Searching for ideas for Halloween costumes for kids? Get a giggle this holiday with cute DIY costumes that’ll make you LOL.
Your Whole Foods Market– obsessed pal will approve of these fresh fruits that use solid-colored basics as their base. The fruit details are made from iron-on vinyl and the stickers are printed on iron-on inkjet transfer paper. City Threads Girls’ Soft Cotton Short Sleeve Cover Up Dress, $17 and up; Hoodie and sweatpants, $20 each.
What You´ll Need: A-line dress or sweatsuit; iron-on vinyl; scissors; iron; inkjet transfer paper for dark T-shirts; printable sticker designs; 1 yard of elastic cord (optional); safety pin (optional); coordinating baseball cap; green felt (optional); hot-glue gun and sticks; toilet-paper tube (optional), teardrop-shaped rhinestones or gold metal studs (optional); templates for fruit details and leaves
1. Cut out fruit-detail shapes from iron-on vinyl.
2. Lay out dress or sweatsuit on a soft, ironable surface (a folded blanket on a table, for example), so it lies flat with no wrinkles. Place fruit details on garment and follow instructions included with vinyl to iron on. Repeat on back of garment.
3. Print out the fruit-sticker template designs on transfer paper and cut them out.
4. Place cut-out stickers on garment and follow instructions included with transfer paper to iron them on.
1. Snip a small hole in the back hem of the dress, cutting through only one layer of the hem´s folded over fabric.
2. Attach the elastic cord to the safety pin and use it to thread the elastic through the hem of the dress.
3. Once the elastic is all the way through the hem, pull both ends out and cinch to create a bubble shape that’s not too tight. Secure the elastic cord in a knot.
Strawberry: Use the template to trace and cut out strawberry leaf shapes from green felt and attach to the top of the hat with hot glue. Hot-glue rhinestone “seeds” to hat.
Pineapple: Use the template to cut out pineapple leaf shapes from the green felt and wrap around a toilet-paper tube; secure with hot glue. Hot-glue to top of hat. Hot-glue studs to hat.
Watermelon: Stuff hat with a towel, so it holds its shape. Cut out and iron the green vinyl squiggles template onto hat.
He’ll be the hippest kid at the Halloween parade with this trendy breakfast staple. Made from cardboard, the toast and avocado slices are painted and topped with felt salt, pepper, and herbs. Finish off the getup with a cup of “cold brew” (chocolate milk over ice).
What You´ll Need: Cardboard, from a large box (or in sheets from an art store); brown kraft cardstock; ruler; pencil; craft knife; hot-glue gun and sticks; brown, green, and yellow craft paint; paintbrushes; scissors; green, white, gray, and black felt; green ribbon or webbing
1. Draw a bread-slice shape on the cardboard large enough for your child to wear.
2. Cut out shape and then use it to trace another piece.
3. Cut out this piece so you have two bread-slice shapes.
4. Cut out 2.5”-wide strips of cardstock.
5. Holding the two bread-slice shapes together, put a small section of hot glue along the cut edges of each slice (gluing along the depth of the cardboard where you can see inside the layers). Separate toast slices, and place a strip of cardstock on the glued edges so that the edges line up. (You’re basically making a giant toast-shaped 3-D box.) Continue around edges of the bread slices, bending the cardstock to create the toast’s sides.
6. Paint around the outside of the bread slice with brown paint to make the crust.
1. Draw avocado slices on cardboard so that they will fit on the bread slice. Follow the process for steps 2 to 5 (above) to make them dimensional. The avocado slices can be thinner than the bread, about 1.5” wide.
2. Paint avocado slices green. Add yellow paint while still wet, blending the two colors together to create a gradient.
3. Cut a rectangular piece of cardboard large enough to make a base for the avocado slices but small enough not to be seen beneath them.
4. Hot-glue overlapping avocado slices to the base.
5. Cut parsley, salt, and pepper shapes out of felt. Hot-glue to avocado slices.
6. Cut two lengths of ribbon or webbing long enough to hang the avocado toast over your child’s shoulders. Hot-glue to the undersides of the bread and avocado slices.
Bring the ooey-gooey craze to life with this adorable disguise. Tights stuffed with pool noodles and batting form the coil of slime. Bonus points for a bedazzled Elmer’s glue bottle as a necklace pendant.
What You´ll Need: 6 pairs of pink ribbed tights, size large; approximately 12’ of pool noodles; measuring tape; serrated (bread) knife; scissors; quilt batting; straight pins; hot-glue gun and sticks; spray adhesive; chunky pink glitter; glitter spray; pink elastic cord; 1.25-oz. bottle of Elmer’s glue; adhesive rhinestone embellishments; adhesive pearl embellishments; tweezers; orange twine
1. Slice pool noodles in half lengthwise with bread knife.
2. Hot-glue pool noodles together end-to-end to make an 18’-long piece.
3. Wrap the glued-together length of noodle with a layer of quilt batting, leaving 3’ unwrapped at each end.
4. Cut the 3’ exposed ends so that they taper to 1” wide at the tips. Wrap in a layer of batting.
5. Cut the legs off 5 pairs of tights. Cut the toe sections off all the legs except for 2.
6. Put a leg with the toe section over one end of the batting-covered noodle. Cover the rest of the noodle with the cut pieces of tights, securing with glue where they overlap. Cover the other end with the second tight leg with a toe section.
