My 4 year-old daughter is a big "Just Dance" fan on the Wii, so she chose a Homemade Cyndi Lauper Kids Costume as her Halloween costume. I found a layered skirt on clearance, and added embellishments from ribbons and stick-on jewels to it. I got the vest for $.99 on eBay, and I bought the shirt for $5 brand new. She is also wearing pink leggings and matching socks, with a pair of black shoes I found at Goodwill for $2.
I added ribbon and lace to a plain headband, the earrings are clip-ons from parts I found at a hobby store, and the various necklaces were all either bought on clearance, at Goodwill, or made from beads we had at home. She is also wearing a black bow belt and a silver belt that were bought as a set brand new, and our dog's training collar as a belt, affixed with a twist-tie. She is wearing lots of bracelets and bangles that had to be tied together with an elastic string, and then tied to her elbow so they wouldn't fall off.
I braided her hair the morning of and let it dry for 5 hours. I took the braids out, combed her hair over her part, and clipped it down. I then sprayed it with pink and yellow spray color. She is also wearing pink eyeshadow, red lipstick, and actually allowed me to put on blue fake lashes.
I spent under $25, which compares to the price of many store-bought costumes, but looks so much better!!
I've always been a Beyonce fan, and the single ladies video was so viral I knew the homemade Beyonce costume would be easily recognized. My friends and I came up with the idea while we were on vacation and heard the song for the 10 millionth time :).
I wore 4 pairs of tan hose to get my legs dark, waterproof make up in the darkest available shade for my face, neck and arms, bought a clip on ponytail extension for my hair, my mom helped with making the 1 sleeve bodysuit with a throw pillow stuffed in the back, add a huge fake diamond ring and voila! Instant Beyonce!
This homemade Beyonce costume was pretty inexpensive, with the fake ponytail coming in first for most expensive piece at $17 from a local beauty supply (like Sally's). The hose came from Wal-mart, where you can buy a pack of 3 pair for about $4. The bodysuit came from a dance store, it was originally long sleeved, but my mom cut off the other sleeve and hemmed it to make it 1 shoulder.
Also, if you have a short torso like me, you can buy the childrens x-large size leotard for about half the price of an adult one. Glove was sparkly material from any craft store, and the ring came from the little girl's dress up section of the toy department at Wal-mart. The make-up was Maybelline brand. If you like it then you should put a ring on it!
This homemade Nick Nolte mug shot costume was last minute. I actually made this costume as a joke. Hubby was not going to dress up as he had every other year. Money was tight so I had to think of something fast. I grabbed this shirt pout of the closet and decided it looked just like one I had seen on the news. After some Googling, I found Nick Nolte's mug shot and was inspired!!
My hubby has had the shirt for years, I made the sign from construction paper and silver sharpie, and lots of hairspray in his hair. A bit of blush, to get that inebriated look, and he was done.
He walked around all night with that silly look on his face!! As soon as people read his sign, they laughed! It was a perfect costume, and did not cost a dime to make! (The numbers on the sign are made up, not Nolte's actual number!)