Halloween provides the perfect opportunity for you to get creative when it comes to planning costumes. Whether your planning months in advance, or haven’t even given it a thought yet, here are some costume up-cycles to get the ideas flowing. These costumes are made from easy to find supplies you could find lying around your home. With a few steps, you can turn everyday items like an empty cardboard box, or a yogurt container into fantastic costumes for you or your kids.
Here are a few unique ideas to get you started:
Bring some plastic pop bottles to life by up-cycling them into a Jet Pack. This simple craft not only has tons of play time potential for anyone with a big imagination, but it would also be a great addition to your costume. This Jet pack is quick to put together with simple steps and really simple supplies. All you need is cardboard, a stapler, old webbing (or something that could be used for shoulder straps), 2 two-liter pop bottles, hot glue, and silver spray paint. Get creative and give your recycling a new life by making this fun DIY Jet Pack.
Put empty yogurt containers to good use with this quick Halloween costume idea. This adorable mouse costume is made from 3 small yogurt containers decorated with felt. There’s also a bear and a pig version of this same craft. This craft also has a simple list of supplies, with some substitution options if you don’t happen to have certain supplies at home.
This up-cycle is a great opportunity to get one last use out of torn or outgrown clothing you plan on giving away. You could also find fabric to use at your local thrift store. With a little bit of trimming and sewing, you’ll have an elephant costume in no time. This elephant costume up-cycle is a super comfortable and unique Halloween costume option that would make a great addition to a dress up box once Halloween is over as it is perfect for play.
Dress up your baby for Halloween with this simple and adorable octopus costume. It’s made from old pairs of tights and/or knee high socks (perfect if you have mismatched pairs of socks) and mismatched buttons. This colorful octopus costume DIY requires a little bit of sewing, but it’s a great, budget friendly baby costume option. Plus it’s cute, soft, and easy to wear.
This up-cycle is perfect for all Lego lovers. Made of almost 100% up-cycled materials, you can re-use a cardboard box, and some small, round containers (yogurt containers for example) to make this costume. The only other materials you will need are hot glue, an exacto knife to cut the arm and head holes, and some paint, in whatever color you would like. This DIY is simple, cheap, and lots of fun.
Be ready for whatever comes your way on Halloween day with this up-cycled super hero shield. Using a Frisbee as the base, this shield is strong, and will hold its shape during playtime, or trick-or-treating. You can customize this shield to be whatever design you wish, you could use your child’s initial, or maybe a different superhero. There are tons of possibilities with this DIY. You can make it into the perfect addition to your Halloween costume.