Simple & Sustainable Costume Ideas | Part 2

Halloween is only a couple days away now and I still haven't decided what I am going to be. If you are a last minute planner-under-pressure kind of person too, I have compiled some ideas for us both that can be done in a short amount of time. They are also completely cool, will not need to be stored afterwards and won't create any unnecessary waste!


If you have makeup around, it can help make an easy disguise for Halloween without needing to purchase anything extra. I love these examples of Pop Art and cat makeup.

Pop Art Makeup | Keeper & Co. Blog
Cat Makeup | Keeper & Co. Blog

Using Recycled and Recyclable Materials

All of these costumes are made with cardboard or kraft paper that can be found in a residential or commercial recycling bin. What is even better, is that they can be put back in the recycling after Halloween and will not take up any space in your home!

Lion Mask | Photo by  Catherine Markel  | Keeper & Co. Blog

This snail costume by Oh Happy Day is so cute! You can find the tutorial here and could use any other light, colorful spheres that you have for the antennae.

Snail Costume by Oh Happy Day | Keeper & Co. Blog

With a recycled box, this air mail costume would be really easy! It could also be turned into a present box or have some of the white outside paper peeled to reveal a peek of the contents inside.

Air Mail Package Costume by  Studio DIY  | Keeper & Co. Blog

Another simple and sustainable idea is to print out a mask template and construct it out of recycled card stock. Wintercroft designs these awesome animal templates that can be downloaded with clear instructions.

Wolf Mask Template by  Wintercroft  | Keeper & Co. Blog
Fox Masks Templates by  Wintercroft  | Keeper & Co. Blog

For more inspiration take a look at Costume Ideas | Part 1 or head to our Halloween Pinterest board. Cheers & Happy Halloween!

Simple & Sustainable Costume Ideas | Part 1

It is officially October and I'm getting excited about Halloween! It's fun being creative, dressing up at work, and seeing all of the adorable little ones in miniature costumes everywhere. In thinking about costumes this year and how I can make one that is simple and sustainable, I've come up with a few goals and some ways to accomplish those goals.

Goal #1

Re-use as many resources as possible

Personally, I am finding it sad that so many new resources are used up for every single holiday, every year. This Halloween, I don't want to buy any new pieces for an ensemble that have not been made with the earth in mind.

Goal #2

Keep it simple

I want to keep my costume this year classy, fairly easy, and quick to make. My goal is to spend less than two hours actually putting it together. 

Goal #3

Create no waste

After the day is over and the night is gone, I do not want to throw anything in the trash, adding to the landfills. I want all parts of my costume to be either reused or recycled after Halloween.

Solution #1 For Accomplishing These Goals

Look for Inspiration in Your Home

Take an inventory of your closet, significant other's closet, or kid's closet. Last year, I was a classic artist for Halloween, wearing my husband's white, button-down shirt, hat (although not quite a beret) and suspenders. I had a bunch of wooden paintbrushes already and put a few in my shirt pocket and my pants pocket. I needed my hands free at work, so I used wire to secure a colorful artists' palette to my arm. All of these things were re-used, created no waste and I spent zero dollars and about 1 hour on it. Here is me with Lady Gaga, a pretty witch, and a raven!

Lexy as a classic artist with Lady Gaga, a witch, and a raven last year!

I also really enjoy this couples get-up, put together by Say Yes. Two striped shirts + black beanies + black pants and two money bags = bandits. Say Yes suggests printing out a large dollar sign and using it as a stencil to paint on a canvas bag. I would definitely not mind using that bag after Halloween too; that vintage style dollar sign is beautiful! 

If you are in need of a black beanie for Fall anyways, American Apparel is making cozy fisherman's caps out of recycled cotton now!

Another one from Say Yes: A magician and rabbit. I think I could find most of these items in my home and then maybe make the ears out of some white wired ribbon or wire covered in fabric that could be re-purposed after Halloween. See their full tutorial for these ears here.

Magician and Rabbit Costume by Say Yes | Featured on the Keeper & Co. blog

If you have a little black dress, or especially a "bat wing" dress like the one below, it would be the perfect start for a pretty bat costume.

Pair it with these easy ears by DIYnamic Style and you are done!

The point is to get inspired by unique pieces in your house and pull them together to create something that fits you! Wish me luck this season and let me know if you come up with any fun ideas from your home :) I will be posting more ideas on how to come up with simple and sustainable costumes soon!