21 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make on the Cheap

These 21 DIY baby costume ideas will inspire you…and save you money!

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DIY Baby Costumes You can Make on the Cheap - MightyMoms.club

There is something really sweet about seeing a baby prance (crawl? roll?) around in a DIY baby costume. Granted, this is often only for the firstborn child…but hey, at least you’ve got one under your belt.

Today I’m not only going to share 21 clever DIY baby costumes for you to enjoy, I’m going to point out how to make them on the cheap.

We’re cutting corners, people!

DIY Baby Costume #1: Little Lamb

Sewing: Basic skills required

From Home:

  • A basic sewing kit with pins, needles, scissors, and thread
  • White onesie
  • Black leggings (Don’t have it? Click here.)
  • Black long sleeve shirt (Don’t have it? Click here.)
  • White baby hat (Don’t have it? Click here.)
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

  • cotton balls
  • black and white felt

Instructions: Follow the sewing instructions at Make It Love It and glue the cotton balls all over the hat and onesie.

DIY Baby Costume #2: Tiny Skunk

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Black zip hoodie (Don’t have it? Click here.)
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

Instructions: Although the original design does involve some sewing, it’s entirely possible to hot glue everything.

  1. Cut two circles of black felt and glue two smaller circles of white felt in the center. Then glue those to the hoodie.
  2. Cut two white sections of white felt (here’s her example) and glue them on the front of the hoodie.
  3. Glue the boa down the top of the hoodie, then along either side of the back.
  4. Cut out two pieces of flat tail in the sweatshirt fabric, using the iron-on strips to attach them together.
  5. Flip the tail inside out and stuff it with extra fabric strips, tissue paper, or newspaper.
  6. Glue the boa on the edges of the tail.
  7. Attach the tail to the hoodie with the iron on strips or hot glue.

DIY Baby Costume #3: Porcupine

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Black zip hoodie (Don’t have it? Click here.)
  • Black baby sweatpants (Don’t have it? Click here.)
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

Instructions:

  1. Paint horizontal white strips across the rubber sheets.
  2. Cut the sheets into long strips, tapering at the tip.
  3. Cut the faux fur and glue it onto the back of the black hoodie and sweatpants. Add a stripe on the top of the head.
  4. Glue the individual rubber spikes all over the white faux fur.

DIY Baby Costume #4: Owl / Hedwig

This would be perfect for a family Halloween costume of Harry Potter!

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Long sleeve white onesie
  • White leggings, bloomers, or ruffle tights
  • Fabric scissors (or a Cricut maker)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Nylon Headband (Don’t have it? Click here.)

From the Store:

Instructions: Make Life Lovely has beautiful photos and step-by-step instructions that will help you recreate this DIY baby costume. Click here to learn from the master!

DIY Baby Costume - Starfish
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DIY Baby Costume #5: Starfish

Dress yourself as a scuba diver and go as a matched costume!

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Baby carrier

From the Store:

Instructions: Follow the steps in this article.

DIY Baby Costume - Chicken
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DIY Baby Costume #6: Chicken

Sewing: No sewing required.

From Home:

  • 2 white onesies
  • Hot glue gun
  • Orange/yellow pants (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Orange/yellow shoes (Don’t have this? Click here.)

From the Store:

Instructions: The steps to make this DIY baby costume are rather involved. Go here to follow them.

DIY Baby Costume #7: Baby Shark

This would be another adorable family Halloween costume idea! This version is in pink, but you could easily do it in blue. This particular version uses a Circut 2 to iron on “Doo Doo Doo” on the bum, but you can leave that off.

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Matching hoodie and pants (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

  • Felt: dark purple, white, black, magenta
  • White craft foam (or you can use white felt)

Instructions: Use the templates in this article to cut out the shapes, hot gluing them to the hoodie.

DIY Baby Costume #8: Cow

Sewing: Basic sewing skills

From Home:

  • White onesie
  • Epoxy glue

From the Store:

  • Fleece: black and white
  • Felt: black and pink
  • 4 bottle nipples

Instructions: This DIY baby costume is a little more involved. You’ll need to go here to print off the templates and follow her sewing instructions.

Other Cheap Animal Baby Costume Ideas

Second guessing your plan to do a DIY baby costume? Here are a few animal costumes available for less than $20! Hey, there’s no shame in outsourcing! (Prices stated at the time of writing and are subject to change.)

Want more budget-friendly ideas? These baby Halloween costumes have you covered!

DIY Baby Costume #9: Ice Cream Sundae

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • White long-sleeved top
  • Blue sweatpants (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Safety pins

From the Store:

Instructions: Follow the step-by-step instructions here.

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DIY Baby Costume #10: Cotton Candy

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Pink or blue layette with hat (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Dishwashing gloves
  • 8.5×11 Cardstock (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

Instructions:

  1. Dye the batting using the instructions on the iDye Poly package, letting it dry for at least 24 hours. (Remember to wear your gloves!)
  2. Roll the cardstock into a cone shape, hot gluing it in place.
  3. Pull off chunks of batting and hot glue it to the hat and layette.

