Nailed It! Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

. October 1, 2018.
COSTUME IDEAS

Halloween can creep up on us and become a potentially time-consuming holiday. Sometimes our kids’ elaborate costume ideas have to be pushed aside for something quicker, cheaper, and all around easier. But, do no fear! We have three super simple costume ideas that require little time and use materials found around the house. They are adorable, unique, and can be used for almost any age or gender!

Lego Block Costume

Emmett, 6, and Eleanor, 5 (Ann Arbor)

Emmett, 6, and Eleanor, 5 (Ann Arbor)

Supplies

-1 rectangular cardboard box (Lego hat)
-1 squared cardboard box (Lego body)
-1 can of spray paint, color of choice
-1 package Solo cups (match the color of paint, if possible)
-Duct tape
-Hot glue gun
-Scissors

Instructions

Using the smaller square box, cut a round hole in the bottom based on the size of hat your child wears. Hot glue the rims of 4 Solo cups onto the top of the box. This will create the Lego hat. Using the larger, rectangular box, cut a hole on the top about two to three times larger than your hat hole. This will be the head hole. On both sides of the larger box, cut large circles out for the arm holes. These holes should only be a few inches from the top of the box. Cut the back and bottom off the rectangular box so your child can easily get in and out of the costume. Hot glue 6 solo cups onto the front of the cardboard box. Duct tape around any edges to smooth them out. Spray paint both boxes and let them dry.

Note: If you have a hard time keeping the Lego hat on, have the child put a hat on backwards so the box stays more secure. The brim on the back will provide more stability.

Grandma and Grandpa

Grandma

Amelia, 1 (Ann Arbor)

Amelia, 1 (Ann Arbor)

Supplies

-Clothes: floral or plaid dress, sweater, high socks and shoes Baby sunglasses with the lens popped out
Mardi Gras beads (gold or silver)
-Hot glue gun
-Baby hat (any stretchy hat that fits your kid’s head snugly)
-Craft pom poms or cotton balls
-Optional accessories: small hand bag, pearl necklace, walker, hair curlers

Instructions

Glasses: Pop out the lenses of sunglasses. Cut the Mardi Gras beads to the correct length to fit around your child’s head/neck, then hot glue the ends of the beads to the inside arms of the glasses.

Wig: Hot glue the pom poms or cotton balls to the hat working first around the brim, then filling in until the hat is fully covered. Try to use the same color of hat as the pom pom or cotton balls.

Grandpa

Neil, 2 (Ann Arbor)

Neil, 2 (Ann Arbor)

Supplies

-Clothes: Button-up shirt, bow tie, suspenders, sweater, slacks, shoes Baby sunglasses with the lens popped out
-Newsie style cap or fedora
-Optional accessories: grey or brown face paint to create wrinkles, furry material cut out for eye brows and mustache, cane or walker

Have fun!