Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

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It’s almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids.  So…I’m excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blogging friends to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume!

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My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him.  I just wasn’t in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn’t want to pay the price they were asking for them.  So…I decided to make one.  Problem? I’m not a seamstress.  Not a real one, anyway.  I can sew straight lines–give me basic curtains and pillow covers and I’m fine.   I needed something that would be simple, not take too much time, and still be super cute. I came up with this totally adorable and EASY Tin Man costume, and it just might be my favorite.

I made this in less than 30 minutes, and it’s all straight lines.  You could even do it all by hand if you had to (if you don’t have a sewing machine), but it would take you longer.  It’s also inexpensive–the total cost was around $9.     This fits the bill for all of my criteria…easy, fast, inexpensive, and darling!!!

I think it would be SO cute for a little girl too–add a cute gray tutu and leggings–love it!!!

Seriously…isn’t he the CUTEST????

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-long sleeved gray tee shirt

– 1/4 yard shiny metallic fabric (or more–read directions)

-red felt

-white thread

-silver thread

-funnel (gray if you can find it)



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1.  I bought my fabric a Joann Fabrics–it’s stretchy, with a white back. It was originally $16.99 a yard, but I only needed 1/4 of a yard, plus I had a 50% off coupon, making it only $2 total.  I needed 1/4 yard  so that the square would be wide enough (9 inches across).  This is for a 4 year old, and his tee shirt is a 4T, so if you’re making this for a bigger child, you may need more yardage to get a wider square.   I didn’t need to hem this particular fabric first, which is another major reason I purchased it.  If you choose a material that does have to be hemmed first, make sure you take that into consideration when deciding how much you need.

2.  Cut out a square of fabric to fit the front of the tee shirt. (I bought this one at Walmart for $4).

3.  Cut out a red heart from the felt (I used a felt square–cost 25 cents), and pin it to the corner of the square you just cut out.  Make sure you leave enough room to sew around the edges.

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4.  Thread a needle with white thread, and hand stitch the heart to the fabric.  You can use the sewing machine if you want to, but I love the look of the handstitching.

5.  Pin your fabric square to the front of the tee shirt, and sew around the edges.

6. That’s it!

Now for the hat…

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The hat is a dark gray funnel that we bought at Walmart for $2. If you can’t find a gray one, then just use gray spray paint on whatever color you can find.  There are also shiny tin ones–just check the edges for sharpness first.  There’s a back piece that protrudes from the edge of the funnel (sorry–didn’t get a picture of it), but you can cut it off.  Drill two holes on either side of the funnel–thread a piece of elastic (measure your child’s head first) through the holes and tie a knot on each side to secure it.

I was going to use a pieces of felt around the inside edges of the funnel so it would be softer on his head, but my husband was the one who bought the funnel for me, and he decided to buy weather stripping for the same purpose.  Lol.  So…we used the weather stripping, but you could most definitely use felt.

   My kids dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz last year for Halloween, and I think we may do it again this year, I loved it so much!  I don’t know how many times (or if ever again) I’ll be able to get away with doing a theme, so I’m taking full advantage of it for as long as possible.  It did take a little negotiation with one of them (to remain nameless), but everyone came on board.

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And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration!
101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume



88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com

61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!

Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.

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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

12 thoughts on “Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

    1. Even better–I found a gray funnel so I didn’t even have to paint it! :) But yes, if you couldn’t find a gray one, you can use gray spray paint on any funnel. I always add a little felt around the edges on the inside where it sits on their head, so it doesn’t hurt. Thanks for stopping by!! xoxo

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