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12 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes made with just T-Shirts

You’ve procrastinated until the last minute and now are in a crunch to come up with a costume for yourself or your child. What can you do with a t-shirt and some simple craft supplies? We’ve found 12 easy last minute Halloween costumes with just t-shirts that you can make in probably under an hour after you’ve gathered your supplies. Check out these simple, cheap, and cute Halloween costume made with ordinary t-shirts you probably have in your closet.

Here’s a 101 Dalmatians tribute idea for a group Halloween outing. This concept only requires white t-shirts, white socks, some dog ear headbands and some black sharpies. You can cut the sleeves off the t-shirts to make the costume more fitted looking. Dalmatian’s spots are very random so don’t worry about making them perfect. It’s easy to make a homemade headband with some white felt and a glue stick.

Check out this Flounder costume inspired by the Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid is one of the most beloved Disney films and it’s not just for little girls. This easy to make Flounder costume is perfect for a young boy. All it takes is a bright yellow t-shirt, blue felt and a hot glue gun. Cut the stripes out and quickly outline with hot glue and press into place. Cut the tail out and do the same on the back of the t-shirt. Add little fins to the shoulders of the t-shirt to finish it off. Yellow pants or tights make the costume complete.

Make an Indian Princess costume with a brown t-shirt and scissors. Get a brown t-shirt that’s a little oversized and with longer sleeves and a lengthier torso if you can find one. Cut the hems off the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves. Save the bottom hem for a sash. Cut the fringe about ½ inches wide on the shoulders up to the shoulder seam. Fold the t-shirt in half vertically and cut a diagonal point. Save the scraps to make fringe for faux moccasins. Cut fringe on the bottom about ½ inch wide and 3 inches deep. Cut fringe into the remaining scraps and tie around boots. You can finish the look off with a feathered headband and white or tan tights.

This green fairy costume just requires a bright green t-shirt, some green felt in varying colors, a green sharpie, a hot glue gun, and some scissors. Cut the sleeves off and shred the bottom of the shirt into fringe. Be sure to cut the fringe pretty deeply into the shirt to create movement. Cut out leaf shapes from the felt and draw vein accents onto the individual leaves. Glue the leaves onto the bottom of the fringe saving some for the chest of the shirt. A contrasting green undershirt with green tights completes the costume. A flower headband is a great compliment.

Make Harry Potter style robes with a black t-shirt and a black button and some simple sewing skills. Cut out the underarms of an oversized t-shirt in a diamond shape. Sew the edges back together to create new sleeves. Cut the shirt in half down the center from the neckline to the bottom hem. Create new hems along each edge. Sew a button at the top to create a new closure. An oxford shirt with a Harry Potter style tie and scarf finish this Hogwarts wizard costume off perfectly.

An easy M&M group Halloween costume idea can be accomplished with iconic colors, a stencil and some white fabric paint. Find brown, green, red, orange, and yellow t-shirts. Get some freezer paper and cut out the “M” with a craft knife. Tape the design to the shirt and paint on the white “M” allowing the paint to dry before removing the stencil. Repeat on all shirts.

Emoji’s have infiltrated the English language like modern day hieroglyphics. This idea is great for group Halloween costumes and all it takes is yellow t-shirts, felt in varying colors, and hot glue. Cut the felt into shapes that mimic iconic emoji’s and glue onto the t-shirt fabric. This idea is sure to get some reactions.

Make Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Halloween costumes with brown shirts, felt, and a hot glue gun. Make sure to get large pieces of felt as Potato Head features are really big. Draw teeth onto white felt with a black marker. You could even switch it up by cutting extra pieces and applying with Velcro instead of hot glue to change your expression throughout the Halloween celebration.

T-shirts are so versatile since they are essentially a canvas to express your ideas. Here’s another great group Halloween costume idea. Be a medley of candy bars by choosing t-shirts the same color as their packaging. Draw the logos on with fabric markers or acrylic paint. Perfection isn’t required to achieve the overall effect so have fun.

Despicable Me Minions are wildly popular Disney characters and it’s easy to replicate the general idea of a minion with a light yellow t-shirt and some felt, a black marker, and a hot glue gun. Add blue jeans and black boots to finish off the look.

Check out this sunny side up egg costume made with just a sweatshirt or a t-shirt. Probably the most simple on this list, all you need is the oversized t-shirt and a large piece of yellow cloth or felt glued onto the front of the shirt. It’s another hot glue wonder.

The Che Guevara t-shirt costume definitely takes a particular type of person to pull it off but it makes this list because of its ingenious qualities. This one doesn’t come with instructions but we imagine it’s structured with cardboard cut into the shape of the t-shirt and a hole for the head to poke through. Some red face paint and a thrift store beret and you’re set.

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