20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Halloween and fall festivals are right around the corner.  Costumes are so fun, but they can get expensive fast.  Here are 20 of our favorite DIY kids costumes for this fall season. 

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Coordinating costumes can be so fun! However, they only last for so long. Pretty Plain Janes created these cute spider and spider web costumes for her children (plus, the tutorial is amazing).

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This costume is just too much! I don’t think anyone besides a cute little girl could get away with this one. Check out hello, Wonderful for all the details on this Cotton Candy costume.

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Doc McStuffins is such an adorable costume. Bonus, you might even have everything you need for this costume already! Green and Gorgeous made one quick trip to Walmart to complete this look.

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Speaking of easy costumes, here’s another one! DIY Danielle decided to make this costume for her son who isn’t a huge fan of the whole costume thing. Great compromise!

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This costume is a cute one, and also looks incredibly comfortable! Head over to April Golightly for all the details (plus some free printables)!

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Dr. Seuss will always be a classic. Homemade for Elle made this easy (and I mean EASY) costume that will only take a few minutes to whip together.

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A Mad Scientist costume with an easy badge? Rays of Bliss did a great job on this fun look!

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Here’s another costume you may be able to create from things at home. This Magic Man look by DIY Candy might be one of the easiest costume ideas we’ve come across.

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A tiny little chicken, what could be cuter?! Lovely Morning shares all the details for this cute look over on her blog.

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Lots of little boys love Star Wars (and girls too), here is a fun Luke Skywalker costume from More Than Thursdays.

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Do you have an extra mens t-shirt laying around? Then you have just about everything you need for a witch costume! Dazzle While Frazzled created this cute costume using less than four items.

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Birds that are similar to this have been popular for a few years now.  But most of the time, popular means expensive.  Here is a cute look alike made by The Home I Create to save you a few dollars.

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Is your child requesting a truly unique costume this year? Look no further! This DIY Octopus from Giggles Galore is the answer to all your searching.

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This costume took less than 2 hours to finish, and that’s including dry time! Design Dazzle has all the details over on her blog.

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Buzz Lightyear looks like an impressive costume that took lots of effort to put together. But, you don’t even have to like sewing to create this one! Fun at Home With Kids also includes lots of helpful pictures to make this costume creation a breeze.

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A bull in a china shop?! This is the perfect costume for a toddler (especially one that doesn’t have an opinion on what they dress as). Merriment Design decided that this costume was perfect for her rambunctious 2-year-old.

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Every little boy seems to go through a Thomas the Train stage.  If you have a tiny fan in your home, this is perfect! Little Red Window did all the hard work for you, so you don’t need to put in unnecessary work to create this costume.

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Rainbow Unicorn, how cute! This costume is perfect for your little girl, especially if she already has a ballet leotard. Check out the excellent tutorial over on Shwin and Shwin.

Have you created a cute halloween costume for your child (or yourself)? We’d love to see it!

 

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Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!)

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Winter Wreaths for All Seasons

It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it.

The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long.

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Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath

  1. Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over and over again season after season.
  2. Layer different textures together. The fur and feathers blend together in this wreath. Add some glittered ribbon and some shiny pearls and everything becomes even more interesting. Contrasting textures in the same colors scheme will stand out, look unified and seem like they belong together.
  3. Add some three dimensional elements. The ornamental “Winter” sign at the top is a Christmas ornament turned on it’s side. The Winter letting is painted with white acrylic paint on a piece chalk board adhesive and applied in the frame.

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Supplies Needed:

Here’s the exact recipe for this diy project:

  1. 14″ foam wreath
  2. 2 yards faux fur garland
  3. 3 small snowy owl floral picks
  4. 1 1/2″ gold ribbon, 1 yard
  5. 2 large pearl Christmas Tree garlands
  6. Beaded frame ornament
  7. Adhesive Chalkboard sticker
  8. White acrylic paint pen or small painting brush
  9. Floral pins

Directions:

  1. Wrap the fur around the foam wreath covering the entire wreath. Pin in place with floral pins.
  2. Wrap the pearl garland around the wreath. Secure with more floral pins evenly around the form.
  3. Trim the owl picks to 2″ stems. Insert them into the wreath form, you may want to glue them in place with craft glue.
  4. Tie a bow with the glittered ribbon, secure under the owls.
  5. Write the word “winter” on the chalk sticker in paint. Let dry. Cut sticker to size and insert into the frame. Secure frame in place at top of wreath with more floral pins.

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Adorable Kids Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple bag is charming and not a bit scary to make.

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Trick or treat loot bag with my favorite squeaky rat.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Remember going door to door as a kid? Each year we had a different bag, sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric bag. This adorable bag is easy to make with two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding.

The bag has plenty of space for treats, plus it is easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out!

The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes, how fun for the littles to play with in the darkness! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from JoAnn’s. You can order them through my affiliate link here:

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The secret to the bag, is that it has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug.

