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April 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Randi

Creative Costuming -- GIVEAWAY

You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to have a costume that is memorable!

In fact, we have found some of the most intriguing and eye-catching outfits come from those who make (or assemble) their own costumes. Giveaway at bottom!!!

Think you can't do it?
We beg to differ. Here are a few tips to help you with your next costume-- whatever it may be.

1) Visit your local fabric store.
Check out what fabrics they have on the discounted rack. Can't sew? Not a problem that's what stitch witchery (adheres fabrics together by ironing) and glue guns are for. Fabric stores often have fringe, ribbon, shiny fabrics, etc that you can use to "dress-up" your outfit. Take some fringe and hot glue it to a short dress from Goodwill and you have a flapper costume. Find some sheer or shiny fabric to make a shawl that no one will forget!
This queen purchase a small swatch of fake fur and hot glued
it to another piece of fabric for her cape.

2) Go to Goodwill or another thrift/second-hand shop.
Have an idea of what you are looking for, but keep an open mind to other things that may fit the bill while you are there. Remember, slightly altering two articles of clothing from one of these stores is vastly cheaper than finding the perfect outfit at a retail store. Like one shirt, but a collar from another? Not a problem, buy them both and find a way to adhere them together. 
This marching band shirt is made from a thrift store t-shirt ($2), some felt glued together ($1) and then some metallic ribbon ($2) glued on top of that. Grand total: $5.
 
3) Spray Paint!
This can change the look of almost any outfit and/or accessory. That curtain rod, spray painted gold now becomes the king's scepter. A dress in the wrong color quickly can be changed! They now have a large variety of spray paints - found inexpensively at your locoal hardware or home improvement store - to provide you with any color, sheen and even texture you desire!

4) Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!
It's those over-the-top accessories that sometimes make the costume. Feel like your costume is bland or boring? Add a flagrant wig, some cowboy chaps, fake eyelashes or an obscene hat. If it is something that you wouldn't "normally" wear out, your fellow party-goers will appreciate your effort! You'd be amazed what a feather boa or a fake mustache can do to any outfit!
It's all about the hat and sunglasses, baby!
 

Curlylocks and feathers make this attire standout!
 
Look the part!

Sometimes you don't have to go over the top or purchase a whole costume to make your outfit stand out. Consider the time period, what one would wear, bring, etc. to the party. By making it authentic, may be the only thing you need.

No need for a purchased cotume when  a simple suit, bow tie and time piece will
scream your character!

As you can see, you don't have to break the bank to make a statement with your outfit!
Make your next party costume original, fun and one no one will forget!

NOW, here is your chance to win!!!
Let us see your favorite costume from a party! Email it to us with the title Costume to WIN!
We will award a $50 gift certificates for the most creative, appealing and original costume(s)! Contest ends April 30th at noon, MST.