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Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween and Other Occasions
You don't have to spend a lot of money or time shopping around for the perfect costume an accessories. Instead, make a visit to a nearby thrift store or even dig around in your own closet. You will be amazed at what you can come up with. If you end up creating a costume using supplies from a thrift store, take a picture and share it using this simple form. You can also explore more thrift store costumes by browing through this collection.
The... Fanning family found many of the necessary supplies for this costume at their local thrift store and craft store.
You can read more about how they made this costume in this posting.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Bride of Frankenstein
Melissa Kipp made this Bride of Frankenstein costume out of a few items from the thrift store.
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Scour your local thrift stores for old prom and bridesmaid dresses you can use to make this costume.
I created this costume for my daughter using a frilly bridesmaid dress. I cut off the skirt of the dress, trimmed and re-sewed to bodice to fit my daughter, and then sewed the skirt back on and hemmed it. We also made glass slippers by painting white canvas shoes using pearl and glitter fabric paint.
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Flower Garden Costume
Go searching around your local thrift store for a variety of fake flowers and greenery.
Learn how Jennifer made this costume by reading these instructions.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Mother Nature Costume
Gennifer Curtis used her imagine and items she had, or found at a thrift store, to make this unique costume.
You can find another variation of a Mother Nature costume here.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Old Lady Costume
It is easy to find items to use for this costume at a thrift store.
To find out how Snogirl made this costume, check out this tutorial.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Bobbye Barthe had a lot of fun coming up with this costume for her son.
From Bobbye, "For Halloween last year my then five-year-old son, Braylon, decided he wanted to be a scarecrow. I instantly began formulating a plan on how to make a cute outfit for him. I went to the thrift store and bought some old faded blue jeans and a flannel shirt, both of which were about three sizes too big. I also purchased one square of blue felt and one square of brown felt, to use as 'patches' on the... jeans, and some raffia to use as 'hay' stuffing. After washing the clothes, I had my son wear them so I would know how much length needed to be cuffed. I used hot glue to secure the raffia to the shirt and pants. I cut the felt into a patch-sized square and sewed the squares to the pants at fun angles. I could not find a suitable straw hat, so I used an over-sized fisherman's hat. To complete the look, I touched up his face with a little makeup."
You can also read these suggestions for making a scarecrow costume.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Marie Antoinnette Costume
Search thrift stores for fancy dresses you can use to make Marie Antoinnette's dress.
Jill McDonald explained how she made this costume in this post.
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Fortune Teller Costume
Look for skirts and shirts at thrift stores, or in your own closet, to make this cool costume. Don't forget a lot of costume jewelry.
Lori Curtis explains how she made these costumes in this tutorial.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Anita White found a bridesmaid dress at a thrift store and used it to create this lovely costume for her daughter Kricket.
Read these directions to find out more about how Anita made this costume.
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Pumpkin Head Scarecrow Costume
K. Sexton found many of the supplies she need for this project in her closet and a thrift store.
The head on this scarecrow was created using a foam pumpkin that K carved and then cut to fit on her head.