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Create unique Halloween costumes for your kids with supplies you already have.

We’ve learned ways to create the perfect Halloween ambiance by upcycling materials we already have in our home, but what about costumes? Great Halloween costumes can cost at least $50-100, and you typically only wear those once. Try something new this year, and create your own eco-friendly Halloween costumes while saving some extra cash.

Fabric Scrap Owl
Turn an old T-shirt into this great last minute costume.

  • Dark colored T-shirt
  • Fabric scraps
  • Sewing machine and thread (or permanent fabric glue)
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Crafting knife
  • Tape
  • Children’s sunglasses

Start by cutting feather shapes from fabric scraps. You’ll need approximately 50-60 feathers, depending on the size. Begin pinning and sewing in rows from the bottom. If you don’t have a sewing machine, line up the feathers and glue the pieces on. Overlap the feathers and continue until you reach the top, then form a circle around the neckline. Create an owl mask and cut out holes for the eyes. Attach the mask to a pair of sunglasses with tape, and your costume will be complete.

Rocket Man
Take flight with this easy-to-make costume. You’ll need:

  • Cardboard to fit the width of your child’s back
  • Webbing
  • Stapler
  • 2 empty two-liter soda bottles
  • Silver spray paint
  • Red and orange felt
  • Hot glue

Cut the cardboard to 12 inches in height and to fit the width of your child’s back. Next, staple the webbing to the cardboard to create armholes. Set that aside and grab the two bottles. Remove the tops and carefully cover each bottle with the silver spray paint. Next, cut out flames from the felt, making the red one slightly bigger than the orange. Carefully add hot glue to the spout of each bottle and attach the flames. Then, attach the bottles onto the cardboard with the flames pointing toward the ground.

Mummy
This is a quick project that you can create the day of Halloween if you’ve run out of ideas.

  • White sheets
  • White clothes to wear under the sheet
  • Safety pins
  • Baby powder

Tear the sheets into long strips. Remember that this is a mummy costume, so the strips do not have to be perfect. Wrap the strips around the head, chest and limbs, and secure each strip with a safety pin. Tuck the safety pin behind the other strips, if possible. Once the body is covered, dust any exposed skin or hair with baby powder to add to the mummified look.

Photo Credit: iStockphoto/kali9

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