You know it’s a last-minute costume when you take a blow dryer to it to speed up the drying process.
Everyone is talking about Disney – I mean when are we not. But this was the year of Aladdin and The Lion King. And so of course I thought it would be the year I go as Princess Jasmine – or the Carpet.
But, this year, I wanted to be something different. And somehow, I got the idea to be an oreo. I have looked at Pinterest Halloween costumes and this was something I could make and it would actually look like a Halloween costume. The cow girl costumes can only take you so far.
And because I’m a last minute person, and people are now having three weekends of Halloween parties (seriously Halloween has become a month long celebration), I wanted to share how to make a last minute Halloween costume that comes off as somewhat original.
Materials for the Last Minute Halloween Costume:
I saw this couple’s costume that I really liked – it was Oreo halves. I thought it would be cute to go as an Oreo half and call it “looking for my other half.”
There’s a lot of options and suggestions for making this costume – which makes it a great last minute Halloween costume.
- A white dress or shirt shirt and black skirt/pants
- A white hat
- A piece of cardboard (can be poster board, can be a box from that Amazon order)
- white/silver sharpie/marker
Note: You can be extra and buy felt or buy a can of black paint at Lowe’s or you can be basic and buy a black poster board. You can’t buy spray pant in Chicago, so I’m going to stop you right there.
Making the Costume:
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, congratulations you’ve done the hardest part – you started.
For me, this meant a trip to Target for a hat and a white shirt. A trip to Lowe’s for a paint brush, black paint and string, and the original trip to Walgreens for cardboard and a black poster.
Making the Base:
Cut your cardboard into a circle. We did this by cutting a piece of string and holding it in the center and then tracing a circle. Ah geometry, it came in handy.
Then, we used a scissor to cut out the circle. Next we took the paint and painted both sides black.
This was seriously a last-minute costume so this whole wait 30 minutes for paint to dry thing was not going to work. I took a blow dryer out and was on to the next step.
Drawing the Oreo:
If you are crafty/handy, this will be fun, but if you are me, then you can feel at ease knowing the Oreo cookie design is basically a bunch of triangles. I used a pencil to trace out the design and then used the white sharpie to fill it in.
One of the tricky parts was cutting the holes in the Oreo to attach the string. We measured out the string so the costume would function like putting on a backpack when I put it on.
As an extra step, I painted the white string black on the outer part so it would blend in with the background.
The last step is to change into your costume and take lots of photos because you look so cute.
You might like these other instructions on how to make this costume:
DIY Oreo Costume with a black poster and cardboard
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.