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3 Store-Bought Costume Makeovers

I love the idea of a homemade Halloween, but as a mom of a newborn, shortcuts sound equally appealing. So, I took three store-bought costumes and put my own DIY spin on them. I made a parrot and vest for my little pirate, a plane for my pilot, and a flower for me to wear with my baby bee. Get inspired by these Halloween costume makeovers to create some fun DIYs for your family.

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Pirate with a Parrot

Image Source: Michelle Herrick | Babble
Image Source: Michelle Herrick | Babble

First up, the pirate. This basic costume was fairly cheap, and provided a great foundation to add our own pizazz. I created a paper mache parrot and simple vest to take it up a notch. What pirate is complete without his trusty parrot sidekick?

Image Source: Michelle Herrick
Image Source: Michelle Herrick

Supplies

  • Pirate costume (I bought this one on Amazon)
  • Scrap paper (I used packing paper)
  • Duct or masking tape
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint (red, yellow, black, and white)
  • Paint brushes
  • Black canvas fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle

Directions

  1. Mold the scrap paper into the shapes that will make up the bird: the body, head, wings, and tail. Use the tape to hold it together and smooth out any crumpled parts.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
  2. Create paper mache paste with a 1-to-1 water-flour ratio. I used 1 cup of each, and it was more than enough.
  3. Tear your newspaper into 1-inch strips. Then coat with a thin layer of paste. Slide two fingers down the length of each strip to rid the excess paste.
  4. Cover your bird with a layer of pasty newspaper strips and allow to dry. Repeat with a second layer. I sped up the drying process by putting it in a 225 F oven.
  5. Once the second layer is dry, you can paint! (My little man did the heavy lifting here and loved every second.)
  6. For the vest, I folded a black canvas fabric around the striped costume top and trimmed the excess off the bottom.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
  7. I then sewed the shoulders together at the top (two straight lines — nothing fancy) and cut armholes. You can hand sew or use a machine.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick

Airplane Pilot

Image Source: Michelle Herrick | Babble
Image Source: Michelle Herrick | Babble

Next up, I got a darling pilot costume and using a couple of moving boxes to create a DIY airplane. He has been flying around the house in it ever since.

Image Source: Michelle Herrick
Image Source: Michelle Herrick

Supplies

Directions

  1. Cut the top and bottom off one box, then cut the propeller, tail, and wing pieces from the second box.
  2. Paint red accents on the propeller and wings. (It also looks great as-is if you’re in a hurry to get out the door on the 31st.)
  3. Cut slits for the tail and wing pieces, and wedge them into the main box.
  4. Hot glue the propeller onto the front of the box.
  5. For trick or treating, staple ribbons to each side for wearable straps.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick

Baby Bee and Mama Flower

Image Source: Michelle Herrick | Babble
Image Source: Michelle Herrick | Babble

Finally, we created a baby-wearing costume duo: a baby bee and mama flower. The little bee costume can’t be beat at just $6. I added a yellow baby carrier and whipped up a DIY flower accompaniment. Done, and done!

Image Source: Michelle Herrick
Image Source: Michelle Herrick

Supplies

Directions

  1. Cut two circles out of the card stock to create a base for each flower.
  2. Cut out crepe paper petals. It’s so thin that you can cut 5 or more at a time.
  3. Glue the petals, from the outside spiraling inward, pulling a bit on each petal to give it some texture.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
  4. For the center of the flower, cut a strip of fringe in a complementary crepe paper color.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
  5. Then glue in the center.

    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
    Image Source: Michelle Herrick
  6. Sew the ends of the elastic together just long enough to fit around your head, then adhere the flowers to the headband using masking or duct tape (underneath so it doesn’t show).
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