How to Make-it-Yourself Halloween Costumes

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How to Make-it-Yourself Halloween Costumes
Create a handmade costume for the next Halloween party. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Handmade Halloween costumes are original and can cost less than a costume purchased at a shop. Basic clothing elements can be combined and accessorised to create a Halloween outfit such as a cowboy. Some sewing skills can transform a sweatshirt, fleece and felt into a fluffy owl costume. Making your own costume allows you and your child to use your imaginations.

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Things you need

  • Dark blue jeans
  • Denim skirt
  • Leather belt with large belt buckle
  • Red flannel or plaid collared shirt
  • Blue bandanna
  • Brown leather cowboy boots
  • Cowboy hat
  • Mini MP3 speaker
  • MP3 player
  • Purple long sleeve shirt
  • Purple shorts
  • Dark green stockings
  • 50 purple latex balloons
  • 50 small safety pins
  • Purple ski cap
  • Green shoes
  • Purple gloves
  • White crew neck sweatshirt
  • 1 piece of thick card stock paper
  • Pencil
  • 12 white or beige felt sheets
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Tape measure
  • 1/2 yard white or beige fleece
  • White puffy paint
  • Black puffy paint
  • Yellow puffy paint
  • Brown trousers
  • Brown shoes

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  1. 1

    Purchase a pair of dark blue jeans or a denim skirt. Loop a leather belt with a large belt buckle through the belt loops.

  2. 2

    Instruct the costume wearer to wear a red flannel or plaid collared shirt. Tie a blue bandanna around the neck of the costume wearer.

  3. 3

    Add brown leather cowboy boots as the costume footwear.

  4. 4

    Accessorise the costume with a large cowboy hat.

  5. 5

    Attach a mini speaker connected to an MP3 player to the waistband of the jeans or denim skirt. Program the MP3 player to play country music on a loop.

  1. 1

    Purchase a purple long sleeve shirt, purple shorts and dark green stockings.

  2. 2

    Blow up 50 purple latex balloons. Tie a large knot at the end of the balloon to keep the air in. Do not overinflate these balloons, as they might burst.

  3. 3

    Instruct the costume wearer to wear the long sleeve shirt and the purple shorts over the green tights. The tights are green to resemble the stem of the grapes.

  4. 4

    Use small safety pins to carefully pin each balloon to the body of the shirt and shorts while the costume wearer is in the costume. Be sure to insert the safety pin into the knotted portion of the balloon since inserting it into the air-filled portion will cause the balloon to pop.

  5. 5

    Cover the shorts and body of the long sleeved shirt with the balloons until there is no more room to attach a balloon. Do not cover the sleeves of the shirt with the balloons.

  6. 6

    Accessorise the costume with a purple ski cap worn on the costume wearer's head, green shoes and purple gloves.

  1. 1

    Purchase a plain white crew neck sweatshirt.

  2. 2

    Draw a feather pattern on a thick piece of card stock paper, about 5-inches long and 3-inches wide. Cut the pattern out.

  3. 3

    Use a pencil to trace the feather pattern on a felt sheet, fitting as many feathers on one sheet as possible. Layer the drawn-on sheet of felt over another sheet of felt and place a pin in the middle of each feather to secure the top felt sheet to the bottom sheet. Use a scissors to cut out the feathers.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 until about 86 felt feathers have been cut out. Felt is a nonwoven fabric, so the sides of the feathers do not need to be hemmed since the fabric will not fray.

  5. 5

    Lay the white sweatshirt on a table and pin about 40 feathers to the front of the sweatshirt in rows. Overlap the rows of feathers with about one inch of overlap so the tops of the feathers are not exposed. Use a needle and thread to stitch each feather to the front of the sweatshirt.

  6. 6

    Turn the sweatshirt over and pin the 40 feathers to the back of the sweatshirt. Overlap the feathers so the tops are not exposed. Use a needle and thread to stitch each feather to the back of the sweatshirt.

  7. 7

    Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of the costume wearer's head.

  8. 8

    Fold a ½ yard of white or beige fleece in half to create a double thick piece of fleece. Use a scissors to cut a strip of the fleece 7-inches wide and two inches longer than the circumference of the costume wearer's head.

  9. 9

    Fold the fleece strip in half lengthwise. Use a pencil to draw a line about one inch away from the edge of the width portion of the strip. Use sewing pins to pin the width of the fleece strip together.

  10. 10

    Use a needle and thread to stitch along the line of pins, removing the pins along the way. Flip the fleece headband inside out to hide the edges of the seam.

  11. 11

    Use a scissors to cut flaps into the top and bottom of the headband, all the way around, avoiding the seam. Cut the flaps about 2-inches long and 1-inch wide. The flaps will look like furry feather pieces.

  12. 12

    Use a needle and thread to attach the remaining six feathers on the headband. Attach three feathers on the right side of the headband and three on the left. Point the feathers upwards so they will resemble two owl ears.

  13. 13

    Paint two large eyes on the front of the headband with white and black puffy paint. Use yellow puffy paint to paint a beak on the front of the headband, under the eyes. Set the headband aside to dry before allowing the costume wearer to wear it.

  14. 14

    Complete the owl costume with brown trousers and brown shoes.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to find out if anybody has a latex allergy before wearing the bunch of grapes costume to a party.

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