DIY Robot Costume & 80+ Handmade Costume Ideas

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Dinosaurs, superheroes, sports, robots, and cars fill my world these days. Even with a little girl in the mix, these two boys of mine seem to rule our house with all of their boyishness! Imagine how excited they were when I whipped up this DIY robot costume for them to wear this year for Halloween!

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I’m teaming up with over 80 bloggers today to share the motherload of DIY Halloween costumes, including this DIY Robot Costume! Before we get to all of their amazingness, let me tell you how to whip up ours!

DIY Robot Costume

Most of the materials came from things I gathered at home! It definitely helped that we just moved and were swimming in boxes!

Materials You’ll Need: 

Boxes (two different sizes)

Dryer duct (found this at Home Depot for $9)

Knife to cut holes in boxes

Foil

Spray adhesive

Solo cups for sides of head

Printed out gauges

Silver spray paint

Bottle caps

CD

Battery operated lights (I used these for the mouth)

Glue gun

Directions: 

Start out by cutting holes in the “body” box. Make sure the hole for the head is big enough to fit the head through {Obviously ;)} but also not too big that the box falls over your child’s shoulders. I also made sure the hole on the bottom wasn’t cut all the way to the edges and that gave the dryer duct a little extra reinforcement when it comes to staying up on the legs. You’ll also want to make sure you cut the arm holes big enough to fit the dryer duct in.

DIY Robot Costume

With your spray adhesive, give each side a good spray and then start laying the foil on in sheets. It’s a pretty fast process. {Yay!}

DIY Robot Costume

Once you have the foil applied to each side, go back with a knife and cut the foil where you have holes in the box, like the head and arms. 
DIY Robot Costume

Grab your kiddo and have them “try on” the dryer duct to give you a good idea for length. You don’t have to be super precise here because it stretches and folds, but too long is better than too short. Also, once you have one cut, you can just use that piece to measure the next one.

DIY Robot Costume

Once you’ve got your foil in place, and your dryer vents cut to size, it’s time to add some “robot” decor to the face and body. For our robot’s mouth, I used battery operated tea lights to light up his smile. You can save the battery until the big night, too!

I also cut two solo cups in half and used my glue gun to set glue them to the sides of the box. I also had a small metal flower pot I glued down to the top of the box.

DIY Robot Costume

 For the body, I just did a google image search for printable gauges and found a ton to pick from. We printed these out, and glued them on. The dials are just spray painted bottle caps and I’m sure it’s pretty obvious what the big shiny circle is. 😉

DIY Robot Costume

For the finishing touches, we wrapped foil around his shoes and tucked them in to the dryer duct. Easy peasy! And speaking of the dryer duct, I found that my son wearing jeans made it a little easier for the dryer vent to stay up on his legs and I didn’t have to worry about reinforcing them to the box. :)

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My little guy was over the moon with his new costume and I was so excited at how inexpensive it was and how fast I could whip it up. Who needs a store bought costume, anyway?! 😉

Now if someone could please help me convince this little guy that we can’t go get candy for a few more weeks, I’ll be all set. Poor little buddy! :)

And now it’s time to share the other 80+ really awesome handmade costume ideas with y’all!

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes

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22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

88+ DIY Halloween Costumes

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42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume

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61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most? Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!Visit Jamie Roubinek’s profile on Pinterest.

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  1. Such a wonderfully creative (and easy) costume! Stopping by from the hop (#14 mermaid). Pinned this to share!
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  2. Great costume! Such an easy-to-follow tutorial.
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