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Last-Minute Duct Tape Costumes: Alvin and the Chipmunks

These last-minute DIY duct tape costumes turned out to be a huge success! For weeks leading up to Halloween weekend, my roommates and I could not decide on a group costume for the three of us. We wanted a costume that was fun, cheap, easy, and of course sexy!

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Awesome DIY Indian Costume and War Bonnet

This Tiger Lilly Indian costume and war Bonnet was inspired by a Victoria Secret Fashion Show. I made it out of only five materials (duct tape, feathers, leather cord, ribbon and beads)

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My Cool DIY Zoltar Costume

Here’s my Zoltar costume from 2014. We always dress up for work and in 2013 no one got what I was – a stick man. Epic failure. I was adamant to ensure that whatever I was going to be in 2014 I would be instantly recognisable.

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Scary Costume Idea: Award Winning One Eyed Monster

This scary costume idea took me hours to make and take off. But winning two contests made it well worth it!

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Fantastic Four Thing Costume for a Boy

My son chose The Thing costume from Fantastic Four. This year’s costume theme was superheroes. My 4 year old son had to think long and hard to pick a superhero he didn’t already own a “dress-up” outfit of. Every year I make our own costumes and this year would be no different. At first I was extremely nervous and a bit worried if it was something I could pull off.

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Zombie Minifigure Costume for a Boy and Little LaLaLoopsy Sister

Here are two costumes we made: a Monster Fighter Zombie minifigure costume for our son and LaLaLoopsy costume for our daughter.

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Princess Daisy and Princess Peach Costumes for Wheelchairs

I made these Princess Daisy and Princess Peach costumes for my daughters who are severely disabled from a double dx of CDKL5 and mitochondrial disease. I challenged myself to make a costume using their wheelchairs. They would pull off anything on front so I was limited to the sides and back.

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Knockout Woman’s Boxer Costume

This was a KNOCKOUT fighter/MMA/boxer costume, literally! I went to visit my friends for Halloween last minute and had no idea what I was going to dress up as. I didn’t want to do the cliche cat costume or nurse that every always sees at college parties so instead I decided to think out of the box.

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Coolest Ever DIY Power Rangers Costume Ideas

Our four boys are avid Power Rangers fans and these are the DIY Power Rangers costume ideas we came up with for the whole family.

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Coolest Michaelangelo Ninja Turtle Costume

I made this Michael Angelo Ninja Turtle costume at my toddler’s request. Once my son was old enough to express his honest opinion I tried to allow him to make his own decisions and explore his imagination.

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Princess Lolly Costume from Candyland

For a couple of years now I have wanted to make a Princess Lolly costume from the board game Candyland. I wasn’t sure how to go about making the costume.

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Artistic Madame Butterfly Halloween Costume

First off my inspiration for this Butterfly Halloween costume came the day after Christmas of last year when I came across a picture of Luly Yang’s Butterfly Dress and then while researching that I found her wedding gown Kimono.

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Best Homemade Joker Costume Ever

So here is my Joker costume. For starters, I look nothing like him, other then having a narrow face. I am in the Canadian military, so no long hair for this guy. Also, did this all by myself, no woman or someone else knowledgeable with makeup helped me out.

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Leopard and Safari Guide Couples Costume

For our Leopard and Safari Guide couples costume I found everything at my local Goodwill and it only took my a few hours to make!

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Bloody Masquerade Couple Costume

I was scrolling through Youtube one day and saw this awesome masquerade mask idea as a DIY tutorial. After that I knew that this bloody masquerade couple costume was something I needed to make!

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DIY Sally Costume from Nightmare Before Christmas

This Sally costume was originally a thrown together, not quite last minute Halloween costume. I loved it so much though, that the next year I put more work into it.

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Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George Couple Costume

Our Man in the Yellow hat and Curious George couple costume was fun to make and pretty easy, too.

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DIY Struck by Lightning Couple Costume

Here’s how we made our “Struck by Lightning” couple costume for under $20!

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Cool Morticia and Gomez Addams Couple Costume

This Morticia and Gomez Addams couple costume started off as a couple and grew the day before Halloween into a fantastic group costume.

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My DIY Samba / Carnival Dancer Costume

Last year I wanted to wear a Samba / Carnival Dancer costume. I looked online and everything I liked was way too expensive or cheesy looking… so I decided to make a costume of my own.

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You're One of a Kind. Your DIY Halloween Costume Should Be Too!

Once upon a time (not so long ago), if you wanted a costume – you, or your Mom, or your Dad – HAD to make it. You had to dream it up. Cut it. Stitch it. Glue it. Create it. And when you or your child wore the costume, your pride would glow through the seams.

Times have changed. A plethora of assembly-line costumes are just a click away. And yet, the passion for costume-making is stronger than ever. Today, we don’t HAVE to make a costume. We WANT to make a costume. We want to be different. We want to be special. We want to be one of a kind. And that’s exactly what we all are. One of a kind!

Right now we're going to set out to find a one-of-a-kind costume idea for you. Just clear your mind and let your fingers lead the way. In no time you’ll be skipping from one homemade costume idea to the next. Making notes. Dreaming up your own adaptations. Good Luck!

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