5 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for the Nature Lover

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Now that the countdown for Stranger Things season 2 is officially over, the final wait for the year's spookiest, scariest, and stickiest holiday is officially on. Halloween is one of those polite holidays that picks a date and sticks to it, and yet October 31st seems to creep up on everyone every year. Leaving many without a costume or a plan.

By now your plan for a group costume has probably lost all of its participants (is it even Halloween without a stressful group chat?) or you've realized your cat costume just won't cut it for the sixth year in a row (we get it, it's easy to slap on some liquid liner whiskers and dollar store cat ears—no judgement). Either way, you're racing against the clock to find something to wear to your coworker's/best friend's/roommate's weird boyfriend Chad's Halloween Party that is equal parts clever and simple.

Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 5 quirky, DIY, nature-inspired costumes that will look like you totally didn't hot glue it together ten minutes before you left the house.

1. Pineapple

Photo credit: Ann Le & Studio DIY

Photo credit: Ann Le & Studio DIY

This cute and simple pineapple costume from Studio DIY is sure to be a sweet sensation at any party (provided you crouch as you go through doorways).  All you need is your favorite yellow outfit, green paper or poster board, a toilet paper roll, a headband, hot glue, and scissors. Follow the instructions and you'll have a costume faster than you can sing "who lives in a pineapple under the sea".


2. Cactus

Photo credit: LaurDIY & B+C Studios

Photo credit: LaurDIY & B+C Studios

YouTuber and DIY genius @LaurDIY looks sharp in this prickly pick. The cactus is perfect for the partygoer who hates being touched. Just kidding (but also not really), this cozy and cute tutorial from Chatelaine only requires a green sweater and strips of paper (you could probably use yarn like @LaurDIY if you're feeling extra but let's be real, you're reading a last-minute costume blog post, that's not gonna happen.)

3. Avocado

Photo credit: Agnes Hsu, miam4105a0f42 of Buzzfeed, & Instructables

Photo credit: Agnes Hsu, miam4105a0f42 of Buzzfeed, & Instructables

Channel your inner millennial and rock this year's trendiest fruit (I totally didn't have to google whether an avocado is a fruit or a vegetable). A costume that's anything but the pits, all you'll need is paint, cardboard, an old belt, and a plastic bowl (at least, according to this tutorial from Instructables). Heck, you could even just paint a brown circle on a green shirt and call it good. Hey, you could even get your friend to dress up like toast. 

4. Flamingo

Photo credit: Dani Lauren & Kristen Lawler

Photo credit: Dani Lauren & Kristen Lawler

Have you been looking to repurpose that awful hot pink boa your bestie made you wear at her bachelorette party? Well, look no further! All you need for this one is a pink top, felt, scissors, glue, elastic cord, and, of course, a pink feather boa. This tutorial from Dani Lauren is insanely cute, but you could definitely make a simpler version by wearing just a pink outfit with a feather boa.

(Bonus points if you stand on one leg all night.)

5. Queen Bee

Photo credit: Kelly Lanza

Photo credit: Kelly Lanza

Want to BEE the cutest little bug at your office party? Want to finish reading this post without one more bad pun? Well, I can help you with one of those requests! This clever idea from Our Everyday Life repurposes paper, pom poms, pipe cleaners, shoe clips, headband, hot glue, and scissors. Pair it with whatever striped shirt you have and you'll BEE sure to make a buzz (sorry, I just had to). 

 

So there you have it! 5 last-minute DIY Halloween costumes inspired by nature that even a five-year-old could conquer with a pair of safety scissors. And remember, these tutorials are a guideline, not a set of rules. Make it your own! You might even like what you come up with better. And with makeup and styling, you have the power to really take your costume to the next level. Stay safe, stay spooky, and have a happy Halloween!


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MEGAN RUSSELL

Megan is an English student with a love for bad jokes, watching the same three television shows over and over, and all things beauty. She considers her life to be an extended tribute to carbohydrates and Diet Coke, and genuinely hopes her dog is proud of her. Follow her on instagram & twitter @sweganrussell and check out her blog sweganrussell.wordpress.com