“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hub Network through their partnership with Circle of Moms. While I was compensated to write a post about Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest, all opinions are my own.”
I love homemade costumes and this DIY Octopus Costume is all kinds of fabulous! Did I mention it’s no sew, quick and affordable?
I’ll admit, I’m somewhat of a costume snob. So when the Hub Network asked me to share a DIY costume for kids I was thrilled. You see I have a really hard time buying those cheap’o polyester costumes at the big box costume stores and I am sure I have my super creative mother and even grandmother to thank for it. I remember having some of the coolest costumes as a kid, my mom would tell you we had homemade costume because she was frugal but I still remember that cute little pumpkin costume and who could forget the year I went as Pippi Longstocking! While brainstorming ideas with my mom she mentioned that one of her favorite Halloween costumes was the year she was an octopus. Bingo. I decided to recreate that costume idea for my ocean loving daughter.
This easy handmade costume took me less than hour to put together. Here is how I created this sassy sea creature:
- 4 pairs of tights in your daughter’s size
- Matching long sleeve shirt
- Matching hat
- White and black felt
- Cotton Batting
**I purchased the tights, shirt and hat from Old Navy for $30 and once Halloween is over she’ll have a new outfit to wear!**
1. Begin stuffing 3 pairs of the tights with cotton batting. I learned that you want to stuff them to just above the crotch area of the tights, that will give the the fullest look and it won’t bunch in that area when you put them on the belt.
2. Next, lay your belt flat and begin wrapping the top part of the tights around the belt. Secure in place with a safety pin.
3. Cut out two large ovals and two small circles for the eyes. Use double stick tape or glue to attach them to the hat. **I used double stick tape since this is a hat my daughter will wear again and we didn’t want to ruin it.
4. Have your daughter put on the unstuffed pair of tights and the coordinating long sleeve shirt. Wrap the belt with the stuffed tights around her waist and fasten.
5. Put on the hat to complete the costume.
There you have it a super easy, sassy DIY Octopus Costume that is sure to be the talk of the “ocean!”
Now that you know how easy it is to make your own DIY costume show off your best handmade costume and you could BE A STAR! Enter the Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest and for a chance to win $25,000! One winner from each state will be flow to Los Angeles where Halloween expert Martha Stewart and celebrity judges will crown a winner in the Hub Networks’s First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest. Contest registration is open until 9/29 and remember no pre-made or ‘out of the box’ costumes will be accepted – show off your UNIQUE creations! Visit hubworld.com/halloween for full contest details.