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Best DIY Halloween Costumes

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

Can you believe Halloween is almost here? The last year has gone by so quickly! Before you head to the Halloween store, here are some ideas for repurposing items you already have to make your own costume. Here are some DIY Halloween Costumes that only require a trip to your closet.

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. Now Riveter is the quintessential image of girl power! Not only is this costume iconic, it’s also very easy to throw together (especially if you are doing this last minute). YOU CAN DO IT! 😉

What you’ll need:

  • Denim Shirt

  • Red Bandanna

  • Make Up: Cat Eye + Red Lipstick

  • Hair up in a bun

  • Big muscles (Just a perk) 😉

Laverne and Shirley

Here’s an easy one for you and your best girlfriend – the legendary 70’s duo, Laverne and Shirley. These gals were #RelationshipGoals back when hashtags were just pound signs.

What you’ll need:

For Laverne

  • black shirt

  • white cardigan

  • For that signature L: black cording + hot glue gun (or needle & thread)

  • black scarf

  • pencil skirt

  • loafers

For Shirley

  • V-neck sweater

  • white button-down shirt

  • matching scarf

  • full skirt

  • pearl earrings

Mary Poppins

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…and it’s not much harder to assemble this classic Disney costume. Everyone adores the Disney film, so your costume will surely be a hit. You’ll be able to whip this costume up faster than you can say supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus!

What you’ll need:

  • A-Line Black Skirt

  • White Button Down

  • Black Felt Hat

  • Umbrella

  • Black Tie-up Booties

  • Red Bow-tie

  • Red Ribbon or belt

  • Black Stockings

  • White Gloves

  • Oversized Bag

  • Make up: Red Lipstick

  • Hair: Low Bun


Let’s be honest, Emojis are simply apart of our language in 2016, and I think they’ll be sticking around. This one is a bit more crafty than grabbing clothes out of your closet, but should not take too much time. You can finally share your favorite emoji face with everyone who passes by! 😉😜😬

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard

  • Yellow spray paint

  • Paint (we used acrylic in white, black and red)

  • Paint brushes

  • Pencil

  • String

Let’s Make Emoji Costumes! (Instructions via Hello Wonderful)

  • Cut out a circle from your cardboard. You can do this easily by taping a piece of string to the center of your cardboard and attach a pencil to the end of the string to draw a circle which you can then cut out.

  • Spray paint your circle yellow (you can opt to use yellow paint too but I prefer the spray paint route). Give it several coats of even spray paint, allowing it to dry between coats.

  • Look up your favorite emojis and hand draw features with a pencil on your cardboard faces. Paint in the details using various sized paint brushes- smaller ones for details and larger ones for bigger features. If you stick to simple emojis like we did, this step actually goes by quickly! Once the paint has dried, you can spray a protective clear finish to make sure the paint doesn’t flake off.

  • Punch two holes and thread a piece of string through. You’re done!

Cotton Candy

Be the sweetest treat this Halloween! I love the color pink, and in this cotton candy costume, you get to rock pink from head to toe.

What You’ll Need:

  • Shift dress

  • Polyester fiberfill (here)

  • Pink spray paint

  • Hot glue gun

  • Headband

  • White paper & red paper for the cone

Let’s Make a Cotton Candy Costume! (Instructions via Aww Sam)

  • Read this tutorial on how to make cotton candy balloons first.

  • Use the spray paint to color your fiberfill. You don’t have to make sure it is all thoroughly coated. Leaving some white spots is definitely okay! Allow to dry completely.

  • While you are waiting for that to dry, roll up a sheet of paper into a cone large enough to sit on top of your head. Cut a long red strip about 1/2″ thick and wrap and hot glue it around the cone in a spiral.

  • Once the fiberfill is dry, hot glue it to your dress. Make sure to use a lot of hot glue so that pieces of the fiberfill don’t fall off.

  • Take a handful of the fiberfill and form it into a cotton candy pouf. You will use this for your headpiece. Hot glue the pouf to a headband and also glue the cone you just made onto the top of the pouf. Secure the headpiece on your head with bobby pins if necessary.

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