5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes: Easy DIY Ideas for Busy People

Halloween is less than two weeks away – do you have your costume ready?

Let’s be real: daily life is demanding. When we’re busy with classes or work or running a household, time has a tendency to get away from us. Because of this, sometimes the fun parts of life get put on the back-burner and we end up fumbling around Goodwill two days before Halloween, aggravated because what was supposed to be fun has now become just another stressor.

But never fear – we understand the pain of balancing a million things, so we’ve whipped up some incredibly easy and wickedly fun last-minute DIY Halloween costumes that you can make over lunch using heat transfer vinyl! Almost all of our recommendations require just a T-shirt and a little bit of T-shirt vinyl. Check out our photo examples and discover what you need to create these five simple (yet clever) costumes in our list below.

1. Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packet

Taco Bell Hot Sauce Costume made with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Coastal Business SuppliesSend a spicy message this Halloween – create your own Taco Bell Hot Sauce packet costume! All you need is a T-shirt, some heat transfer vinyl and a Liv Más slogan to achieve this look. Create your saucy tee design, then cut – weed – press – and voila!  You’ve officially got yourself a hot costume.

Want to really heat things up? Stop by Taco Bell on your way out this Halloween and load up on value menu tacos and sauce packets to hand out all night long!

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Orange T-shirt
•   White heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Time (45 minutes + time it takes to run to the nearest Taco Bell)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Get a group of friends and dress up as TB hot sauces together! Mild, Hot, Fire, Diablo – everyone choose a flavor that fits their attitude!

2. Iron Chef

DIY Iron Chef with heat transfer vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Everyone loves costumes based on word play! Put together this clever concept with an inexpensive kitchen apron and a small amount of black T-shirt vinyl.

Want to drive the joke home? Get creative and add cooking accessories to your getup – a spatula, chef’s hat, oven mitt, etc. When talking to other guests at a Halloween party, present them with impromptu challenges and pin them against one another. Hang out in the kitchen a lot.

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Apron
•   Black heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Spatula
•   Oven mitt
•   Chef’s hat
•   Time (45 minutes)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Cook up some funny one-liners to go with this pun-y costume and you’ll be the talk of any get-together. Small talk example:
“How often do you do _____?”
“Periodically.”

3. The Cutest Little Emoji

DIY Emoji Costume with heat transfer vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Still need to get your hands on a kid’s costume? Forget the department store – create a completely original Emoji costume for your little monster with supplies you may already have lying around!

Start with a yellow T-shirt and some black vinyl. There’s a dozen or so Emojis to pick from – choose an expression that portrays your child’s personality. Bring the outfit to life by topping it off with a fun tutu and adding eye-catching accessories.

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Yellow T-shirt
•   Black heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Yellow tutu (here’s a quick DIY tutorial!)
•   Emoji Trick-or-Treat bag (make your own with glitter HTV!)
•   Time (this will vary, depending on how many details you add – to be safe, give yourself a couple hours)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: When addressed while wearing the Emoji costume, the wearer should only respond in a manner that fits their Emoji’s expression.

4. Spooky Skeleton

DIY glowing skeleton made with t shirt vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

You can work a lot of magic with a black T-shirt, a pair of leggings and a couple sheets of white vinyl! Put your graphic design skills to the test and create your own set of bones to press.

Before sending your skeleton design to your cutter, try on your T-shirt and determine ideal HTV placement. Take measurements and apply them to your design file. This will ensure that your rib cage/pelvis/bones don’t end up looking too big or too small.

DIY Skeleton Costume with glow-in-the-dark t shirt vinyl from Coastal Business SuppliesTools You’ll Need:

•   Black T-shirt
•   Black leggings
•   White heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Makeup / tools / YouTube Tutorial
•   Time (one hour + three hours for makeup application if you’re a novice like me!)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Give the neighborhood kids a scare – create your ghoulish getup using GLOW-IN-THE-DARK vinyl

5. Costume Judge

Simple DIY Halloween Costume with heat transfer vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

No time and no money left to spend on Halloween? This Costume Judge tee is the end-all, be-all last-minute Halloween costume – throw it together in no time and show off your sass while saving some cash! All you need is a black T-shirt, some white vinyl and thirty minutes.

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Black T-shirt
•   White heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Time (30 minutes)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Carry around a notepad and pen, and silently judge everyone all night long. Give out full-sized candy bars or small trophies to others for silly-sounding superlatives (“Best Use of Devil Horns”).


