For busy parents, the phrase “homemade costume” may sound scarier than the haunted corn maze your kids have been begging you to visit. You might imagine spending hours toiling over a sewing machine only to create a costume that may cause your discerning little gremlin to turn up his or her nose.
It’s no wonder you see so many parents frantically digging through the detritus of rejected costumes at Target the day before Halloween, a school play or any other event where a get-up is required.
But not this year. This is the year you’ll plan ahead and make a cute costume for your kid. A costume that will not cost you a lot of time or a lot of money, and one that your little dinosaur will love so much that it can be used all-year round to play dress up. And if all else fails? There’s always Etsy to help you get the homemade look without investing anything more than the minutes it takes for you to enter your credit card info.
Ready to get crafty? Here are ideas for easy costumes, plus links where you can buy them if you’re not ready to test your DIY skills just yet.