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15 Clever DIY Costume Ideas for Kids

With Halloween right around the corner, there’s nothing more exciting than finding the perfect costume for your little ones. And while you can always purchase costumes that are already completed, do-it-yourself outfits have a special homemade touch that can’t be topped. Keep reading to get inspired by our favorite DIY ideas this year!

1. A pineapple

Go tropical with this simple costume idea from Lines Across! You can transform a plain onesie into a work of art with just a few pieces of felt and some items around the house.

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow onesie
  • White and green felt
  • Elastic
  • Thin cardboard

 

2. A koala

It just so happens that babies also make adorable koalas!  Click the link above to find the full directions, as well as a template for the koala mask.

You’ll Need:

  • Grey onesie
  • Grey pants with footies
  • Grey hat
  • Black, grey, and white felt
  • Koala mask template (find in link)

 

3. A hamburger

Mustard is the color of fall! Take the trend in a new direction and even add some ketchup with this hilarious hamburger baby costume from C.R.A.F.T. The instructions suggest the use of a sewing machine, but you can also use hot glue if sewing isn’t your thing.

You’ll Need:

  • Tan, beige, yellow, green, and red felt
  • Stuffing
  • Brown onesie

4. A skunk

Turn your little one into a little stinker for Halloween with this clever idea from Little Homes!

You’ll Need:

  • Black faux fur scrap
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Black shirt
  • Black pants
  • White feather boa
  • Baby cap with ties

 

5. An old lady

No dentures required! Cruise all through town with this hilarious costume from Costume Works.

You’ll Need:

  • Cane or walker, shortened
  • Baggy dress
  • Cardigan
  • Grey costume beard (for wig)

 

6. A piñata

Always the life of the party,  you’ll love the festive flair this piñata costume brings on Halloween!

You’ll Need:

  • Pajamas
  • Colorful felt
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbons

 

7. A peacock

Hoping for something out-of-the-ordinary? Look no further than this DIY peacock attire from Creatively Christy! The costume is equally fun to create as it is for your little one to run around in.

You’ll Need:

  • Colorful onesie
  • Tights
  • Elastic sequin material
  • Peacock feathers
  • Teal feathers

8. A little sunshine

This costume is all smiles! You can guarantee the sun will be shining brightly on halloween if you have a personal ray of sunshine to help.

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow clothing
  • Oversized sweater
  • Elastic
  • Yellow, golden-yellow, and orange felt
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Yellow ric rac

 

9. Frida Kahlo

Dress your little one like the inspirational painter for a unique take on this year’s Halloween costume!

You’ll Need:

  • Clip-on flowers
  • Colorful earrings
  • Bright scarf
  • Eyeliner pencil
  • Flowered dress
  • elastic

 

11. An artist

Ooh-la-la! Get creative this year with an artist-styled costume. Complete with an empty paint bucket to hold candy, you’ll love this silly style.

You’ll Need:

  • Smock
  • Paintbrushes
  • Leggings
  • Empty paint bucket
  • Paint

 

10. A plastic army man

Go beyond the camouflage and recreate a life-sized toy soldier costume for your little guy! He’ll love playing in it long after Halloween ends.

You’ll Need:

  • Cargo pants
  • Spray paint and primer
  • Boots
  • Cardboard
  • Army accessories

12. A bumble bee

This buggy attire will have your little one buzzing with energy all day long! Find the full directions from Ginger Snap Crafts for an easy tutorial.

You’ll Need:

  • Black sweatshirt and pants
  • Bubble wrap
  • Yellow felt
  • Black plastic headband
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black pompoms

 

13. A tomato

Bring back the summertime flavor with your very own little tomato. Even better than the garden-grown variety, this costume will bring smiles all around!

You’ll Need:

  • Red oversized sweatshirt
  • Red shirt and pants
  • Green felt
  • Green pipe cleaners

 

 

14. The Morton Salt girl

What better icon to imitate than this classic salt trademark? Put together your own yellow dress using the link above, or find one in stores to complete the outfit!

You’ll Need:

  • Yellow dress
  • White tights
  • Yellow shoes
  • Basic umbrella

 

15. A paintbrush

This artistic outfit is an easy way to get creative in a whole new way. Not only will you feel crafty when putting it together, but your child will get to explore his/her inner painter as well!

You’ll Need:

  • Poster board
  • Broom bristles
  • Styrofoam
  • Foam board
  • Paint
  • Black or blue clothing

 

Note: In addition to the items listed as necessary for each costume, you may also need scissors, a hot glue gun and/or safety pins. We hope you are inspired to create your kids’ Halloween costumes this year, as well as to get crafty with your ideas!

Do you have any creative costume ideas for kids? What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Let us know in the comments below!

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the inspiration that old lady is inspired :)

  2. All of these are SO cute! We did Animal from The Muppets with a striped black and white shirt, torn old black leggings, and red face paint and a crazy red wig. I got some cheap velcro from the fabric store and some plastic chain from the dollar store to make his wrist and neck chains. Very cute!

  3. Oh my goodness! These were adorable…especially that pinata! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sugar & Bean Print Co.

    I LOVE making Halloween costumes! I could get away with it when my daughter was younger (my fave was when she was Bowser) but now that she is coherent enough to pick what she wants to be, I’m in Disney Princess jail for the foreseeable future =******(

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