Jellyfish, Lego, & Doughnut: cheap, DIY Halloween costumes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- Ciburbanity blogger Charlotte Smith stops by Good Morning CT to talk easy, cheap, DIY costumes.

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Too see the costumes click the video above

Tips from Charlotte:

“Owl: This owl was made with a a colorful t-shirt, an old sheet, and some felt. I cut the sheet into a semi circle and then sewed felt ‘feathers’ on one row at a time. Fabric or craft glue will work also if you don’t have access to a sewing machine. Attach your wings to the shoulders of the t-shirt and… DIY owl!

Jellyfish: Using a clear umbrella, attach things like ribbons, battery powered LED lights, paper garland, bubble wrap to the side… skies the limit!

Lego: using an old cardboard box, you can make a quick and easy lego costume. Cut a hole in the box for the head and then glue on dixie cups, fruit cup cups, an old oatmeal box cut into sections with paper over the ends… anything! Spray paint the entire thing and… you’re done.

Doughnut: Find an old swim inner tube and spray paint the top to look like icing. Tape off the edges for a clean line. Cut up a piece of pipe insulation and spray paint different colors glue in place. (If you don’t have access to a hardware store for the pipe insulation, feel free to use pipe cleaners, or even just strips of colored paper! Don’t use hot glue at the risk of melting the inner tube plastic. I used craft glue and taped the ’sprinkles’ in place while the glue set.

Spider: Find a piece of black fabric and cut it into a circle. Fold your circle in half. Fold it into quarters. Then fold it into eights. The fabric should be shaped like a piece of pizza at this point. With a sharp pair of scissors cut out your ‘web’ like you would a paper snowflake. At the point of your fabric ‘pizza’ cut out a larger section… this will become the hole for your head once you open the piece of fabric up.

Don’t be afraid to ‘shop your closet’ for Halloween costumes… sometimes you can get the base of a costume by looking around the house, and then only small accessories like a cape or a hat are needed to finish off the costume.

Witch: We found a black turtleneck and a black dress at a local consignment store. I was lucky enough to find the cape at the consignment store also, and then the hat was found on Amazon.
DIY superman: These pajamas are favorites so we decided just to wear these for Superman and then an $8 cape from Amazon completes the outfit!”

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