A Homemade Halloween Costume :: DIY Paint Brush Costume

It’s that time of year when I go crazy trying to come up with a fun homemade Halloween costume idea for my kiddos! This year, two of the kids went with pretty run of the mill costumes but Lila wore one of my DIY creations: a paint brush costume! She even won first place in our neighborhood fall festival costume contest!

homemade halloween costume

 This paint brush costume was made with dollar store items and things we already had and cost us a total of $3.  Not bad, huh?

Lila dressed in a solid color to represent the handle of the paint brush and then I made her a hat that looked like the top of a paint brush.  I cut a piece of poster board and spray painted it silver, then glued it to fit the size of her head.  I bought two brooms {with strong bristles} at the dollar store, cut the bristles off, and poked them into a round styrofoam disc.  I poked them in chunks so it didn’t take forever.  As I went along, I added a bit of hot glue to the point where the bristles poked into the styrofoam, just to give some added stability.  When the disc was full of bristles, I used hot glue to attach it to the inside of the poster board crown.

homemade halloween costume

 The final piece of the costume was a large paint palette.  I cut a palette shape from foam board, added a handle made from poster board to the back, and added paint splotches to the front.

homemade halloween costume

 This was such a simple homemade Halloween costume to make but I love that it’s original and unique!  The perfect costume for my little artist!

homemade halloween costume

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. I LOVE this!!! So creative and she looks so cute. Wish I had seen this before. Maybe next year! :)

  2. amazing! Like Rachel said, I wish I saw this before, instead of buying a spiderman costume for my little one

  3. Randi this is so creative and charming! Fabulous!

  4. Super cute! Good one!

  5. Love the costume Randi! I’ve featured it on Fun Family Crafts :) http://funfamilycrafts.com/paintbrush-costume/

  6. so simple and sweet!!!! :)

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