This year our theme was “Circus.” Our son wanted to be the clown. We found many costumes online but I didn’t want a “store bought” look so we came up with this Homemade Circus Clown Costume. I never use patterns so I just laid out the fabric, laid him on top of it and traced around his body. I made the pants extra baggy so he’d be comfortable and “clowny.” I sewed a simple jumpsuit design. I used some extra fabric to make a simple hat. It’s a very easy triangle shape that I bobby-pinned to his wig.
The shirt was so fun to make. We cut circle “stencils” out of a piece of cardboard and used that to form the circle shapes on the shirt. We chose fluorescent fabric paint colors to match the overalls. We just sprayed a random “bubble” design to compliment the colors in the suit. It took a while to dry but turned out great.
The handmade pompoms on his shoes are made out of yarn and we secured them to his shoes so they wouldn’t fall off while he trick-or-treated. We ended up buying a yellow wig and did minimal face painting on his cheeks and nose.
My friend was having a costume party and she was dressing up as a sexy ring leader. I came up with the idea of my boyfriend and I dressing up as hobo clowns. Not only would we have matching costumes but we practically had everything we needed already. The only thing I spend money on was the face make up. I grabbed an old checked shirt and tore it up a bit. Wore the oldest pair of shorts I owned. I also tore up some of my toe socks that had rainbows on them. I wore my old purple chucks, made sure they were super dirty. Also, I dug into my winter stuff and found some mismatch gloves and tore the finger tips off them. My finger nails were all different colors and I wore the most glitter as possible to give it that extra girly look. My boyfriend just wore an old T-shirt (which was a little too tight... LOL) and an old beenie. Old pants which he tore holes in and his old dirty chucks. He brought a stick with hanky at the end too! It was awesome and cost us pennies to make.
The Homemade Clown in the Box Halloween Costume I made is my own version of a Jack-In-The-Box. My name is Gabby, so I renamed it Gab-In-The-Box. I used a giant cardboard box as the "box" part of the costume. I then used an old striped bed sheet for the shirt and hat. I used another old green bed sheet for the collar and tassles of the hat.
I stapled the sheet to the box to keep it up. I cut out a piece of tagboard and rolled it into a cone shape for the hat, then put the material over it. I used my dad's suspenders to keep the box from falling down and old red gloves for my hands.
This crazy clowns costume was so fun to make & wear! The faces are made from paper mache' and are all hand painted. The hair is made of various wigs that I had to cut and glued on the heads. The outfits are 3 children patterns that me & my sister made. I also used wiggle eyes for the inserts of the eyes so they would wiggle while I moved about.
Also the different expressions on their faces, like the top clown might fall and then catch your balance to make it look real, this homemade crazy clowns costume was so much fun to wear!