DIY No Sew Lilo Costume

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 Our kids love Disney costumes and we are really into dressing up for Mickey’s Halloween Party. While we would love to buy outfits from The Disney Store, we typically try to make some Disney inspired costumes at home.  It saves money to make our own costumes and it is a really fun family memory.  Today we are featuring a REALLY easy No Sew DIY Lilo Costume!  You know Lilo right? A silly little girl from Hawaii who befriends a ridiculous space alien and loves the crazy right out of him! My littlest is Lilo through and through and she just had to have a Lilo Costume. Lucky for me a Lilo costume is super easy to make! Everyone knew exactly who she was – the best part was her entire costume was great for everyday wear after dress up was over!

Because our daughter is into dress up and trick or treat, but doesn’t yet have her own ideas we get to pick her costume still. I love that there are so many cute characters with straight dark hair and big brown eyes so we can play up that too! Last year she was Dora (of course!), this year she is sweet and sassy Lilo from Lilo and Stitch.

We feel like Lilo fits our quirky little girl perfectly and I seriously topped myself this year.  If you are here to find a crazy intricate Lilo costume you are in the wrong place. This is my ‘so easy it is practically cheating’ trick or treat costume. Sometimes our costumes are crazy complicated, but this is not one of those costumes. This Lilo costume is super budget friendly and we like to do that as often as possible!

Our Lilo inspired costume is a garage sale find. I found this adorable little dress at a garage sale for 75 cents. You can often find Hawaiian print dresses at garage sales, and I was super excited to find this red dress in the perfect shade of red with big white flowers. This Hawaiian dress is not a perfect replica of Lilo’s red Hawaiian dress, but it is close enough to pass.

Little brown sandals on clearance at Marshalls were great! We try to avoid open toed shoes as often as possible and I found partially close toed sandals that were perfect! At $13 they were well within budget and I am happy that these are not ‘costume’ shoes; just like the dress they will easily be part of her wardrobe after trick or treating is over. Her little footies just went up a size anyway and in Southern California we still have a couple months of sandal weather anyway, so they will serve her well before and after Halloween too!

Last but not least, we of course needed a Scrump doll. All we needed for this was some minty green fabric (ideally pre loved), some buttons, ribbon, and sub par sewing skills.  I had all of these things; especially the sub par sewing skills.

My mom made my daughter this very cute pillowcase skirt about 2 years ago from a 25 cent estate sale pillowcase. It is adorable and it has served her well, but it is the perfect “Scrump Green” so she is letting go of it so it can be made into a funky little doll for her sister. I considered for a second documenting this step but I decided against it.  Basically – get a fabric in a minty green and cut out a scrump form. Sew stuff into the right spot. Poor sewing skills is not a problem, actually a benefit for this particular project.  Stuffing it lumpy isn’t a bad deal either. It is supposed to look like a kid made it. Tada!

This No Sew Lilo costume was about $15 (including buying new shoes!). The kids love to dress up but costumes can be pricey. We have also seen so many DIY costumes, but even those are pricey and super time consuming! While I wouldn’t consider our costumes the fanciest; they are typically super easy, budget friendly, and they always get lots of compliments.