DIY Wednesday: Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes

This post is for all my fellow Halloween enthusiasts who like me, didn’t have much time or money to spend on their costume this year. Store bought costumes can be expensive and sometimes the homemade route becomes quite time consuming. This post is for all you last minute DIY-ers looking for a quick and good Halloween costume. I’m not talking bunny ears or a cat nose either. I want to show you guys how to make killer costumes that look like they took weeks, in 1 day! Lets start with my costume I just made for this year, Edward Scissorhands:

What you will need:
1 package shiny plastic knives
1 pair thin black gloves
1 roll black electrical tape
1 black outfit (tank&pants/jumpsuit/whatever you please)
4-7 black belts (variety is best!)
1 black straggly wig (or rock your own hair!)

The gloves: making these gloves is not as difficult as you may think.

1-take black gloves and put them on
2-place knife on side of finger
3-use electrical tape to secure
4-repeat for each finger until, voila! You have Scissorhands!


Next, the belts! I used a variety of black belts with silver loops and large buckles. I used 6 belts total, I would suggest using as many as you want! If you can only find dark denim belts in the style you want, don’t fear, dye is here!

Optional step:

You can grab color dye at any fabric/craft store for a couple dollars and it will take about 20 minutes to complete this process.

Just follow the box instructions to dye!


Last step: throw it all together!

I purchased a “rocker” black wig for $20 at the Halloween store. This is optional but unless you have black hair I suggest springing for it, it really made the costume work.

Makeup: use a dark eyeliner pen that won’t run to draw cuts along face and arms (I also added sparkle eye liner to make them really POP!)

The final outcome:


Not feeling the scissorhands? Thats OKAY Here are a couple more quick ideas

Pictured right is a friend of mine who decided to be a tooth fairy. I helped her get this costume together in 1 day!

What you will need:

1-light blue/white dress

2- Tutu (any dance store will have these for a reasonable price)

3- 1 pkg. plastic tooth brushes

4- plastic tiara (party store $10-15)

For tooth wand:

1-tin foil

2-news paper

3- flower

4-metal rod

5-20 gauge wire

How to:

-Tutu: Attach plastic tooth brushes around tutu using a loose string/thread

-Wand:Paper mache a tooth:

mix water and flower to create paste

Form tooth out of tin foil and cut up strips of newspaper

Dip paper into paste and place on tinfoil tooth until smoothed and covered

Let dry for 12-24 hrs in sun (use a fan to speed up drying time) -do not use heat to speed drying time

Attach tooth to wand using a thing 20 gauge wire (craft stores-$5) to keep in place

One more quick idea!

The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland)

What you will need:

Rabbit Ears (or a cardboard equivalent)

Maroon Vest -try Salvation Army!

Pocket Watch- again, vintage and second hand shops are the best places to find these!

1 pair of those genie pants (I call them MC Hammer pants) in a bright yellow

Viola! The White Rabbit!

Feel free to comment with ideas you have if you want some tips to DIY quick, cheap, and easy!

Happy Halloween!


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