ENTRY #1: Tina | DIY Luigi & Mario Costumes
What a perfect costume for two brothers. And so simple to make! The green and red shirts came from village outlet thrift store. The hats were handmade with foam and felt, the suspenders were made from ribbon and felt, and the moustaches are from the dollar store. Princess Peach will be one lucky lady when these two show up to save her!
ENTRY #2: Emily | DIY Fireman & Dalmatian Costume
If cuteness plays a factor in how much candy you get on Halloween, these two will need to bring extra bags! Their mom, Emily, only spent $12.22 total to make these costumes. More impressive than that though -- she deconstructed a men's black button-up shirt and re-sewed it to a size 2T! She deserves extra candy for that!
The Thrifty Details:
Hooded Fleece Romper | $5 | Ebay
Floppy Ears made from Fleece | $0 | Already Owned
Black Shirt | $.99 | Salvation Army
Black Pants | $1 | The Snooty Fox
Yellow & Silver Duct Tape | $5.23 | Michaels
Boots | $0 | Borrowed
Fireman Hat | $0 | Borrowed
Felt Letters | $0 | Already Owned
Ladder | $0 | Scrap Wood
#3: My Crew of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
This challenge was the toughest yet of the 10 we've done! I wanted to throw in the towel several times and just go buy brand new costumes at Target for $30 each. But in the spirit of the Thrift Challenge I challenged myself to keep going. It only took a mere FIVE trips to different thrift stores because I kept forgetting things, but seeing my 4 guys dressed in wonky, homemade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made it worth every second!
The Thrifty Details:
2 Green Sweatshirts & a Green Thermal Shirt | $5.67 | Value World Thrift
3 Yellow T-Shirts | $2.07 | Value World Thrift
4 Colored T-Shirts (for masks and arm bands) | $4.36 | Value World Thrift
N's Green pants | $1.99 | Salvation Army
C's Green Pants | $0 | Already Owned
D's Green Pants | $4.09 | Value World Thrift
3 Seat Cushions | $2.40 | Goodwill Kent
Yellow Onesie | $1.12 | Unique Thrift Store
Green Onesie and Green Baby Pants | $0 | Already Owned
3 Swords | $4.50 | Unique Thrift Store
1 Stick | $0 | Found in the Yard
I racked my brain on what to use for their turtle shells. I spotted these seat cushions at Goodwill Kent and had my solution!! I forgot to take a "before" picture so this was taken after 1 side had already been spray painted.
Each Ninja Turtle costume included a green shirt and green pants for the body. The yellow shirt was turned inside out and muscles were added using a sharpie marker. A colored t-shirt was used to make the mask and arm bands. A seat cushion completed the costume as the turtle shell.
|N kept referring to his costume as a "Teenager."|
I know that each turtle carries a specific weapon, but I didn't think the kids would care so I just bought three random swords and called it a day. Well C was QUICK to let me know (between tears) that Leonardo has TWO swords, Michelangelo has nunchucks, Raphael has "a sword with 2 pointy things like the Ohio State field goal," and Donatello has a stick! Thankfully we got it all worked out (minus the nunchucks for Baby B.)
|Cranky little turtle is mad that he doesn't have his nunchucks.|
C told me he liked his costume, but if I had any doubt, finding this made it official:
Dina challenged her reader's to make adult Halloween costumes. She took on Carmen Miranda for herself, and based on this sneak peek I think she nailed it! Let's head over to Dina's Days to see the results from her and her readers!
Winners will be drawn at random and announced on Friday!
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