Halloween Costumes for the DIY Impaired

I am what you would call “Do-it-Yourself Impaired.” As in, I’ve never met a craft I couldn’t mess up. Yet, I am still on Pinterest. Why, you ask? Because I want to be good at crafting. I genuinely want to be the mom who can hot glue hundreds of felt pieces together into a beautiful owl costume without gluing myself to something in the process. But, I am not that mom. I am the mom who gets so busy (okay, procrastinates) that she is running out of the Halloween pop-up superstore as it is shutting down for the season.

But not this year! This year, I set out to be different! I was going to find easy DIY costumes for both of my children, they were going to be awesome, and the kiddos would be happy to wear them.

When asked what she wanted to dress up as, our toddler replied, “Sparkly Glitter.” It was made very clear that this did not mean Sparkle Princess, Glitter Princess, or a ballerina. Sparkly Glitter. Um, okay? This would be super easy, right? Get some pink clothes, spray glitter, body glitter, and, BAM, sparkly glitter. Nope! It doesn’t work that way. The spray and body glitter weren’t exactly showing up on either the fabric or our toddler’s hair. So, I added sequins. It didn’t really help. What I ended up with was a semi-sparkly outfit and a disappointed toddler.

girl in costumeAfter a few tears, we “compromised” on something else: a pink glitter present (she was won over by getting to wear the glitter bow in her hair). This costume was actually super easy to make, using the following items:

  • 1 large gift bag
  • 6 pieces of tissue paper
  • 1 gift bow
  • packing tape

First, I cut the bottom off of the gift bag at the crease. Then, I rethreaded the handle ribbons to make them arm holes. I bunched together three sheets of tissue paper on each side of the gift bag and secured them with packing tape. To top it all of, I put a gift bow in her hair, which was already chock full of the body glitter. And, BAM! Faster than a Dora the Explorer episode, we had a pink glitter present.

IMG_1953The costume was so cheap and easy to make (and was super cute to boot), that I decided to make a matching one for my son, sans the glitter. In case you were wondering, it is not recommended for crawlers.

Cutest and most unconvincing mummy ever.

For our nine-month-old crawler, I tried to recreate an adorable (and not too complicated looking) mummy costume out of bandage wraps. I used three-yard-long cloth bandage wraps to cover his long-sleeved onesie, and attempted to use a fourth to cover a hat on his head, which was promptly ripped off.

After two failed attempts at making a costume suitable for our infant, I did what any reasonable DIY impaired mom would do — I went on Amazon Prime and decided he would make an adorable astronaut. I still count this as a win, however, as we had a costume weeks in advance of Halloween.

What costume are you going to make (or buy) for your little one to wear?

Rachel loves a good fairytale, so it’s no surprise that, after moving to Fort Worth from Washington, D.C., she kissed a frog and fell in love. She is the mother of two perfect children—Lillian, an adventurous toddler, and Lucas, a handsome cuddle-bug who is speeding through infant-hood too fast. She loves pearls, books, coffee, talking about books over coffee, writing, listening to others’ life stories, and spending time with her family. When she is not busy practicing law or changing diapers, you will find her exploring the amazing culinary and cultural delights that Fort Worth has to offer or blogging at Honeycomb and Pearls.


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