Effortless DIY Halloween Costumes To Make Last Minute

On Saturday, while Nick and my father-in-law ripped down the wall between our dining and living room (yay open concept! Boo dust everywhere!) I realized that Halloween was basically ten days away. And I didn't have a costume. That would be the time to run to the store and buy something, right? No, it was time to get creative. 

I really do admire people who plan and put together these beautiful and elaborate Halloween costumes. I am not one of them. However, I refuse to purchase my costume. My mom was the kind of mom who always made my and my brother's costumes. Not that there's anything wrong with buying a costume. But I've got to carry on the handmade costume tradition. 

After one Sunday shopping trip to Target and Michael's, there was a pile of stuff ready to be transformed into these super easy, last minute DIY Halloween costumes. I spent less than $20 and probably about an hour to make all three. Granted one didn't even need to be made but you get the idea! 

Three Effortless Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes - Julia Child
Three Effortless Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes - Julia Child
Three Effortless Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes - Julia Child

Julia Child/Domestic Goddess

Talk about effortless: you're almost guaranteed to have everything you need for this costume in your closet. Going all out Julia Child would require a much more beautiful silk blouse, a plain white button down paired with some work pants will do the trick. Of course, you can't forget a string of pears, an apron at your waist, and the perfect lipstick. Et voila!

What you need: a work blouse, work pants, flats, an apron, a pearl necklace, spatula and wooden spoons optional

Three Last Minute Effortless DIY Halloween Costumes - Fall Feelings
Three Last Minute Effortless DIY Halloween Costumes - Fall Feelings
Three Last Minute Effortless DIY Halloween Costumes - Fall Leaf Crown
Three Last Minute Effortless DIY Halloween Costumes - Fall Leaf Crown

That Fall Feeling

Originally my second costume idea was to go with the overused flower child. Forever ago I made a flower crown using fake flowers from Michael's because I seriously can never walk past that section without wanting to get something. It's my weird obsession. Then I saw a bag of fake leaves and my "fall crown" was born!

What you need: a plain headband, craft leaves (these ones were on sale at Michael's), floral wire, hot glue gun

How to make your fall crown:

1. Arrange some of the leaves in a half crown pattern. I found it was easiest to arrange them with the headband below so I had an idea of how many I needed. 

2. Glue the leaves together, a little at each corner. 

3. Measure out the floral wire so that it is a little bit longer than the headband. Use the headband to bend the wire into roughly the same shape as the headband. Then glue it to the bottom of the leaves. 

4. Lay more leaves on top of the other leaves to hide the wire and glue. 

5. Secure the wire and leaves band to the headband by gluing one side then the other to the band. No need to glue the top if you make it tight enough along the sides. 

There you go: one fall-centric headband! You could add Uggs and a pumpkin spice latte and make it a basic fall, but that one's up to you!

Three Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes - Paint By Numbers
Three Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes - Paint By Numbers
Three Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes - Paint By Numbers

Paint-by-Numbers 

This paint-by-numbers costume is by far my favorite DIY costume in recent years! It was a little more time intensive (maybe like 30 minutes instead of 10) but it just made my elementary self so happy. I would also give it the teacher-appropriate seal of approval! 

What you need: men's long sleeve t-shirt, sharpie markers, paint-by-numbers inspiration picture optional

How to make your paint-by-numbers shirt:

1. Iron the shirt first so it's completely flat and wrinkle-free. Since you're basically free-hand drawing this, you can practice on bigger paper first. What I did was use four pieces of paper that roughly added up to the front of the shirt. Then I sketched out what I wanted, now at the correct scale. 

2. Using a black sharpie, sketch out your picture. The key to paint-by-numbers is the "shadow" pieces so create shapes inside of shapes to make it look more authentic.

3. Number your pieces and create a key to display along the hem. You may also want to color in a few pieces so people "get it".

You guys, I love this costume. I might just wear it to pass out candy on Tuesday. I might wear it around long after Halloween is over. My five year old self is so proud of my skills. 

There you have it: three totally easy, last minute DIY Halloween costumes! And in case you missed it, they're also really inexpensive to make. 

What are you going as this Halloween? Do you make your costumes or do you buy them?