Despite the fact that I have always loved dressing up for Halloween, I’m not all that great at coming up with costume ideas. But it also pains me to fork over $30 (or more!) for a junky store-bought costume that I’m only going to wear once or twice! I think that DIY costumes are the way to go when you’re an adult and don’t have your heart set on something in particular (unlike my 6-year-old, who would go on a hunger strike if he didn’t get to be Optimus Prime this year. THAT costume I happily bought). Thrift stores are a great place to pick up random odds and ends that can end up making an awesome costume on a budget!
I asked my Facebook friends for pictures of their favorite DIY costumes from the past few years and got a flood of fantastic ideas. From pop culture to Halloween classics to visual puns, here are 21 costumes you can DIY fairly easily with stuff you may already have on hand or can easily find for cheap.