We all know how it goes, we get super busy with back to school and getting our kids set-up for a successful year, then jump right into the grind. Scheduling activities, making sure homework is getting done, then wham! It's Halloween before you know it and you have to scramble to get a costume together! Don't worry, we've got your back! Here are 5 easy DIY costumes you can do for under $15!

Let's get started!!!!


Ace of Hearts

Ace DIY Costume Idea

You will need...

  • Scissors
  • White foam board
  • Red construction paper (unless you prefer to print)
  • Glue stick
  • A deck of playing cards
  • Suspenders

Quick Tip: I got everything I needed at the dollar store! With exception to suspenders, we had in our closet. If you don't have suspenders, you can use two pieces of red ribbon if you cut a hole in the top two corners to tie it around in a halter type strap

How to make it...

01. First, we took our red construction paper, folded it in half, then drew half of our characters for the card on the fold. This made it easier to ensure our characters where symmetrical.

Quick Tip: Not good at drawing? No Problem! You can just find the Characters on google and print them out on separate pieces of paper, then just cut them out and glue!

Ace DIY Costume How To

02. Now we used the glue stick to glue down our design. I went with the Ace of hearts, but you can pick any card and suite you would like! Don't forget! The bottom right corner of characters should be upsidedown to emulate a playing card.

03. While that is drying, let's pick an outfit that could be cute underneath! Black leggings, long sleeve red or white shirt, or a red dress, your child may have, or if you have anything red, black, or white stripped. Anything you have in their closet that could look cute!

04. Props: I pulled the Ace of heart out of the deck for her hair, then pulled the rest of the suite of hearts out and fanned them.
Quick Tip: If you don't want loose cards flying around, simply glue or tape them together at the base.

Now, we hook it to our suspenders (or tie our ribbon) and ta-da! A quick and easy costume for less than $10!


Ice Cream Sunday

Ice Cream DIY Costume Idea


You will need...

  • Scissors
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • White shirt
  • tan pants (optional)
  • brown paint
  • Red balloon
  • Tape
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Hairband

Quick Tip: I was able to get all of these supplies at the dollar store! I used a sparkly white tissue paper to add to the sprinkled desert feel, but you can make your sundae in any colors that spark your fancy! If you don't have a hot glue gun, you can use craft glue, but I recommend a hot glue gun to keep at your house, you have no idea how handy it will come in for all different purposes!

How to make it...

Grab your shirt and pants (I got mine for less than five bucks at the goodwill! but you may already have something like this in your closet).

01. Shirt - Cut up the pipe cleaners at approximately 2.5-3 inches wide and glue them scattered around for the perfect jimmies (aka sprinkles).
Quick Tip: I was able to find a colored variety pack at the dollar store, but you can also find them at any arts and crafts store. If you can't find them, you can even cut-out colored construction paper.

02. Pants - Paint a criss-cross pattern to emulate the texture of a waffle cone with the brown paint.
Quick Tip: You can use any color khaki for the pants. If you can only find darker khaki, switch the brown paint to a lighter tan, so it accents the pants nicely.

03. Hat - Now cut a circle out of some heavier paper or cardboard. Pull your tissue paper at its center, then glue in a circle to create your delicious whipped cream. Use glue to place your circle of whipped cream onto the headband. I placed mine to the side so it would look extra cute when worn.

04. Cherry - Blow up your red balloon to create your cherry. Wrap a red pipe cleaner around the base of the knot to create your cherry stem.

Ice Cream Costume DIY How To

05. Let's put the cherry on top! After your glued whipped cream is dried onto the headband, glue or tape your cherry, stem up, onto the center of your whipped cream. (I just rolled a couple of pieces of clear tape to stick it on for instant satisfaction!)

06. Skirt - Take a piece of ribbon, and measure your child's waist. Allow extra wiggle room for tying a bow. Now, pulling the tissue paper from the center, twist and glue down to the ribbon, starting at the midpoint of the ribbon. Repeat this step until you have made it the full circumference of your child's waist. Remember that it does not include the extra we allowed for tieing the ribbon.

Quick Tip: You can easily mark off the ribbon with a marker when measuring on your child, so you know the start and stop point.

Ice Cream DIY Costume How To

That's it! Voila! You have a super cute DIY costume for under $15!



Flower DIY Costume Idea

You will need...

  • Scissors
  • Razor Blade
  • Green Tissue Paper
  • White paper
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape
  • Hairband
  • Suspenders
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Plastic orange bucket or large plant potter
  • Green Shirt
  • Tights

Quick Tips: Most of these supplies are available at the dollar store with exception to the clothing & bucket which I got at Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/). At the dollar store, I was able to find cool rippled tissue paper puffs (used for decoration) that I took apart and used for the grass which gave it a nice effect.


How to make it...

01. Grab your plastic orange bucket or planter, and cut a hole out of the bottom for the legs to fit through. Use sandpaper or tape to smoothe any rough edges for comfort.

