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Real Life: "CRAFTS FOR POOR PEOPLE” D-I-Y Halloween Costumes

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Growing up as a daughter of an artist, homemade Halloween costumes were the norm!  And twenty-something years later, I have to admit my mom never failed in the creative costume department.  However, one year was an exception; the year I went as an exotic dancer. In all actuality, it was a butterfly costume, but I thought butterflies were lame. A “diva-esque”  temper tantrum occurred, so in frustration she jokingly told me that it was an exotic dancer costume. You can imagine her surprise when I came home with a stack of ones in my trick or treat bag! OK, that part DIDN’T really happen, but we still laugh about the exotic dancer/butterfly incident to this day!
In my mother’s DIY spirit, I now offer up two last-minute homemade costumes; none of which will be mistaken for exotic dancers. They do however look like they came straight out of Amy Sedaris’, “Crafts for Poor People”!
1. Jelly Fish
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I was having a fat day, so Mr.Housewife filled in for me! 
On a budget? No problem. Only have 30 minutes to make a costume? We’ll have you looking like a Real Housewife in under 30 minutes……..ok, I can’t promise that either.  But I can promise that I made this from stuff around the house!
What you’ll need:
  • Umbrella
  • Package of Reynolds Wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ribbon
  • 6 glow sticks
  • Clear Tape
  • Floss
  • Bigger than life personality!
Wrap the Reynolds Wrap around the outside of the umbrella. Cut your bubble wrap and ribbons in long strips. Tape in place around the edge of the umbrella.  Use your floss to thread glow sticks on each string. Tape in place in between the bubble wrap and ribbons. Wrap the inside of the umbrella with Reynolds Wrap.
2. Mr. Lego-
By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m not the “craft-iest” chick on the block but it’s the thought that counts, right? This costume  is super cute but attaching the bowls is harder than it looks!
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Mr. Housewife sure does look happy to be a Lego! 
What you’ll need:
  • Large box
  • Blue Painters tape
  • Blue Solo bowls
  • Stapler
  • Clear tape
Tape your box with the Blue Painters tape. Congratulations, you’re almost finished! Staple the six bowls onto the box. (Super glue, tape and crying won’t do the trick, believe me I tried!) Tape the inside of the box, so that you don’t poke the person wearing the costume.

In my younger days, I would have labeled my costume attempts as an epic failure just like the butterfly costume. But now I appreciate all the years my mom crafted my costumes; it’s totally the foundation of my personality!

Cheers to the Journey,
Brittany Begley

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