10 ingenious Halloween costumes made from recycled junk

October 13, 2016 by  
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When it comes to Halloween, Americans aren’t spooked about buying new costumes or decorations. According to the National Retail Federation , Americans are predicted to spend over $8.4 billon on Halloween goods in 2016 – higher than any year in history. One way to stop contributing to the inevitable waste is to get crafty and make your own costumes out of things you have lying around the house. Here are a ten unique, inspiring costumes made out of recycled junk that are sure to impress on Halloween. 1.Soda Tab Monty Python Black Knight Here’s some brilliant repurposing — the chainmail sleeves on this Black Night rendition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail are made entirely out of discarded soda can tabs. The helmet is made from a garbage can and textured with hot glue. Top that off with some coconut shells and you’ll be as good as gold. RELATED: Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse 2. Plastic Bag Warrior Princess We’ve all got stock piles of plastic bags, so why not put them to good use? Those with a knack for sewing can make this crafty costume in a cinch. First attach the plastic bag strips to a bodice and hand sew in layers to make the skirt. Using some yarn left over from over knitting projects, build the breastplates and then paint a cardboard sword so you can rock the real warrior look. 3. Walking Game Board If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, try recreating your favorite childhood board game. This costume mimics the Perfection board game using cardboard boxes , old plastic tablecloths, and cut-out shapes. The pop-out game pieces are made with some old sponges, duct tape, and pill bottles. For the full instructions on this particular outfit, check out this past entry from Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Contest. 4. Game of Thrones Illusion Serious Game of Thrones fans will dig this getup. The ode to King Joffrey has a set of false legs, giving the illusion of sitting when the wearer is actually standing and walking inside the throne. This particular illusory costume was made from cardboard boxes, vertical blinds and palm fronds found in a dumpster. The jacket was fashioned out of old fabric, and the fur trim, pants and boots were picked up at a thrift store. The sword was an old prop the creator had on hand. Related: Announcing Inhabitots’ 2016 Halloween Costume Contest! ENTER NOW 5. Claw Machine This clever getup is an ode to those kooky claw machine games . Simply glue recycled boxes together for the body, refashion old spatula handles for the claw, and throw in some old stuffed animals. 6. Couples Tetris Addicted to Tetris ? To fashion a couples costume, simply paint and glue together eight same-sized cardboard boxes. Then cut holes for faces, arms, and for interlocking the boxes. This costume design requires little time or money to pull off, and your friends will love it. 7. Wall-E This version of the beloved waste-collecting Wall-E robot is crafted entirely out of recycled items. The body, eyes and wheels are made from cut cardboard and the pupils were cut from bottoms of plastic bottles. Everything was assembled with a hot glue gun and spray painted to mimic the adorable bot. 8. Trashcan and Recycling Bin Halloween Costume These brother and sister waste and recycling bin outfits are made partly from actual trash. The bodices are made from recycled boxes and some low-VOC paint, while a disk and cardboard depicts the trashcan lid and an old milk jug becomes a recycling top hat. Add some trash and recyclables, and voila! 9. Lego Mini-Figure Zombie This perfectly undead Lego mini-figure zombie costume is made from recycled foam rubber camping mats. After measuring the dimensions of a toy Lego mini-figure in proportion to your own measurements, simply cut out shapes of the camping mats and hot glue the pieces together. Paint on the oozing Lego head and use an auto window tint for visibility. 10. Spider Attack Here’s an ingenious use for old Halloween decor — the spider attack! This works great for a baby costume, but could also be used with multiple spiders for an adult. Make a “swaddle” out of some stretchy white fabric and top it with oversized spider and webbing decorations. Have your own idea for a fabulous costume made from repurposed junk? Submit it into our Green Halloween Costume Contest !

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LAST CHANCE: Vote for your favorite Green Halloween Costume Contest finalist!

November 3, 2015 by  
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We asked you to submit your incredible DIY costumes to our Green Halloween Costume Contest , and we were amazed with what you came up with. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite costume to win a $3000 VANMOOF Electrified bike ! We’ve narrowed down our entries to the cream of the crop, and the costume that racks up the most votes by the stroke of midnight will win our grand prize – so check out our 17 finalists and vote today ! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME >

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ANNOUNCING Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

