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101 Costumes to DIY on the Cheap

Sick of spending way too much time googling DIY costume ideas? Well, you're in luck. We spent hours scrolling through every corner of the Internet to dig up the most amazing and creative costumes so you don't have to. Keep reading for 101 DIY costume ideas — they range from outfits you can put together in minutes to projects that only advanced costumers will be brave enough to tackle.

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This bag of jelly beans costume must be the sweetest one of the bunch!

What you need to do: Get a clear trash bag, cut holes for your arms and legs to fit through. Print the nutritional facts on the back of the costume, just like what you see on the backs of candy bags. Fill up the bag with colored balloons for the jellybeans, and tie up the trash bag near your neck with a ribbon.

This is one of the easiest costumes to make because all you need is an old bed sheet.

What you need to do: Get a white sheet, and cut out two holes for your eyes. Be creative and cut holes in your sheet to be a "holy" ghost, or dress the sheet up with some makeup. Put blush on your ghostly cheeks, and smear lipstick where your mouth should be.

Make a statement by dressing up as one of America's cultural icons who is also a symbol for feminism.

What you need to do: Get a long-sleeved denim or blue top, and roll the sleeves past the elbow. Pair it with jeans. Then put your hair up, and tie a red bandana around your head. Finally, pouf up your bangs and apply 1940s makeup.

Many of us are kids at heart so let your inner child shine with this big kid Halloween costume!

What you need to do: Get your jammies out and tie your hair up in high pigtails. Wear very little natural makeup, and carry around a teddy bear. Wear bunny or furry slippers if you have them.

Embrace the nerd in you with a geeky homemade costume.

What you need to do: Wear a pair of glasses and stick a bandage in the middle to heighten the geek effect. Wear suspenders if you have them, or pull your pants or skirt up high and tuck your shirt into into it. Remember to wear dowdy and very unsexy clothes. Putting pens and a calculator in your shirt pockets helps as well. Carry around several academic books.

The mummy is a pretty unsexy costume but a fun one to make.

What you need to do: All you need to do is put on white clothes and roll some toilet paper around you. Add some ketchup or red food coloring for a gory effect.

The mime costume is for you if you want to give your voice a break for the night and want to express yourself through your actions.

What you need to do: Get some cheap white face paint, and paint your face with it. Wear black clothes or a striped white and black top if you have one. White gloves will complete the outfit, but they aren't necessary.

These days vampires come in all shapes and sizes, and they are such iconic pop culture figures that there are plenty of TV and movie vampire characters for you to mimic.

What you need to do: Get a pair of fake vampire fangs, and wear foundation that is shades lighter than normal. Be creative and aim to look like vampires from popular TV shows and movies like True Blood. Dribble some fake blood or red food coloring on the side of your mouth. If you're a vampire that has been turned recently, use dark eyeliner to draw in two holes on your neck.

A bath puff costume is sure to be one of the most creative costumes of the night! And you can make it yourself to boot.

What you need to do: Buy some tulle from a fabric store, and bunch it up to pin or sew on an outfit. You can choose to wear a tube dress, tank top and shorts, or leggings and t-shirts underneath.

Wow the crowds on Halloween by transforming yourself into a glamorous circus performer.

What you need to do: Paint your face to the extreme with huge, faux eyelashes and stage makeup. Wear headgear with a huge feather or even a cool-looking top hat. Suit up with a leotard, and you're reading to begin the show!

Solve mysteries with a partner this spooky holiday in a Velma or Shaggy costume.

What you need: For Velma, wear an orange turtleneck, red skirt, orange socks, and red shoes, as well as black-rimmed glasses. For Shaggy, wear a baggy green shirt and brown pants. Leave your beard unshaven for a couple of days.

Known for your toothy grin? Perhaps you should consider being the Orbit Girl for Halloween.

What you need to do: This is a really simple costume, and all you need is a white outfit — preferably a white blazer and skirt. Tie a blue scarf around your neck, and attach an orbit logo to the front of your shirt, and you'll be ready to clean it up in no time.

You can't go wrong with Audrey Hepburn's character in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's.

What you need to do: Get a little black dress, black gloves, a cigarette holder, a tiny tiara, a pearl necklace, and black heels.

Perfect your blue steel pout, and you're already halfway there.

What you need to do: Get a patterned headband, blue eyes (or contact lenses), and an arresting gaze. Dark eyeshadow and purple lips preferred.