02. Take tissue paper, glue or tape down to the inside of the edges of the bucket into a crinkled fashion to create the grass effect.

03. Headband - Wrap pipe cleaners around the headband until it is completely covered. Then we will take two separate pipe cleaners to make a wall on either side of the flower petal cutouts to add support.

Draw and cut one flower petal on large paper. I chose white because daisies are my favorite, but you can choose any color you would like the petals to be. I recommend that you draw out one petal, cut it out, then trace it for the remaining petals. You will need 5-6 depending on your child's head and the size you drew the petal. 

Now you are ready to add them to the headband. Glue down one of the pipe cleaners, arching across the headband, keeping in mind that you will be gluing the petals behind it. You can now take the glue gun and create a long line of glue across the backside of the pipe cleaner you just laid down. Starting at the midpoint of the hairband, start placing your petals, then glue down your second pipe cleaner behind them for added support.

Flower DIY Costume How To

05. Have your child throw on their green top and leggings, then, using the suspenders, (or tie bows with ribbon in a halter fashion) latch onto the bucket on the sides. 

Add your headband and sunglasses and voila! Your easy DIY costume is ready for your little girl to rock and roll!


Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry DIY Costume Idea

You will need...

  • Small laundry basket
  • Razorblade
  • Suspenders (or ribbon)
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue or Tape

Quick Tip: I got everything at the dollar store, which made this costume only $5!

How to make it...

01. First, cut a hole out of the bottom of the basket with the razor blade. Smoothe it out with the sandpaper to ensure there are no rough edges, or just apply tape around where you cut, so it feels smoothe and comfortable.

02. Hook the suspenders or tie a ribbon in a halter fashion to hold up the basket.

03. Now for the fun part, grab random clothes and stuff them in! This is the perfect opportunity for all those socks without a mate to shine. You know what I'm talking about! There are always random socks that get eaten in the wash, leaving you with one lonely sock. Now you can put them to good use! Just roll some of your tape, or add glue and fix them down in various spots on your child's shirt, use as hair decoration, fill the basket with them, whatever works for you!

Quick Tip: Any simple outfit your child already has in their closet will work underneath. If you don't want to ruin the shirt you are putting on underneath, just tape sock staggard on it rather than glue.

Great idea: For an added accessory, you can wash out an old laundry detergent container, which will also serve as a perfect container for collecting candy!

Voila! In just a few minutes, you have a cute and funny DIY costume for dirt cheap!



Flamingo DIY Costume Idea

You will need...

  • 2 Pink feathered boas
  • Black construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Thin Ribbon (in black or white for Flamingo Face)
  • Wide Pink Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick/tacky glue
  • Googley eye
  • Safety pins
  • Pink outfit from the closet

Quick Tips: I got everything for this costume either in our closet or from the dollar store making this DIY costumer under $5!

If your little girl is anything like mine, you have something pink and frilly already hanging out in her closet. This costume is one of my favorites because it's quick and easy and we already had most of everything we needed!


How to make it...

01. First, we need to pick out our outfit! It's best to have something long sleeve because feathers can be itchy. I found this cute frilly skirt to pair with it.

Quick Tip: If you have a pink leotard and black stockings, that would look super cute too!

02. Now let's get started on the face. Using your child's hand as a guide for sizing, draw out the top and bottom of the beak on a fold, making it two-sided, with the black paper. Additionally, cut out a small black circle, slightly larger than your googley eye. Then cut out a somewhat teardrop shape out of the white paper.

Cut a piece of ribbon for the top & bottom part of the beak using your child's hand as a guide for sizing. This will be used to tie the top part of the beak to the fingers and the bottom part of the beak to the thumb. Where the fold is, lay down your ribbon, then glue the beak back together, trapping the ribbon. Do this for the lower beak as well.

Now let's glue our teardrop shape, black circle, and googley eye to the upper beak. Use your child's hand as a guide for placement.

Quick Tip: You can find a googley eye at any arts and crafts store. I pulled mine from an old coloring book we had that just so happened to have googley eyes!

Flamingo DIY Costume How To

03. Take a pink feathered boa and wrap around the arm starting at the wrist up to the shoulder. Then, diagonally down the chest and around the waist. Depending on your child's size, and the size of the boa, you may need two. I used safety pins to fix the boa to the outfit underneath.

04. Now, simply tie the upper beak and lower beak to the hand and you are done!

Voila! Flamingo DIY costume in minutes!


Have Family fun time together! Make it a tradition!

If you are looking for a fun activity for kids to do inside, easy DIY costumes can be an awesome tradition. Every year, our family gets together and we get to spend quality time making our costumes while we rock out to some Kid friendly Halloween music and a Halloween mash-up from the '80s. The kids love it and learn how to be creative with an added bonus of always having a costume that is unlike any other!


Do you have a DIY costume idea? Add it in the comments below!