23 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make for Under $5

 

23 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make for Under $5 The scariest thing about Halloween is how it creeps up on you.

There I am. Minding my own business and crusin’ pleasantly through October when, WHAM!

A costume headline hits my eyes in the checkout line and panic sets in.

What the what?  I thought I had two weeks to figure that out? 

Thus begins a mad-scrambled towards creative costumes that will stay true to my personal Say NO to the Sew Campaign.

I’ll take a wild guess and throw out that I don’t think I’m the only procrastinating semi-panicked Mamasita out there.  

So, in an effort to help my bleary-eyed, get-through-tonight fellow parents, here’s a list of 23 of the easiest DIY baby costumes ever invented.

You can make all of these costumes using stuff you have around your house and a few basic craft supplies.

#1: Farmer Brown

What you’ll need:

  • A straw hat
  • A flannel shirt
  • Overalls or jeans
  • A bandanna of some kind
  • A kid-sized rake or garden utensil (try the Dollar Store)
  • Eyeliner for freckles
  • If you’re using a wagon, line it with straw and let him bring along his favorite stuffed farm animals.
  • The final, perfect touch: the Jim-Bob Pacifier.

Watch closely to make sure he doesn’t try to eat the straw!

#2: Carl from Up

What you’ll need:

  • PVC Pipe to make a three-sided square (or a cane made out of a stick with tin foil on the top)
  • Tennis balls
  • Pants with a cardigan sweater and a bowtie
  • Glasses from The Dollar Store

#3: Superbaby

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Source: Costume Works

What you’ll need:

  • A superman shirt (pajama top perhaps?)
  • A white button down shirt, black pants
  • A clip-on necktie
  • Glasses from The Dollar Store

#4: Stick Figure

What you’ll need:

  • White pants and shirt
  • Electrical Tape
  • A paper plate
  • Scissors (to cut out eye holes)

Snap picture fast, since I give him about 10 seconds before he rips off that mask.  

Also hilarious as a toddling glo-stick figure!

#5: Mario & Luigi

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Source: Instructables

What you’ll need:

  • Jean overalls
  • Yellow felt circles
  • Black fabric marker
  • A red shirt and a green shirt
  • Eyeliner pen or a mustachioed pacifier.
  • Red and green trucker hats from a craft store
  • White felt circles

#6: Lil’ Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Bigger-sized orange shirt
  • Black and green felt
  • Small pillow to stuff in the pants
  • Black pants
  • Elastic band
  • Cardboard
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Self-stick craft foam to attach

Here’s the how-to video from Dollar Store Crafts.

#7: Pillsbury Doughboy

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Source: Costume Works

What you’ll need:

  • White outfit
  • White hankerchief to tie around the shoulders
  • Kid cooking utensils
  • White chef’s hat (check the Dollar Store)
  • Blue felt circle
  • White fabric marker
  • Superglue or iron-on adhesive

#8: Million Dollar Baby

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Source: Redtri

What you’ll need:

  • White pillow case
  • Black electrical tape or iron-on fabric with heat-and-bond
  • Green tulle
  • Monopoly money

#9: Baby Nerd

What you’ll need:

  • White button-down shirt
  • Bowtie
  • Suspenders
  • Box of crayons (pocket protector)
  • Glasses from The Dollar Store

#10: Charlie Brown

What you’ll need:

  • Yellow shirt or yellow onesie
  • Black pants
  • Black felt with heat-and-bond or black electrical tape for zigzag
  • Eyeliner for hair and eyebrows
  • Stuffed Snoopy

#11:  Sushi

23 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make for Under $5

Source: She Knows

What you’ll need:

  • White baby onesie
  • Orange, light pink, and black felt
  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Hot glue gun

The 1-2-3 steps to recreate this DIY baby costume can be found at She Knows.

