As a kid, Mom made me a handmade costume every year until I asked her to stop (so I could make my own). Here are ten of my favorite DIY Halloween costumes I’ve made and worn over the last decade or so. From simple put-together outfits to full on electronics projects, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here!
10. Anthropologie Vampire
I put together this wearable look for a day at the office. I was told this look is also reminiscent of Tilda Swinton in “Only Lovers Left Alive”.
- Jacket: vintage
- Dress: Anthropologie
- Boots: Frye
- Sunglasses: vintage
- Striped stockings
- Ribbed knit beanie hat pattern
9. Dana Scully
For a special Halloween episode of our web show Make: Live, Matt Richardson and I dressed up like Agent Scully and Agent Mulder from X-Files. Matt really sold the costume better than me, since when he parts his hair in the middle, he looks like David Duchovny.
While not my original idea (credit: Tom Newsom), I was really pleased with how these turned out. The bike helmet base makes the whole thing very wearable, though it’s important to note that the inverter attached to the helmet does bring its high-pitched squealing noise pretty close to your ear. It’s not an issue if you’re actually riding a bike or at a loud event.
I found out about Elly Jackson because people in the YouTube comments kept saying I look like her. I stitched up a lookalike jacket. The year was 2010 and I was still on crutches from a recent knee surgery. See how I’m not quite standing on my left leg in the above photo?
I laser cut a faux cameo necklace. I got my first (and so far only) C&D for those files I put on Thingiverse.
I commissioned a pair of custom leggings on Etsy to complete the look.
- Tutorial on Instructables
- Jacket inspiration: Mondrian by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
- Necklace inspiration: Neo Cameo by Sylvie Markovina
- Leggings by Zelis Nanette