I purchased Halloween costumes for the boy kiddo the first few years, but when the girl kiddo was born I really got swept into taking the DIY route. I thought I would share our costumes from the last couple of years over the next couple of weeks. Maybe one of these ideas will inspire you.
Peacock "Feathers" - I free handed a peacock feather template on cardboard. I drew a large tear drop shape, a medium tear drop shape and a small tear drop shape. I traced and cut out felt tear drop shapes using the large shape on brown felt, the medium shape on green felt and the small shape on blue felt. I cut out about 21 of each. I then used the handy hot glue gun and assembled the feathers by layering the large, medium and small shapes on top of each other to form a single feather. I then created a triangular shape by gluing rows of feathers together. Bottom row was 6 feathers, next row 5, next row 4, next row 3, next row 2 and then the top row consisted of 1 feather. I used a tiny bit of hot glue to secure each feather to one another horizontally and then to attach the rows vertically. I then cut 6" of 1 inch color coordinating ribbon and glued the middle of the ribbon to the top (row 1) feather.
Peacock Skirt - I used one of the many "no sew tulle skirt" tutorials that can be found on Pinterest. I used a combination of teal, green and gold tulle for the skirt and went for the long and full look. The short version is that I measure 1" of white elastic purchased from the craft store around girl kiddo, cut and hot glued. I cut out strips of tulle in double the length of what I wanted the skirt to be. I slipped the elastic over my leg up past my knee, sat in front of the tv and spent an hour tying tulle strips around the elastic band. Presto! I alternated colors in fours - 4 strips of blue, 4 strips of green and 4 strips of gold until all of the elastic was covered. I then attached the above feathers to the back of the skirt by using the ribbon tie I hot glued on.
Body Suit - I wasn't able to find a teal onesie, so I purchased a plain white onesie as well as plain white tights and threw them in with some teal dye to create the body suit. To complete the look I threw on some baby moccasins and there you have it! Costume completed.
The boy kiddo decided to be a cowboy that year and not only did his costume require NO crafty skills, but half the outfit was free since I was able to utilize items we already had! To put together this adorable cowboy look I simply went to boy kiddo's closet and pulled a pair of jeans, a plaid shirt and a cowboy hat we had purchased over the summer during a trip to a western themed amusement park. I ordered a pair of cowboy boots from Payless (with a 20% off coupon!) and snagged a blue paisley handkerchief from Walmart. I initially had a little trouble finding a fake gun and holster set, but eventually stumbled upon an inexpensive set at a separate trip to Walmart.