DIY Halloween w/Savers
I'm not really one for Halloween, but this year I was presented with a challenge (and some dough) from Savers for some Halloween fun. I'm not too fond of pre-made costumes so I perused the used goods and found this tutu, pink tights there and decorative tulle + the party hat in the Halloween section.
Honestly, I think I really built my costume around these quirky ballet flats that I love oh-so-much and when I stumbled across Lauren Conrad's DIY Circus Performer costumes - I ran with it. By using things I already had in my closet like the ballet flats and my body suit (it's actually lingerie, but you can't tell right?), I saved big! So much, that I had money leftover to pick up Halloween decorations at Savers as well, you can see a couple of them in my pics (vintage clock + ceramic day of the dead skull). Stay tuned for my post on Halloween to see the rest of the décor I snagged. I did a lazy girl version (obviously) of the DIY Circus Ballerina Costume (details below), but if you want the full tutorial, check it out on Lauren Conrad's bloggy.
LAZY GIRL'S DIY GUIDE:
1. Ruffle Collar & Tulle Pom Pom's for body suit + hat// Picked up a couple packages of decorative tulle and cut half of it up to make the collar by folding it in half, hand sewing a straight stitch all the way through 1 inch from the fold + inserting ribbon + scrunched for the ruffle effect. For the pom pom's, I cut several long strips of tulle, wrapped them around a small square piece of cardboard, pulled off the cardboard + cinched the middle with a piece of twine (kind of makes a bow tie) and then cut the ends, and spread the tulle accordingly to make a circular pom. I skimped out on the arm ruffles that LC made because, TBH sewing manually gives me arthritis (JK, but kinda not).
2. Sparkle Party Hat// Cut 1 inch off the bottom of the hat for miniature-sized effect (you can reattach the string later). Apply Elmer's glue all over the hat, use a small paint brush to spread evenly and sprinkle hat with glitter until completely covered (I used a combination of true gold, copper/gold + silver mixed together). Let dry for 2-4 hours.
3. Attach Pom Pom's// I simply twoside-taped a couple of pom pom's to my body suit because I didn't want to ruin it (um, hello expensive lingerie doesn't come easy!), but for a more secure hold, you can probably use a clothes pin. After the hat was well and dry (I waited a whole day), I used Elmer's glue to attach a pom pom to the tip of the hat. I added a pop of color with the fuchsia ribbon that I found in my gift wrapping bin + also to cinch my waist a bit (I'm wearing a kid's tutu after all).
Hope you were inspired by my Halloween on the cheap! XO.