You may not know the name of the painting, but I'm sure if you've seen "The Son of Man" by Belgian painter René Magritte.

What you need to do: You need a black suit, a red tie, a black bowler hat, and a photo of an apple pinned to your hat.

This black-and-white film star costume might be perfect for those who think silence is golden.

What you need to do: Get black attire, white body and face paint, and black lipstick and eyeshadow. Use the black eyeshadow as blush. You might want to choose an outfit that resembles something from the 1930s to 1960s when black-and-white films were popular.

What's great about this costume is there can never be too many Waldos and Wendas. The more the merrier!

What you need to do: Get a red- and white-striped shirt, red and white cap, black- and round-rimmed glasses, and a pair of jeans. Wenda's glasses are a little more triangular, and she also wears red- and white-striped socks, along with a denim skirt.

Mary Poppins is definitely one supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Halloween costume!

What you need to do: Get a black umbrella, long black skirt, white collared button-down shirt, red bow tie, white gloves, black pantyhose, and a black hat.

The tooth fairy costume might be the perfect outfit to wear when handing out candy to children.

What you need: Get a tutu, wings, tiara, and a wand with a cardboard cutout of a tooth stuck to the tip. For the tooth, you'll need a bunch of pillows.

Throwback to the '90s! This is such a clever costume that's really easy and affordable to make. Just a warning: the redditor who made this said he ended up giving advice all night.

What you need to do: Get popsicle sticks to make the fence, beige floppy hat, and a brown plaid shirt.

"Yip, yip, yip, yip." That's what you'll be saying all night if you're going to be one of the martians on Sesame Street.

What you need to do: Get styrofoam for the eyeballs and pipe cleaners for the antennae. You will also need lots of material to drape over yourself. You'll need to make sure the mouth area is a black mesh material, so you'll be able to see from the inside of the costume. More instructions here.

Spread a little happiness with the Nyan Cat costume.

What you need to do: Get a rainbow flag so you can leave a colorful trail, a Pop-Tart-looking top, and some kitty ears.

Need more costume DIY guidance? POPSUGAR Tech has a good breakdown of the Nyan Cat costume.

Dress up as a garden gnome, and look perfectly at ease on any lawn.

What you need to do: Get a baby blue long-sleeved shirt, brown belt, dark denim jeans, and red felt and cardboard to make the hat. You can make your beard a variety of ways using felt or even yarn.

This redditor says his costume is guaranteed to get all the girls in sexy cat costumes to come up to him. It's almost as seductive as catnip.

What you need to do: Get carpet, wood, cardboard, and baling wire to sew it together.

Ah the bat, the emblem of all things Halloween.

What you need to do: Get a black umbrella that you can rip apart, a black outfit, and bat ears, which can be made out of felt.

Run out of ideas for costumes? Then be an error 404 page!

What you need to do: Get a white t-shirt ,and write "Error 404 — Costume Not Found".

Hey, unibrows can be sexy, too. But maybe it only works if you're Frida Kahlo.

What you need to do: Get a peasant blouse, flowers in your hair, and black crayon eyeliner to draw your unibrow. Black eyeshadow works, too.

No haters with this gator costume!

What you need to do: Turn cardboard into a gator mouth, and use plastic cups as the eyes. Wear a green long-sleeved shirt and pants.

Be careful not to sting others with your feelers this Halloween.

What you need to do: Get a clear umbrella. You can use all kinds of materials as the stingers, such as thin strips of bubble wrap, string, ribbons, or fabric.

Feeling naughty? Dress up as the literal intepretation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

What you need to do: Get paint chips in all shades of gray. Tack them all on to your outfit, and you're good to go! You may also want to consider wearing handcuffs.

One-up your feline costume brethren with this cat burglar costume. Watch out for some hissy fits when they get a hold of your costume.

What you need to do: Wear an all-black ensemble with cat ears, black eye mask, and a swishy tail. Don't forget your sack with a dollar sign stuck to the front.

Dance the night away like Lady Gaga with makeup from her Applause music video.

What you need to do: Get different shades of face paint and eye shadow, and watch this YouTube tutorial.

This Grumpy Cat costume is for those who are in love with the world's grumpiest meme.

What you need to do: Get white face paint, lots of brown eyeshadow, and a sponge for blending. Wear a white outfit, brown cat ears, and a brown tail.

