diy costume

I believe in recycling and re-using what you have and the same philosophy comes up during Halloween when I’m preparing costumes for our endless series of special events.  See my last post about 8 easy DIY Costumes from last year here as an example!  This year, I took a slightly different approach and let Juliet”s favorite toys serve as the inspiration to all our make-at-home costumes.  They were so fun to create with her and for her.  See below for some costume inspiration and let me know what you think you could create at home with what you already have!

  • Baby Momma.  Does your doll love dolls?  Make her a mommy this year!  With an infinity scarf, I made her a makeshift baby carrier and stuffed her Water Baby in there.  Props could include, a (plastic) wine glass (I filled our with sparkling water), a Starbucks cup, a cellphone, a stroller, baby bottle, purse and kitchen accessories!  We glammed her up as a fab mom but you could easily do the stressed out mom look and opt for a more disheveled tee shirt and leggings paired with some under-eye circles and messy hair lol!diy costume, make at home costume, kids costumes, kids costume ideas, mommy costume, beauty salon dropout, beautician costume
  • Beautician.  If your daughter is like mine, she is obsessed with anything beauty-related.  Here she is making over Barbie’s hair, make-up and nails.  The Barbie hair styling bust came in handy for this photo opp (as well as for our recent Barbie-themed play date read more here.  You could however, easily use any long-haired doll, play make-up, or an apron filled with tools (ours was from Melissa & Doug). 
  • Veterinarian.  Do you have a doctor’s set and some stuffed animals?  It’s easy to re-create this doctor’s costume with a button down shirt, glasses, a cute stuffed animal and doctor’s tools (stethoscope, thermometer, bandaids, suckers, etc).  My friend made this lab coat and gave it to us as a hand-me-down and it completed the costume!!  BTW, if you haven’t already heard of Parker, you’ve got to check him out! While he looks like your classic, cuddly teddy bear, he actually digitally interacts with an app for an immersive, augmented reality experience!  We live in the future, I tell you!parker the teddy bear, seedling bear, seedling toys, dr costume, kids costume ideas, veterinarian costume
  • Rock Star.  Encourage your kid to rock on with his/her favorite musical instrument of choice and/or a microphone.  Get flashy with the outfit, and have fun!  I gave Juliet’ an 80’s rocker look with MY fishnet stockings, hair in a side ponytail, a bright neon dress, toy guitar and sunglasses.  Must have sunglasses.rock star costume, 80s rocker, 80s rock star, kids costume ideas, diy costume

Thanks to the toy sponsors who sent us the beloved toys!  Follow us on IG and watch our IG stories to see the toys in action!

Seedling for the interactive teddy bear and doctor’s set

Just Play for the Barbie styling head and Water Baby Doll

 

 

For more Halloween inspiration see the below links!

See my past Halloween parties here.

Party treats by Gym Craft Laundry

Craft and healthy snack by Ottawa Mommy Club

free printable Halloween decor by Mommy of a Princess

More DIYs by Jones family travels

 
 
 
 

 

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make at home costumes

Halloween for us is a fun-filled whirlwind of non-stop costume changes and back-to-back festivities.  It’s a blast cuz we love dressing up and getting creative.  Here are some make-at-home kids Halloween costumes that I’ve created from things already in J’s closet costing me $0.  These are all easy DIY costumes that you could try at home too.

1). China doll

china doll

Accessorize a qipao with a Chinese takeout box and/or matching Chinese fan and layer a matching dress or tutu underneath for extra warmth and flair and voila, you’ve got a costume!  I just happened to have these crazy baby wiglets (which are all the rage in Asia) to help complete the costume-y look.

easy toddler costumes

2).  80s Aerobics Instructor

My tiny dancer already has a collection of leotards, tights and leggings so all I had to do was cut up a sweatshirt, make a sweatband (with two old white socks tied together) and have her carry a blow-up boombox (a take-home gift from a friend’s birthday party).  Let’s get physical!!

3).  Bride

This year we also re-used J’s baptism dress (can’t believe it still fits, only shorter)!  I bobby pinned extra tulle that I already had to her hair, topped her off with a tiara, and gave her flowers to carry with something blue and tada, she’s a baby bride!

easy kids costumes

4).  Doll

Her recital costume topped off with a sparkly bow and matching shoes made for a cute doll costume. But you could take any frilly doll-like dress (try vintage styles) and convert it into a dolly outfit.

easy kids costumes

If I had more time I would have loved to have made her a wind-up attachment like this.  But alas, mommy was too worn out from planning and executing the BOO-tiful Halloween Bash from the night before to DIY this.

wind-up-doll-costume

You could also have used makeup to draw in long dolly lashes and rosy cheeks but again, this mom ran out of energy. baby doll

5). Rainbow

rainbow costume

I couldn’t keep a straight face when I dropped of J at school like this. She was the fluffiest, frilliest ball of awesomeness.  We basically piled on all her tutus and accessorized with matching tights, socks, bow and flag.  Tutu Cute!

6).  Coco Chanel

If you’re a die-hard Chanel fan like we are, perhaps dressing like Coco Chanel is for you.  Think quilting, Chanel-like chains, pearls, white and black and classic silhouettes.  We happen to have a Coco doll which we replicated with a quilted white dress.

coco chanel

7).  Anna Wintour

For the Haute Halloween party that I hosted for fab kids in NYC, J and I both dressed as Anna Wintour.  This was a fairly easy make-at-home costume as well.  anna wintour costume

For more on how to dress like Karl Lagerfeld, Andre Leon Talley and other fashion icons, see my earlier post about Haute Halloween costumes!

8).  Nerd

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Think bowties, suspenders, pocket protectors, and black-rimmed glasses plus add some back-t0-school accessories and you’ve got an easy DIY costume.  Check out all the nerdy fashions from my back-to-school play dates in NYC here!

And stay tuned to see all the details from this year’s Halloween bash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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