Have an easy DIY costume idea of your own? Got any heat transfer vinyl tips? We want to know – share them in the comments below! 

Introducing EMULATE™ and EMULATE SECURE™ Sublimation Paper Sheets

Coastal is excited to announce that we now carry EMULATE™ & EMULATE SECURE™ Sublimation Paper Sheets by Neenah Performance Materials! Designed specifically for desktop sublimation printing, these sheets make life easy for those sublimating hard surfaces and polyester performance apparel. Read on to learn more about the benefits of both!

EMULATE™ – Hard Surface Sheets for Small-Format Production

Manufactured in the USA with hard surface sublimation in mind, Neenah’s EMULATE™ sublimation paper sheets allow for easy desktop production. These Coastal-exclusive paper sheets enhance dye-sublimation transfers with exceptional color reproduction and reduce ink consumption during the process. For those creating hard substrates using a desktop sublimation setup, the EMULATE™ sheets provide consistent results every time.

Other benefits of the EMULATE™ sublimation papers include:

  • Enhances dye sublimation transfers with high-quality color reproduction
  • Manageable non-tack surface
  • Immediate ink dry time
  • Possess exceptional lay-flat properties to prevent unwanted curling during pressing
  • Printed backside grid assists with improving transfer alignment and design registration

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EMULATE SECURE™ – The First Tacky Dye-Sub Paper for Desktops

If you have experience with sublimation printing, then you probably are familiar with the struggles of “ghosting”. Ghosting is a common sublimation concern (especially with desktop printing) – it occurs when there’s a shift in the transfer paper while the panel is still hot, leaving a shadow or secondary image on the final product. The experts at Neenah recognized the impact this can have on production time for those using desktop setups. To combat the frequency of ghosting and registration issues among desktop decorators, Neenah developed EMULATE SECURE™.

EMULATE SECURE™ is the first dye sub paper of its kind to deliver the control given by a tack paper to decorators that primarily use desktop printers. Available exclusively from Coastal Business Supplies in sheets, these sublimation papers are USA-made and possess a tacky side guaranteed to keep them in place during the transfer process. The backside of the paper has a printed grid to assist with improving transfer registration, making it the first dye-sub paper on the market completely designed for efficient small-format sublimation.

Other features of the EMULATE SECURE™ sheets include:

Both the EMULATE™ and EMULATE SECURE™ sublimation paper sheets work great with all desktop printers – try them with the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 or SG800 today!

Ready to improve your desktop sublimation production? Contact our Customer Success Team to learn more about the benefits of using EMULATE™ and EMULATE SECURE™ dye-sublimation paper sheets. Our team of pros will give you the insight and assistance needed to help your business succeed! Give us a call today: (800) 562-7760

Coastal Launches Offering of Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl Sheets [PRESS RELEASE]

ST. LOUIS, MO – Coastal Business Supplies targets the crafting and hobbyist market by offering a selection of Siser heat transfer vinyl products in 12” sheets. Popular colors in the EasyWeed, EasyWeed Stretch and Glitter vinyl product ranges are stocked by the sheet, making efficient and convenient purchasing possible for customers with Silhouette and Cricut setups.

 

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“Our biggest priority at Coastal is offering the products our customers need to succeed and ensuring they get them as quickly as possible,” says Coastal Marketing and Communications Manager Candis Spraul. “We recognized that many of our lifelong vinyl customers utilize desktop production setups for their small businesses and crafting endeavors, so we made it a goal to provide them with supplies that are perfect for their needs.”

Previously, Coastal’s customers could only purchase heat transfer vinyl by the roll. For those individuals seeking the HTV supplies needed for small runs or craft projects with multiple colors, purchasing specific vinyl colors in bulk can sometimes be inconvenient and unnecessary.

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“We realize that the demand for custom one-offs is on the rise, and not every customer is regularly producing large-quantity runs,” says Spraul. “Anyone can get their hands on a vinyl cutter these days and we want to make sure we offer the supplies people need to let their creativity reign – whether that means adding small accents to a larger design, or fulfilling a small order of shirts. Coastal is there to support and supply everyone with the tools for success, from the crafting weekend warriors, to the Etsy start-ups, to your favorite t-shirt store.”

Want to learn more about Coastal’s new selection of Siser heat transfer vinyl sheets? Visit www.coastalbusiness.com or give their Customer Success Team a call at (800) 562-7760.