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16 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Dress up your kids in fun costumes you make with everyday household items. 

Homemade marching band costume
Photos: Glenn Glasser; Stylist: Kristine Trevino
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How To: Make Drummer’s Shirt

What You Need
Bottle caps (from water or soda bottles)
Newspaper
Gold acrylic paint (water based)
Paintbrush
Red utility tape
Hot glue gun

1. Place bottle caps on a piece of newspaper and paint them gold. Let dry overnight.

2. Make 3 to 4 lines on shirt using the red tape. Adhere each strip about 2 to 3 inches apart.

3. Glue painted bottle caps at the ends of each strip of red tape. Let stand to dry overnight.

How To: Make Drummer’s Hat

What You Need
Oatmeal canister
Scissors
White construction paper
Glue dots
Red utility tape
Hole punch
White shoelaces


1. Wrap paper around the container to fit to size. (You want to completely cover the oatmeal container.) Trim any excess paper off the top or bottom. Secure paper to the container with 2 or 3 glue dots.

2. Wrap a ring on the bottom of the canister with the red tape.

3. Position the hat on your child’s head and find the best spot for securing strap. Punch 2 holes and string shoelaces through the holes.

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