If you're a sports lover, an athlete might be an easy costume for you since you probably already have all the pieces of your costume.

What you need to do: Decide what kind of athlete you want to be, and you might want to choose it based on what sports gear you have. Go all out with wrist bands, caps, and props like tennis rackets or basketballs.

Prepare to give everyone deadpan looks and monotone answers the whole night.

What you need to do: If you're Daria, you need a green jacket, black pleated skirt, black boots, and black-rimmed glasses. As Jane, you'll need a red jacket, dark grey shorts, black pantyhose, and black boots.

Want to be worshiped? Perhaps the Greek goddess is the right costume for you.

What you need to do: Get a white sheet, gold jewelry, and a gold rope or ribbon for the belt.

If you wear this costume, be prepared to talk about all things grim to everyone.

What you need to do: Get a long back dress with long sleeves and a white collar (collar can be made and sewn on). Braid your hair, and dust white powder onto your face and hands for pale skin.

Take over the world with these evil minion costumes a la Despicable Me.

What you need to do: Get a yellow top and overalls. You can make your own hat, and add eyes made out of cloth or eyes made from Styrofoam cups. You can also choose to paint your face yellow

There's nothing more magical than a book, so a book fairy totally makes sense, right?

What you need to do: Get a big, hardcover book. Use the cover as the wings, and make a tutu out of rolled-up book pages.

Sometimes low resolution can look like art, especially as a Halloween costume.

What you need to do: Paint your face different shades and attach different shades of fabric cut into squares on your shirt.

Go big and dramatic this spooky holiday by dressing up as a comic book character. People will have to shade their eyes from the bright colors.

What you need to do: Get bright color clothing and comic book makeup.

Create some mischief as Pippi Longstocking.

What you need to do: Get wire and ribbons for your hair. Don't forget to dot your face with freckles.

Heroes in a hard shell . . . turtle power!

What you need to do: Be creative with your pals and spray paint disposable aluminum baking trays to use as your shells for these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes. Dress up in green, wear the right color bands, and you'll have a unique costume that people will be raving about.

Brighten up a Halloween party by opting for the Care Bear group costume.

What you need to do: Make ears out of colored paper or felt, pick a bear to emulate, then wear its requisite colors. Finally, make your Care Bear belly out of white paper or felt cloth and draw the symbol on with colored Sharpies.

Fight crime this Halloween as the Powerpuff Girls.

What you need to do: Get blue, red, and green outfits and add black belts to the ensembles. If you don't have black belts, you can easily replace them with black duct tape.

This will be one costume others won't forget . . . or will they?

What you need to do: Wear a black suit, put on shades, and you'll have your top secret Men in Black costume.

What's great about the 101 Dalmatians group costumes is that you can invite as many people as you want to join in, and you probably can throw it together with items you already own.

What you need to do: Wear a white outfit, and use a black marker to draw dots all over. Then use makeup to draw spots on your face.

If someone says you look like a troll this Halloween, take it as a compliment!

What you need to do: Gel up your hair, and spray it with temporary hair color. Wear a nude top, some colored shorts (or go all nude, if you prefer!), and you'll have a really cool-looking troll entourage.

Alvin and the Chipmunks is a great idea for a trio.

What you need to do: Dress up in red, blue, and green, and cut out the letter "A" from yellow paper to stick on the red outfit. Make some ears, and you'll be crooning in a high pitch in no time.

Badass costume alert!

What you need to do: Get other friends to slap on Kiss's trademark makeup, throw in some leather, and you'll look like the distinctive rock band.

Unleash your inner Cat in the Hat this October.

What you need to do: Get a big, black sweater, white cloth for the belly fur, red bow, and red and white cloth to make the hat.

Domo is known as a weird creature that hatched from an egg. Hatch your own Domo from craft materials!

What you need to do: Get lots of cloth to create the giant costume and a brown sweater to wear underneath the costume.

Be the ultimate dream team this Halloween.

What you need to do: Get overalls, fake moustaches, white gloves, train hat, and red and green shirts.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee are the perfect costumes for you and your BFF, especially if you're joined at the hip.

What you need to do: Get red caps, red pants, red suspenders, blue blows, and white cloth for the collars. Use blue construction paper to make the flags to stick on top of the caps.

Skeletons can look chic, too!

