With Halloween sneakily creeping up on us, we have just a couple of weeks left to come up with our cute DIY Halloween costumes. But what happens when you’re not too skilled with a glue gun or don’t have an impressive craft room filled to the till with supplies? Or what if you just don’t have the funds to spend large amounts of cash on a fun costume? Some of those dress and wig prices come in at scary amounts, after all. Or, better yet, what if you just don’t want to? It’ll only get worn once, right? Well, just because you don’t want to spend your days sewing sequins onto a costume doesn’t mean you have to bow out of the festivities.
All you need to do is find a few lazy girl approved DIY Halloween options. You'll need something that can be thrown together in less than an hour, ideally with items you already have lying around the house. If you do have to step outside of the house for supplies, though, you’re probably hoping to have the budget clock in around $10. Luckily, it's not impossible to do just that. Below are nine DIY Halloween costumes that’ll cost you less than 10 bucks. Happy crafting!
1. Pineapple Costume Via Studio DIY
If you have a yellow dress hanging in your closet, then this is the costume for you. All it will take is a run to the craft store and about $5. You can totally finish this whole crafting project while eating candy and watching Hocus Pocus — that's some master double tasking there. Get full instructions on this costume from Studio DIY.
If you don't have a yellow dress handy but want to try this costume, here are some great options.
Mod Maven Yellow Swing Dress, $53, lulus.com; Plus Size MUXXN Women's Swing Dress, $30, amazon.com
2. Party Animal Via Studio DIY
This one's for all the ladies who dabbled with the animal print trend in the past couple of years. If you have a leopard dress or zebra striped anything, you can totally pull off this costume without a hitch. The cool thing about this idea? All you really need is a steady hand with a glue gun. Get the full instructions from Studio DIY.
If you don't have an animal print dress but want to try this costume, here are some fun choices.
Animal Print Shift Dress, $55, asos.com; Plus Size Alice & You Animal Print Shift Dress, $55, asos.com
3. Bon Bon Candy Costume Via Oh Happy Day
I know that this is a kid's costume but, real talk, when did that ever stop me before? If you have enough patience to deal with paper mache, then this is totally doable for you. Channel your favorite candy as a kid and go win all the Best Halloween Costume contests in your town. For full directions (and a paper mache tutorial!) visit Oh Happy Day.
Don't have white pants to go with this look? Here are some great options.
Classic Woven Pants, $20, forever21.com; Ava & Viv Ankle Pants, $9, target.com
4. Llama Via Oh Happy Day
Trust me, this looks a heck of a lot more complicated than it is. If you have a knit beanie and enough money for a mop, then this will be right up your alley. For full directions, visit Oh Happy Day.
Want to try out this look and find an excuse to buy a new faux fur coat? Here are a couple of cute options.
High-Collar Faux Fur Jacket, $62.90, forever21.com; Crushed Fur Coat, $132, simplybe.com
5. Paper Doll Outfit Via Brassy Apple
Do you remember your paper doll collection? The one where you could dress up little two-dimensional dolls with pretty dresses and sassy hats as you tried your hardest not to accidentally rip the tabs? Well, now you can be one! All you need is foam core board and a couple of yards of an eye-catching fabric and you can pull this look off. Get full instructions from Brassy Apple.
6. Lisa Frank Dreams Via Studio DIY
Just because the stickers don't grace every inch of your furniture anymore doesn't mean the Lisa Frank gravy train has to stop. As long as you have something metallic and shimmery in your closet, you can totally recreate your favorite unicorn with just a few clever cuts from the scissors and strategic tape points. Get the full directions from Studio DIY.
Want a reason to buy a new glittery dress for this costume? These will work well.
Oh My Love Metallic Skater Dress, $40, asos.com; Metallic Git And Flare Dress, $33, forever21.com
7. Little Lamb Via Joy Of Fashion
Do you have a dress you no longer like, or a beanie you have to spare? Well, run to Cosco and buy yourself a huge bag of cotton balls to achieve this adorable lamb DIY. Spend an afternoon glue-gunning cotton balls onto your frock and you'll pull off the best of Lambchop vibes. Get full directions on how to make this DIY from Joy of Fashion.
You might have a dress you're willing to convert, but maybe not a black turtleneck to complete the look. Here are some choices.
Ribbed Turtleneck, $9, forever21.com; Turtleneck Sweater, $35, dressbarn.com
8. Nesting Doll Via Oh Happy Day
Do you have a couple of bucks to spare to buy dollar store flowers? That's all you'll need to pull off this adorable nesting doll DIY costume. Have fun going a little wild with your blush on Oct. 31 and you'll look just like the real deal for $10 or less. To get the full directions on how to complete this DIY, go to Oh Happy Day.
Don't have the patience to go thrifting for a costume dress? How about these options instead?
Premium Embroidered Dress, $180, topshop.com; Embroidered Dress, $70, roamans.com
9. Air Head Via Studio DIY
Everyone loves a good pun-y costume, and you'll love it even more if it only costs you a couple of bucks to make and a handful of minutes to finish. If you can blow up balloons, then you can do this DIY. The fun part is that you can focus on finding a fun, brightly colored dress to really bring it together. Get detailed instructions via Studio DIY.
Want a cute striped dress like this one? How about one of these?
Inlet’s Get Together Dress, $60, modcloth.com; Peep Hole Flare Dress, $50, dmvfashionboutique.com
Halloween is the best, and when you can put together a whole costume on the cheap? It's infinitely better.
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