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DIY Pirate Halloween Costume for $10


DIY Halloween Pirate Costume on a BudgetLast year, my three year old daughter asked to be a pirate for Halloween. Truthfully, I was kind of excited that she didn’t want to be some princess-like character (like every other girl her age we passed that night). After doing some research online for pirate costumes, I decided instead of spending the money we would just make her costume instead of buying a pirate costume. And, surprisingly, we ended up doing it for around $10 by buying thrift shop items and using what we already had at home!

DIY Pirate Halloween Costume on a Budget

You’ll Need:

White Shirt

Red Sash

Black Pants/Tights

Black Boots (or Black Socks pulled over shoes)

Black Head Scarf

Plastic or Cardboard Sword


Creating Your Pirate Costume

1. Take a trip to the local thrift shop.

My daughter already had a black fitted pants and black boots, so all we needed was a white shirt and a sash. However, you can find pants (even larger ones) at the thrift store and cut them down. We actually bought a women’s dress shirt and I cut it down (made it jagged on the bottom) and pinned it in the back. It was “blousy” on her and worked out really well.

If you need pants, look for black pants of any style (they don’t have to be fitted) and chop them off to the length you need. Be sure to crop them so that they jagged on the bottom just like a pirate who has been out to sea!

Don’t forget to buy a red sash–we found a woman’s red scarf, but a plain red tie will work, too. (And, it serves double duty by either helping to hold the pants up or tying around the blouse.)

If you don’t have black boots, buy an adult pair of black socks, cut out the foot and slip the over the shoes. (Think leg warmers.)

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Total for our thrift shop spree? Around $4

2. Cut down the shirt and pants.

These are used items, so don’t be afraid to cut apart the shirt and pants to make them look more ragged and “piratey.” Again, I shredded the bottom of the white shirt to make it look older. You can do the same with the pants.

3. Make a trip to the dollar store.

We rounded out the outfit by adding things from the dollar store–a plastic sword, eyepatch, and a pirate-like coin purse (tied to her sash). We had a pirate head scarf (from my husband’s outfit a few years back), but you can pick up a black bandana at the dollar store (or use one you have!) and create the same effect.

Total for our dollar store spree? Around $3

4. Don’t forget the face!

I used some of my darker eye makeup and rubbed a little on her cheeks. (I mean, pirates are dirty and smelly, right?)

We had comments from almost everyone that passed us about how cool the pirate outfit was. While I watched the $40 princess get ups pass by, I smiled smugly knowing that I made an awesome pirate outfit for under $10. (Who can believe? I KNOW!)


Do you have any budget-saving Halloween costume ideas? Leave them in the comments!


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