Homemade Halloween Costumes

Image Courtesy eHow.com

Image Courtesy eHow.com

Today you can’t go anywhere without seeing an all-in-one Halloween costume for all ages ( and at all price ranges ).  I can’t recall EVER buying a new Halloween costume when I was a kid.  In fact, most of the pieces in my dress-up box ( yes, I still have one! ) have come from Goodwill or a garage sale collected over many years.  

If you can’t fathom paying $40 for a costume (worn 1x ) or just want to keep the clutter out of your house – get your creative juices flowing and make one.  How easy would it be to pull together a ghost, pirate or princess costume – all from stuff you probably have hiding in the closets in your house.

For lots of ideas, check out these sites:

100 Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas submitted by readers of The Daily Green

Homemade Costumes Gallery by About.com

1Halloween.Net Costume Gallery

Unique Halloween Costumes from Disney Family

Another way to avoid buying a new costume – borrow one!  This year, I lent out 2 of my daughter’s costumes from previous holidays and I’ll be borrowing one from a friend.  With a trip to Goodwill for one additional piece for my husband, our family will be ready for Halloween for a couple dollars!


Crayon Cozies

crayon-roll-1aI love that I know how to sew. Curtains, pillows, Daisy Duke shirt for my 12th grade Sadie Hawkins dance.  Basic sewing but still, sewing.

I recently had some time to get crafty and made a crayon cozy for my daughter.  A cozy for crayons of all things.  But this is brilliant. I don’t know what mom originally designed the crayon cozy but it’s genius. It’s a take anywhere, crayon holder to toss in your purse. The thing I love best about it is that it’s adorable in my purse it’s so green! Instead of wasting those boxes of crayons at restaurants ( you know the ones with 4 cheap crayons that break the first time you use them ), you have your own set in a reusable container. You can make it greener by using one made with organic cotton fabric or filling it with soy crayons. 

For a great pattern to make your own crayon cozy, check out ‘Skip to My Lou‘ .  Alternatively, if you want to buy a crayon cozy, check out Etsy, there are lots of moms selling crayon cozies – you can customize the colors, patterns or add a monogram.