#12: Hungry Hungry Hobo

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Source: Costume Works

What you’ll need:

  • Jeans (the rattier the better)
  • Flannel plaid shirt (or something that looks worn)
  • Eyeliner (for a 5 o-clock shadow)
  • Cardboard and marker
  • String

I would put the sign around his neck only for pictures, and then let it sit beside him while you trick-or-treat.  It’s a choking hazard.

#13: Dwight Schrute

What you’ll need:

  • Short-sleeved button up shirt (yellow is best)
  • Clip on tie
  • Navy pants
  • Hair parted down the center
  • Grandma’s old glasses
  • Nametag

#14: Cotton Candy

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Source: Costume Works

What you’ll need:

  • Pink shirt and pants
  • Cotton filler from the craft store
  • Pink spray paint
  • White paper, taped into a cone
  • Elastic band

#15: Dragon Baby

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Source: Masterworks

What you’ll need:

  • Bodysuit
  • Matching pilot’s cap
  • Green sponges, cut into triangles
  • Hot glue
  • Safety pin (to attach the tail)
  • A thick ribbon (to glue the triangles on for the tail)

#16: Your Little Burrito

What you’ll need:

  • Brown or tan blanket
  • Brown or tan hat
  • Green tissue paper shredded or cut into strips 
  • Hot glue (attach strips to hat)

What carefully to make sure he doesn’t try to eat the tissue paper!

#17: Little Frida

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Source: Oh Happy Day

What you’ll need:

  • Colorful dress
  • Colorful shawl
  • Fake flowers
  • Wide Headband
  • Super Glue
  • Eyeliner to create the unibrow and mustache

Glue the flowers all over the headband.

#18: Baby Dobby

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Source: Tumblr

What you’ll need:

  • A torn tan sheet
  • Tan jersey fabric (tie behind the head for the hat)
  • Four large pieces of heavy felt (two for each ear)
  • Fabric marker to draw in the ears
  • Hot glue

#19: Deviled Eggs

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Source: Woman’s Day

What you’l l need:

  • Red felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Long-sleeved onesie and tights
  • White hat
  • Foam ball
  • Yellow jersey fabric

Follow these easy instructions at Woman’s Day.

#20: No. 1 Football Fan

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Source: She Knows

What you’ll need:

  • Brown onesie
  • White grosgrain ribbon
  • Iron-0n adhesive (with iron of course)
  • Scissors

You can see the specific steps at She Knows.

#21: Sweet Sheep

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Source: Costume Works

What you’ll need:

  • Black shirt and pants
  • 3-4 bags of cotton balls
  • Glue gun

Pay close attention to make sure none of the cotton balls end up in her mouth!

#22: Cutie Cannoli

What you’ll need:

  • White onesie
  • Large piece of tan felt
  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Dark felt, cut into chips

#23: Top Chef

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Source: Rookie Moms

What you’ll need:

  • White onesie
  • Black and red fabric markers
  • Red scarf or strip of fabric
  • Mini utensils

 Worst Case Scenario…

If worst comes to worst, and you have only seconds before having to present your baby to the in-laws in pristine photo-condition, let me present two of the World’s Simplest Costumes.

  • The Baseball – white onesie, red marker, as conceived by the fine ladies at Rookie Moms.
  • Baby Einstein – white onesie with E=mc2, crazy gel hair.  Brilliance found at Parent Hacks.

Your-turn

Are you making a DIY baby costume this year?  

23 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make for Under $5

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Meet Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at Incredible Infant and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007.  She's certified in baby sleep coaching (yes, that's a real thing), has served as an Expert Parenting Panelist for numerous events, and has been a featured writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, My Kid's Adventures, Cafe Mom, and others.  If it's 2am and you're desperate to read SOMETHING, click here for all her darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn't be allowed to blog.  


 

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh the mini Dwight kills me! Hahahaha! If my baby were not already Flynn Rider (his big sister is Rapunzel) I would totally do the Dwight Shrute costume. 🙂

  2. carl from UP is my favorite. It made me laugh!

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