I think about what I’m going to wear for Halloween nearly every single day of the year. Sadly, I’m not joking. BUT, when it comes down to actually carrying out my plans, I’m usually so burned out that I end up doing something quick and easy if I do anything at all. Well, this Halloween season, we’ve teamed up with Bath and Body Works over the next three weeks to create 7 costumes inspired by their large variety of sweet smelling fragrance mists. Today we’re sharing 3 last minute costumes you can make from your craft closets, which is good for all of you who don’t want to put that much time or money into your costumes. Think tissue paper, paper plates, and drinking straws, cardboard, balloons, paint, batting. All cheap and easy yet have so much impact. In fact, I wore the unicorn costume to my first costume of the season and the kids loved it! Also on the list: hippies……and an all pink Marie Antoinette.Learn how to make the costumes and see what we were inspired by.First up, a DIY Marie Antoinette costume inspired by Pink Cashmere fragrance mist. We’ve done a Marie Antoinette before but DIYd only the headpiece. Here, the whole costume is DIY from easy peazy materials: drinking straws, batting, balloons, and house paint.
DIY Marie Antoinette headpiece
- glue gun
- faux butterflies on wires
- pink spray paint
- wire cutters
- Form a circle with your wire to the shape that you want the base of your headpiece. We made ours smaller than a head so that it would fit on top.
- Add a wire from the base of the circle to the height that you’d like it to be and then back to the other side of the circle, like an upside down U.
- Repeat this process around the circle until you’ve built up a cage-like structure.
- Add batting into the wire structure so it’s dense. Keep on adding batting until it puffs out through the wire so you can pull it out to cover the wire.
- Spray paint the batting pink and let dry.
- Add butterflies into the batting. Glue in.
- To add onto the head, secure with bobbi pins. Add hair around it to cover the base.
DIY corset shirt
- pink t-shirt (we got ours here)
- pink house paint (or acrylic or textile) in a darker color than the shirt
- paint brush
- pink drinking straws (we got ours from Ikea)
- Fishing line and craft needle
- glue gun
- Cut straws in a variety of lengths
- With the fishing line and needle, string the straws together at the top, enough to wrap around the shirt and tie with knots.
- Glue the straws to the edges of the sleeves.
- Add a piece of cardboard into the shirt and paint your corset design. Add in bows and such for extra adornment.
DIY balloon skirt
- 16 long pink balloons (I’d get extras just in case some pop)
- lo temperature glue gun
- balloon pump
- elastic for the waistband
- Blow up your balloons really full and make sure they are tied tightly so you can make your skirt in advance and it will last.
- Staple the knots of the balloons evenly around the waistband in a vertical direction.
- Glue a balloon to the bottom of the balloons with your glue gun in a horizontal direction. Add additional balloons to each other to go all the way around.
- Add in another set of balloons around closer to the top, creating a hoop-like skirt form.
- your usual foundation OR a foundation several shades lighter than your skin tone
- light pink blush
- other shades of pink blush or eyeshadows
- black eyeliner
- makeup brushes
- Apply your usual foundation. You can also use a foundation or powder several shades lighter than your skin tone if you want a more “historically accurate” version of the look.
- Using a fluffy brush, place light pink powder blush right on the apples of your cheeks. Apply several layers to get the strong pink tone Marie Antoinette was famous for.
- Sweep a light pinky-white shadow across your eyelids and nearly up to your brow.
- Using a smaller rounded brush, sweep a darker pink shadow into your eye crease.
- With an angled brush take another darker pink tone shadow and lightly line the upper lashline.
- Using a black eyeliner pencil, place a small dot on your cheek (to mimic the small black patches that Marie wore).
- Finish with mascara.
To complete the costume:
- DIY headpiece
- ribbon around the neck as a choker
- DIY corset shirt
- DIY balloon skirt
- pink shoes
Check out the next page for the hippie costumes.