I love to dress up my kids in themed Halloween costumes. I realize someday they may scoff at the idea so I have to take full advantage of it while they are young and think its awesome. Call me cheap, but I also have a hard time spending an outrageous amount of money on already made costumes that they may only end up wearing once.
My oldest son has been really into Star Wars lately. He requested a Star Wars character for his costume this year. Now, I have a confession that may seem odd, crazy or even unthinkable. I have never seen any of the Star Wars movies completely. Sure I have started watching some, but quickly lose interest or end up falling asleep . Star Wars has not been a top priority for me to watch. . . .(gasp) ever. I guess you could say I have not caught on to the craze. My husband thinks I’m a little strange and I’m sure he is right. He has even bribed me with a massage if I sit and watch one of the movies with him all the way through.
My lack of knowledge regarding Star Wars led me to research out the different characters so I could keep with the family Halloween theme this year. I presented the different character ideas to my kids to help me decide who each kid should be. They didn’t take too long to decide and were excited as I was to get going on their costumes.
After seeing these cute kids dressed up, I may just have to watch Star Wars all the way through now. . . . maybe.
DIY Princess Leia Costume
|Princess Leia Cost/Supply Break Down |
|White Twin Sheet (fitted or flat)||Already had one|
|Boots||$2.00 from thrift store|
|Silver Belt||$.75 at Joann Fabric|
I found a two minute tutorial from thecontemplativecreative on how to make a Princess Leia costume using a twin sheet. I love quick and easy ideas so this was perfect.
I found this scrap silver fabric at Joann Fabric. My mom sewed the belt for me and attached a piece of velcro on each end so it could attach around her waist.
The last part of her costume was finding boots or shoes that were white. I couldn’t find white boots anywhere. When I did find them, they were really expensive too. I went to the thrift store one day and found some brown boots for $2.00. I bought them and decided I would just spray them white. I had seen countless tutorials online of women repurposing their boots and shoes with spray paint to change the color so I figured I would give it a try.
I took a piece of sandpaper and quickly scuffed up the boots and then wiped off the sandpaper dust with a damp rag. By scuffing up the boots first, the paint will adhere a little bit better.
Next I sprayed the boots, waited for them to dry for about a half hour and then applied another coat of paint. If I were doing these for my own shoes, I probably would have been more careful and taped off the soles, buckles, etc. However, for a kid costume I didn’t care as much about detail, so I just quickly covered them!
DIY Luke Skywalker Costume
|Luke Skywalker Cost/Supply Break Down|
|Karate Shirt||Approx. $17 on Amazon|
|Pants||$2.00 at a thrift store|
|Boots||Free from a Facebook yard sale site|
|Belt||"Borrowed" one from his dad (Had to cut it...sshh he doesn't know yet)|
|Lightsaber||Already had one|
I bought this karate shirt from Amazon. This was the most expensive thing I bought out of all the costumes. I tried finding a karate shirt at a thrift store but didn’t have any luck.
DIY Yoda Costume
|Yoda Supplies and Cost Breakdown|
|Brown Shirt & Pants||Already had them|
|Tan shirt||$2.00 from thrift store|
|Green Felt||$3.00 from Joann Fabrics|
|String or Belt||I used brown shoelaces I already had|
DIY Ewok Costume
|Ewok Cost/Supply Break Down|
|Bear Costume||$8.00 from a Facebook yard sale site|
|Brown Shirt||$2.00 from a thrift store|
|Spear||Stick from the back yard and a piece of cardboard for the point|
So there you have it, an inexpensive Star Wars theme. A lot of these items you may already have on hand or can purchase for not very much.