Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October 15, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Making your child’s costume shouldn’t be the scariest thing about Halloween. You don’t need to be a master seamstress, or even own a sewing machine for that matter. With a little bit of imagination you can easily make a fun creative costume for your little trick-or-treaters.

One of the easiest ways to make a Halloween costume is to start with a solid-colored hoodie, or onesie. Don’t feel like you need to make the whole costume from scratch. Make your life easier… stores like American Apparel carry a whole rainbow of solid colored clothing just waiting to be embellished and turned into something fabulous.

And if you can’t find the exact color you’re looking for you can always buy white, and dye it to suit your project (check out this site for some tips on dyeing onesies).

great start to an easy halloween costume

You can turn a solid colored hoodie or onesie into pretty much any creature you can imagine. Have a look at the inspiration below, and then let your imagination run wild.

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

1. Adorable Dalmatian Puppy – This white hoodie set, was transformed into a cute little dalmatian, simply by adding black paint spots all over. Attach a couple of ears and some socks painted with paws, and top it off with a little bit of eyeliner for a nose and some freckles.

2. Little Miss Sunshine – Embellish a cute yellow dress with a sun cut out of felt. You can buy felt letters and ribbon at most craft stores to create the sash. Check out the full how-to here.

3. Pink Owl – This costume would work great with pretty much any color of hoodie. Find matching fleece or felt from your local fabric store to make the feathers and simply sew them on, or even use your glue gun. Decorate a pre-cut foam mask to complete the look. For printable templates and full instructions check out this tutorial.

4. Halloween Onesies – Looking for something simple for your new born? Again with just a solid colored onesie and some felt you can turn your little one into a pumpkin, a skeleton, or a ghost.

5. DIY Bat Costume – Sew wings to the sleeves of a solid shirt for an easy Bat costume that’s comfortable to wear. The mask is cut from a template and worn over sunglasses to get the effect of dark eyes. (more Bat inspiration)

6. SuperHeros – Be your own super hero this halloween. An easy cape and a letter or symbol of your choice are the start of a great costume. Add some metallic leggings from American Apparel, and embellish with a belt, some cuffs, and a mask or a headband. Got more than one kid? Why not create a whole team of superheros?

7. Shark Costume – A grey sweatsuit is quickly transformed into an adorable shark. A white chest, some jagged teeth and a fin sewn down the back of the hoodie complete the look.

Perhaps you need a little bit more help turning your solid colored clothing into something a little more creative… look no further than etsy. You can buy simple hats and accessories to help turn your costumes into something truly memorable.

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Remember just keep it simple. Kids costumes don’t need to be overly complex, a couple of simple accessories are usually all it takes to make a great costume.

Are you making your child’s Halloween costume this year? We’d love to see what you came up with so don’t forget to share your creations on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/TalkCraftyToMe.

Posted by: kelly

2 Comments so far

  1. Stephanie October 15, 2012 5:22 pm

    Can I just say that I’m totally flattered and you seriously made my day? I’ve never been featured on a blog by someone I didn’t know. Thanks!

  2. kelly October 15, 2012 7:25 pm

    I’m flattered, you’re flattered! Your stuff is adorable and would make a great addition to any infant Halloween costume!

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