3 DIY Costumes & Hairstyles

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These are so fun and creative!  Love DIY Halloween Costume ideas, and these are pretty inexpensive too.  Cute!

When it comes to costumes, for Halloween or any other occasion, I think that the ones that are best remembered are the handmade ones.  When I was a kid, my mom made me a present costume.  To this day, it’s the Halloween costume that stands out the most in my memory.  Store bought costumes can be great if you don’t have time to make one and if you have the money to spend on it… but I think if you have a couple of hours, just go for that DIY costume!  Your children will remember it for the rest of their lives!

After reminiscing a bit this year, I decided to do a tutorial on the present costume that my mom made me as a kid.  I’m jazzing it up by adding an adorable hair bow hairstyle, because it just goes perfectly!  I also am showing you how to do two more costumes in today’s tutorial – a “Head in the Clouds” look (with a hair wrapped ponytail) and Jack-o-Lantern (with a loony/vine braid).  I totally admit to being a corny dork — but I hope that you’ll find these ideas fun, creative and different!

I’m starting here with step by step instructions for our DIY costumes, but I do have a video showing how we made all 3 looks at the bottom of this post if you are a visual learner and want to scroll down to that first.

DIY COSTUME 1:  A “Head in the Clouds”

A "Head in the Clouds" Halloween Costume - fun and creative DIY costume idea!  

COSTUME

Supplies you’ll need:  cardboard box big enough to fit your child’s torso (or larger, you can always cut it down), white crepe paper sheets, glue (I chose 3M Super 77 Spray adhesive, it worked awesome!), scissors, clear packing tape.

Step 1.  Cut the box if needed so that it will fit your child’s torso and you have an opening at the bottom.  Tape the box as needed.

Step 2.  Cut out a circle for the head and the arms.

DIY Costume base - cardboard box

Step 3.  Apply your spray adhesive to the box, working on one side at a time.  Lay the crepe paper lightly on it, starting at one edge and holding bits of the crepe paper up off the box so that it puffs out in between the sections that are being attached to the box — if that seems confusing, I demonstrate it in the video. 

Step 4.  Continue with the spray adhesive and crepe paper until you’ve covered all areas of the box. 

You’re done with the “Head in the Clouds” costume!

Head in the Clouds halloween costume - cute hair wrapped ponytail to go with this cute and easy DIY costume!

HAIR WRAPPED PONYTAIL

Supplies you’ll need:  Hairbrush, elastic, topsy tail 

Step 1.  Brush out her hair and pull into a high ponytail

Step 2.  Take your topsy tail and push it through the ponytail from under the bottom, leaving just the loop out

Step 3.  Take a small section of hair from the underside of the ponytail, wrap it around the ponytail so that it covers the elastic (wrap once or twice if you can) then tuck the end through the loop of the topsy tail.

Step 4.  Gently pull the topsy tail so that you pull the hair wrapping around the ponytail through.

You’re done!  You can do any style you’d like with this costume, I decided to go with this for ours because it’s sleek and easy! 

DIY COSTUME 2:  A Present

DIY present costume - because sometimes simple is best!  So fun for Halloween or costume party

COSTUME

Supplies you’ll need:  cardboard box big enough to fit your child’s torso (or larger, you can always cut it down), wrapping paper, scissors, clear packing tape.

Step 1.  Cut the box if needed so that it will fit your child’s torso and you have an opening at the bottom.  Tape the box as needed.

Step 2.  Cut out a circle for the head and the arms.

Step 3.  Wrap the box in wrapping paper.  Use your scissors to cut from the center of the cutouts for the arm and head to the box in multiple directions so that you are creating triangles (like you’re cutting a pizza!) and then fold those in and tape in place.  Tape along all edges.

You’re done!  How easy is that!!  It may seem too easy, but my fond memories of it tell me that simple is perfect on this one.

Hair bow hairstyle to go with a present DIY Halloween Costume - such a cute and easy idea!

HAIR BOW HAIRSTYLE

Supplies you’ll need:  Hairbrush, elastic, topsy tail, bobby pins, hairspray

Step 1. Begin by brushing her hair out and start pulling it into a high ponytail.  On the last time you are pulling it through the elastic, stop a little less than half way so that you have a loop going through on one side (half the bow) and the rest of the hair is hanging down.

