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Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 | 1 comment

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is a DIYer’s holiday, a time to get creative and tackle projects you might otherwise avoid. Here are two simple costumes (for boys or girls) that anyone could complete. Are you working on a homemade costume or do you have a great source for DIY costume ideas?  Tell us in the comment section.

Skeleton Costume

About a week ago, I was getting nervous because my 5-year-old couldn’t decide what he wanted to be for Halloween. Finally, after looking at this t-shirt, he decided to be a skeleton.

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That sounded easy enough. I searched for “DIY skeleton” on Google and found a really simple template from Family Fun that you can trace onto contact paper and stick on black clothing.

We purchased a t-shirt and pants at Target and then attached the bones. And as an added bonus, we found skeleton gloves at Target for only $1. A quick and easy costume and Jack can wear the clothes even after Halloween.

DIY skeleton costume

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Baby Fox Costume

My three-year-old announced that she wanted to be a “fox. A baby fox.” My first instinct was to look on Etsy for fox costumes. I found some adorable woodland animal masks from the seller Mahalo and thought about making one, but I decided to purchase this part and to tackle a handmade bushy tail and the white belly instead.

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I bought a yard of brown fur fabric. I drew the tail on paper, let my older daughter trace it on the backside of the fabric, and then cut out the two halves. I sewed together the sides with the strongest thread I could find, turned it right side out, and stuffed it with some yarn scraps and batting. Last, I sewed  a big piece of elastic along the end and stuck velcro on the ends so Nadja could wrap it around her belly.

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For the belly, I cut out an oval from a big piece of off-white flannel and ironed a 1/4 inch hem around the side, and then hand sewed it to the front of a brown turtleneck I found at Marshall’s. I’m very proud of the way the tail sticks out. You can’t see, but we also painted the point white with acrylic paint.

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Here’s the fierce baby fox practicing for Halloween night. We’ll also figure out some way to make black paws. She’ll complete the look with a brown skort and brown tights.

Fox costume

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1 Comment

  1. I love the costumes! So inspiring!!

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