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23 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make for Under $5

The scariest thing about Halloween is how it creeps up on you. There I am. Minding my own business and crusin’ pleasantly through October when, WHAM!

A costume headline hits my eyes in the checkout line and panic sets in.  What the what?  I thought I had two weeks to figure this out?  Thus begins a mad-scrambled towards creative costumes that will stay true to my personal Say NO to the Sew campaign.

I’ll take a wild guess and throw out that I don’t think I’m the only procrastinating semi-panicked Mamasita out there.  So, in an effort to help my bleary-eyed, get-through-tonight fellow parents, here’s a list of 23 of the easiest DIY baby costumes ever invented. You can make all of these costumes using stuff you have around your house and a few basic craft supplies.

Source: Lovely Morning

DIY Baby Costume #1:
Farmer Brown

What you’ll need:

  • A straw hat
  • A flannel shirt
  • Overalls or jeans
  • A bandanna of some kind
  • A kid-sized rake or garden utensil (try the Dollar Store)
  • Eyeliner for freckles
  • If you’re using a wagon, line it with straw and let him bring along his favorite stuffed farm animals.
  • The final, perfect touch: the Jim-Bob Pacifier.

Watch closely to make sure he doesn’t try to eat the straw!

Source: Auburn Soul Photography

DIY Baby Costume #2:
Carl from Up

What you’ll need:

  • PVC Pipe to make a three-sided square (or a cane made out of a stick with tin foil on the top)
  • Tennis balls
  • Pants with a cardigan sweater and a bowtie
  • Glasses from The Dollar Store
Source: Costume Works

DIY Baby Costume #3:

What you’ll need:

  • A superman shirt (pajama top perhaps? – otherwise here’s one for over $5.
  • A white button down shirt, black pants
  • A clip-on necktie
  • Glasses from The Dollar Store
Source: All For the Boys

DIY Baby Costume #4:
Stick Figure

What you’ll need:

  • White pants and shirt
  • Electrical Tape
  • A paper plate
  • Scissors (to cut out eye holes)

Snap picture fast, since I give him about 10 seconds before he rips off that mask.  

Also hilarious as a toddling glo-stick figure!

Source: Instructables

DIY Baby Costume #5:
Mario & Luigi

What you’ll need:

  • Jean overalls
  • Yellow felt circles
  • Black fabric marker
  • A red shirt and a green shirt
  • Eyeliner pen or a mustachioed pacifier.
  • Red and green trucker hats from a craft store
  • White felt circles

Source: Dollar Store Crafts

DIY Baby Costume #6:
Lil’ Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Bigger-sized orange shirt
  • Black and green felt
  • Small pillow to stuff in the pants
  • Black pants
  • Elastic band
  • Cardboard
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Self-stick craft foam to attach

Here’s the how-to video from Dollar Store Crafts.

Source: Costume Works

DIY Baby Costume #7:
Pillsbury Doughboy

What you’ll need:

  • White outfit
  • White hankerchief to tie around the shoulders
  • Kid cooking utensils
  • White chef’s hat (check the Dollar Store)
  • Blue felt circle
  • White fabric marker
  • Superglue or iron-on adhesive

Source: Redtri

DIY Baby Costume #8:
Million Dollar Baby

What you’ll need:

  • White pillow case
  • Black electrical tape or iron-on fabric with heat-and-bond
  • Green tulle
  • Monopoly money
Source: Hubbard’s Cupboard

DIY Baby Costume #9:
Baby Nerd

What you’ll need:

  • White button-down shirt
  • Bowtie
  • Suspenders
  • Box of crayons (pocket protector)
  • Glasses from The Dollar Store

Source: The Meta Picture

DIY Baby Costume #10:
Charlie Brown

What you’ll need:

  • Yellow shirt or yellow onesie
  • Black pants
  • Black felt with heat-and-bond or black electrical tape for zigzag
  • Eyeliner for hair and eyebrows
  • Stuffed Snoopy (optional)

Source: She Knows

DIY Baby Costume #11:
Sweet Sushi

What you’ll need:

  • White baby onesie
  • Orange, light pink, and black felt
  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Hot glue gun

The 1-2-3 steps to recreate this DIY baby costume can be found at She Knows.