DIY Baby Costume #11: Dippin’ Dots

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Baby hat and onesie (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large blue bucket (Don’t have this? Click here.)

From the Store:

Instructions: Print out the “Dippin’ Dots” logo and glue to the side of the bucket. Then start gluing pompoms to your baby’s hat and all around the rim of the bucket. Put a pillow inside so your baby can ride in style!

DIY Baby Costume #12: Cutie Clementine

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Empty Box
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Orange onesie (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Orange hat (Don’t have this? Click here.)

From the Store:

Instructions: Print off the cutie logo and glue it on the box, attaching the balloons. Put a soft blanket inside the box for your baby to sit on and you’re good to go!

DIY Baby Costume #13: Starbucks Frappuccino

Sewing: Moderate sewing machine skills required

From Home:

  • White or tan long-sleeved onesie
  • Hot glue gun
  • Coffee & Stock pot

From the Store:

Instructions: This is a very involved DIY baby costume, so let me point you to the expert.

DIY Baby Costume #14: Spaghetti & Meatballs

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • White onesie
  • White hat (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Stock pot

From the Store:

Instructions: Spray paint the foam balls so they look like meatballs. Cut long strips of the yarn and glue them to the onesie and beanie hat. Then glue the foam balls on last.

DIY Baby Costume #15: Sushi

Sewing: Moderate sewing skills required

From Home:

  • White onesie
  • White hat (Don’t have this? Click here.)

From the Store:

Instructions: Follow the instructions here for the matching mom costume. Here’s how she adapted that original design to fit her baby.

Other Cheap Food-Themed Baby Costume Ideas

Good intentions definitely score you mom points. But you know what else scores you mom-points? Not being stressed about making that costume you intended on making.

Heather to the rescue! Here are a few cheap ideas you can purchase! (Prices stated at the time of writing and are subject to change.)

DIY Baby Costume #16: Rain Cloud

Sewing: Two options to make the skirt, one is no-sew.

From Home:

  • A gray or blue onesie
  • White sunhat (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • A bucket
  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking tape

From the Store:

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions here to measure and create the waistband.
  2. For a no-sew option, watch this video on making a tulle skirt.

DIY Baby Costume #17: Exercise 80’s Queen

Sewing: Minimal sewing required

From Home:

  • Tights
  • Tennis shoes

From the Store:

Instructions: This is the easiest costume you’ll find here. The hardest part will be making sure the headband and armbands fit. You may need to cut and resize them with a sewing machine.

DIY Baby Costume - Plant
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Whether you are creating Groot for a family Halloween costume Marvel theme, a mandrake from Harry Potter, or simply a living room decoration, this potted plant will be an adorable addition.

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Brown onesie and pants
  • Brown beanie (Don’t have this? Click here.)
  • Staple gun

From the Store:

Instructions:

  1. Cut the bottom of the pot out. Staple (or glue) the elastic on the inside to create straps. Then wrap the brown fabric strips around the elastic, gluing them in place.
  2. Using the brown and black fabric paint, paint out roots on the brown onesie, hat, and pants.
  3. Wrap the brown strips around the fake plant, gluing them to the hat.

DIY Baby Costume #19: Cloud

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Long sleeve white onesie
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

Instructions: Although this is a no-sew project, the steps are rather intricate, so you’re best going here and following her photographs and steps!

DIY Baby Costume #20: Scuba Diver

Sewing: No sewing required

From Home:

  • Black long-sleeved onesie and pants
  • Pacifier
  • Scissors
  • Empty pop bottle

From the Store:

Instructions:

  1. Spray the empty pop bottle with silver on the inside, rotating the bottle to coat the inside well.
  2. Cover the rubber tubing with black electrical tape.
  3. Attach the silver pop bottle to your baby by wrapping the “tank” and your child with two long strips of tape spaced about 2-3 inches apart.
  4. Attach the tubing to the “tank” and your child’s pacifier with electrical tape.
  5. Cut out two fins from the yellow craft foam, cutting out a hole for your child’s ankle so they sit over his shoes.

For more ideas on things to add to this costume, click here.

DIY Baby Costume #21: Where’s Waldo

Sewing: There are two versions of this costume. The original, which involves sewing, and Heather’s cheat, which doesn’t. 🙂

From Home:

  • White onesie
  • Jeans
  • Hot glue gun

From the Store:

Instructions: The best instructions come from the original post here. However, if you’d rather not sew, you can get a similar look by picking up this striped beanie and striped crew-neck shirt.

 DIY Baby Costume: 2-Minute Edition

If worst comes to worst, and you have only seconds before having to present your baby to the in-laws in pristine photo-condition, let me present two of the World’s Simplest Costumes.

  • The Baseball – white onesie, red marker.
  • Baby Einstein – white onesie with E=mc2, crazy gel hair.

So break out that glue gun and start crafting! (Don’t forget to show us your stuff on Facebook and Instagram!)

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