3 Halloween Costumes You Can Make From Things You Already Have at Home

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diy-halo-master-chief-halloween-costume.jpg Did you need the defibrillator to recover from sticker shop after shopping for this year’s Halloween costume?

Well how about making your own costume?

You don’t have to be as lame as just putting on a leather jacket and slicking your hair back to say that you’re a greaser. No, no, no… there are some truly amazing DIY Halloween costume ideas floating around out there.

And many of them can be made from little more than cardboard and other things that you already have lying around your house.

Check out the following 3 DIY Halloween costume ideas that you’d never guess are homemade.


Green Homemade Halloween Costumes

So besides saving some serious money, why would you want to make your own Halloween costume?

How about the fact that most Halloween costumes contain loads and loads of toxic chemicals, only get 1 use and are then discarded and travel thousands of miles from the manufacturer to your door.

Now THAT is scary!

But hey, just because you make your own costume doesn’t mean you have to look like a cheapskate.


3 DIY Halloween Costumes Made With Things You Already Have


The Quintessential Mummy Costume

Check out the awesome Instructable for how to make your own mummy costume from the awesome and crafty folks at Thread Banger.

All you need is:

  • 2 White sheets
  • White pants/jeans
  • White long sleeve shirt (preferably turtleneck)
  • Box of 100 tea bags
  • Some 3-5 gallon buckets
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors



Spartan Warrior From The Movie 300

diy-spartan-halloween-costume.jpgIf you’ve got the body to rock some skimpy Spartan armor (or lack thereof), here’s how to make a 300 costume from almost only cardboard! Here’s what you’ll need:


Cardboard – 3-5 larger boxes should do
Hot glue gun and glue
A box cutter or razor blade


Fiberglass sheets/matting (optional)
Fiberglass Resin (optional)
Bondo or another type of filler with hardener (optional)
Sandpaper – 100, 350, and 600 grits (optional)
Spray paint – a black or gray base-coat , a Black Lacquer (optional), a Gold, a Bronze and a copper

You’ll only need the fiberglass, resin, bondo, and sandpaper if you want to use some fiberglass to add a more finished look and strength to your costume.

If you decided to go that route, use caution when working with and sanding the fiberglass.

Halo Master Chief (with weapons)

And now for the pièce de résistance, an incredibly detailed Halo Master Chief costume, again made almost entirely from cardboard.

You can see the finished product of this project at the top of this post.

A word of warning on this one…you’re going to need a good bit of time and patience…but look at the wonderful result!

Have you made an awesome Halloween costume in the past? Have you seen some other great DIY costume ideas? If so, please share them in the comments.