DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Friday, October 6, 2017


Halloween is admittedly my favorite holiday, and I have a tendency to go a little overboard. As a working mom of three, though, my definition of “overboard” still involves a lot of simplifications. For starters, last year was the first year of my life that I didn’t purchase my kids’ costumes from Party City or Target. I opted to go the DIY route, albeit a simpler version, and it was a huge success. Here are my favorite tips (plus some resources and ideas to get you started!) for creating your own DIY Halloween costumes without completely losing your mind:

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1. Start with Pinterest, but take it with a grain of salt. I love using Pinterest as a great jumping off point, but keep in mind that the bar is high. You are not a failure if you don’t hand sew the most exquisite Disney Princess costume and splurge for a formal up-do. I use Pinterest for ideas of what I want to create, or to think of coordinating costume ideas for siblings. Other than that, though, I stay away.

2. Set a budget, and stick to it. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes the DIY route isn’t the more cost-effective option. In fact, it can be a lot more expensive to create a Halloween costume yourself than it would be to just grab one from a big box store. Make sure to set a realistic budget before making any purchases, and stick to it.

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3. Lay the foundation. Here’s where the magic happens – almost every single DIY costume can be built from Primary pieces! Not only are they colorful and comfortable, but they have excellent price points and customer service. They are also great wardrobe staples and can be used well after Halloween. This year, my boys are dressing up as Curious George and The Man in The Yellow Hat. We purchased Primary brown pajamas as the basis for the monkey costume, and I then purchased a tail and monkey ear headband off Etsy. Primary makes it even easier for you because they have a list of creative DIYs on their website for babies, toddlers, and kids!

4. Accessorize. Once you have the foundation of your costume, this is where the fun comes in. Are you dressing up as a grape bunch? Snag some purple balloons and some green pipe cleaners to complete your look. Going for a butterfly? Start with some black or yellow Primary pieces and purchase wings from Amazon prime. You can hit up the craft stores to go even deeper down the DIY rabbit home, or you can browse Etsy and support some crafty mamas. It all depends on your budget and time frame! Don’t forget that it’s always easy use whatever you have around the house, too.

Remember, going the DIY route doesn't have to be expensive or wasteful. Primary makes it easy, and your imagination is what brings the pieces to life. We can't wait to see your DIY costumes! 


Do you have any other DIY tips to add? Share them with us in the comments below!  


About the Author:

Jessica is an East Coast girl originally from Boston, MA but recently transplated to Austin, TX. She is a former OB Nurse Educator turned Content Manager and Brand Strategist. She helps businesses with their social media presence, SEO, and brand strategy. She recently founded Every Mama Birth Education, where she creates customized childbirth education courses for busy moms, in the comfort of their own homes. When she’s not busy blogging or being a pregnancy and birth nerd, you can catch her chasing around her three busy kids and rescue fur baby. You can also follow her antics on her personal blog or Instagram.

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