5 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Halloween Costume
Although most people tend to use Halloween as an opportunity to pretend to be something they’re not, there’s no reason why you can’t still showcase your personality in your costume. Using a few simple tricks, you can create a one-of-a-kind look that’s just as unique as you are. Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Spooky Up-Do
Hair accessories are a great way to add some personal flair to your look without breaking the bank, leaving you more money for your favorite holiday.
For this simple spider look you’ll need:
● A hairpin
● Black felt
● A black pompom
● Some googly eyes
● Some black pipe cleaners
● An adhesive (you might want to bring out the glue gun)
To make it:
● Slip a circle of black felt inside the hairpin. Use hot glue to attach the pompom to the felt.
● Once the pompom is secure, use the glue to attach the googly eyes.
● Take four pipe cleaners cut in half and bend them at the top and bottom to create the shape of the legs and feet.
● Place four legs on each side of the bun and secure the spider's head using the hairpin.
2. Add Embellishments
Embellishing is an easy and fun way to spice up any outfit. Whenever you feel something is a little lackluster, don’t be afraid to add some sparkle to it.
Sequins and crystals are a great way to brighten up an outfit, and the light-reflecting aspect is perfect for standing out on Halloween.
Adding feathers to your costume can also make a statement, and it’s a quick way to bring some color to a look. Beads and other small items can create an intricate design that’s sure to turn heads as well.
3. Decorate Your Shoes
Never underestimate how important shoes are to how well your outfit ties together. Though they may seem like a small detail, adding some flair to your shoes is sure to go a long way toward personalizing your costume.
For these spider web shoes, you’ll need:
● A pen
● Aluminum foil
● A glue gun and glue sticks
● School glue or another liquid tacky glue
To make it:
● Sketch the design for your web on a piece of paper to get an idea of size. Keep in mind the size and shape of your shoe to make sure the web will fit comfortably.
● After drawing the web, lay out a piece of aluminum foil and carefully trace the design onto the foil.
● Using your hot glue gun, trace the shape of the web, applying even pressure throughout the design.
● Allow the web to dry and trim off any glue strings before brushing it with your school glue.
● Once the web is covered in glue, carefully cover it in glitter, and then shake off any excess glitter.
● Apply glue to the bottom of the web and attach to shoes.
4. Tattoo Tights
Fake tattoos are a great way to personalize a costume. Tights are cheap, easy to find and can easily be customized to create whatever look you’re going for. For this tights and tattoo combo:
● Find tights closest to your natural skin tone for the most realistic look. Try on your tights and use tape to mark the area where you want the design to go.
● You’ll need something to stretch the tights around while you put the design on. Tag board paper works great for this since it’s sturdy. Tape your tag board paper into a circle and tape your design to the tag board.
● Stretch your tights over the roll until the area you want to color is over the design.
● Using fabric markers or a sharpie, carefully trace your design, and then allow it to dry.
● Remove the tag board roll from your tights and slide on your custom creation.
5. Rip It
Simple yet effective, adding tears to your costume is a quick way to up the Halloween factor in no time. Here’s how to do it:
● Use sandpaper to create a distressed look in areas you want to draw attention to.
● Using scissors, carefully cut the fabric as desired.
● Use your fingers to pull the hole apart more or to pull the loose strings to make the tears look more exaggerated.
These tricks will bring a personal touch to any costume and save you a lot of money in the process. Halloween is the perfect time to let your creativity shine, so grab your glue gun and get to work!