Everything you need to DIY a Halloween costume, according to the craft experts

Everything you need to DIY a Halloween costume, according to the craft experts

No sewing machine or professional skills needed

By Anna Kocharian

The scariest day of the year is crawling, so consider this a sign to get your art tools out of storage.

Spoiler alert: You don’t need to be a DIY pro to make a costume. All it takes is a good idea, some basic tools, and a few tips from the pros. Fortunately, we may be able to help with all three.

We turned to a handful of creative people for advice and inspiration on how to dress up a great Halloween costume with the basics they always have on hand. This is what they had to say.

(Check out CR’s Tips for carving a Halloween pumpkin masterpiece.)

Glue

Selective E6000 + Plus Multipurpose Adhesive

When glue is literally what holds an outfit together, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right outfit. Before you start creating, make sure what you have is compatible with the texture or surface of your costume, says Kathy Cano Morello, founder of the blog. cunning chica.

“For example, hot glue will not work on non-porous surfaces!” Instead, Cano-Murillo suggests using a glue like E6000, which is a waterproof adhesive that works on a variety of surfaces and materials.

shears

Fiskars Tabitha Sewer Fashion Scissors

Emily Stephen from the blog Oh yay studio! No stranger to “make your own” design Halloween costumes—LaCroix lovers and chocolate truffle lovers, take note. her secret? Awesome scissors.

Sharp scissors are often overlooked, but they’ll give you the perfect cut, whether it’s for lettering or details on your costume, says Steffen. It’s also the key to the professional finish. “A good pair of sharp scissors will cut through anything—cloth, felt, sponge, vinyl, leather, and everything in between.”

Textile coating

Tulip Color Shot Instant Fabric Color, 3 Assorted Packs

Like glue, paint is another DIY medium that needs to be considered when crafting with certain materials. “Regular paint will crack on fabric, so be sure to use paint made for fabric,” says Cano Morello, who recommends Color Shot fabric spray paint.

Poetry

Flic-flak felt sheets in assorted colors

Felt is the material of choice for blogger Mikyla Miller, from Mikyla Creates, because it’s easy to work with and sewing isn’t required because the edges of the fabric won’t fray. A staple for almost all of her handmade outfits – including This love letter—Miller found that it looks better than paper, is relatively affordable, and can be removed to boot.

puffy paint

Dimensional Tulip Metallic Canvas Painting, 6 Packs

When you’re looking to give your costume a 3D touch, puffy paint is the way to do it. Cano-Murillo recommends this version, which can be basic for adding dimensional detail and outlining. Bonus points: It comes in a wide range of colors, as well as neon, glitter, and more.

tacky glue

Allen’s Original Tacky Glue, 2 Pack

DIY blogger Jimmy Smith’s favorite Halloween costume making material is cardboard. “Could you Turn a cardboard box into anythingfrom a chocolate chip cookie to a cassette tape,” and the best part is that it’s free and can be delivered to your door, she adds.

And when making costumes out of cardboard, Cano Murillo considers tacky glue a must. Craft adhesive can be applied in a small bottle with a fine tip for more precise applications.

Glow in the dark vinyl

Choisei Heat Transfer Vinyl

Here’s one way to make your trick-or-treat stand out: a glow-in-the-dark costume. Not only is it great safety measures For the little ones (they can be easier to pick out from the crowd) but it also gives them a lot of cool points over it. Cano-Murillo recommends glow-in-the-dark vinyl panels, which can be easily cut and blended into almost any outfit.

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