Happy Halloween 2010

October 30, 2010

Homemade Halloween Costumes DIY. Clown. Rubiks Cube. Witch. Mummy. Mrs. Frankenstein.

Happy Halloween, Friends!

Did I tell you how I lucked out with making Halloween costumes this year? The kids had such simple requests. I’ll tell you all about it after the jump.

Homemade Halloween Costumes DIY. Clown. Rubiks Cube. Witch. Mummy. Mrs. Frankenstein.Homemade Halloween Costumes DIY. Clown. Rubiks Cube. Witch. Mummy. Mrs. Frankenstein.Homemade Halloween Costumes DIY. Clown. Rubiks Cube. Witch. Mummy. Mrs. Frankenstein.

Homemade Rubiks Cube Halloween Costume DIY. Cheap and easy!

Ralph picked a Rubik’s Cube. It was easy and turned out great! I’ve got full DIY instructions below.

Homemade Mrs. Frankenstein Halloween Costume DIY.

Maude was happy to go as Mrs. Frankenstein from a couple of years ago. New city. New school. So it didn’t feel like a repeat for her.

Homemade Mummy Halloween Costume DIY.

Olive wanted to go as Ralph’s Mummy from a few years ago. She’s a wise girl — she won best costume in the Halloween Parade!

Little kid clown costume for Halloween.

Oscar wanted to be a clown. We had this darling costume, picked up from a tag sale, in our stash. He wore Ralph’s green oompa loompa wig from last year. We just had to add a big red nose.

Sweet witch costume for a little girl. Halloween.

Betty wanted to be a witch —  just like last year. Easy peasy.

And June. I put on her winged slippers from Oeuf and a flutter sleeve onesie and she was a little cherub. So sweet!

I hope you and your kids are having a happy weekend. Please say Boo! from me.


P.S. — You can find lots more of our Halloween 2010 photos here. Also, keep reading for Rubik’s Cube instructions.


Rubik’s Cube DIY

Homemade Rubik's Cube Halloween Costume DIY. Cheap and easy!

1) If you can find an 18″ cubed box, start with that. I didn’t have one on hand, so I used a bigger box and then cut it down. No matter what size box you start with, you won’t need the bottom cardboard flaps, so cut them off with a box cutter.

2) You’ll need a hole at the top of the box to put your head through, and two holes on the sides for arms. I put the two top flaps together and used a mixing bowl to trace a circle, then cut it out with a box cutter. Use a smaller bowl to make arm circles.

3) Next, tape up the box with packing tape. It can be clear or brown — you’ll end up covering it in the next step. The goal is an 18″ square box with a place for a head and two arms — no bottom.

4) Use a can of black spray paint and cover the whole thing.

5) Take cardstock sheets in red, yellow, green, blue and white. Cut nine 5″ squares from each. Use double-sided tape to attach them to the black cube. There will be a little less than an inch of black between each square and around the sides.

6) When the squares overlap the arm or head holes, turn the box over and use and exacto knife to cut the excess.

7) That’s it! Not counting drying time, the whole project took about an hour and a half.

Happy Halloween!

Homemade Rubiks Cube Halloween Costume DIY. Cheap and easy!Homemade Rubiks Cube Halloween Costume DIY. Cheap and easy!

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1 Tanya October 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

These are so cute! I love Baby June’s.


2 Amy3 October 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

Great costumes! Hope the kids (and you) have a fab Halloween. And I love June’s little feet. So cute!


3 peggy October 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

fantastic pictures! your kids are hilarious and will have so much fun… yay!
and the first pic of June is awesome…

Thanks for the DYI as well…



4 Sarah Buttenwieser October 30, 2010 at 11:50 am

Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute, cute kids. TImes six.


5 Jes October 30, 2010 at 11:51 am

I adore the Halloween costume posts you’ve created over the years! (I think the Paperbag Princess costume stole my heart – I loooooved that story when I was little!)


6 kristin October 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

These costumes are so great! Love the pictures- what a fun looking family you have. Happy Halloween!


7 Gisela October 30, 2010 at 11:59 am

Gabrielle— how grand that your kids are as creative as you :)
Their costumes are all sooooo much better than anything store-bought!
I ventured into an IParty for my 13yo daughter who wanted to be Tinkerbell, and our only options were baby-ish or streetwalker. There was not a single appropriate outfit for a teen in the entire store. We ended up buying a set of wings and she made the rest herself. Thanks for showing us wonderful ways to create fabulous things that retain the magic of childhood for Halloween.


8 Sherri October 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Happy Halloween! Love these costumes!


9 Isabel @AlphaMom October 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Love them all! Happy Halloween, sweets.


10 laurie magpie ethel October 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

My son Ben, (currently a freshman in college) wore that same style Rubik’s cube in elementary school. After Halloween it went into the attic. It was one of those costumes that he could pull out and never really outgrow. (he wore it once in middle school and to a high school party). Great costumes and Happy Halloween!


11 Zandri October 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Brilliant! Love these. you clearly had an amazing time!


12 Jaimie October 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm

loving the rubik’s cube! i was a lego once when i was a kid. basically the same thing, only we spray painted the box and some plastic cups that we had glued on red. easy!


13 Jen lewis October 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Adorable costumes for some adorable kids!!


14 Damaris October 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I was wondering what baby June would be. She is so cute.


15 Marta October 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I was a Rubik’s cube in 1985 (5th grade for me!). Classic! Love all of these, and they make a great ensemble!


