookie Monster
4. The Captain and the Mermaid
This couple costume was a huge hit! His sailor outfit was mostly from the thrift store, so that was easy. Mine took a bit of time, but it was so much fun and anyone can do it! Click here for a step-by-step tutorial!
5. Run DMC and Flashdance
Go classic with an 80s theme! These are so easy and just require some gathering of clothes and accessories. When the party hosts rent a DeLorean, it completes the look!
6. Corpse Bride and Groom
What's more romantic than a costume that screams, "Not even death will do us part!"? We threw this one together last minute, for about $25, and it's super easy! Hints: buy everything from the thrift store, and use black makeup everywhere.
7. Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, and Alice in Wonderland
This Wonderland theme is one of my all-time favorites. This is one of the most time consuming, but amazingly, it still doesn't require sewing! Click here for a step-by-step tutorial!
8. Orange Blossom of Strawberry Shortcake
9. lollipop girl
This was a fun costume to dream up, since it isn't a character with an established design. She just wanted to be something colorful and happy, so we decided on a multi-colored lollipop as our theme. We ordered the tutu and blue leotard online, then cut all the pieces of the lollipop out of felt. Other accessories were pom-poms, ribbon, and of course a real-life lollipop as a prop. Everything is glued in place - new sewing whatsoever!
10. gumball machine and quarter
This one is so simple! A tank top, skirt, some felt, and pom-poms... just cut and glue! When you live in a chilly climate, the beanie is perfect, since it also works as the top of the gumball machine. For the quarter, just cut a circle out of poster board, then glue on all the felt pieces. Punch two holes in the top and string some yarn through it to wear around the neck. Perfect for the significant other who doesn't want to go all out with a costume!
I hope you found some inspiration here! If you try one of these costumes, tag me in your post on Facebook or Instagram - I'd love to see what you came up with! Happy Halloween!
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Hi, I'm Mandi! Artist, photographer, and compulsive organizer...