When I think about awesome home-made Halloween costumes I always think of my friend Rhonda. Rhonda is the queen of how to make your own family costumes. Here’s her post I hope you will love!
Store bought costumes can be so cute, but I have to admit that I love to create clever, inexpensive family Halloween costumes for our family of 5. Thankfully, my husband is a such a good sport because with 3 daughters our past costumes haven’t always been ‘manly’. We love discussing ideas and voting on our costumes each year, but I do get the final say since I am the one who does the shopping, sewing, crafting, etc!
Last year’s costume was my second born’s idea-we were minions. Now I have to admit that I needed to do a little research because I didn’t exactly know what a minion was! Luckily, she, also, had the idea to use canning jar bands for the eyepieces which was the most vital part of the costume.
Here’s what you need:
*Overalls-found at the thrift store for $3-$5 each (yay!!)
*Pack of 4 cotton t-shirts-found on clearance for $3 (yay!!)
*Canary yellow fabric dye
*Black chenille sticks/pipe cleaners
*5 Knit hats
*Canary yellow spray paint
*Canning jar bands-I had these at home, but post a request on Facebook if you need to borrow items. Friends always come through for me.
1. Go Shopping!
The first thing you should do is shop for the main item that best represents your costume. For example, if I would not have found overalls at the thrift store so easily we probably would have chosen another theme. However, you can always substitute or find a way around the missing piece.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Improvise.
If you find it difficult to find yellow t-shirts for example, you can always dye them. For me it was a monetary decision: I found yellow t-shirts for $5.96/each, but I found a pack of 4 men’s t-shirts on clearance for $3 and the dye was only $3 as well so for $6 we had 4 t-shirts! I found the knit hats for $1 each and thought I could throw them in with the t-shirts to dye; however, the fabric would not hold the dye so I decided to spray paint them instead. Failure-the author of invention
The goggles were fun to create.
- All you have to do is duct tape two canning bands/rings together and attach black elastic. We tried using ribbon to attach them, but they wouldn’t stay on our heads so the elastic (sewn for baby, stapled for the rest) was an easy substitution and worked perfectly. You can also do the single can lid eye too.
- Next, literally just stick and bend a few fuzzy sticks for strands of hair on the top of the knit hats.
Other Creative Family Costumes
Here are a few more ideas from our past family Halloween costumes.
I hope our family Halloween costume ideas have inspired you to make these memories for your family. Please, leave a comment and let me know what your family’s thrifty costume plans are this year and don’t forget to return to find out what our family decides to create this year!