Step 2.  Take the rest of the hair that is hanging down and fold it so that it loops to match the first side of the bow you made and then tuck the end back through the elastic.

Step 3.  Take part of the end that is left hanging down, pull it up to cover the elastic and use the topsy tail to pull it down through (so the topsy tail goes against the head and under the elastic). 

Step 4.  Bobby pin each side of the bow along the top and bottom so that it is held securely.  Finish with hairspray if you’d like.

You’re done!  It’s sooooo quick and easy, we love this style for every day where too!

DIY COSTUME 3:  Jack-o-Lantern

 DIY Jack-o-lantern costume - fun and creative Halloween idea, kind of creepy but different!

My husband tells me that Hope looks terrifying in this photo above where she’s smiling, so here’s one (below) without a smile.  Less scary?  Lol, I don’t know… but scary at Halloween time can be ok, right?!  I’m gonna go with it! 😉

Jack-o-Lantern DIY costume - fun and creepy idea!

COSTUME

Supplies you’ll need:  cardboard box big enough to fit your child’s torso (or larger, you can always cut it down), scissors, pencil, clear packing tape, brown paint, paint brush, orange & black face paint, orange hair spray, green ribbon (long enough so that you can double it over and both sides of it are still a few inches longer than her hair), small hair elastic.  optional:  fall leaves garland, dark lipstick,

Step 1.  Cut the box if needed so that it will fit your child’s torso and you have an opening at the bottom.  Tape the box as needed.

Step 2.  Cut out a circle for the head and the arms.

Step 3.  Measure out and mark the box so that you can draw lines for your slates – I did 2 inches for the sections I painted and 1 inch in between.  Use a straight line to draw a line across.

DIY Costume - Jack o lantern - clever idea!

Step 4.  Once you have all your lines drawn, paint the box to create your slated crate look.

DIY Costume - slated box for Jack-o-lantern costume - so fun!

FACE PAINT

Before you begin painting her face – pull her hair up and out of the way into a high side ponytail — picture her as a pumpkin and put the ponytail where you would picture the vine coming out of the pumpkin. 

Step 1:  Paint her entire face orange.

Step 2.  Paint triangle eyes using the black face paint – start the top point at her eyebrows and go down to the corner of her eyes.  If you’re going for a scary look – painting the black under her eyes makes it look even creepier!

Step 3.  Paint a cute little triangle nose with the black paint.

Step 4.  Use the black paint to outline her mouth, just the shape you’d do if you were carving a jack-o-lantern at home.  Fill in with black paint.  You can fill in her lips with the face paint or you may choose to use dark lipstick on her lips. 

Step 5.  Starting at the center of her forehead, add some dimension by adding some small curved lines going down her face (with the black paint)

Pumpkin or Jack o Lantern DIY Halloween costume and hairstyle - such a fun and creative costume idea!

PUMPKIN HAIRSTYLE

Step 1.  Go outside if you can, and use your orange spray paint to paint her hair orange (don’t worry about coloring the hair in the ponytail though).

Step 2.  Take your green ribbon, thread it through the elastic holding her ponytail in place, and pull it so that each side of the ribbon is equal in length – then wrap the ribbon around the elastic a couple of times to hide it and tie it in a knot to hold it in place.

Step 3.  Begin a normal 3 strand braid – but all the hair is going to be one strand, and each piece of ribbon will be the other two strands in your braid.  Braid all the way down like this.  (This technique is called a loony braid and/or vine braid, depending on the braider you’re talking to)

Step 4.  Gently pull the elbows of the sections of hair that are sticking out to exaggerate the vine effect.

Step 5.  Secure with an elastic.  Trim ribbon at the bottom if needed. 

You’re done!  If you’d like, once your child is wearing the box, drape some fall/autumn leaves garland around her head to add to the effect. 

I hope that this post gives you a little DIY costume inspiration!  DIY costumes are just so fun, I know your child will love the one that you create for them!  And remember, even if it doesn’t turn out perfect, whether you make your own or buy a costume – it’s the love that goes into the costume that really makes it special for them! 

 

If you give one of these DIY costumes a try, I’d love to see how it turns out for you if you want to share!  You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag#HBL3DIYCostumes so I can find it – plus then your photo may appear at the bottom of this page!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you’ll come back soon!

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