#homemadehalloween – Crafty Creations

Being a bit savvy and liking a challenge meant this Halloween was full of crafty fun..

Hearing about the MoneySupermarket homemade halloween competition I knew instantly that I wanted to have a whirl at.

Halloween costumes can be expensive, especially when your dressing more than the one child. Is there a solution? Yes… DIY job!

Creating costumes is a great way to unleash your creativity while letting the imagination run wild. Halloween costumes are one of the best.You can really pull together some wacky inventions that are unique, a true one of a kind.

Having a homemade Halloween is not only cost efficient but great enjoyable too. If you do have children along with some crafty bones in your body creating homemade costumes is a great family activity that can be enjoyed together.

So, on to my creation that falls into the category of kids costumes. Note… The competition consists of 3 categories, which are kids, adults and groups. My creation was for my daughter, ‘Alice-Sara’ and was one of two costumes I pulled together for her. She informs me that 2 parties = 2 costumes, so wasn’t I pleased that I’d be making her costumes rather than buying them this year!

Now, like me you may assume that by creating your own costumes, you’ll be required to do things such as having to sew! I hate sewing… If truth be known, I’ve never really learnt such skills and have therefore remained pretty poor at such a task. For this reason I have to think outside the box when it comes to costumes and with my daughter demanding that my creation is spooky but glam the pressure was on.

We didn’t want to go with your everyday wicked witch or blood thirsty vampire… So, taking inspiration from her beloved interest in Monsters High Dolls, here’s what I came up with.

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I think it looks pretty Spook-Tastic and was therefore left feeling pretty pleased with spooky creation and of course myself… especially given how little money I spent on materials!

Here’s a run through of how I did it and how much it costs to me to create.

Materials Needed To Make A No Sew Cobweb Tutu Dress…

1x Halloween cobweb design scarf (£1 PoundLand)

Medium size piece of hot pink Tulle (50p Charity Shop – Barnardos)

Roll of basic elastic (20p Barnardos)

Hot pink & purple mixed ribbon ( 40p Barnardos)

Reused old dolls hair cut & tied together (Free upcycled from home)

Large tube blue acrylic paint (for dying hair) £1 ‘The Works’

1 x Comb hair grip (50p per 3 Pack Bootfair)

2 x Black Sacks (taken from a value roll of 30) 50p Bootfair

Face paint sticks (£1.99 Lidl)

Packet of sticky crystals 50p (Reduced Tesco)

Total Cost £6.60 (The above materials would be enough to make 3 of these costumes) therefore making it even better value.

How I Did It…

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1. With the elastic I measured around my daughters waist, then to secure the fit I tied the elastic into a double knot.

2. I cut both the tulle and scarf which was made of very similar material, into long strips. I did this by cutting down the length of each piece of material as opposed to the width.

3. For the pieces of cobweb scarf I placed each piece over the elastic so that it covered both sides. I then stapled to the elastic. With each stable I used a staple flattening tool to ensure there was no sharp edges. For added effect with every one piece of cobweb material added, I would then add a piece of pink tulle rotating between the two. Now note, I did not staple the tulle. Instead I added to the elastic in the same way only in replacement of staples I securely tied each piece of tulle in place.

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IF YOU MAKE ONE OF THESE TUTU’S BE SURE TO LEAVE NO GAPS BETWEEN MATERIAL, INSTEAD OVERLAP SLIGHTLY AS YOU GO.

4. Once I had completely covered the entire piece of elastic, I took my sticky crystals and added randomly over the tutu (not to close to one another).

5. I then tied some long light pink and dark purple ribbon where the knock is found on the elastic.

To make the top part of the dress…

6. Alice put the tutu on so that I was better able to design the top section to complement that of the completed bottom. I took 2 black sacks cutting each along its sides so that both bags would open out and reveal two large sheets of black plastic.

7. I then cut length ways down the bags to make long strips of plastic. Note… If you decide make one of these dresses you may only need one black back depending on how thick it is (the thicker the better as this way it isn’t see through). Note…. The thicker black sacks do tend to cost a lot more than the thiner type I’m currently using.

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8. I then took strips of plastic bag and wrapped them around Alice tying each into a bow at the back. I did this till I had reached the top of the tutu as if I had just created a Basque. As my black sacks were rather thin I had to be careful not to spilt them during the process of wrapping and tying. I also needed to double some of the layers as to ensure it wasn’t see through.

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9. I then took another strip of black sack and cut it in half. I then folded the strip and secured the fold by tucking it in and sticking it to the top of the dress, taking it around the neck as to create a halter neck.

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10. Lastly, I wrapped another long strip of black sack around my daughters middle, this time tying into a bow at the front of the dress as to give detail.

So… That’s the spooky cobweb tutu complete.

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How I Made The Blue Hair Piece.

1. I remove the hair from a styling head (doll) that Alice had outgrown.

2. I tied all loose hair tightly together with a rubber band.

3. I then half filled a washing up bowl with cold water and added half of the blue paint followed by the hair piece.

4. I left the hairpiece for a few hours, in till the hair had absorbed all the water and its contents.

5. I then shook of the excess water and repeated the process again adding the last of the blue paint.

6. Once complete (a few hours later) I removed from the bowl and left over night to dry without brushing.

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7. The next day I grabbed the hair tying it loosely in a band, as to create a very messy updo.

8. With the use of strong adhesive, I glued the now blue messy hairpiece onto a comb hair glip ready for use.

Then all that was left for me to do was, paint her face, arms and hands. Which I would normally do with the use if Snazaroo but with the low cost element I decided to grab a pack of Face paint sticks from Lidl for the bargain price of £1.99 and actually turned out to be really good.

I then took a moment to think, asking myself what I could paint that reflected her wishes to be spooky yet glam. The monsters high look we were aiming for was brilliant, however, we needed a little extra something for the paintwork in-order to give it that final touch of edginess.

So with this we did our take on the sugar skull… Pretty glam but deadly freakish. A full face paint and twirly spirals of webs and spiders crawling up her arms.

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So… What do you think? Its pretty cool for a homemade creation isn’t it?

Did you have a homemade Halloween? Maybe you make costumes for all different occasions and holidays ? If so please leave a comment and share your thoughts and stories, I’d love to hear from you.

This is my entry into the Moneysupermarket #homemadehalloween competition. Hurry and enter, you still have time.

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