What you need to do: Get a black top to paint the the skeleton body onto. Paint skull makeup on your face with face paint.

Watch out for the big, bad wolf this Halloween.

What you need to do: Throw on a red cape, carry a basket, and you have your Red Riding Hood costume!

This costume will be such a treat to see.

What you need to do: Make the cupcake wrapper from poster paper stuck on a laundry basket that has its bottom cut out. Hold it up with suspenders. Use fleece as the icing and hot glue randomly to scrunch it up. Stick pom pom balls on the fleece as the sprinkles. And don't forget to make the cherry hat out of Styrofoam balls (spray painted red) and pipe cleaners.

This special fruit will make a unique costume.

What you need to do: Get a white tube top, and dot with a black marker. Get green lashes. Stick a pink skirt with dragon fruit "scales" made out of paper. Paint the scales on your skin as well.

Such a foxy costume!

What you need to do: Get an orange outfit that includes furry orange ears, a tail, and fingerless gloves. You also need a globe, which you can make using an inflated ball and painting it.

A fan of the fries from McDonald's? Well, why not be some for Halloween!

What you need to do: Get red and yellow poster paper. Hold the costume up with suspenders.

Whoever thought 3D glasses would make such a cute costume?

What you need to do: Get a white dress with holes cut on the sides. Cover the top and bottom with cutouts from red and teal cloth.

Shop your closet for this one!

What you need to do: Find a red dress and heels, and practice your pose.

I choose you, Pikachu!

What you need to do: Get a yellow outfit and felt and cardboard to make the ears and tail. Don't forget to paint your cheeks red!

Stitch your costumes this Halloween to make the perfect Sally and Jack.

What you need to do: Sew patches of cloth together to make the ragdoll dress, and draw on Sally's makeup. Jack's costume is pretty easy — all you need is a striped suit, a bow which you can make from construction paper, the right makeup, and a Santa hat.

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I'm sure everyone will "like" this costume.

What you need to do: Make a big printout of a Facebook profile. Cut out the actual photo in the printout for you to stick your head in.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Carlton costumes are worth making just so you chill out, max out, and relax all cool.

What you need to do: Get a cap and colorful early-'90s gear for the Fresh Prince's costume. You can wear anything preppy, such as a white button-down shirt and a cardigan draped around your shoulders for Carlton's costume.

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The night owl is the perfect costume for those who want to party all night long.

What you need to do: Get lots of felt for the feathers and an owl mask.

Throw back to one of Miley's (many) ridiculous getups.

What you need to do: Put your hair up in tiny buns, wear a nude outfit, and carry a teddy bear. Don't forget to stick out your tongue.

Move aside, Zoolander. Mugatu is where it's at!

What you need to do: Wear a gray sweater with the word "Mugatu" in black stuck on it. Find black cloth for the collar, end of the sleeves, and midsection. Don't forget a white stuffed dog. The hair is really important as well, so you might want to invest in a wig.

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You'll be a walking piece of art this Halloween with this costume.

What you need to do: Make sure you do a good job painting your face so you resemble a painting. Complete the look by painting your outfit.

Double, double, toil, and trouble!

What you need to do: The right capes, hair, and makeup will turn you and your pals into the witches from Hocus Pocus.

This is such an easy yet recognizable costume.

What you need to do: Get a beige trench coat, white button-down shirt, blue sweater, and brown pants.

Fans of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters will fawn over this creative Krumm costume.

What you need to do: Have fake eyeballs that you can make from Styrofoam balls, and wear beige thermal underwear. You can cover your head with beige pantyhose, and make the armpit hair from yarn. Make the mouth from felt cloth.

Be the neighborhood dogs' worst enemy this Halloween.

What you need to do: Wear a long black skirt or dress, pur temporary dye in your hair, wear a white fur coat, and carry a cigarette holder. Don't forget the dramatic eye makeup.

The perfect costume for facing emergencies like monsters destroying the city or misplacing your pickles.

What you need to do: Get a white button-down shirt, black bow tie, handlebar mustache, and a black top hat.

Unleash your inner entrepreneur and play the enterprising Deb.

What you need to do: Get a pale pink- and white-striped polo shirt, side ponytail, pink fanny pack, and a plastic box with plastic jewelry.

Scare everyone with "unh unh" sounds as No-Face from Spirited Away with your trusty sidekick Sen.

