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No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper cones

These no-sew Halloween costumes using paper cones are adorable, easy to make, and cost less than $25.

By Today's Parent
No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper cones

25 easy no-sew costumes under $25: Paper cones

Five cute costumes using paper cones

From a princess to a movie director to a pencil, these paper cone Halloween costumes will have you reaching for your camera — and they hardly cost anything at all to make!

A version of this article appeared in our October 2013 issue with the headline “25 easy costumes under $25,” pp. 87-92.

No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

Candy corn

What you need:
— Bristol board
— elastic thread

How to make it:
Make a cone using white Bristol board and tape to secure. Poke holes on both sides of the bottom. Thread an elastic string through the holes and knot both ends.

No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

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Witch

What you need:
— Bristol board
— elastic thread
— broomstick
— face paint pencil

How to make it:
Make a cone using black Bristol board and tape to secure. Poke holes on both sides of the bottom. Thread an elastic string through the holes and knot both ends. Trace the opening of the cone onto Bristol board to make a 4-in. brim, cut it out and attach to the cone with tape. Glue a piece of paper trim at the base of the cone.

Recommended:
Use a non-toxic face paint pencil.

No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

Movie director

What you need:
— Bristol board
— construction paper
— chalkboard
— chalk
— beret

How to make it: 
Make a cone using grey Bristol board and tape to secure. Cut out a handle from Bristol board and attach it to the cone with glue. Add a black and white chevron pattern (made out of construction paper) to the chalkboard using glue. Accessorize with a beret.

No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

Princess

What you need:
— Bristol board
— pom-pom
— tulle
— elastic thread
— wand

How to make it:
Make a cone using pink Bristol board and tape to secure. Attach a pom-pom and tulle to the tip of the cone with glue. Poke holes on both sides of the bottom. Thread an elastic string through the holes and knot both ends. Attach a piece of ribbon trim along the bottom edge with glue.

Optional: Glue ribbon and pom-pom embellishments to shoe clips (available at craft stores).

Find out how to make a tutu here: A no-sew tutu

No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

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Pencil

What you need:
— Bristol board
— construction paper
— elastic thread

How to make it: 
Make a cone using beige Bristol board and tape to secure. Make a mini cone with black Bristol board and glue it overtop of the beige cone. Cut a scalloped border out of yellow construction paper and glue it to the bottom of the beige cone. Poke holes on both sides. Thread an elastic string through the holes and knot both ends.

No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

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No-sew Halloween costumes: Paper conesPhoto: Tony Lanz

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