do it yourself halloween costume ideas 2017


Is there any easy way to make DIY Halloween costumes that look professional and store-bought?

Do It Yourself Halloween Costume Ideas 2017

TV and Movie Characters

  • Eleven from Stranger Things: All you need is a pink dress, knee-high socks, and a blond wig. Bonus points if you carry around a box of Eggo waffles.
  • Marty McFly from Back to the Future: A white button-down shirt, high-waisted jeans, red puffer vest, and a skateboard will transform you into the beloved time traveler.
  • Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.: A green onesie, a white shirt, and some felt cutouts for his one eye and mouth are all you need to become this lovable monster.

Food and Drink

  • Pineapple: Dress in all yellow and add a green paper crown to your head to transform into this tropical fruit.
  • Cotton Candy: Attach pink and blue pom-poms to a white outfit or tutu for a sweet and whimsical costume.
  • Wine Bottle: A black top, leggings, and a green sash around your waist, with a printable wine label affixed to your chest, will get you a buzz-worthy costume.


  • Bat: A black hoodie with bat wings attached will have you flying high this Halloween.
  • Panda: A white outfit with DIY black felt ears and black circles on your eyes will make you look like a cuddly panda.
  • Bumblebee: Create your own striped tee with paint or duct tape and attach some wings to become a buzzy bumblebee.


  • Bowling Pin: A white shirt and matching pants with a red sash will turn you into a bowling pin.
  • Basketball: A simple orange shirt and paint lines will make you look like a basketball in no time.
  • Tennis Ball: A green outfit with some white felt cutouts for the seams will be a grand slam hit.

Happy Halloween!

As the end of October looms closer, the anticipation of Halloween builds. With the demand for a more elaborate costume each year, store-bought costumes can be expensive and leave you with little originality. The best way to save money and gain a unique costume is to “do-it-yourself” (DIY). Whether you’re trying to create a costume for yourself or for a group, these DIY Halloween costume ideas for 2017 can help you achieve a one-of-a-kind look without breaking the bank.

One great theme with endless possibilities is superheroes. Most of the necessary components can be found by raiding your closet, or asking family members or friends to help you out. To create a basic superhero costume, you’ll need a long-sleeved shirt, tights, and sturdy shoes. To add the superhero flair, consider purchasing or creating different colored fabric in the traditional superhero colors and safety pinning, taping, or even stitching it to the shirt. Top the costume off with a homemade mask cut from a piece of felt and some rope or chord to tie it around your head. Voila! You’re ready to save the world from evil-doers.

Other costumes require a bit more work, but don’t require too many materials. For example, a great group costume for two or more is the Iconic Bob Ross painting and his group of fuzzy little “happy trees.” Again, you can raid your closet for some white jeans and a white button-up shirt. Additionally, purchase a large sheet of tan-colored felt and begin cutting it into 4-inch strips. Hot glue these strips to a beret-style hat and safe pin them to the collar and arms of the shirt. Attach some pink pom-poms to the strips to create the appearance of trees. And, to look the part, pick up one of the iconic paint palettes and brushes that made Bob Ross so famous.

Finally, with that do-it-yourself spirit, you can also be creative with a variety of materials to make other costumes. By picking up some cardboard, felt, and fabric paint you can create a mobile fort using your own design. Or if you have some old clothing that you don’t wear anymore, you can take the time to shred it into “ripped denim jeans” for a zombie or a panicked survivor. The possibilities are endless with a little imagination.

With these a few of the amazing costume ideas you can create this Halloween season, you can easily remain budget-friendly and original. So pick up some supplies, get creative, and make your own costume you’ll never forget.

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