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So, tomorrow’s Halloween and you’re still struggling to decide what ghostly (or adorable) character you’re going to transform into, amiright? Don’t let the pressure of creating a knock-out costume stress you out. You still have plenty of time to gather some materials and put your DIY skills to use to make a fun, homemade costume just in time for nightfall. And even if you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, many of these will look just as good with a hot glue gun substitute. So, I’ve picked my top 11 (I just couldn’t stop at 10) DIY costumes from around the blogosphere that you can make TONIGHT. Plus, there’s something for every person in your family, from babies to grown-ups. Go ahead and dive in.



DIY Halloween Costumes - Rag DollsRag Dolls :: A Beautiful Mess

This rag doll costume is too cute. It’s perfect on its own or as a mother-daughter set. Get the Tutorial at A Beautiful Mess >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - BumblebeeBumblebee :: Fiskars

Becoming a bumblebee is easy as can be(e). Sew strips of black tee onto a yellow shirt, and turn a regular headband into whimsical antennae. Get the Tutorial at Fiskars >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - OwlOwl :: Alphamom

Cut coordinating fabric scraps into feather shapes and glue into layers on a t-shirt to transform your little one into a sweet, feathered friend. Get the Tutorial at Alphamom >>


DIY Halloween Costumes - SharkShark :: Fiskars

Transform a gray sweatsuit into a ferocious shark by sewing (or gluing) felt to the chest, jagged teeth and eyes on the hood, and a sharp fin onto the back. Get the Tutorial at Fiskars >>


DIY Halloween Costumes - SushiSushi :: The Wishing Elephant + Etsy

Using a plain white onesie and pieces of felt, turn your baby into an adorable piece of sushi. See This Costume on Etsy >>


DIY Halloween Costumes - Tippi Hedren BirdsMelanie Daniels From The Birds :: Prudent Baby

Remember Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds? With just a few materials, you can become Melanie Daniels (as played by Tippi Hedren) from the film. All you need is an old dress, a blonde, 60′s-style wig, black birds, glue and fake blood or red lip liner. Get the Tutorial at Prudent Baby >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - WaldoWaldo :: SheKnows

This classic Waldo costume is easy to make and never goes out of style. Plus, it’s perfect for guys and girls of any age. Learn how to make this costume for less than $30. Get the Tutorial at SheKnows >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - OwlLady Bird/Owl :: A Beautiful Mess

Just like the child’s owl costume above, all you need are various textured, colored and patterned fabric scraps to make this adult owl costume look its best. In this tutorial, a pillowcase is used as the dress, while half-ovals create the layered feathers. Get the Tutorial at A Beautiful Mess >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - KermitKermit :: radmegan

A lime-green neck bunting and needle-felt eye barrettes are a simple way to become Kermit the Frog. Get the Tutorial at radmegan >>


DIY Halloween Costumes - Grapes Fruit of the LoomFruit of the Loom – Grapes :: SheKnows

For less than $30, you can be the life of the party as a bunch of grapes. This is perfect as a solo costume, or you can gather your friends and go as a fruit variety. Get the Tutorial at SheKnows >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - Mr. Potato HeadMr. Potato Head :: Oopsey Daisy for The Train to Crazy

Here’s a costume you can make in an afternoon (or evening) using pieces of felt and some sewing skills. For a good couple’s idea, walk into the party as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Get the Tutorial at The Train to Crazy >>

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14 Responses

  1. Caitlin says:

    With the exception of "The Birds", none of these are gender-specific costumes, and at second glance none of them are age-specific either. Why the stereotyping?

  2. Randi says:

    Great ideas Kayla. These costumes are the cutest.

  3. Ashley says:

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