DIY Halloween costumes on a budget

Store-bought Halloween costumes can be pricey, especially for the quality. But fear not, because your closet or your favorite thrift store may have a few pieces that would make a costume. You can also visit the store that carries craft supplies and make your own! Let’s go through some ideas for fashion.

If you have blonde hair, you are already halfway to that first hair. The Barbie costume is creative and easy to throw together, since there are many iterations of the character. You can go for a specific movie or doll, but wearing anything pink and shiny will work just fine.

The addition of Ken will make the perfect couples costume. So, you can either go for a casual look with polo, khaki shorts, and an off-the-shoulder jacket, or you can go for a Malibu feel with a Hawaiian shirt, beach shorts, and sandals. All of these items may already be in your closet, so give them a try!

Fairy wings are perfect for many different fantasy characters, from Tinkerbell to the Winx Club girls. It’s fun and cost-effective to make your own from wire and cellophane. There are plenty of tutorials on TikTok and YouTube, but here’s a quick overview of what you’ll do:

  • Take a thick but flexible wire (a wire coat hanger can work) and shape it into the desired shapes, with as much or as little detail as you like.
  • Cut two layers of cellophane for each wing. These pieces should be slightly larger than the wings.
  • Place the wire wings between the cellophane and iron sheets so they stick together.
  • Attach the wings together in one of several ways.
  • Add the finishing touches, and you’re done!

Pair it with a light, fluffy dress for a light and airy look, or wear dark hues and ripped stockings for a dark fairy look.

A scarecrow is a great unisex option that can be done either cute or scary. All you need for the base is overalls (or jeans and suspenders), a flannel shirt, a straw hat, and some shoes. Finding these items from a thrift store shouldn’t be too difficult. For the details, you need some fabric patches for ironing or sewing, fake straws to put on shirt cuffs and jeans, and rope to make a belt. Scarecrow makeup is very suitable for beginners; All you have to do is make some stitch lines with eyeliner and add blush to the cheeks. To make the costume scary, tear off the clothes, create a scary smile using eyeliner, and add some fake blood.

For a nostalgic group costume, try the Crew from Victorious. For jade, wear all black and put fake streaks of blue, purple, or green in your hair. For Cat, put on a pink dress and try to find a red wig. For Tori, wear skinny jeans, a shiny top, brown shoes, and a cropped jacket. For Beck, wear a tank top, jeans, a plaid shirt without buttons, and a necklace. For Andrei, wear a T-shirt, sweatshirt, and jeans. For Ruby, put on glasses, a graphic T-shirt, and try to see if you can find a friend dressed as Rex to hang out with you all night. Sikowitz would be the most fun outfit, though. You will need to raid the thrift store and layer all the pieces. Don’t forget the coconut prop!

An outfit that would instantly become a favorite on campus should be the Erbert and Gerbert outfit. You and your friend will combine to be the characters on the sandwich shop logo. One wears a collared shirt, the other a T-shirt and round glasses. It won’t be difficult to draw the logo on both shirts, but you can always use transfer paper and an iron. Grab some mugs from the store, and you’re all set for this popular duo.

Hopefully this sparked some ideas for potential Halloween costumes. Make sure to get creative and have fun!

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