Halloween is my favorite time of year! I get a chance to showcase my creative side, by knocking out some pretty awesome costumes. Back in college, I always spent the extra few bucks to buy a slutty costume in a bag and always ended up looking like everyone else. After having difficulty finding a costume that wasn’t over-priced. I decided that I was going to create a one-of-a-kind costume that couldn’t be bought at the store. Since then, I have always made my own costumes with items already in my closet. I put this little guide together to help you create a unique costume that will save you some extra green!
This was my first experience with a more time consuming project. My pinata costume was inspired by this tutorial from RabbitFoodForMyBunnyTeeth.
What you’ll need:
- A dress that you don’t mind getting rid of
- Hot glue gun
I started this costume with a royal blue tank dress from Forever 21, that I purchased from the clearance section. I then bought blue, hot pink, orange, and yellow streamers which I cut into 4 inch long strips. Using a small dot of glue on each strip, I started from the very bottom row of yellow (three rows of each color) and worked my way to the top like a flapper dress, turning the dress around as I went. I gathered a bunch of long pieced and tied one end into a knot and then safety pinned it to the back of my dress as the “donkey tail.” I made matching “donkey ears” out of folded paper – think old school tri-folded name place cards that you made in elementary school for your desk. Then wrapped pink streamers around them to cover them up and glued them to a headband.
Arthur & Buster
This was a super easy costume to put together. I owned everything already but the collared blouse, which I ordered off of Amazon. I made Arthur’s aardvark ears with felt and a hot glue gun. We ended up making name tags, just in case someone missed out on this craze during their childhood. Who remember’s the episode where the Backstreet Boys made a special appearance?! #IWantItThatAWay
The Little Mermaid
This was and still is my all-time favorite costume I ever made or wore.
This one was a complete DIY project, the crop top and pencil skirt trend was in full swing, so that was my inspiration for this look. I bought a nude crop top & found a kelly green high-waisted pencil skirt online. I also purchased two foam plain white shells from a craft store which I painted neon purple and hot glued a lot of assorted rhinestones onto. Next, I hand-sewed the shells onto the crop top. Side note: I am not the best sewer but I didn’t think it had to be perfect and they stayed on, so it was a win. With the skirt I used puffy paint and glitter to add a scaled effect. The Flounder purse was a stuffed animal that I sliced open, then added a liner, zipper, & strap! I still have this one in my closet for a rainy day & can we talk about how awesome my friends are at making their own costumes too?!