16 Ann October 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Great! I laughed because I recently broke my kid’s rubik ice. I’m not sure that’s how you spell it. They were not too upset with me. My kid’s costumes are not as creative as yours! They are Iron Man 1 and 2 (store bought) but my husband bought some cool flat LED thingies to attach in their costumes so they appear to glow from their cores! I’m going to be a witch and having family over and I have bought waaaay too much candy. I went a little crazy this year. Happy Halloween!


17 Nancy October 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I’ve never noticed Design Mom use the term “after the jump” before this post. It may be fairly common, but I’ve always thought it sounded silly. Maybe I’m Amelia Bedelia or something taking it way too literally. Is there a jump? What is it exactly? Does it make sense to just say, “click here to read more”? Hope I don’t sound nit-picky. Just curious!


18 Jenny October 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Just adorable!!


19 hailey babcock October 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I love the costumes. Did you make the rubix cube? My husband wants to be that for his christmas work party. It is 80′ s theme:)


20 hailey babcock October 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Haha! Clearly I didn’t scroll down enough to see the directions for it right in front of my face. Oopsies!


21 Melanie October 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

The Rubik’s cube turned out quite stellar.


22 Heather October 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm

You’re the best! And your family is so great…your kids seem so fun, smart, and creative…where did they get that from?!!
Happy Halloween!


23 Heather October 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I meant to add a wink after my commment… ;)


24 Hannah October 31, 2010 at 3:10 am

Your kids are absolutely adorable!


25 Design Elements October 31, 2010 at 7:51 am

fantastic pics!


26 Lori October 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

Wonderful and innovative, as usual! 3/7 of our family matched yours this year–I was the Bride of Frankenstein, my 6 year old was a mummy and my four year old was a witch!


27 Marisa October 31, 2010 at 8:14 am

How fun


28 Michelle October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am

I love the Rubics Cube costume, so clever!


29 JulieKP October 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I loved seeing the Rubik’s cube costume. I was a Rubik’s cube in the fifth grade. That was 28 years ago. It was one of my favorites and my mom made it for me. Thanks for bringing back a great memory for me!


30 DianeMcK October 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Wonderful children! Wonderful costumes! So much fun! Happy Halloween :)


31 Happenstance October 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm

What great family photos and memories! They look wonderful. Hope you all have a great and safe night!:)


32 Autumn October 31, 2010 at 5:52 pm

So awesome. Love June’s and Ralph’s best–actually they’re all great. Nice work!


33 Lori MacRae October 31, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Design Mom for great resaon…..amazing costumes …….and then Baby June…..how adorable !!!!!

I miss those days…but had great fun answering the door tonite for all the little ghouls and goblins…..OH and one Justin Beiber !!!!!

Take care Gabby,,,,,
Lori Mac (LSAT Mom……..)


34 Michelle Suleman October 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I love the Rubik Cube idea and it is going in my “possible costumes” folder for next year.

My son’s request this year was a LEGO block so I got off fairly easy as well.


35 Tabitha (From Single to Married) November 1, 2010 at 6:23 am

Fantastic costumes – I love them!!


36 Ashlea Walter November 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

Wonderful. I absolutely LOVE the Rubik’s Cube costume and thanks for making it look not-toooo-challenging. Happy November! I’m grateful for your blog.


37 bdaiss November 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

Awesome! Love them all! That toothless clown is especially adorable. : )


38 Chris November 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

wicked! such fun times and wonderful memories this gang will have.


39 Laura November 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

These costumes are so fun, very well crafted! My little guy was Oscar the Grouch. You can see my handy work on my blog….www.littlefrills.tumblr.com


40 Petra Morvay November 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Fun costumes:) Betty is super sweet!


41 Renee November 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Your kids are so great to pose for these fun pics! How lucky you are that they all love Halloween and being creative as much as you do! I hope my little ones continue to let me make their costumes when they get older, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Here’s our family this year as Peter Pan characters: http://boldmom.com/2010/11/01/never-grow-up/


42 Melissa November 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Great Halloween costumes! I was so lazy this year. Penelope didn’t really look like anything, even though we were all dressed up as “double rainbow”.

I’m so impressed that you thoughtfully prepped/made SIX fabulous Halloween costumes! You’re my hero. The rubik’s cube is awesome.


43 Sibylle November 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

Happy halloween to the whole family!


44 bettijo @ PagingSupermom November 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

Love the rubiks cube idea!


45 Jenika (Jenna-Ka) October 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

Your Kids Are ADORABLE And the Rubik’s Cube ,Classic Well Happy Halloween Booooooooo!!!!!!


46 Nickie October 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The white and yellow sides are opposite, as are the red and orange, and green and blue.


47 Whatever October 31, 2011 at 1:02 am

Like we have that junk laying around the house… I’d rather shell out a buck at the 99c store just up the street!


48 Angl October 31, 2011 at 8:46 am

My mother made a Rubik’s cube costume for a neighbor in 1983. She was adorable. The costume was perfect for her, as she was in a wheelchair and desperately wanted to go trick-or-treating . I think the only thing that looks the same is the tape between the squares.


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50 Natalie October 9, 2015 at 9:04 am

I’d love to know if you have a tutorial or tips/ideas on how you made the mummy costume. It is awesome! I think my older son would love this!


51 Jessica October 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The rubix cube costume looks great. I’m not great at doing DIY costumes, but this one seems quite doable! Wish me luck!


52 Dima October 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm

This is a great DIY costume. I want to try this, but I was wondering if it’s important to spray paint the box. I am planning to cover all of it with tape and the coloured sheets. What do you think? Can I skip this step to save time?


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