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10 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costume Idea: Superhero

DIY Eco-Friendly Costume Ideas

1. DIY Superhero Costume – All you need to be a superhero are a leotard, tights or leggings, and a pair of boots. You can find all of that at the thrift store if it’s not already in your closet! From there, just deck yourself out with a handmade cape and a DIY superhero badge, and you’re ready to rock.

2. Crocodile – Evil Mad Scientist shows you how to upcycle an awesome crocodile costume from reclaimed cardboard and packing paper. You know, the stuff that comes in every package from Amazon that you’ve been saving for a rainy day?

3. Robot – Now’s the time to start stashing away old cardboard boxes to make this awesome robot costume!

4. Owl – I know, Portlandia kind of made birds and crafting seem a little bit cliche, but I can’t get over this super adorable recycled owl costume from my friend Ellen Baker at Alpha Mom!

upcycled wig costume idea

5. Upcycled WigThis reclaimed wig is a great way to reuse those mesh produce bags that aren’t recyclable. So many costumes call for a wig, and you could make this work for all sorts of costume ideas, depending on what color yarn you use.

6. T.A.R.D.I.S. – Dr. Who fans, rejoice! This DIY T.A.R.D.I.S. costume uses a Mason jar and a flashlight at the top for some built-in special effects. Now if only it could really take you through time and space!

7. Hot Air Balloon -  The only thing that’s not so green about this hot air balloon costume is….well…the balloons! Could you use painted cardboard to make reclaimed faux balloons instead?

8. Paper DollDollar Store Crafts’s DIY paper doll costume calls for posterboard, but you could use big pieces of reclaimed cardboard instead.

9. Ladybug – I love how versatile these DIY ladybug wings are! You could paint them different colors to do other insects – bumblebee, anyone? Or, you could change the shape to make fairy wings!

10. Jetpack – Dress up like a futuristic spaceman (or spacewoman!) with this awesome upcycled jetpack made from reclaimed plastic soda bottles.

Do you guys have any fun, DIY costumes in the works? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Image Credit: Superhero costume photos by Becky Striepe; Wig photo by Julie Finn

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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12:32PM PDT on May 31, 2015

Thanks Becky.

4:27AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

thank you

1:01AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Interesting ideas...

4:54AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Cute. Enjoy everyone!

3:59AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

The TARDIS costume is great!

8:58AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

My vote for scariest costume this year goes to the guy dressed as President Mitt Romney.

3:16AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Lovely costume information!
Halloween Costume Ideas 2012

1:17PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012


11:18PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Tardis wins.

4:38AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Who is trick or treating for UNICEF?

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