November 6, 2014 by  
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This year, Inhabitat readers impressed us once again with an insanely imaginative slew of entries in our Green Halloween Costume Contest – and now after an intense round of online voting, we’re excited to finally announce our winners! Contestants ranged from a scarily accurate replica of the classic board game Perfection to an awesome K9 police car , a hilarious Pixar lamp , and even a 75-pound roast “turkey” . But in the end, it was your votes that decided who would win the grand prize and a brand new Vanmoof B6 bike (worth $848). Hit the jump to see the final results! Read the rest of ANNOUNCING Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: costume contest , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitat green halloween contest diy , inhabitat green halloween contest winners , inhabitat halloween costume contest , make your own costume , Perfection Board Game , Pixar Lamp Halloween Costume , sustainable design , Turkey Dog Costume

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Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

November 6, 2014 by  
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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

November 4, 2014 by  
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All Hallows’ Eve may have come and gone, but our Green Halloween Costume Contest is still going strong! We asked you to submit your cleverest, funniest, and most creative DIY costumes, and we were amazed by what you came up with. From a picture-perfect replica of the classic board game Perfection (complete with popping pieces) to this awesome police car complete with K9,  a cardboard samurai mecha-robot,  a hilarious Pixar lamp , and even a 75-pound roast “turkey” , check out all 16 of our finalists in the running and vote them up to decide who will win a brand new Vanmoof B6 bike (worth $848)! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DIY COSTUME NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: costume contest , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitat green halloween contest diy , inhabitat halloween costume contest , make your own costume , Perfection Board Game , Pixar Lamp Halloween Costume , sustainable design , Turkey Dog Costume , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

October 14, 2014 by  
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The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest ! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle ( worth $848 ) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st , so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below. ENTER OUR GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike , costume contest , DIY , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , make your own costume , sustainable design , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume Contest Finalist!

November 4, 2013 by  
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Heads up trick or treaters! Our Green Halloween Costume Contest drew dozens of creepy, clever and incredibly crafted DIY costumes from across the states – and now that the candy corn is gone it’s time to vote for your favorite! It’s up to you to choose a grand prize winner to receive a Kilo Glow -in-the-dark bicycle ( worth $399 ) from Pure Fix Cycles – will it be this retro-tastic Tetris costume, this spot-on Simpsons family ensemble, or one of our other 18 finalists? Head on over to our Green Halloween Costume Contest and vote for your favorite today! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DIY COSTUME > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bicycle contest , bike , bike contest , costume contest , costume crafting , DIY , diy costume contest , diy halloween costume , glow in the dark bicycle , green design , green halloween , green transportation , inhabitat green halloween contest , kilo glow , pure fix cycles , sustainable design        

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Man Creates £140 a Scoop Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream Using Synthesized Jellyfish Luminescence

November 4, 2013 by  
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Fed up with the likes of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream? An experimental entrepreneur from Bristol (in the UK) has developed a whole range of uniquely flavored ice-cream  for adventurous palates looking to buck the norm. Among his range of flavors include cheddar cheese and roast beer, however it is his ‘glow-in-the-dark’ ice cream that has really raised eyebrows. Read the rest of Man Creates £140 a Scoop Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream Using Synthesized Jellyfish Luminescence Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioluminescence , bristol , flavoured ice cream , glow in the dark ice cream , Ice Cream , jellyfish , Lick Me I’m Delicious , synthesised jellyfish luminescence        

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Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

November 4, 2013 by  
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A new flying robot built to withstand mid-air crashes could play a key role helping disaster victims. The great minds at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne created a flying spheroid robot that can simply bounce off obstacles and keep on moving to deliver goods or aid in search and rescue efforts. A flexible frame allows the robot to navigate incredibly complex environments that could result from a building collapse without the need for delicate sensors. Read the rest of Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , crash happy robot , Disaster Relief , disaster relief flying robots , disaster relief technology , epfl , flying robot , Gimball , Gimball Crash Happy Robot , robot disaster relief , robot search and rescue , search and rescue , search and rescue flying robot , search and rescue technology , spherical flying robot , spherical robot        

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Littlest Marty McFly Goes Back to the Future in Awesome DeLorean Push Car Halloween Costume

November 5, 2012 by  
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Cory Newton-Smith took his son Back to the Future this Halloween with an incredible Marty McFly costume – and he even decked out the toddler’s stroller like a flying DeLorean time machine! The DeLorean’s cardboard frame is built around a Step2 pushcar and it features glowing details, hovering tires, and a time-traveling license plate to match. If you’re a fan of this awesome handmade costume make sure to vote for it in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Costume Contest ! VOTE FOR THIS COSTUME > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to the future , delorean , DIY , diy baby costume , diy back to the future costume , diy halloween costume , green costume , green design , Green Halloween Costume Contest , halloween costume , Inhabitots , kids halloween costume , marty mcfly , sustainable design

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