If you’ve followed me on any type of social media for more than five minutes you know that my Parker creates costumes almost daily. As he’s gotten older his costumes have gotten better and better. He’s even taking custom orders now!
Almost everything he wears is made from things he’s collected from around our house. Sometimes he hits the jackpot and adds in some junk/treasures from friends and family to incorporate into his plans. I thought I’d share a few in case you need last minute costume ideas this Halloween.
Parker’s Tips for a Low Cost Costume
- Save clothes that your family doesn’t wear anymore. Get a seam ripper and take the clothes apart so you can use them in any new way you need them. Parker loves this one:
- Shop for costumes items AFTER each holiday.
- Shop for Halloween costumes right after Halloween and save them for the next year.
- Go to thrift stores for anything you need.
- Michael’s t-shirts are usually $3 or less and can be used for anything from t-shirts to dresses.
- Thread elastic through the hem of pants that are too short to create knickers and through the sleeves of t-shirts to make poofy sleeves. Here’s one of the best deals on elastic I’ve seen:
- Save slippers for animal costumes.
- Use cardboard to make hats.
- Buy a good facepaint kit like this one:
- Watch his YouTube tutorials. His Jack Skellington tutorial is below. He’ll be posting more in the weeks to come so we’d love you to subscribe!
If you’re kiddo is showing an interest in costuming and creating there are some great products out there to get him or her started. I’d highly recommend a Singer machine and this one is under $100!
If you’re pretty sure you’re better off just gluing all the things definitely invest in a glue gun. I’m finally comfortable with Parker using one without burning the house down and it makes all of his projects last longer.
**This post may include affiliate links to help finance Parker’s costume habit.**
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