Bag Directions

  1. Cut out main fabric, two pieces, 11 ” wide by 15″ long.
  2. Stitch side seams with right sides together.
  3. Stitch 45 degree corners at lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press.
  4. Cut Cat’s Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim lower raw edge.
  5. Sew right side of contrasting Cat’s eye fabric to the wrong side of bag fabric with 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out.
  6. Top stitch 1 1/2″ away from edge seam.
  7. Top stitch again 1″ away from first row of stitching to create drawstring casing.
  8. Insert quilt binding. Use two pieces cut to 24″ each,  sew ends together with zig zag stitch.
  9. Cut milk jug bottom to a height of 4″. Insert into fabric bag. Enjoy!

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Sew Yourself a Stunning Japanese Knot Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!  

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Japanese Knot Bag

Simple Japanese Knot Bag

The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise!

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Carry just about anything in this lovely handmade bag.

I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them.

This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful.

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The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see.

Maybe next year I will actually get my project completed before the deadline! Anyway, this stunning digital print, titled “Blooms” was a no brainer for this simple bag design. The beautiful cotton fabric shows through in this bag’s simple construction.

Supplies Needed

My pattern for this project is available to purchase for $6.00 in my new pattern shop, Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns. I will have more details on the new site VERY soon, but you will be able to order it through my link below (affiliate).

Buy the pattern (immediate download pdf)

1/2 yard Hoffman “Blooms” print fabric  (order here)

1/2 Yard of Black cotton lining fabric (order here)

1 package black bias binding (order here)

Thread, needle, scissors

 

Follow pattern directions for construction.

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Japanese Knot Bag

 

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How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journals are a way for creative people to keep all their ideas in one place. Make one today to keep in your backpack for those moments of inspiration! This post is sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of Disclosure Rules see the disclosures page.

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How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journaling is not a new concept. I have kept notebooks full of sketches and creative ideas for years, but this pretty painted journal concept has me really inspired! Creativity strikes at any given time in the day, and as a creative person you just never know when the urge will hit to create something. For this reason I carry an art journal with me everywhere I go. I have them in my purse, backpack, on my desk, bedside table, coffee table, book shelves even in the car. I love them even more if they have bright colors and pretty prints to inspire me!

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The blank journal is a canvas covered book with blank water color pages inside. I love the idea of creating in a keep sake book! The Art Journal came from Michael’s Crafts.  Perfect surface for using these Americana Decor Stencils and paints. The compact size is ideal for toting in a back pack. This would be a fun project for kids to get them ready for back to school!

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Art Journal Supplies Needed:

Americana Acrylic Paint White

Americana Acrylic Paint Pebble

Americana Acrylic Paint Petal Pink

Americana Acrylic Paint Cherry Red

Americana Acrylic Paint Tuscan Red

Americana Acrylic Paint Primary Blue (not pictured)

Americana Fabric Medium

Watercolor Brush size 12

Paint Pallet, pallet knife or plastic knife and paper plate for mixing paints

Mixed Media Artist’s Paper (for practicing your design)

Americana Decor Doily Stencil 6″ x 8″ Product #ASMM18-K

Jane Davenport 6″ x 9″ Canvas Art Journal (Product # 10503043 or SKU# 718813767040 from Michaels Crafts)

Stencil brushes

Mason jar filled with Water and paper towels for blotting

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Directions:

•Place a small amount of each paint on the pallet. Add a bit of the Fabric Medium to each color and mix together with a plastic knife or pallet knife.

•Practice your design on mixed media artist’s paper before painting on the journal.

•Dab the brush in water, then in both red colors of paint. Stroke the brush left to right on the top 1/3 of the canvas. Add more paint and water as needed for a water color effect.

•Using the same paint colors and technique as above, paint another strip in the lower 1/3 of the canvas.

•Pickup the pink color paint with the same brush, without cleaning it. Working from the top of the red strip up to the top of the book, stroke the pink color from left to right. Dab the brush in water and more paint to blend the colors with the red.

•Repeat the same technique with the pink paint in the center of the book, and on bottom portion of the book. Don’t forget to cover the edges and spine of the book.

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•Open the book up and lay it flat with the spine facing up and both covers facing toward you. Paint the back of the book to match the front. Let dry 10 minutes.

•Practice the stenciling first on paper, planning the position of each medallion and word graphic. Dab the stencil brush in the paint, then on paper towel before using it on the paper for the best results. The brush should be rather dry when working with the stencils.

•Pressing the stencil down firmly with one hand on to the cover of the book, stencil the medallions with the Pebble colored paint, then overlap the stencil pattern and repeat with the Natural Buff paint. Mix in a bit of white with each color as you work for variation.

•Stencil back of the journal to match the front. Let dry completely.

•Add the stenciled words to the front of the journal cover. Place the stencil on top of the book and stencil with navy blue paint and stencil brush.

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This is what the journal looked like before I added the stenciled words.

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You can add as many words as you like, I decided to keep it simple and use the ones that were the most meaningful to me. Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!

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