Source: Costume Works

DIY Baby Costume #12:
Hungry Hungry Hobo

What you’ll need:

  • Jeans (the rattier the better)
  • Flannel plaid shirt (or something that looks worn)
  • Eyeliner (for a 5 o-clock shadow)
  • Cardboard and marker
  • String

I would put the sign around his neck only for pictures, and then let it sit beside him while you trick-or-treat.  It’s a choking hazard.

Source: The Meta Picture

DIY Baby Costume #13:
Dwight Schrute

What you’ll need:

  • Short-sleeved button up shirt (yellow is best)
  • Clip on tie
  • Navy pants
  • Hair parted down the center
  • Grandma’s old glasses
  • Nametag

Source: Costume Works

DIY Baby Costume #14:
Cotton Candy

What you’ll need:

  • Pink shirt and pants
  • Cotton filler from the craft store
  • Pink spray paint
  • White paper, taped into a cone
  • Elastic band
Source: Masterworks

DIY Baby Costume #15:
Dragon Baby

What you’ll need:

  • Bodysuit
  • Matching pilot’s cap
  • Green sponges, cut into triangles
  • Hot glue
  • Safety pin (to attach the tail)
  • A thick ribbon (to glue the triangles on for the tail)

Source: Celebrate Green

DIY Baby Costume #16:
Your Little Burrito

What you’ll need:

  • Brown or tan blanket
  • Brown or tan hat
  • Green tissue paper shredded or cut into strips 
  • Hot glue (attach strips to hat)

What carefully to make sure he doesn’t try to eat the tissue paper!

Source: Oh Happy Day

DIY Baby Costume #17:
Little Frida

What you’ll need:

  • Colorful dress
  • Colorful shawl
  • Fake flowers
  • Wide Headband
  • Super Glue
  • Eyeliner to create the unibrow and mustache

Glue the flowers all over the headband.

Source: Tumblr

DIY Baby Costume #18:
Baby Dobby

What you’ll need:

  • A torn tan sheet
  • Tan jersey fabric (tie behind the head for the hat)
  • Four large pieces of heavy felt (two for each ear)
  • Fabric marker to draw in the ears
  • Hot glue

Source: Woman’s Day

DIY Baby Costume #19:
Deviled Eggs

What you’l l need:

  • Red felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Long-sleeved onesie and tights
  • White hat
  • Foam ball
  • Yellow jersey fabric

Follow these easy instructions at Woman’s Day.

Source: She Knows

DIY Baby Costume #20:
No. 1 Football Fan

What you’ll need:

  • Brown onesie
  • White grosgrain ribbon
  • Iron-0n adhesive (with iron of course)
  • Scissors

You can see the specific steps at She Knows.

Source: Costume Works

DIY Baby Costume #21:
Sweet Sheep

What you’ll need:

  • Black shirt and pants
  • 3-4 bags of cotton balls
  • Glue gun

Pay close attention to make sure none of the cotton balls end up in her mouth!

Source: Chocolate & Carrots

DIY Baby Costume #22:
Cutie Cannoli

What you’ll need:

  • White onesie
  • Large piece of tan felt
  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Dark felt, cut into chips

Source: Rookie Moms

DIY Baby Costume #23:
Top Chef

What you’ll need:

  • White onesie
  • Black and red fabric markers
  • Red scarf or strip of fabric
  • Mini utensils

 Worst Case Scenario…

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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3 thoughts on “23 DIY Baby Costumes You Can Make for Under $5

  1. Oh my gosh the mini Dwight kills me! Hahahaha! If my baby were not already Flynn Rider (his big sister is Rapunzel) I would totally do the Dwight Shrute costume. 🙂

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