7. Coil the tights-covered noodle into a swirl shape so that the rounded part of the noodle faces outward. Secure with straight pins and make sure it will fit over your child’s shoulders. 8. Hot-glue the swirl together. Once cooled, remove pins.
1. Cut a 4’ length of pool noodle lengthwise again so that it is about a quarter of the original diameter.
2. Cut each end of the 4’ noodle into an angled taper.
3. Cut the legs off the last pair of tights.
4. Put tight legs over the 4’ long noodle so that the foot part covers each end. Secure tights where they overlap with hot glue.
5. Create a swirl shape for the hat, pin to hold its shape, and secure with hot glue. Remove pins.
6. Glue on a piece of elastic cord to use as a chin strap.
7. Working in a well-ventilated space, apply the spray adhesive over the costume one small section at a time and then quickly sprinkle with chunky glitter to the sprayed section. 8. Spray the costume and hat with spray glitter to finish.
1. Dump out the glue in the Elmer’s bottle (use it to make slime!).
2. Cover the bottle with the adhesive embellishments, using tweezers to pick up each embellishment and place it on the bottle.
3. Tie the bedazzled glue bottle to orange twine to make a necklace.
Rainbow Emoji (With a Unicorn Pup)
Rainbow Emoji (With a Unicorn Pup)
For major Insta-sensation, have your kid and your pup be a pair of popular emojis. A rainbow pack of pool noodles is the secret to the kid costume, while a dog hooded sweatshirt gets embellishment love with a sparkly horn, mane, and tail.
What You´ll Need for Rainbow: Rainbow-colored pool noodles; serrated (bread) knife; white foam board (at least 20”x30”); hot-glue gun and sticks; craft knife; red ribbon or webbing
1. Use the serrated knife to slice pool noodles in half lengthwise.
2. Starting with the purple pool noodle, hot-glue it to the foam board so that it forms the smallest curve possible in one corner of the foam board.
3. Continue gluing pool noodles to the foam board in color order, following the curve set by the purple noodle.
4. Use the serrated knife to trim the excess from the noodles, following the edges of the foam board.
5. Use the craft knife to trim off any excess foam board along the outer edge of the red and purple noodles.
6. Make a loop out of red ribbon or webbing long enough to slip over child’s head. Hot-glue it to back of rainbow.
Unicorn Emoji For Your Pup
Unicorn Emoji For Your Pup
What You´ll Need: White dog hoodie ($17); white glitter craft foam; scissors; hot-glue gun and sticks; silver string; cotton balls or quilt batting; chunky purple yarn; measuring tape; iron-on glitter vinyl in various colors; iron; white wool felt; pink iron-on vinyl (or felt)
1. Glue a long piece of silver string to one corner of the glitter foam.
2. Roll foam into a cone, holding the string so it extends from the top of the cone (like a tea-bag string), and secure cone shape with hot glue.
3. Trim the end of the foam cone to desired length.
4. Stuff the cone with cotton balls or quilt batting.
5. To make it look like a horn, wrap cone tightly with the silver string (as shown) and secure with hot glue inside base of cone.
6. Cut a small circle of glitter foam to fit the base of the cone and hot-glue to the bottom of the cone.
7. Hot-glue cone to hood, about 4” from the edge of the hood.
Body and tail:
1. Cut 24 20” lengths of yarn (or longer if you are using a larger hoodie).
2. Tie two pieces of yarn together in the center with a firm knot. Repeat for remaining 22 pieces.
3. Once all of the pieces are knotted, hot-glue the knots to the butt end of the hoodie to make the tail, making sure the knots are tightly clustered together.
4. Repeat the process for the mane, beginning by cutting 24 15” lengths of yarn. Hot-glue the knots along the back seam in the hood.
5. Trim the mane and tail.
6. Trim the forelock (part of the mane in front of the horn) short and hot-glue in place, so it’s not in the dog’s eyes.
7. Cut stars out of glitter vinyl and follow the instructions included with the vinyl to iron them onto either side of the back of the hoodie.
1. Cut two leaf shapes out of white felt, about 2.5” long.
2. Cut two smaller leaf shapes out of pink iron-on vinyl (or felt) and follow the instructions included with vinyl to iron them onto center of ears (or glue on).
3. Pinch one end of each ear together and secure with hot glue.
4. Hot-glue ears to either side of hood.
Serve up your little one as a nacho platter complete with chips—and don’t forget the hot sauce! To make, cut chips and toppings out of felt and hot-glue to a plain white bodysuit. To make the hot-sauce baby bottle, we wrapped a green-capped bottle in red felt with “hot stuff” stitched in white embroidery floss.
What You´ll Need: White bodysuit; felt (various colors); scissors; hot-glue gun and sticks; baby bottle with a green cap; measuring tape; white chalk pencil; small embroidery hoop; white embroidery floss; embroidery needle; thin cardboard.
1. Cut tortilla chip and topping shapes out of felt.
2. Lay out the design on the front of the bodysuit and hot-glue down.
1. Cut a piece of red felt long enough to wrap around the bottle and wide enough to reach the lid.
2. Using the chalk pencil, write “Hot Stuff” on center of felt.
3. Put felt in the embroidery hoop and stitch the letters with white embroidery floss.
4. Trace bottom of the bottle on thin cardboard; cut out the circle.
5. Hot-glue the cardboard circle to a piece of red felt; trim excess felt.
6. Glue the stitched felt to the edge of the circular felt to form a sleeve for the bottle.
7. Slide the sleeve onto the bottle and hot-glue closed.