If you’re thinking of bypassing the crowded costume rack at your local megastore and going for a homemade Halloween instead, we’ve got some easy peasy inspiration to get you started. Because despite what you might think, you don’t have to own a sewing machine or a hair salon to master a DIY Halloween. All you need is a good idea – and we’ve got you covered from head to toe with ten great ideas!
1. Superhero Babies
2. Captain America
Who says Captain America can’t be a girl? Add felt details to a favorite dress (and to a handy garbage can lid) and she’s ready to save the world. Instructions by Primary.
Recreate your favorite childhood toy with a simple ballet leotard, an oversized gemstone, and some spray hair color. Idea courtesy of photographer Gina Lee and her daughter Willow.
4. Kitty Cat
This idea by Salon Solutions Australia couldn’t be simpler. Braid two strands of hair with a black pipe cleaner, then shape into cat ears and secure with bobby pins. Add a little nose and whiskers and – voila! – you’ve got a costume that’s the cat’s meow!
6. Snow Princess
7. Cotton Candy
8. Sugar Skull
9. Turf With Creepy Crawlies
A fantastic idea from Martha Stewart that starts with simple spray hair color and is topped off with plastic creepy crawlies. So easy, it’s scary.
10. Rosie the Riveter
This iconic costume idea from Hairstyles by Gabby can probably be drummed up with items around the house – denim shirt, red bandana and bobby pins. Sweep hair up into bun with a front section formed into a large pin curl. Perfect last-minute idea!