This DIY Pencil Onesie baby Halloween costume was sponsored by the 99 Cents Only Store.
I am a big fan of treasure hunting at the 99 Cents Only stores. My mom and I usually go once a week looking for crazy deals on awesome products. Beyond food and household items that I typically save 50% or more on, I love finding inspiration for craft projects and costumes at the 99.
I found plenty of inspiration for Halloween costumes at my local store. Right now they are stocked to the gills with Halloween decor and costume pieces. Beyond the obvious costume ideas, I like thinking outside the box when creating costumes. I usually wander every aisle looking for inspiration and ideas.
I am not always looking for a perfect costume shirt or accessory, sometimes I create something totally different using a product I’ve found. For example, the really cool leggings that I found at the 99, I turned them into the perfect Bing Bong bow tie. I was so excited to find the perfect print I needed to create my own bow tie. I saved myself quite a bit a bit of money on the Bing Bong costume with that easy craft!
After browsing the store and deciding to focus on my favorite little nephew, I found a yellow onesie and pink hat and was inspired to make him a super cute pencil onesie costume. My sister-in-law is a teacher, too, so it’s the perfect costume for a teacher’s kiddo! Or anyone looking for an easy baby costume on a dime or rather under $5! 😉
I debating back and forth on whether to use duct tape or paint for the project details but duct tape won out. I love working on duct tape projects, it’s less stressful knowing that if I mess up, I can easily to redo it. Paint tends to be a more permanent mistake. Plus I really wanted a shiny silver, not the gray color paint I found at the 99.
Baby Halloween Costume for under $5
This Halloween costume is one of my easiest to date. Check out the details below. I even included a template so you can easily make the number 2 graphic for your own costume.
DIY Pencil Onesie Materials
- yellow onesie
- pink hat
- black duct tape
- silver duct tape
- number 2 pencil graphic template
- parchment paper
DIY Pencil Onesie Instructions
I created a template for the number 2 pencil graphic using an image editor online. You could just draw it but I always do better with a template. Start by sticking a strip of black duct tape one side of a piece of parchment paper. Turn the paper over and trace the template on the back side. Make sure you reverse the template before drawing the design. The parchment paper allows you to draw your design and also easily cut it out. It’s almost impossible to cut duct tape without using parchment paper backing.
Once you’ve carefully cut out the number 2 design, peel the parchment paper backing off and press it firmly on to the onesie.
To add the silver detail on the pink hat, tear or cut the silver duct tape in half lengthwise. You want it to be more narrow than the standard duct tape width. Stretch out the hat by placing it on a ball or upside down bowl before applying lengths of silver duct tape around the edge. If you don’t stretch the hat first, the hat will not stretch to fit your kiddos head once the duct tape is applied.
That’s it you are done! This project could be scaled bigger with a yellow shirt for older kids or created with paint if you prefer to work with that medium.
Keeping my costume and craft ideas budget friendly with products from the 99 allow me to try out every crazy idea without worrying about spending too much money! Even if I don’t have a project in the works, I stop by weekly looking for brand name items at bargain prices. Plus you can’t beat the produce prices at the 99. I rarely find better produce deals anywhere else.