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Handmade Halloween: DIY Costumes for Every Skill Level

Last week I promoted the idea of getting that handmade Halloween costume look (without the work) by sharing my favorite Etsy finds.  This week I’ve got a round up for those of you who want to put in some man hours and do the homemade thing for real.  From embellishing store-bought clothes to a super useful step-by-step video class, these sources will provide all the help you need regardless of your skills with a Singer (that’s a type of sewing machine and if you didn’t know that, rest assured that even you can do this!).  Click through for all the goods.
photo via Running With Scissors
I myself was torn between the Etsy route and the DIY route this year so I decided to go with both.  Step one was buying a dinosaur hoodie on Etsy and (yet-to-be-completed) step two is whipping up a matching dinosaur tail using this tutorial.


I went this direction instead of just buying a dinosaur costume like this one because I wanted to be able to add the pieces to C’s dress-up kit once Halloween is over.  I can definitely picture him slipping on the hoodie or tail for playtime… but getting into an entire costume?  Not so much.
photo via Mom Inc. Daily
This baby octopus from 2009 is probably my all-time-favorite DIY costume.  Can you believe all it took to make this guy was a few pair of baby tights, buttons, and some cotton balls?  Really, that’s it – even the hat is made of tights!  I try not to say this too much because I think it’s way overused on the web but in this case it definitely applies – genius!
photos via flax and twine
Aren’t those ribbon wings sweet?  They’re exactly the type of thing I’d love to make for S but really have no idea where to even start.  Luckily, Anne of the lovely flax and twine has a new online course called The Costume Box which includes detailed, downloadable instructions and pattern templates for creating more than 50 different costumes.  The course is currently discounted from $29.99 to $14.99.  Anne was kind enough to send me a free link for review purposes and, although I won’t be using it for Halloween, I plan to make C a cape to add to the aforementioned dress-up kit in the next week or so.
photo via elsie marley

This is the only find that isn’t a DIY.  These felt masks are for those of you that have the sewing part of costume making covered but still need a bit of help in the inspiration department.

photo via I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar
Since starting MPMK, I’ve been fortunate to connect with some amazingly creative bloggers.  This super-clever and super-cute viking costume was put together by my new pal Cheri over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.  Why “super-clever”?  It’s made of toilet seat covers!
photo via Lisa Storms
Finally, the entire bottom row of costumes in the top photo were made by Lisa Storms.  Her philosophy of starting with a pre-made base, like a hoodie, is the answer to every busy parent’s prayers.


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