easy, cheap, last-minute diy costumes for halloween as seen on fox 5 morning news

On Tuesday morning I’ll be back on Fox 5 News for a segment on last-minute, easy DIY costumes. Here is a recap of all the costumes I’ll be showing off and instructions on how to make them. Some of the costumes may require a bit of sewing ability, which Lord knows I don’t have, but most are the ultra-easy, grab-some-felt-plus-three-things-from-your-closet, and go types outfits.

For those of you reading this who don’t know me, the acronym DIY, in my world, not only stands for Do-It-Yourself, but it also stands for Drive Yourself to Target or Michaels or a re-sale shop, so some require a small purchase or two also.



via @TonyaStaab

This adorable cat costume was created by the ultra-crafty Tonya Staab of Create-Celebrate-Explore. It’s a black ballet outfit with handmade ears and tail, using any crafter’s favorite friend, felt. Click HERE to get step-by-step instructions on how to re-create this cutie kitty.

*Adults–You should consider using a gray outfit, instead of black, and going to your Halloween party as Talking Tom. Echo everything everyone says all night. You’ll be the hit of the party!



via The Wishing Elephant on Etsy

Are you kidding me with this cuteness? Carolyn of The Wishing Elephant came up with this idea for sushi onesies. CLICK HERE for her Etsy shop if you want to buy one from her or CLICK HERE to the Martha Stewart website, where Carolyn’s yummy creations were featured. Or, if you’re a brave soul, go to Michael’s, load up with some felt, pour yourself some sake and get to work!


Photo & Idea credit: www.rookiemoms.com

Danielle from Simm Works Family Blog found this on RookieMoms.com. She made it for her son who will be modeling it on the news segment. All you need is a set of pajamas, a cap, a hot glue gun and some sponges. CLICK HERE to get the full instructions. Her son loves dinosaurs so her little one thinks it’s a dino. We’ll never tell.



via @TonyaStaab

Another masterpiece from the crafting guru Tonya Staab. This was her homemade super hero costume that she made for her son, Super Flynn.  She used pleather for the “F” logo, because she’s awesome, but again, felt or foam could be used. CLICK HERE for the full tutorial on the DIY Superhero Costume.




I have a feeling that Angry Birds will be flocking the streets this Halloween. There are several Angry Birds costumes you can buy online and if you are uber-handy with a needle and thread you can attempt to make an exact replica DIY Angry Birds costume via this tutorial on the theclockblog.com.

Otherwise, do what we did–dress your kid in red from head to toe, bust out the red feather boa that is in the back of your closet (I swear, it was in my closet. I’ve decided Halloween is for hoarders.). Then buy some red hair spray for $2.00 at Target and make a beak out of foam using this beak template that my friend Lindsey of Lulabellez helped me create. Use eyeliner for the eyebrows and voilà! You can add a pillow under the shirt and baggier pants to make him a little more plump like the actual character.



Smurfette is another one that will be popular this year after they made a big come back this summer with the release of the Smurf movie. All of the items that our model is wearing were from her closet, except the hat, gloves, nose and blue face, all of which can be purchased at Party City or any Halloween costume store for under $20.00. Once again, you can always turn to our friend felt and make your own hat. CLICK HERE for directions.



This purple Rapunzel dress is most likely hanging in every closet of every little girl across America, so to make it more unique and creative, make a long braid out of yarn or felt.

Click here to see the video tutorial on how I made the braid back in June for my daughter’s Tangled birthday party. You can also make a crown for Rapunzel like this incredible crown that Lulabellez Lindsey made for my daughter (contact her via lulabellez.com if you want to hire her to make one for your next special event). Other ways to spice up your Rapunzel costume are to carry a paint brush and palette or a stuffed Pascal (or make one out of foam).



via @SimmWorksFamily

Gotta love Charlie Brown! Grab some black felt and a yellow tee and you’re all set. Be sure to find a stuffed Snoopy so he has some company (or a little sibling could dress up like Snoopy with a white out fit and some black felt spots).


via @Leahs_Thoughts

Red & black, that’s all you need to know. Leah from Leah’s Thoughts put this together with stuff from her closet and a WalMart special on wings. Boom! And it’s not just any ladybug! It’s LadyBug Girl from the beloved children’s books. Click here to read how Leah put this together.


80’s GIRL:


I have the 80’s on the brain, probably because I am turning forty in a few months but also because pants with zippers at the ankles are back in style and Footloose was just remade.  Regardless, this costume was all from stuff I had in the house, including my Duran Duran & Michael Jackson buttons that I’ve saved since 1984.

Two other extremely easy, cute DIY costumes are “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” where all you need is rain gear and some stuffed cats & dogs on an umbrella and “Triathlete in Training” for which all you need is a bike helmet, a swim suit, running shoes and a race bib that you can just make on the computer. Easy peasy!

The costume that wins the WICKED COOL award was created by my friend Chelsea of Some Day I’ll Learn. Check this out:


Details on this wicked awesomeness can be found here. Her husband is going as Oz behind the curtain and her baby is going as a munchkin. Too cute!

Be sure to check out last year’s DIY costume post for some more fun ideas. Last year I convinced Christina of MommyLovesCoffeee to dress her son up as Steve Jobs. I think that is also one of the easiest costumes that we will see a lot of this year as his memory is still so fresh in our minds.

So what are you dressing up as this year? If you’re an adult and looking for something fun and flirty, try EdenFantasys.com. I just found out I’m getting the “bad cop” compliments of Eden Fantasys and MOMfia Inc. It will never see the light of day, but I guess that’s not the point.



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    Jen says:

    I am always in such awe about how creative people get with Halloween costumes. I usually say, here is a sheet, you are a ghost. Boo.

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    Those are ALL great. Happy Halloween Mary!

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    Jessica says:

    I cheated and bought ours again his year. Someday I will make them. Love that Wizard of Oz idea.

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    Cute. Cute. Cute.

    and…. AHHH!! Wicked witch of the East!! That’s awesome :)

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    Matthew says:

    When I was in 7th grade, my dad’s wife made me a DIY ninja costume (mask). Every single house we went to the people asked, “Are you a surgeon for Halloween?” TWIR: “No, I’m a ninja. :0( “

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    i don t really like those costumes

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