1. Alice in Wonderland: DIY Costumes for Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
For this easy DIY, my friend Mary and I work black skirts/pants we already had. She also had a yellow shirt (I dyed an old white shirt with yellow RIT dye.) We bought cheap red hats, and used small wooden dowels, hot glue, and flags cut out of paper to create the full look. The final step was cutting out the collars and bows from felt, and then writing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum on the collars.
Alexis went all out for her Mad Hatter look, most of which was thrift-store finds. She dyed the jacket that lovely purple hue, and I believe she made the hat shape out of cardboard and then covered it in fabric for a fabulous accessory.
This is perfect for the person who doesn't want to put too much work into it, but still wants to be part of the group costume idea! Our Cheshire Cat was Brock, who wore all black, cat ears (which you can make by glueing triangles on a black headband), and sported a drawn-on grin (black eye-liner does the trick!)
For all of the diehard Dr. Who fans out there (you know, those of you who watched this season's opener in the movie theater), this costume's the one for you! Kate nailed it with her creative use of props, transforming a simple cardboard box into an impressive-looking TARDIS.
Simple and super-cute, this costume only requires hay, a hat, and some face paint. Stephanie did a great job of posing for photographs to bring her costume to life!
The thrift store is the DIY costumer's best friend. You can walk in there without a clue as to what you want to dress up as and walk out inspired! Most thrift stores carry old formals and sometimes wedding dresses, so you can get creative without breaking the bank. This bridal costume was especially fitting for Kaci, as she was soon to be married. She bought the wig and with that plus the intense make-up and black eye polish, she really looked the part.
An old flannel shirt stuffed with batting, t-shirts, crumpled-up newspapers, or whatever else you've got around the house is a quick way to transform into the giant from the classic story Jack and the Beanstalk. Suspenders and a beard finish the job!
Add black patches to a white hoodie and white patches to black pants, plus ears to the hood, to create your own cow costume. If you don't want to permanently alter the outfit, you can always safety pin the patches on to remove them after you're done with it.
Another easy-to-make costume, this Beanstalk was created from a matching green sweatshirt and sweatpants, plus a green hat and sash. Green fabric, felt, paper or a combination of these things will work for the hat, sash, and any other accessories.
10. DIY Dinosaur Costume
The Oklahoma City Zoo has an annual Haunt the Zoo event, and last year our group was assigned the dinosaur section. We had so much fun making our own costumes by cutting out teeth, eyes, and spikes from felt. A lot of people sew theirs on, but we just hot-glued them. I didn't realize until I got home that night that my costume matched the dinosaur outfit I'd gotten for my pug, Daisy. We're stylin' like that!
11. DIY Minion Costume from Despicable Me
One of my favorite costumes I've ever made is the minion! I couldn't find a yellow hat, so I dyed a white one from Walmart with RIT yellow dye and then used black pipe cleaners for the hair. To make the goggles, I used a photobooth props template from Pinterest (lots of options to choose from) and hot-glued elastic on to be able to wear them comfortably. I lucked out and found a denim jumper at Goodwill, and I added the minion logo to the front with a black Sharpie.
12. Also pictured below: Sheridan as Richie Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenebaums...and I'm drawing a blank on Kalyn's costume.
13. The Giving Tree DIY Costume
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite children's books. (Here's a narration of the story if you're unfamiliar with it, but the woman's voice on this made me laugh...it doesn't quite fit the story.) It's about a really touching story about a boy who's best friends with a tree. This guy really went all out for his costume!
14. Punk Rock Pirate DIY Costume
This is one of those random, thrown-together costumes that turned out pretty fun. I already had the pink wig, and since skulls were very popular at the time, it wasn't hard to find a cute tee. You can get creative with accessories...I went for simple (fingerless gloves, a pink boa, and black nail polish).
15. Christmas Caroler DIY Costume
This is a really funny alternative for an ugly sweater Christmas party—everyone has old formals/bridesmaid dresses (or hit up the thrift store again) and then bust out your winter gear (gloves, hats, scarves, the works!) This would make a great group costume idea too.
16. Cheerleader Group DIY Costumes
When I was in grad school at Fuller Theological Seminary, we had annual show called the Fuller Follies, and we absolutely LOVED it! My friends and I decided we had to perform the perfect cheer, an ode to our school. I'm not embarrassed to say we rehearsed this, and more than once, but it was worth it. For a bunch of non-cheerleaders, we got those grad students up on their feet and rowdy!
This is one of the easiest costumes ever. We wore red t-shirts and black pants we already had or borrowed, and bought cheap megaphones, pom poms and headbands that we personalized. If you do this as a group costume, you could always have a simple cheer ready to do to get people laughing.
17. DIY Hobbit Costume from Lord of the Rings
My friend Melody's hobbit costume cracked me up. You can't see it in this picture, but the best part was the fake hair she'd added to her feet to really look the part. The cape didn't hurt either!
18. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume
Creative costumes can be cheap to make! For the tooth fairy look, you'll need:
(2) Tooth decor: I printed a simple image out and glued it to an old shirt.
(3) Sparkly bag: you can store a toothbrush, toothpaste and your wand there!
19. Oompa Loompas
This is not for the faint of heart. You've got to commit to the costume if you want the full effect. Orange face paint is for the hardcore costumers only! Temporary green hair-dye spray will transform your hair, and Brittney and Becca made their own suspenders with ribbbon.
20 and 21. Tinkerbell and Peter Pan DIY Couple Costume
Seth and Ali look way too cute in their Peter Pan and Tinkerbell outfits! Ali's actually isn't 100% DIY, but you could definitely make a version of this with a bright green shirt and shorts and matching ribbon. And Peter Pan's rocking the shredded green tee and leggings with a belt and cap.
22. DIY Dictionary Fairy Costume (Inspired by lilliedale.blogspost.com):
This wordy wear was perfect for Halloween in the editing department! I used the binding of any old dictionary for the base of the wings and then hot-glued pages from it fanning out from the base. I cut two holes in the top of the binding and strung ribbon through them so I could wear it sort of like a backpack. The fairy skirt was rolled-up pages of the dictionary stapled to a belt in layers for some extra poofiness, and don't forget your wand! (My shirt said "I heart books!")
23. DIY Peacock Costume
Theresa went for glam with her peacock costume. What I love about this one is really all you have to worry about is the feathers and the eye makeup...everything else can be stuff you already own!
24. DIY Minnie Mouse Costume
Theresa sewed her own Minnie Mouse skirt. You can either purchase Minnie ears or make your own with a headband, construction paper, and ribbon or a bow.
25. Ugly Christmas Sweater Couple Costume
You can always get that holiday spirit started early with some crazy Christmas attire. My brother and sister-in-law raided my mom's closet for these gems.
44. Glow-in-the-Dark Paint on Halloween Plates via Hobby Lobby (Full disclosure: I work for Hobby Lobby, so a lot of my craft supplies are from there!)