Archive | October 2012

Easy Halloween Costume for $4 – M&M

So it’s the day everyone is going out for Halloween, and you’ve procrastinated making your costume…what do you go as? An M&M of course! This is a really great group costume. Everybody picks a different color!


M&M colored T-shirt (green, red, brown, blue, yellow, orange) – $3.99, White felt – $0.25

Step 1 – Make a Stencil

M&M StencilI used Microsoft Word to type an ‘m,’ then made the font huge. My ‘m’ is Garamond font, size 700. Then I printed it, and cut it out.

Step 2 – Cut Out the Felt

It might be a good idea to turn your stencil backwards when you trace it on the felt. That way, your tracing lines will only be on the back of white felt when you turn it around the right way.

Step 3 – Attach the M

I used hot glue. I always get a low temperature glue gun because I have a tendency to stick my fingers in the glue when I’m not looking. But remember, low temperature is still hot! I started out by laying my ‘m’ out where I wanted it. Then I glued down each leg of the ‘m’ without lifting the whole thing off the shirt. That way, I could keep it exactly where I placed it. Once you get a few points glued down, move on to the larger areas.

Remember to put something inside the shirt (like a sheet of paper) so you don’t accidentally glue the shirt shut. Also, place your glue gun on a sheet of paper or something while it’s heating up. Sometimes glue oozes out, and you don’t want to ruin your kitchen counter!

Step 4 – Get Dressed!

M&M CostumeNow get out there and find your fellow M&Ms!

If you want to be a rounder M&M, you could use the elastic hem technique from my Pumpkin Costume.

More cheap and easy Halloween costumes you can make yourself:





Easy Halloween Costume for $7.50 – Batman

I’ll have a few more posts coming today as I finish up my challenge to make Halloween costumes for under $10! Now it’s time for Batman!


Black T-shirt – $3.99, Black and Yellow felt – $0.25 per sheet, Black fabric – $2.99 per yard (you can pretty much work with whatever is on sale).

Step 1 – Create the Stencils

Trace a stencil for each color of felt.Create a stencil for each color–black and yellow.  I looked up the Batman symbol online and traced it.  Then use the stencils to cut out your felt pieces.  It was hard to find something that would show up on the black felt when I traced the stencil.  I ended up using a purple eyeliner.  It worked surprisingly well!  White would have been better though.

Step 2 – Attach the Felt

You could really use everything from needle and thread to safety pins, but I decided to use hot glue.  Put a sheet of paper or something inside the shirt so you don’t accidentally glue the shirt shut, and make sure you place the glue gun on something so you won’t ruin your table if glue oozes out.  Again, I just used a sheet of paper.

Step 3 – Ears, Mask, and Cape

I started with the mask.  I cut about 2 1/2 or 3 inches off the end of the fabric for the cape, tied it around my face, and used my eyeliner to mark where the eye holes should be.  Then I just cut holes…I didn’t use any sort of pattern or stencil.  Just make the holes big enough to see out of.

Then I moved on to the ears.  I cut two triangles of leftover black felt, and folded them over and hot glued them for added stability.  Then I taped them into the inside of the mask.  You could hot glue or safety pin them as well.  I placed the ears while the mask was tied to my face so I would be sure to get them in the right spot.

Batman's cape looks like a bat!One of the things that makes Batman’s cape different from other superheros is the bat-like edge.  I used a roll of duck tape and a pencil to draw my line of where to cut.

Step 4 – Accessorize and Get Dressed!

Na na na na na na na na Batman!Put on some black pants, the mask, and tie the cape around your neck. There you have it, Batman!

Other cheap and easy Halloween costumes you can make yourself:




Easy Halloween Costume for $7.50 – Superman

Next up in my challenge to create Halloween costumes for less than $10–Superman!


Blue t-shirt – $3.99, Red and Yellow felt -$0.25 per sheet, One yard of red fabric (get whatever is on sale…I got mine for $2.99) or one white button-down shirt.

Trace a stencil for each color of felt.Step 1 – Create the Stencils

The easiest way to do make the stencil for this costume is to look up the Superman symbol online, print it, and trace your stencil. I cut out one stencil for the yellow felt and one for the red.

Step 2 – Attach the Felt

I used hot glue, because it’s fast and easy.  Make sure to put something inside the shirt so you don’t accidentally hot glue it shut.  Also, set your hot glue gun on a sheet of paper or something so it doesn’t ooze glue onto your table!

Step 3 – Decide if you will be Clark Kent or Superman, and accessorize accordingly!

Clark KentIf you’re going as Clark Kent, put on a white button-down shirt, but don’t button it all the way. Make sure the Superman symbol is still visible!


SupermanIf you’re going as Superman, tie the red fabric around your neck and you’re done!

Other cheap and easy Halloween Costumes you can make yourself:


Easy Halloween Costume for about $6 – Pumpkin

I went to Hobby Lobby the other day with a mission – can I make 5 Halloween costumes for under $10 each? Well, I bought all the stuff, so let’s see how I do! First up, I’ll tell you how to make a pumpkin costume.

XXL Orange T-shirt – $3.99, 2 sheets yellow felt – $0.25 each, 1/8 inch elastic – about $1 worth, green bandana – $0.99

Lay your stencils out to make sure they are the right size.Step 1 – Create the Face

Make a paper stencil for your pumpkin’s face. There may have to be a seam in the middle of the mouth, depending on the size pumpkin you are making. Lay the stencils out to make sure they are the size you want.

Cut out the stencils, trace them onto the felt, and cut out the felt.

Taking a hint from most sewing projects, I ironed my shirt before putting the face on it.

Place the felt pieces in the right spots.Step 2 – Attach the Face

When you have the felt pieces placed where you want them, attach them to the shirt. I used hot glue, because my sewing machine is at my parents’ house and I didn’t feel like hand sewing. Make sure to put something inside the shirt so you don’t glue your shirt shut. I just used a few sheets of paper. Also, remember to put a piece of paper or something under your glue gun when it is not in use, because sometimes glue oozes out, and you don’t want to ruin your countertop!

I glued mine down in sections to keep the placement where I originally placed it…fold down a corner to glue, and work your way around.

Step 3 – Cinch in the Bottom Hem

To cinch in the bottom, I cut a tiny hole in the inside hem in the back. T-shirts don’t usually unravel too badly, so this shouldn’t be a big deal. Then cut a piece of elastic the right length (I made mine a little long so if I ever loan this costume out it can be fitted to a different person) and put a safety pin through one end. The safety pin will help you feed the elastic through the hem. I also recommend pinning the opposite end of the elastic to the shirt near the hole so you don’t pull it all the way through…you want to meet your ends up at the end!

When I had my elastic through the hem, I just safety pinned the ends together.  You could sew them, but like I said, I wanted mine to be customizable.

You might be able to find something better to stuff in your pumpkin so it's not so lumpy!Step 4 – Complete the Look!

Now put on the shirt and stuff it with something to make it look more pumpkin-y…I used junk mail. Glad to know it’s good for something! Tie a green bandana around your neck to represent the stem and leaves, and viola…you’re a pumpkin!

Check back again this week for more do-it-yourself costume ideas for under $10!