8 Fun & Easy DIY Costumes for Kids
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1. Princess Leia Costume
One of our favorite costume ideas is Princess Leia from Star Wars. We think this is a great family costume idea, especially if you have a little brother who wants to dress up as Luke Skywalker and your dad can dress up as Darth Vader. You’ll need the iconic Princess Leia hair buns and white dress, or you can get a full Princess Leia Halloween costume here.
2. Shego Costume from Kim Possible
This cosplay costume would be perfect for any kid who loves Disney’s Kim Possible show. It’s also one of the simpler and cheaper costumes for kids to make, since all you really need is a green unitard and some purple fabric to make the cape and belt (and of course green face paint).
3. Toothless Costume from How to Train Your Dragon
If you’re looking for easy homemade Halloween costumes for kids, consider going with Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. It’s an easy way to repurpose a black sweatsuit, black hoodie, or even just a black t-shirt and pants that your child already has into a dragon
8 Fun & Easy DIY Costumes for Kids
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With Halloween just a few weeks away, I thought it would be fun to share 8 fun and easy DIY costumes for kids! Most of these can be made from items you already own or can easily find at your local thrift store. And the rest of the items could be made from a trip to your local craft store. I hope these fun and easy ideas inspire you this Halloween!
Homemade Do It Yourself Children’s Costumes:
DIY Raccoon Costume by Craftiness is Not Optional
DIY Dinosaur Costume by The Merry Thought
DIY Ewok Costume by Hello Wonderful
DIY Princess Leia Costume by Delia Creates
DIY Shego Kigurumi Costume (Villain from Kim Possible) by Make It and Love It
DIY Pirate Costume by Yellow Blackbird
DIY Superhero Cape Tutorial & Free Pattern by Make It and Love It (Make sure to check out all 4 of the superhero cape tutorials + patterns on this post!)
DIY Indian Chief Costume by Northstory (which is also the costume inspiration for my son this year)
I just love Halloween! I love the Fall, the cooler weather, the spookiness of it all, and of course dressing up! I do miss having my little ones at home to dress up. So I decided to look around at some fun DIY costume ideas that anyone could make on their own, or with a little help.
DIY Kid Costumes
If a child can’t dress like a ninja or super hero, they won’t have fun during Halloween. There is no doubt in my mind that this type of thinking is exactly what keeps parents from enjoying the holiday. A lot of mums and dads put too much emphasis on trends and what looks “cool”, when the truth is that kids just want to play dress-up and go trick-or-treating!
If you plan on making your own costumes for your little ones this year, here are 8 ideas that look great but won’t break the bank.
1. The Ghostbusters
The Ghostbusters are pretty iconic, so it makes sense that kids would love dressing up as them. This isn’t difficult to make at all – you might even be able to find some of the supplies in your kid’s closet! All you need is: a tan button up shirt, black pants, suspenders, and a black belt with gold buckle. You can also make a proton pack out of cardboard and paint it white or grey (or both).
Shego is a character from the Disney show Kim Possible. She wears a form fitting green outfit and has black hair. This costume is really easy (and cheap) to make, and only takes about 15-20 minutes. I made this costume for my daughter, who is 5 years old, but it can be made for any age.
You will need:
* Green long sleeved shirt – Any color will work, but I like green because it’s easier to find in thrift shops.
* Black pants – Jeans are best, because they’re thicker than regular pants. If you don’t have black jeans, you can use black pants or leggings underneath the tights.
* Black tights – Any style of tights will work, but I used “theater tights” because they’re thicker and stretchier than regular tights. You can also use pantyhose or leggings.
* Black gloves – You can buy these at Halloween stores or secondhand stores. If you can’t find them anywhere else, Wal-Mart sells some near the Halloween stuff that should work just fine. (Note: These might not be available if you live in an area where it doesn’t get cold.)
* Black shoes –
Every year my kids get really excited about Halloween. My daughter is obsessed with picking out the perfect costume. It takes her days to make a decision. Then finally she picks one and decides she wants to be something else! I like to get costumes that are simple, comfortable, and can be made at the last minute. Here are some great ideas for easy DIY costumes.
This princess costume is super cute and easy to make! Plus, it allows your daughter to wear a dress that she already has in her closet! Find a tiara (or make one) and you’re all set!
What little girl doesn’t love dressing up as a ballerina? This is another costume that allows your daughter to use something that she already has in her closet – her favorite tutu!
3. Mummy Costume
This mummy costume idea is so cute! I love it when I find a costume idea that uses white duct tape instead of white gauze or bandages – it’s much easier!
4. Snow White Costume