The Best DIY Halloween Costumes

Getting a costume for Halloween doesn’t always have to break the bank. 

DIY (do it yourself) costumes are becoming increasingly popular and are an inexpensive way to have unique, chic and creative costumes that’ll make you stand out in the crowd.

For those of you who like the idea of a homemade costume, but can’t seem to think of a creative idea, no need to worry. Here is a list of 5 unisex DIY costumes that are easy, creative and fun.

Costume 1: The King or Queen of Hearts

The king or queen of hearts is the perfect Alice in Wonderland-inspired DIY costume that’s guaranteed to help you break hearts all Halloween night. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Any outfit you want. The costume is usually worn with red clothing but that does not mean you are limited to wearing just red; be creative!
  • A deck of cards
  • A large piece of paper
  • A stapler/staples


  1. Choose your outfit.
  2. Make the collar:
    1. Wrap the large paper around your neck and staple the ends together so it fits around your neck like a collar.
    2. Trim down the paper to the size of the cards. 
    3. Staple the cards to the paper in a layered fashion in order to achieve a fanned-out effect.

Costume 2: Life Gives You Lemons

This is the perfect easy and creative DIY costume that no one will be expecting but everyone will love.

What you’ll need:

  • Any type of yellow clothing, which can be purchased anywhere including Walmart or TJ Maxx 
  • A “hello my name is” sticker
  • A sharpie
  • Lemons
  • Any sort of picnic basket. If you don’t have one you can purchase one at Walmart for around $8


  1. Write on the sticker under “hello my name is” the word LIFE with a sharpie.
  2. Stick the sticker to your yellow outfit.
  3. Put the lemons in the picnic basket.


Costume 3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

This costume is the best way to show your ninja turtle pride. Which one will you be? 

What you’ll need: 

  • A green shirt
  • An aluminum baking tray
  • Shoe laces or string
  • Scissors
  • Thick ribbon (The color of the ribbon depends on whether you’re dressing up as Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo or Leonardo)
  • Green spray paint


  1. Spray paint the aluminum baking tray with the green spray paint in order to make the shell.
  2. As that dries:
    1. Put on your green shirt.
    2. Tie the ribbon around your head like a bandana and around one of your arms. 
  3. Once the aluminum tray is dry, poke holes in the four corners using the scissors.
  4. Make the straps for the shell: 
    1. Cut the shoe laces or string into two even sized lengths: the size you cut depends on how tight you want the shell to be on your back.
    2. Take one end of the shoe laces or string and loop it through one of the holes in the aluminum tray.
    3. Tie a double knot.
    4. Continue this process until both straps for the shell are made.


Story by: Grace Conley
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