Cheap, Easy DIY Costumes

I suppose I ought to go along with the theme of my own party, so I figured I’d show you a couple of easy costume ideas that you can throw together without a lot of time, money, or effort.
This year, we’re going to be a dragon, a princess, and a pirate…you’ll just have to wait to see what we look like!  But in the meantime, here’s what we did last year.
Child of the 80’s
All you need to be a child of the 80’s are bright colors, big jewelry, and big hair {or a side ponytail!}  You probably already have about half of what you need in your closet, and the rest {scarily enough} you can buy from Claire’s or borrow from your teenage neighbor.
What I already had: flower headband, big necklace, black leggings, black tank top, bright pink and orange nail polish, blue eyeshadow {don’t judge; it’s part of a big kit!}
What I bought: denim miniskirt on clearance at Old Navy, heart belt from Goodwill, bangle and slap braclets, ring, and earrings from Claire’s, hot pink t-shirt from Michaels
The only thing I had to do besides put it all on was cut out the neck of the t-shirt so it would have that familiar one-shoulder look you remember from the 80’s…
I went for the “tie your tshirt in a knot” look; my friend Jess actually had one of those rings we used to use!  You can also go for the “my shirt is really long enough to be a dress and I’m going to wear a belt with it” look.  And of course, feel free to rock legwarmers.  Highly encouraged.

Want to be an 80’s couple like Gene and Claudia?  Guys just need a t-shirt and jeans {ripped or french rolled is even better}, leather if you’ve got it, and of course a mullet if at all possible!
Remember, the key to the 80’s: bigger and brighter is better!
The Blues Brothers
This might have been my favorite costume ever.  The dance studio was having a Halloween party just two weeks after its 80’s party, so I couldn’t re-wear my costume.  Hubby and I decided to be Elwood and Jake…can you guess who’s who?
What we had: We both actually already had black suit jackets, white shirts, and black pants.  Hubby had one black tie.  We each had a watch, and we technically both had fedoras because we had bought them for a hustle showcase, but the average person might not have those already…
What we bought: Sunglasses…$5 at Walmart, a black tie for me from Goodwill
Yeah, crazy cheap!
On Halloween day, I wore my 80’s getup and our friend Matt was Jake; he had his own suit, we just loaned him the hat, shades, and black tie and he was good to go.  I think he makes a more convincing Jake since he’s actually a man…giggle.
Little Crafter was a monkey last year and his costume came straight from Old Navy…just like it did again this year.  I keep meaning to make them for him and then we see one and he falls in love and tries it on and he looks so ridiculously adorable that there’s no walking out of the store without it.  See what I mean?

His little girlfriend Tinkerbell was pretty cute herself!  Did I mention we love the S family?

Hope you enjoyed this little blast from the Artsy Family’s past and can put these cheap, easy ideas to use sometime!  Stay tuned to see how we look this year…meanwhile, I need to get busy on an eyepatch for hubby.  Everyone’s sold out and a pirate’s not a pirate without a patch!  Oh, and while you’re here stop by the party and link up YOUR costumes and other holiday projects, recipes, & fun!
Have a great day!
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7 comments on Cheap, Easy DIY Costumes

  1. MiMi
    October 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM (4 years ago)

    What an adorable little monkey!
    Sadly, I am so lame, I don’t even have the stuff to do 80’s. Gah!

  2. Stuff and Nonsense
    October 28, 2011 at 5:13 PM (4 years ago)

    such cute ideas
    for the entire family

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  3. Jamie
    October 28, 2011 at 9:39 PM (4 years ago)

    My husband would love it if we went as the Blues Brothers! They are one of his favorite movie partnerships! :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

  4. Andrea @Oasis Accents
    October 29, 2011 at 12:04 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi Amy! I want to share a tip a co-worker used a couple years ago for an eye-patch. She used black make-up to draw on a patch. She covered her whole eyelid and drew the strings. That way she could still see but you got the illusion of a patch. Hope that helps =)

  5. Carrie
    October 29, 2011 at 5:39 PM (4 years ago)

    Thanks for linking up to Sharing Saturday at Crafty Moms Share, Amy! Love the outfits especially being an 80’s lover.

  6. Emilee
    October 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM (4 years ago)

    So cute and so easy too! I love costumes you can pull outta your own closet!

  7. Lauren
    November 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM (4 years ago)

    Fantastic ideas! Thanks for sharing with the Scatter Girls :)


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