What you need to do: Get black cloth and a face mask. Use wire frames to add height to the costume. Sen needs a pink shirt with white ribbon straps tied around her shoulders.

Geek out with this Game Boy costume.

What you need to do: Wear a gray tube dress. Cut out shapes from cloth to make the screen and buttons.

Probably the easiest costume ever — throw on a pair of shades and wear a white, collared button-down shirt.

You'll be on a sugar high with this costume.

What you need to do: Create Nerds boxes by drawing on poster paper. Nerdy glasses and cool wigs also add a nice touch.

Leela from Futurama is such an easy but fun costume.

What you need to do: Get a white tank top, black pants, and a white single-eye mask.

A great costume for those who can't get enough of their favorite chocolate spread.

What you need to do: Wear a white hat to represent the lid, a brown sweater, and a label made from paper or cloth.

Let this Starbucks coffee costume energize you this Halloween — you won't need any candy to get a buzz!

What you need to do: Use laundry bags for the "body" and white cloth for the foam. Don't forget to make the hat with green paper rolled up as straws. You can make the logo by drawing it yourself on paper.

Chant "bork, bork, bork!" if you go as the Swedish Chef from the The Muppet Show.

What you need to do: Get a chef hat, red bow tie, and white button-down shirt. The key is to cut up fake hair for the bangs and mustache.

This is your chance to keep on singing throughout the night with the "Song That Never Ends."

What you need to do: Get a lamb puppet, big permed hair, and a colorful blouse.

You know you have no excuse to not look good with this Photoshop costume.

What you need to do: Get a cobalt blue outfit, and cut out Photoshop icons to stick on yourself.

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego this Halloween?

What you need to do: Get a red trench coat, red hat with a yellow ribbon around it, and black pantyhouse.

Being Helga Pataki from Hey, Arnold gives you the perfect excuse to boss your friends around.

What you need to do: Wear a pink sleeveless dress over a white t-shirt, pink ribbon, and a unibrow.

Be the iconic cereal mascot this Halloween!

What you need to do: Get a blue jacket, tassels for your shoulders, white mustache, and a captain's hat.

The Mystique costume will surely turn everyone's head, X-Men fan or not.

What you need to do: Get a blue outfit and face and body paint. Wear yellow contacts and a red wig.

Quailman to the rescue!

What you need to do: Get a green sweatshirt, red cape, khaki shorts, white briefs, and a brown belt.

AWESOM-O is the fake robot in a South Park episode.

What you need to do: Find some cardboard boxes.

Who knew the 99 percent and one percent would look so good together?

What you need to do: Dress in a suit, and hold up an iPad with a "1%" on the screen. For the 99 percent, make a cardboard sign and dress in casual, more free-spirited clothes.

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Let's hope you won't get any wedgies in this costume.

What you need to do: Get blue hair dye, yellow body and face paint, purple shirt, red shorts, and glasses.

Get your explorin' on this Halloween.

What you need to do: Get a pink shirt, orange shorts, backpack, and sneakers. Don't forget the short brown bob.

Life in plastic can be pretty fantastic for a night.

What you need to do: Do your Barbie makeup, wear long blonde locks, and find a pink outfit. A Barbie cardboard box is also a cute touch.

Kudos to you if you can put this Edward Scissorhands costume together.

What you need to do: Get lots of leather for the getup and aluminum foil for the scissor hands.

Get your Greek mythology on with a pretty dress and a snake headband.

What you need to do: Wear a gold dress and glue plastic toy snakes on a headband.

What's awesome about this costume is it's actually a fully functional Instagram camera. There is a mounted camera in the front, and the images taken are transmitted directly to the back panel and featured on an iPad.

What you need: You can replicate the idea, but it might be a little ambitious to include a camera in the costume. Make the "app" out of cardboard and printouts of the Instagram icon. See process here.

Fulfill your fantasy by being Daenerys Targaryen or any other Game of Thrones character this Halloween.

What you need to do: Get a light blonde wig and a costume you can make from strips and pieces of brown cloth. Don't forget the toy pet dragon.

Grab your bestie and channel Mia and Lilly from the 2001 movie The Princess Diaries.

What you need to do: Wear matching blue collared shirts, plaid skirts, black skinny ties, and knee-high socks. Practice your bewildered look when you say, "Me, a princess? Shut up!"

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