Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY: Halloween Costume Ideas Part 1

I'm a fan of Halloween costumes. Super fan, really. I fantasize about having the kind of life which enables me to host multiple costume parties throughout the year so that I can bring all of my DIY costume ideas to fruition, but I'd probably start scraping the bottom of the barrel for party theme ideas and I'm not sure who would attend a summer solstice costume party. Especially so soon after the Flag Day costume gala.

Alas, I have too many ideas that I won't ever put to good use myself, but I know that most people don't want to go to the DIY costume extremes that I usually subject myself to (smart, people!) so I've compiled some costume ideas that are more about assembly than construction. Okay, there's a little felt cutting and gluing...I just can't get away from it! 


Here are some simple ideas that you won't see everyone else wearing at the Halloween party:

DIY Jackie O. Costume
Classic as hell. I once attempted this as a last minute costume, came up short on the outfit and had to ditch the concept. Therefore, it still lingers inside me as unfinished business. Let me live through you! All you need is a tailored looking outfit - anything with clean lines and modern style will work, giant sunglasses, and some smart accessories (DIY pillbox hats are surprisingly simple).
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DIY Mommie Dearest Costume
I saw a tutorial of this costume last year, and loved how simple, yet instantly recognizable and clever it is. The trifecta of DIY costume ideas! All you need is a dark shirtdress or even nice robe, some white face makeup (your "lotion/mask"), white headband, curls, simple makeup and, of course, your wire hanger. (This is the one time wire hangers will be permitted.)
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DIY Gumball Machine Costume
Throw on a red dress or red shirt/pants/skirt/whatever combo with a red beanie. To make the "glass" part, take a clear mixing bowl and fill it with colorful pom poms or actual gumballs, cover the top with cut-to-fit cardboard and tape around edges, attach ribbon straps to the sides of bowl and strap it around your neck and waist so that it sits over your stomach, like a pregnant belly, round side out. Cut out details like a coin slot from colored felt and pin/glue to dress. Chew on that!
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DIY Maria from Guess Who? Costume
Maria is the coolest lady in the Guess Who? board game (of only, uh, five ladies - why was that? So easy to guess!). To dress like her, you need brown shoulder-length hair or a wig, a green beret, some drop pearl earrings and a swipe of coral lipstick. Cut out a hollow blue or red rectangle from foam board to frame your face and add "Maria" in letter stickers below.
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DIY Slush Puppie Costume
Dress as this beloved purveyor of convenience store sugary drinks in a simple blue t-shirt with an "S" cut out of white felt and attached, white leggings, fuzzy white slippers, a blue beanie topped with a pom pom or cotton ball, and a drawn on doggy face. Bonus points for bringing an actual Slush Puppie, too. For the record, I take it with 3 pumps blue and 3 pumps green. Flavor mixer over here!

Check back soon for Part 2 of this series!
{Edit: It's HERE!}


Are you making a DIY Halloween costume this year? What is the best costume you've ever made? Don't you kinda wanna play Guess Who with me now?


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10 comments:

  1. I'm thinking of possibly Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers but a little disturbed to see how many sexualized cosplay versions are online. I might do the mom, Linda instead. The Slush Puppy costume is pretty clever!

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    1. That would be amazing! Every time I watch Bob's Burgers I think of how easy they could all become costumes. Tina is probably my fave, but I think Linda would be fun costume to wear. xo

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  2. Oh my gosh these are way too great! You're so creative with the costumes it's killing me! Some people get "too creative" and being an artist I slightly resent saying that. But sometimes over-doing something can kill the point. These DIY's are perfectly creative and realistic. THANK YOU for the inspiration, I hope another one of these posts comes to life. It has got my creative bits running!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

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    1. Thank you! I like crazy DIY costume ideas, but I know most people want to make something a little more simple. Simple can still be original though! xo

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  3. I love these costumes!!! So great :)

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  4. OMG ! I love your ideas, especially the one for Maria from guess who. She was the coolest indeed ;)

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    1. Thanks! Maria was always my favorite, even though it was so easy to guess her right away :) xo

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  5. I love this! I can't remember the last time I played Guess Who though ... is that game still manufactured? Would people get the reference? Only one way to find out, I guess!

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    1. For me, personally, all of the Guess Who faces are kinda frozen in my memory forever, haha, but I see your point! This made me wonder if the game was still made, so I googled it, and it seems there's a Guess Who game which now features sea creatures and pizza (??) instead of people. There's also one with people called "Who Is It?" and if you go to the Hasbro site, they offer character sheets to print out and put in your own game. Fascinating! xo

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