Easy T-Shirt Halloween Costumes

DIY, Tutorial

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Need a last minute easy costume idea?  How about a festive Halloween T-shirt?
If you’ve got 30 minutes, I’ve got you covered!

This post was created in partnership with Cricut and contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.

NOTE: So many of you asked about this sign that I created a Cricut cut file for it! Access it HERE.  It will fit on a board measuring 9″ x 24″.

Now that I have the new Cricut Maker machine, it seems nothing is safe from its blade!  These T-shirt costumes are my latest victims.

I’m not making Halloween costumes this year (we purchased half and will be scavenging the rest) but sometimes we need something a little less costume-y but still fun. If your kids can’t wear full costumes to school (or dance class, or soccer or gymnastics…) but they still want to look festive, then these are the perfect solution!

They also make for great last minute costume ideas with the addition of a few accessories.  I’d probably just pull back Kira’s hair and add some skeleton makeup to this tee to make it work for an actual party or trick or treating.

I used white iron-on for the skeleton ribs and used this image.  Then I cut out everything but the ribs and resized it to fit a 6-year-old’s chest (here’s a great tutorial for how to cut away portions of an image in Cricut Design Space). The Cricut Easy Press is my new FAVORITE tool for working with iron-on because it heats up evenly, at the perfect temperature, and includes a timer so that you never under or overheat your garment.  If you’ve ever struggled getting designs to adhere properly with a regular iron, this thing is for you!

Finn is obsessed with his m&m T-shirt because, like every other 4-year-old on the planet, he’s also obsessed with candy.  If we really wanted to go all out with this one, we’d probably add some yellow face paint and call it good!

Or maybe embellish a pair of leggings with glued on m&m’s?? Or would that be a waste of good candy?

This one was by FAR the easiest to do…I just downloaded this free font, and then used it to cut out the letter “m” and adhere it to the tee!  Don’t forget to mirror the image so the “m” is facing the right direction!  Another bonus to the Easy Press is that it’s so much bigger than an iron.  I’d have had to reposition an iron 4 or 5 times to get this whole thing ironed on, instead of just twice!

Kira’s usually the one who gets told she looks most like Emma Watson but with Vivian’s crazy untamed hair today, she fit the bill for Hermione!  She grabbed a stick to wave some incantations at us and I’d probably throw on a cape to take this easy look to the next level.

The collar of this costume is just two triangles, with one little change: I used a circle shape to slice out a tiny bit of one side of each triangle so that it fit around the neckline better.  Then I used this image for the red tie portion and then I realized that I didn’t have yellow iron on – doh.  I figured I could use fabric instead and wouldn’t you know, it worked great!  I cut out a smaller yellow tie and used fusible web to adhere that to the shirt, then added the tie on top.  So now you know: you can layer fabric and iron on!  Pretty cool stuff.

And these are the sassy faces (and brown teeth) you get after all the candy is gone.

You can get your own Cricut Maker machine here, iron-on material here and your own Easy Press machine here!

Any other ideas for fun and quick T-shirt costumes??

Here’s another one of my very favorite Halloween tutorials: a candy corn garland!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


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    Hi. Great blog! I was desperately searching for a skeleton rib cage template to use for my child’s first grade musical costumes. Since we have to make them for the entire grade and we have an exceptionally small budget – we may not be able to afford using the vinyl transfer option and may have to use a stencil and fabric paint. Is there any way you would be willing to share the template you used to make this shirt with me so that we can complete our kids musical costumes? Unfortunatley, I’m not very artistic and free handing isn’t a viable option. I would be SO incredibly appreciative. Thank you very much.

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      Thanks so much! That sounds like a fun project to do! Sadly the image is not mine – I got it on Cricut’s design space library and it’s copyrighted. But you might want to just do a google search and see if you can find something similar that’s royalty free. Or maybe one of the moms of your first graders owns a Cricut machine and would be willing to cut it out for you 🙂 Good luck!

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