Let me start by saying, Halloween is a big deal at our house when it comes to dressing up and decoration. I start researching DIY Halloween Costume Ideas months in advance and my kids usually steal the show! Now, for proof, I’m going to use some so-so quality photos to show you what I’m talking about, but I think you’ll agree they’re pretty awesome!
Below are some of my favorite DIY Halloween Costume Ideas (for girl and boys) and links to instructions, as well as a few places to buy them.
DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Girls:
The Red Queen (and my all-time favorite). This is a four part video series that is extremely easy to follow by Just Add a Bow. This channel is also my go-to for just about any tu-tu design.
Flickering Pixie. My daughter asked me to be a fairy and a princess, so the Flickering Pixie costume was born.
This took about three days.
I modified the fluffy tutu tutorial with a bustle and longer lengths. You can buy similar fake flowers from Pier1 and Hobby Lobby. Simply hot glued them to the bodice.
Let’s talk about the bodice. I bought the fabric from Hobby Lobby also. (Hobby Lobby’s app offers a 40% off a regular priced item, everyday!). I do not remember what pattern I used, but you can easily Google childrens bodice and modify it.
With the same flowers, hot glue flowers to sandals and use tule in a ballerina type fashion wrapped up the legs. I also used similar techniques for the headband.
The wings! I wrapped light wire from our local hardware store with remote control (so much fun!) lights from Pier1 and wove it into the tule. I loosely followed this tutorial.
I made the next two for my cousin’s daughter. I thought they turned out cute!
TuTu DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Girls
Looking for a dress up DIY Halloween Costume Ideas you can wear after Halloween? This one is perfect for dress up too!
I said before, Just Add a Bow is my go-to for most tutus I make. The Lace & Ribbon Tutu is no exception. I made the headband with tule and fake flowers I had.
Keep in mind, you can easily switch up colors and ribbon to compliment your taste.
Fluffy Halloween Tutu with Monogrammed Onesie.
The Double Stacked Bow is simply added to the Fluffy Tutu tutorial linked above.
I bought a black onesie for a dollar or two from Hobby Lobby (think coupon) and cut out an “a” from fabric I had.
To make the letter pop a little I zig-zagged around the A with bright green thread.
Embarrassed as a child by a rubic cube costume I am hyper sensitive about functionality. In short, it was a box. I cut not get on the bus or sit at my desk.
Poor planning and uncomfortable.
What’s great about this is: it’s super cute and easy for school, daycare or traveling in the car.
DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Boys:
I do not make as many costumes for the boys it seems, but when I do I am usually pleased with the results.
Steve from Minecraft. All of my kids love this game! Even my husband plays this game, so when I came across the Instructables for this costume it was a no-brainer.
It was a party favorite and a one of a kind. His friends thought it was pretty awesome too.
We used his Minecraft sword we bought from the store. My daughter also wore this costume.
Note: this costume will NOT travel well.
The Soldier. This challenged my sewing skills; it was nice to repurpose the old uniform.
Looking back, I should have taken it to my local dry cleaner for the seamstress to do. I felt like I spent too much time on it for so-so results.
He did get to wear it more then once though, so I was happy about that.
Consequently, this doubled as a career day outfit. It landed him in the yearbook also, which is always a nice experience.
DIY Halloween Costume Idea for a Boy or Girl
Chicken Little. Undecided? Try this one. It would be great for a boy or girl. This one was so much fun! I found this on Martha Stewart’s website and everyone loved it.
My younger son wanted to be a chicken, so win-win.
She actually got to wear this more then once when her school had a Child Nursery Character day.
Of course, she went as Chicken Little and ended up getting her picture taken with the principle and a place in the yearbook.
On another note, she insisted on riding her bike to school. I cut the rubber gloves and put them over her tennis shoes to make it easier.
The teachers talked about that for some time! I still laugh when I look at the picture.
Pressed for time and don’t have time for DIY Halloween Costume Ideas? No worries! Check out some store bought options ideas below.
Store Bought Halloween Costume Ideas
Of course I am not opposed to non-DIY Halloween Costume Ideas. They can be tedious, and even unappreciated.
With each passing year it sounds more and more appealing!
I liked the handmade feel and it was no hassle 😉
Here are a few other ideas that we have done over the years that can be found online or in stores as well.
Girls Gnome costume I thought this was absolutely precious! I did find it to run a little small, so keep that in mind if you decide to order. The little Smurf costume was a hit in our neighborhood too. I cannot get over the tail! They also have Girl Smurf costume available on Amazon.
These are the most noteworthy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas from the past few years. We’ve also done Deadpool and those morph suits, which were both popular. I hope the DIY Halloween Costume Ideas have been inspirational!
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