DIY Halloween Costumes

Bring a touch of Christmas spirit to your Halloween festivities with these adorable DIY costumes designed by the Scout Elves! Kids can choose to dress up as one of Santa’s red-suited helpers or iconic symbols of Christmas by using the Scout Elves’ handy instructions. Easy enough to serve as a last-minute costume, and clever enough to win any costume competition, these Christmas-y costumes are the perfect choice this Halloween!

DIY Halloween Costumes

Click each picture for full instructions to create each costume.

Scout Elf Costume

Saint Bernard Costume

Scout Elf Costume

Scout Elf Costume

Materials:

  • ½ yard of white felt
  • Elf collar pattern (available here)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Adhesive hook and loop fasteners
  • Red pants and shirt
  • Santa hat
  • White gloves

Instructions:

  1. FOLD the piece of white felt in half, and place the pattern piece (found here) on top of it, making sure that “SIDE A” is on the felt’s fold. Cut out the felt in the shape of the pattern.
  2. REPEAT step one so that you have two pieces that look like this:
  3. DIY Elf Halloween Costume from The Elf on the Shelf

  4. Using fabric glue, ATTACH one side of the two pieces together, as displayed in the diagram shown below step four.
  5. Place the adhesive hook and LOOP fasteners on the other side. Check the diagram below to make sure you get the placement of the hook and loop fasteners just right! One of the fastener pieces should be on the underside of one piece of the felt, and the other fastener should be on the top of the other piece of felt.
  6. DIY Elf Halloween Costume from The Elf on the Shelf

  7. HELP your child put on a red shirt, pants, Santa hat, white gloves and the crafty collar you created to complete this authentic Scout Elf look. Now, just like a real Scout Elf, your little ones are ready to snack on all the yummy treats they collect while trick-or-treating!

Iconic Christmas Costumes

Saint Bernard Costume

Materials:

Candy Cane

  • Foam core
  • Glue
  • Red paper
  • White paper
  • Green paper (or fabric)
  • 2 elastic strips
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

Christmas Tree

  • Foam core
  • Glue
  • Green paper
  • Gold/yellow paper
  • Red paper
  • Purple paper
  • 1 elastic strip
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

Instructions:

  1. To create one of these festive costumes, START by cutting a piece of foam core in the shape of a candy cane or a Christmas tree.
  2. For the candy cane costume, USE glue to attach strips of white and red paper to the candy cane–shaped foam core. (Helpful hint: instead of paper, you could use felt to create a more durable costume.)
  3. Next, CUT a piece of foam core shaped like a bow and cover it in green paper. (Helpful hint: scrunching the paper in the middle makes the bow look even more realistic! Fabric also works great for this step.)
  4. On the back of the candy cane costume, STAPLE two elastic strips (near the wearer’s shoulders and lower back) to help keep the costume on.
  5. For the Christmas tree costume, USE a hot glue gun to cover the tree-shaped foam core in green paper. (Helpful hint: you could also use felt instead of paper to create a more durable costume.)
  6. On top of the green paper, ATTACH gold or yellow paper to look like garland, and round pieces of red and purple paper as ornaments. Use the gold or yellow paper to create a star for the top of the tree costume.
  7. On the back of the Christmas tree costume, STAPLE one elastic strip (near the middle of the wearer’s back) to help keep the costume on.

Looking for more fun? Find more crafts to do at home in the Scout Elf Craft Corner!

Please remember that when attempting the craft included in this printable children should always be supervised by an adult. When using crafting supplies or products, always read manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.