DIY Costumes Made from Old T-Shirts

Homemade costumes are original, fun, and a lot cheaper than store-bought alternatives. Today, I am sharing a collection of DIY costumes made from old shirts (or new shirts from the dollar store). You just need a pair of scissors and a little imagination.

Superhero Cape - My boys and I love these superhero capes made from dollar store t-shirts. I cut them, and my boys decorated them with stickers. Soooo easy and cute! Find the full tutorial here.

Mad Scientist - A white t-shirt becomes a lab coat when you cut it down the middle. Check out all the elements of this fun costume here

Doctor - A white t-shirt can easily become a doctor's coat with a pair of scissors and a Sharpie. Check it out here.

Ninja - The secret to this t-shirt transformation is duct tape! You can find all the DIY details here

Clown - A white shirt becomes a perfect clown costume with the addition of colourful foam circle buttons paired with dollar store accessories. Cute, right?

Peter Pan - A green t-shirt becomes a perfect Peter Pan tunic with a few simple cuts. I absolutely love this simple costume, and you can find the step-by-step tutorial here

These DIY costumes are fantastic options for Halloween, but they are also wonderful (and easy) additions to dress up bins. Is there anything better than seeing a child "pretend" and use his/her imagination?

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

PS - You can find more easy and inexpensive Halloween ideas here.


  1. This is a brilliant post, I love the idea of using something old to create something new. I think you've done a fantastic job at putting these outfits together. Plus, it's much cheaper than buying a pre-packaged costume and almost definitely a much higher quality! My son has got a fancy dress party coming up, I might give the Robin Hood costume a go!

    Sherita @ Astute Promotions

    1. I actually used it for Peter Pan... but it definitely works for Robin Hood. I love DIY costumes much better too. Have fun!

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