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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!

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11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

Creating art with your kids is a great way to get messy while spicing up a lazy afternoon! With activities ranging from prints to puffy paints, there is no limit to how you can have fun with your little ones. Check out our curated list of art projects below for a little inspiration:

1. String Painting:

This idea from Kiwi Crate is even better than finger painting! Try swirling a piece of string around to explore the magic of color and shapes.

 

2. Pasta Mosaic Art:

Buggy and Buddy offers a clever solution for making kid-friendly mosaics. These colored noodle and clay pieces are great vehicles for cute objects and abstract shapes alike!

 

3. Leaf Rubbings:

With fall right around the corner, this activity is a great way to show your kids all the unique textures in nature. Wordplayhouse provides a terrific demo for making the leaf-pressing process as easy as possible.

 

4. Fruit and Vegetable Prints:

Stamping is even more fun when fruit-shaped! Check out Pink Stripey Socks’ tutorial to learn three different ways to press, print, and play.

 

5. Paper Plate Sea Turtles:

Try using paper plates to make sea turtles, as shown by Crafts on Sea. Besides being adorable, you probably already have all the materials on hand!

 

6. Magazine Collage Art:

Recycle your magazines in a new way! Using a few sets of scissors and glue, this project from Kids Activities Blog is a great way for you and your little ones to make wacky designs together.

 

7. Hand Painted Fridge Magnets:

Both small and playful, these adorable canvas magnets from Happy Hooligans will add a bright pop of color to your refrigerator.

 

8. Microwave Puffy Paint:

It puffs and looks pretty! Consider the possibilities of this unique art experience at Tiny Rotten Peanuts.

 

9. Shaving Cream Marbling:

Equally fun to touch as it is to scrape off, this project is worth the mess due to stunning end results. Check out the full tutorial on The Artful Parent!

 

10. Paper Sculptures:

The kids will love curling the paper, and you’ll love hanging the finished products on your walls. Thanks to Art Actually, this project is easy to follow and fun to complete!

 

11. Floating Chalk Printing:

Talk about a beautiful and unique printing activity! Picklebums has great tips for creating these stunning pieces with your kids.

 

Whether used as a rainy day activity or to make homemade gifts for family, art projects are a fun way to explore your kids’ creativity. We hope you are inspired to express yourselves with these ideas, as well as to enjoy the messy delight of art together!

Do you have any art projects of your own to try? Let us know in the comments section below!

11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

Holiday Featured Artists

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BoomBoom Prints has an awesome selection of holiday styles to deck the halls of your house and deck out your family!  We chose a handful of BBP artists who have holiday designs to find out what about the holidays inspires them and how they celebrate this snowy time of year.  Be sure to read through the interviews below- they cover everything from their holiday decor traditions to their opinions on eggnog!

 

 treeAndi Bird: “The decor in our home is usually modern and simple, but at Christmas time those rules are out the window. We lived in Langley BC Canada for many years and before the holidays I would shop at a wonderful hospital thrift store called the Penny Pincher. I found a plethora of fun, funky and old fashioned Christmas items for as little as 10¢. I brought 5 giant bags of holiday items back…” Read more

 

 

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After February: ” It’s fun shopping for Christmas gifts both online and in-store. Christmas lights on streets, in malls and around the neighborhood…” Read more

 

 

 

 

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Melissa Held: “Designing artwork for the holidays is fun because there are so many motifs to make use of that are specifically holiday themed. I like that  themes from nature such as snowflakes and animals can be used without any religious significance and can appeal to everyone.  I also love looking through design and…” Read more

 

 

 

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Happy Fox Designs“I drew constantly as a child, and one Christmas my parents gave me one of those drawing kits, filled with pencils, pastels, and paints and I was so excited. I felt like I was one step closer to becoming a professional artist. And here I am now! I’m grateful…” Read more

 

 

 

Braceland Vancouver Island (3)Kathy Braceland: “I was born and raised in Canada and as a kid, I had a great time playing in the snow, tobogganing, skating, having snowball fights and building snow things.  Christmas was a bonus on top of all that fun.    I draw holiday cartoons because they make me smile and they bring back floods of pleasurable moments.  I hope it does the same for others and maybe…” Read more

 

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