Halloween is just around the corner and it seems like every other Facebook notification is an event invitation for a costume party. You might love dressing up, but if you’re running seriously low on cash and can’t drop the big bucks on a costume, each invite can be a huge bummer. That’s why Her Campus found 10 fabulous DIY Halloween costumes for collegiettes on a budget – made from items you already have in your closet!
Want a Halloween costume that will make you feel groovy? Look no further! This costume can be as simple as a tie-dye tee and a pair of jeans. If you don’t have a tie-dye shirt, you can make one without even buying a kit. Follow these instructions to turn an old white T-shirt into a tie-dye tee using food coloring and vinegar. Straighten your hair and wear it down with a headband. Complete your look with a handmade protest sign with a peaceful saying like “Make Love, Not War.”
Toddlers and Tiaras
If you’re fascinated by the trials and tribulations of Honey Boo Boo, this costume is for you! Wear your old prom or homecoming dress and pair it with a handmade tiara or paper crown. Exaggerated makeup is a must! Try bright pink blush, false eyelashes, a bold lip color and lots of bronzer. Borrow your little cousin’s pacifier or pop your thumb in your mouth and practice your pageant routine!
Start with a white dress as a base. Then make your own angel wings from coffee filters or paper plates and a halo from pipe cleaners. Keep your makeup soft using light pink blush and lip-gloss. Cover your arms and chest with body glitter for an angelic glow.
If you loved Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises, then this sultry feline superhero costume is the look for you! Dress in black from head to toe. Make cat ears by cutting two triangles out of black construction paper and glue them to a headband. Use this template to create your own mask out of black construction paper. Make it shine using glitter glue or gems. Finish the look by using a curling iron to add some volume to your hair. You’re sure to look puuuurfect!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and dress like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All you’ll need is your favorite LBD, a pair of sunglasses, and a tiara. This look is all about attitude, so put your hair in a high bun and get ready to strut your stuff.
“Life is plastic, it’s fantastic” when you dress like your favorite blonde bombshell! All you’ll need for your Barbie doll costume is a pink dress and a pair of fabulous high heels. For your makeup, think pink! Try pink lips, pink blush, and pink nails. To really go the extra mile, create a Barbie box using cardboard and some pink paint. In no time you’ll be “a Barbie girl in a Barbie world!”
Old School Britney
Pay homage to the princess of pop by dressing up like Britney from the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” days. All you’ll need is a plaid skirt, white button-down shirt (knotted in the front to show off your waist) and grey sweater to complete this look. Put your hair in braided pigtails with ribbons at the ends. Extra credit if you wear knee-high socks. A great group costume would be Britney through the ages – each girl dresses in an iconic Britney outfit!
Follow these easy steps to dress like your favorite country star! First, pick out a cute jean skirt and pair it with a plaid shirt. Next, add a cowboy hat and boots from your themed mixer. Then, use some foundation or powder to mimic T-Swift’s flawless complexion and apply some bold red lipstick. Finally, create Taylor’s signature tresses using a curling iron and some mousse.
Dressing like Mickey’s main squeeze for Halloween couldn’t be simpler. All you’ll need is a red shirt and a black skirt. Cut out circles of white felt or paper for polka dots and glue them to your clothes. Make a pair of mouse ears out of cardboard or paper and glue them to a headband. Draw on a mouse nose and whiskers using black eyeliner and top off the look with a red bow.
If you don’t have your own football jersey, ask to borrow one from the cute guy on your floor! This is the perfect opportunity to chat him up – he’ll be super flattered that you want to wear his numbers and totally impressed with your creativity. Pair the jersey with some shorts or leggings and a pair of sneakers. Use eyeliner to draw black marks under your eyes and pull your hair up in a ponytail. You’ll look sexy, but feel oh so comfortable!
Which homemade Halloween costume is your favorite?
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