When your toddler refuses to wear a store-bought costume at the last minute, these suggestions might just come in handy.


Not all of us are Martha Stewart, and not all of us have the time or dexterity to recreate all the cool projects we see being shared on Facebook and Pinterest on the daily. But while a shortcoming in the crafty department isn't necessarily a deal-breaker when it comes to being a good parent, it can sometimes make you feel less-than in the eyes of your kid—especially around Halloween, when the how-to vids seem to ramp up tenfold.

Luckily, we've got ingenious dad La Guardia Cross—mastermind behind the super-popular New Father Chronicles channel on YouTube—to help all us DIY-impared folks out with his latest video called "10 Cheapest Halloween Costumes for Toddlers." And while the results may not exactly be Pinterest-worthy, Cross' suggestions might just come in handy when your toddler refuses to wear his expensive store-bought costume at the last minute.

First up: The Father of Invention turns his daughter Amalah into Danica Patrick by whipping up a race car driver costume using an empty cardboard box, a marker, some plastic bags and tape.

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Amalah, start that engine!

But wait...there's more! Because if you turn those box flaps out, those suckers become wings. And just like that, you've got your own private pilot.

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But we're not done yet. "Now flip that thing vertical," Cross instructs. "And you're an astronaut."

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Three costumes in one? Pretty clever.

For his next trick, Amalah gets the royal treatment, via a red towel, a roll of toilet paper, and an empty paper towel roll.

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But our hands down favorite creation has got to be the one where—using only a white trash bag and plastic shopping bag—Cross turns his adorable little munchkin into a fierce Kanye West runway model.

runway model
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Watch your back, Kim K.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at@holleewoodworld.