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DIY Frankenstein Costume for Kids

By: Jane Monzures for
DIY Frankenstein Costume for Kids
DIY Frankenstein Costume for Kids
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Make a darling Frankenstein costume for your child out of their old clothes! This DIY Frankenstein Costume for Kids features materials you probably already have at home. Grab a pair of jeans that are too short for your child but still fit in the waist, a milk gallon, paint, and a few other handy supplies to make this costume. It's so great when old clothes can be used to make new things. Halloween costumes can be super expensive, so save a few bucks this year and put old clothes and recycled materials to use in the process. 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFabric, Paint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • A pair of old jeans
  • Sneakers
  • A blazer or jacket
  • Green socks
  • A thick rope
  • A one-gallon milk jug
  • Green paint
  • Silver pipe cleaners
  • Silver or gray buttons
  • Black fuzzy fabric
  • Cotton batting
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a milk carton so that the base becomes the top of the head and it fits like a cap. Paint green.

  2. While that's drying, measure and cut some black fuzzy fabric to glue on for the hair. Glue to milk carton with hot glue.

  3. Cut pieces of silver pipe cleaner to make scars on Frankenstein's head. Use the back sides of buttons as bolts. Glue both to head with hot glue.

  4. Cut the bottoms of old jeans into strips about four inches up. Toss in the washing machine so they fray.

  5. Braid the rope to make the belt.

  6. Use a pair of sneakers too small in the toe. Cut out the toes, stuff the toes of green socks with batting, and make sure the toes stick through the shoes when the child wears them.

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