A memorable Halloween starts with a memorable costume. But standing out doesn’t have to mean blowing this week’s grocery money on an expensive outfit. This year, set yourself up for your best Halloween yet by getting a little creative! The best part? Not only are DIY costumes infinitely more fun and original, they’re also budget-friendly.
We’ve ranked the below costume ideas according to effort level, but have no fear, you don’t have to be a crafting queen to nail these one-of-a-kind looks. All you need are scissors, a glue gun, some basics from H&M’s Divided collection, and a bit of old-fashioned elbow grease.
This dairy queen costume (clever, right?) begins with an all-white canvas, which can take any form you want — think a plain white dress or white jeans and a t-shirt. From there, you need black felt, scissors, and a glue gun to create your spots. And of course a cow wouldn’t be a queen without her crown — we especially love this unique rhinestone tiara. Finally, drive the look home with black lace-up boots.
For a playful, colorful costume, you can’t beat this cute gumball machine. Start with any white top — we love this cropped tank — and some variation of pink or red on the bottom. This corduroy A-line skirt is perfect, and you can easily reuse it once Halloween ends. Using a hot glue gun, attach pom-poms to your top without leaving any gaps in between. For the coin slot, use construction paper, tape, and permanent marker. Last but not least, to really sell the theme, don’t forget to chew gum.
With just a little bit of fringe, you can instantly transform a simple LBD into a glamorous flapper dress. This fitted style is a perfect base to start with. From there, measure, cut, and hot-glue your fringe directly onto the fabric. Don’t forget to line the hem with fringe as well! Once your dress is complete, it’s all about your accessories. Black pumps, long gloves, and layers of pearls are classic flapper pieces, while a statement headband gives the look a fresh twist.