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the one with diy halloween costumes

I hate spending more than $20 or so on a Halloween costume. I know, it makes it hard . . . but I hate spending more than $20 on a regular shirt that I’ll be wearing often so why would I do it for something to wear 1 night.

I usually end up making a lot of my costume, and the last 2 have definitely been my favorites. So today I’m going to share how I made my DIY Halloween Costumes!

Last years was the easiest ever . . . I was Medusa.

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It took me 5 minutes to hot glue some toy snakes to my headband. For my makeup I wore fake lashes and major cat eye liner with a nude lip – before we left I wrapped a white sheet around me like a toga with gold sandles and off we went! I had the makeup, sandles, and sheet so this one cost me $25 – I’m sure I could have found a cheaper headband, but I already had this one I just hadn’t used it for anything. The good news is the snakes came off pretty easy and now I wear it normally. If you don’t have a white sheet – check Walmart they have cheap sheets (and of course goodwill)!

and my husband was a stoner . . . because when you look at Medusa you turn to stone. Also, he’s weird and refuses to do corny couples costumes.

He also says costumes weird . . . so nobody wants to do a couple costume with you anyway iron man . . . I’m a little bitter.

Moving on, This year I was Mary Poppins!


Again, it was really easy! Not as easy as Medusa, but cheaper! I purchased this hat and bowtie on Amazon. The flowers were from JoAnn’s along with the red circles which are actually fake strawberries. The plan was to get felt balls, but these ended up being cheaper. I’m sure you can guess how I got them on there – hot glue.


For the umbrella, I got real crafty and paper mached. Is that a word? I hadn’t used paper mache since 5th grade . . . so lots of googling was done . . . To make the shape I covered the handle in foil, then rolled balls of trash, paper to make a round head and add a beak, then covered it all in foil. Once my shape was where I wanted it, I mixed up a half cup of flour with a cup of water drenched white paper in it and covered the foil. After it dried up – I let it set for almost 2 days before I touched it but they say overnight will do – I just used white, black, green, and blue paint to make it look somewhat like it does in the movie. I’m not a good painter so up close it’s not so hot, but I’m happy with it.

a black skirt, tights, white button up, and red lipstick later . . . Mary Poppins was ready for her debut!

This one cost me $20 exactly – hat, bowtie, flowers, and red balls. The rest I had on hand – and the umbrella I’m hoping to get the paper mache off and use again . . . but I have one more party to wear it to first.

What are your favorite costumes? Anyone else DIY?


I also have a little something special for you guys today! My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. She is ornery, stubborn, can’t hear a lick, but she’s funny and she’s a fighter. So what better way to honor her than to round out breast cancer month than with this . . .



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  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    SOOOO. I could be medusa if I just didn’t do my hair. No but for real!

    October 29, 2014 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Breenah

    I prefer making costumes too! This year I made my skirt and top and I’m attempting to make wings to match Quinn’s (online bought because BOY HOWDY I didn’t have enough time to make Tinkerbell) costume.

    Last year we were Leelah, Fry, and Nibbler from Futurama (we owned everything except the wig (Amazon) and I made my eye and Quinn’s outfit: and the year before Quinn was a cupcake while Jarrod and I were bakers ( Since Episode VII comes out next year, we’re hoping to do Star Wars.

    October 29, 2014 at 11:09 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      you’re futurama costumes are awesome! I’m excited to see your costumes this year.

      October 31, 2014 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Breenah

    Oh! I forgot to mention that I love that he was a stoner since it’s a play on turning to stone. I think that’s cute.

    October 29, 2014 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven

    Love your costumes! I don’t like to spend a lot of money either so I am DIYing this year, too! I’m going as Mary Poppins at work–LOL! But I didn’t make the umbrella although now that I think about it, I should have. 🙂

    October 29, 2014 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I hate spending money on costumes, too! My family didn’t do Halloween when I was a kid, so maybe that is why I don’t feel the need to go crazy with a costume. I’ve been to a few Halloween/costume parties since, and I always try to make my costume with stuff I already have. I almost did Mary Poppins this year, but I couldn’t find a hat or umbrella. I’m going to be Belle instead. The only thing I had to buy was a blue bow for my hair.

    October 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I saw your picture on instagram! you were so adorable!

      October 31, 2014 at 9:33 am

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