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10 DIY kids' costumes you'll actually be able to make

Brenda is a mom of two girls (aged 9 and 2), a writer, and a confirmed bookworm. She blogs at Daily Mayo about books and writing, and at Schooling a Monkey about homeschooling.

Ever look at the thousands of DIY costumes online and simply give up because they are way too difficult? These 10 costumes are truly DIY for any skill level.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, we have a few rules at our house:

  1. Make our own costumes
  2. Try not to spend more than $20 per costume
  3. Generally avoid licensed characters
  4. Costumes have to be simple
My favorite part about costumes is creating something unique and homemade each year. Making the costumes is one of my favorite parts about October. We have to get quite creative sometimes, to fit in with our strict costume rules.

Here is a roundup of costumes that fit our strict rules.

Adorable baby fish

This baby fish costume would take some time to make, but it's as simple as cutting out circles from felt. Anyone can do that.

Super simple snail

This little snail may be slow, but making the costume will not be.

Ridgeback dino

Want a near-instant costume? Simply add dinosaur spines and a tail to existing clothing.

Out of This World Robot

Robot costumes are classic and take just a few items from the recycling bin. This costume from Paging Fun Mums finds the balance between simple and adorable.

Gnome time to lose

Garden gnomes are adorable, and your little one will be the hit of the block with this equally adorable and easy costume.

Perfect poodles

This simple poodle costume uses items you probably already have lying around the house: leggings, a white shirt and some felt.

Fluffy cotton candy

Don’t be fooled by how adorable this costume is; it is surprisingly sweet and simple to make.

Rainbow beauty

Your little one will brighten up the sky, or at least the street, when she dons this beautiful cascade of rainbows this Halloween. Even better? This costume uses extremely inexpensive materials.

Silly scarecrow

A scarecrow is meant to scare away crows, but with this sunshiny costume, your little one will only be scaring away bad moods. With just a few modifications, you can create this costume entirely from your child's existing wardrobe.

Light as a Macaron

The French Macaron is two airy cookies sandwiching a delicious filling. No filling could be cuter than your little angel. This costume looks impressive and takes just a few materials to create.

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