Easy DIY Children’s Costumes

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Easy DIY Children’s Costumes with Goodwill Finds

If you are putting together DIY costumes for the kids, be sure and check your local Goodwill store. Here at Goodwill of Orange County , we put together some clever and inexpensive costumes in just a few minutes.


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One of our favorite DIY costumes is the scarecrow. You can get an old pair of blue jeans, a plaid shirt, scraps of fabric for patches, and some straw, raffia or hay to glue inside the pant bottoms and shirt pockets. Add a straw hat and you are all set.


How cute is the finished project? See how NoBiggie.net put this adorable Scarecrow costume together.

I asked my clever friend Carrie from Coupon Closet to showcase some of her favorite Easy DIY Kids Costumes and she shared these terrific ideas for the Green Army Man, a DIY Spider costume and for Luigi and Mario.


I love this DIY army man costume.

Head to Goodwill for elastic waistband pants, a button up shirt one size too big, rain boots, a safari hat and Halloween makeup for the face. I saw plenty of these makeup kits at my favorite Goodwill store last week, for just a few dollars.

From home you will need a piece of cardboard for the base (makes for a great photo), duct tape, green spray paint, and two toilet paper rolls.

You can get the step by step directions from Coupon Closet right here.

spiders costumeThe kids had a lot of fun in their DIY Spider Costumes. You will need black sweat pants and sweat shirt (crew neck), 3 pairs of black dress socks (preferably nylon men’s socks) and at the craft store, pick up fiber-fill (stuffing for socks/spider legs), colorful felt for spider markings, and black thread & black ribbon.

Carrie says this is easy to do. Reead how she made the DIY Spider Costumes here.


For Luigi and Mario, all you need is a pair of overalls and a few accessories. These Mario Bros. costumes are easy to DIY and so adorable. Get the step by step directions here.

The Nerd– don’t forget the tape on the eyeglasses!


The Baseball Player – there are lots of choices for sports-themed costumes. You can also be a golfer, soccer player, basketball player, football player, tennis pro, or referee easily with a quick stop at aGoodwill store.

goodwill baseball player

A Fairy – we found a large selection of wings. Just add a some glitter for your fairy dust!

goodwill fairy costume

The Hippie – you may need to explain to the kids how to sport a “peace sign”

goodwill hippie costume

Lady Bug – Just add some pipe cleaners for the antennae and some black leggings. So cute!

goodwill lady bug costume

Our friends over at Thrifty Jinxy came up with a few more quick and easy DIY Kids Halloween Costumes with items you can find at Goodwill. Visit her site to find easy costume ideas for a Marathon Runner, Princess or Prince, Mommy or Daddy, Mummy, and Artist.

You may also enjoy “How to DIY a Frozen Costume.”

DIY Frozen Costume Ideas




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