Make these squeaky-clean costumes for under $40
Soap and Loofah costume

This Halloween, keep it squeaky clean with a friend by making these homemade soap-and-loofah costumes. For less than $40, you can have two costumes for the price of one, plus they're both really easy to put together.

Head to your local arts and crafts store and get ready to make a real costume-party splash.

Supplies needed*

  • Dresses, or top and shorts, of the same color
  • 15 yards of matte net (the same color as the clothes): $22.35
  • 12/32 inch cord: $2.99
  • 60-pack of safety pins: $2.99
  • Two 36-inch by 36-inch sheets of white felt: $7.98
  • Four 9-inch by 12-inch sheets of blue felt: $0.80
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Pencil
  • *Prices may vary

Soap and Loofah costumeLoofah costume instructions

Step 1: Cut the netting into 15 easier-to-manage pieces. Each piece doesn't have to be exactly one yard — just be sure they are all about the same size.
Step 2: Take one piece of netting, and wrap it around your clothing. Hold it in place with a safety pin. This works best if you are wearing the clothing, so you don't wrap the netting too tightly.
Step 3: Gather and bunch the wrapped netting, and pin it in a few random places. Ask a friend for help in the back!
Step 4: Repeat the second step until your dress or top and shorts are entirely covered with netting. Don't forget to gather and bunch each layer before adding a new one.
Step 5: Tame any loose ends, and complete the loofah effect by simply pinching parts of the netting and pinning underneath layers, not on top of them.
Step 6: Add a rope to your homemade Halloween costume by twisting the cord together before pinning it underneath a layer of netting.

Soap costume instructions

Soap letter cut outsStep 1: Using a hot glue gun, glue three edges of the white felt together. If you're good with a needle and thread, you can sew the edges together instead.
Step 2: Cut out three holes: one for your head and two for your arms. Have a friend help you figure out where exactly to cut them.
Step 3: Cut out the word "soap" from the blue felt. Use a pencil to trace so you can erase any visible marks. Then, arrange and glue each letter onto the white felt.
Step 4: If you have any bubble wrap around the house, glue some on to to make your Halloween costume look full of suds.

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