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Cotton Candy Costume (Photo: Allison Leavitt)

Simple DIY Halloween costumes for kids

Is it just me or have Halloween costume prices gone through the roof?! DIY costumes are a fun project for parents and kids to work on together, while also saving some money in the process.

If you fear even the thought of a DIY project, fear no more! The ladies at Cheerful & Co have hooked us up with some simple DIY costumes for the kiddos! (PS. most of these costumes can be transformed into adult versions...who else is thinking grownup cotton candy?)

Michael Phelps

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** To adapt for colder weather, just add a hoodie, sweatpants and some headphones!

Rey and Luke Skywalker - No Sew Star Wars Costumes

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Instructions:

  • For both Rey and Luke Skywalker, start with all white shirts and pants.
  • For Rey’s costume, use about two yards of light tan fabric, folded, to drape over her white shirt and pants. No sewing required. Just cut the appropriate amount of fabric!
  • After purchasing a Karate Belt, cut it in half and use the belt for both costumes.
  • Top off Luke’s costume with a light saber and robe.

Cotton Candy Costume

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  • To make this costume, first, pull handfuls of the polyfill and place on a surface that can be spray painted.
  • Next, spray the polyfill with your Silk Flower Spray Paint. Make some area’s darker than others for texture. Let dry for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place the white shirt over a pillow so you can see the full shape. Spray a 4-6 inch circle with your spray adhesive and quickly push the colored polyfill onto the adhesive. Hold down on the poly fill for about 10 seconds.
  • Repeat until the entire shirt is covered. Pay special attention to the shoulders, this really adds to the look.
  • Add more color spray paint in areas where it is needed.
  • To make the hat, simply fill up your shower cap with polyfill. This gives you a good idea of the shape. Apply the same method as you cover the hat with your colored polyfill.
  • Make a cone out of poster board and attach a ribbon.

Crayon Costumes – Inspired by the book, “The Day the Crayon’s Quit”

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  • Cardstock
  • Glue gun
  • Template (download here)
  • Matching ribbon
  • Black felt

Instructions:

  • Cut out the crayon templates and trace onto cardstock and cut out. Be sure to make a slit for the tab to fit into.
  • Assemble the crayon hat by forming the cone and gluing.
  • Cut out the circle for the brim of the crayon. Place it over the cone. Note where it falls and mark it on your cone.
  • Cut horizontally from the bottom of the cone to where your brim fit, creating tabs that are about one inch. Fan them out, and trim the length of the strips so that they don’t extend past the brim of the hat.
  • Glue the brim of the hat down over the tabs so that it fits snugly around the cone.
  • Cut one-inch strips of paper. Tape them together so they form one long strip of paper. Wrap that around the brim of the hat and tape so that it fits snugly.
  • Glue the rim of the crayon down from the top brim. Remove all tape.
  • Glue the ribbon (about 1 1/2? each) on each side of the brim to tie under the necks.
  • To complete the costumes: wear solid colored PJs and glue (or sew) the black felt crayon detail to the bottom of the pants (template download here).

Pikachu Costume

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Hillary Clinton

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Donald Trump

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