The $5 Halloween Costume You Already Have
by Lauren Ashworth
Brainstorming for the perfect Halloween costume is exhilarating to me! As a child, my mom went ALL OUT for us. Handmade costumes all the way. Super original and on a budget.
They. Were. AWESOME!
From the Gypsy Fortune Teller with a glowing crystal ball on a wearable table to a Lightning Bug whose bottom turned on & off as we walked down the street…My sisters and I hit the streets to Trick-or-Treat with the best duds in town. The parents got in on it, too! Kiss, Aunt Jemima and two crazy vikings–What can I say? I come by it naturally.
I have GOT to go digging for some old pictures!
Luckily, my husband is just as excited to get in on the Halloween action as I am. He was tossing out fun costume suggestions before our son was even born! This year we took a leap of faith and transitioned from our life in the suburbs to an adventure in farm living.
Our son Baker is 100% boy and LOVES daddy’s new tractor. We spent less than $5 on this year’s costume and voila!
Our little farmer now has a tractor of his very own!
This costume was SO easy to make and you probably have most of the supplies already! You can easily customize it or even make a totally different “vehicle” by utilizing the same concept. I’d love to make a fire truck version or maybe even a bulldozer or garbage truck. The possibilities!
BONUS: I love that Baker will be able to keep them and use them for playtime even after the holiday is over!
Here’s what you’ll need…
DIY Tractor Costume
-2 Small/Medium cardboard boxes (I used a Pampers box)
-Poster Board (coordinating colors)
-Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun
-Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Roll
-Craft Paper/Construction Paper
-Battery Operated Lights (I used the kind you push to turn on. $2 at the Dollar Tree!)
First, I covered the box with duct tape (inside and out) so that you couldn’t see the exterior of the cardboard box. I then covered an empty toilet paper roll with craft paper and taped it to the top of the box to make the tractor’s “exhaust pipe”. Next, I wrapped the box with cardboard to create the orange exterior to match daddy’s big tractor. (I cut a hole in the cardboard on top that fit over the toilet paper roll.) Then measured and secured elastic straps using hot glue. I just used my imagination and creativity to cut out and paint the rest of the exterior tractor details! (The wheels & grill are cardboard and are hot glued on.) The cute little headlights came with a sticker backing to mount them. They’re my favorite part!
Not only am I super proud that this turned out so cute, but I’m even happier that it was almost free! I hope this inspires you to get creative. We can’t wait to trick or treat and show off our new wheels!
Lauren and family reside in Alabama the Beautiful, where they have taken on the ultimate DIY project: a 100 year old farm house. Lauren loves from-scratch everything: design, decor, dinner…you name it. Her southern charm and warm personality are evident in every project she takes on. You should follow her at Little White House Blog.