Clever Costumes and Giveaway

The days are getting a bit longer and before you know it, Halloween will be just around the corner.  Have you thought about your children’s costume yet?  Did you know you can make some really clever costumes with items from around the house?

Clever Costumes and Giveaway

I was recently asked to do review a book called Clever Costumes by Shannon Whitt.   When I found out that you could make some really great costumes with refurbishing items from around the house, I just had to see this book.

You use plastic bags, bottle caps and other recyclables along with the satin, duct tape, fuzzy fasteners and elastic cord that comes with the book and you can make 50+ simple projects for everyone in the family. You also re-purpose old t-shirts and other clothing items.


This adorable Queen of Hearts outfit is made with Target bags and garbage bags!  The crown is made with poster board and glitter.  What I love about these costumes is that the kids can help with some of the easier tasks. What little girl wouldn’t love this cute costume?


And for the boys, how about a Gutsy Gladiator costume made with paper bags and trash bags.  The instructions are so super easy to follow on all the projects.

Clever Costumes and Giveaway

The front of the book tells you in more detail instructions on how to make the skirts, vests, wigs, feathers, flowers and leaves.   The contents show over 20+ full costumes to choose from.  And remember, this book comes with duct tape, elastic cord fuzzy fasteners and satin to get you started on your next creation.

Be sure to check out the video below to see how Shannon shows how easy it is to make a plastic bag skirt.  So cute!

You can also find this book at Amazonblank for $14.14.  The description says its a paperback which comes in a hardback book with the extra items listed above to make the costumes with.



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I received this product in compensation for a review.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely and entirely 100% my own.


  1. I always try to make my own costumes. There have been a few years when I just ran out of time and had to go buy a few items that I could have made. This book makes creating costumes so easy that I don’t think I’d ever run out of time again!

  2. I’ve made accessories for costumes or bought individual pieces to put together a unique outfit but never made a complete costume.
    My husband doesn’t like Halloween but I love it so that’s a battle within itself

  3. I really enjoy making costumes but am glad for ready made ones when I don’t have the time. I’m a new grandma and would like to make some for the little guy.

  4. I do both. Buying is usually easier but they have gotten so expensive over the years. Making them is fun 🙂 and they are much more unique than store bought.

  5. I am not a creative person so I usually buy costumes. This book would be great for someone like me :_

  6. I prefer to make them when I have time — the ones you buy are so cheaply made and really expensive

  7. I just bought a sewing machine so I would like to learn how to make some costumes for the kiddies.

  8. It depends, usually I like to make most of it but sometimes have a friend do the sewing part

  9. I usually buy my costumes already made but I would love to try to make one! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  10. We don’t do Halloween but I do like to buy stuff after the fact for dress up. I would love making my own, however, since the quality is so poor.

  11. So far, we’ve bought pre-made costumes. But, I would LOVE to learn how to make them myself!

  12. I prefer to make my children’s costumes whenever possible. I have made a mummy and a witch among others. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  13. Historically my kids wait until 2 weeks before Halloween and then beg my to make them fabulous, over-the-top costumes. Thankfully i work good under pressure!

  14. I make my own costumes by putting pre-made items together. This book would be great to allow me to expand my creativity and actually make my own costumes start to finish.

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