How To Make A Halloween Costume With Dylon

Halloween is fast approaching and I was just wondering how your preparations were going? Have you bought a pumpkin yet? Have you stocked up on sweets and are your decorations ready?

One of the most fun parts of Halloween is dressing up and if you haven’t got the costumes sorted yet I have a great idea for helping you to design your own.

How to make a halloween costume with Dylon

Dylon have a great range of Halloween colours perfect for designing your very own unique Halloween costume.  All you need is an old dress, maybe something from your’s or your child’s wardrobe or pop down to the local charity shop to see if they have anything suitable for transforming.  An old wedding or bridesmaid dress would make the perfect Halloween costume.

How To Make A Halloween Outfit

Choose The Perfect Halloween Colour

Next choose your favourite Halloween colour from the Dylon range to transform your old piece of clothing.  If you need some inspiration, take a look at one of these Halloween colours that Dylon think are perfect for this spooky night.

  • Emerald Green to make Wicked Ladies From Oz
  • Intense Violet For Spooky Witches
  • Velvet Black For Mysterious Cats
  • Tulip Red For Splattered Blood
  • Goldfish Orange For Perfect Pumpkins
  • Sunflower Yellow and Ocean Blue For Little Minions
  • Tropical Greens For Terrifying Frankenstiens

We chose the Emerald Green to hand dye my daughters dress.

green dye

How To Hand Dye A Dress

how to dye a dress

Hand dying the dress was really easy, even for me. I dissolved the dye in a jug with some warm water first.

In the stainless steel sink I added 6 litres of warm water and dissolved 10 tablespoons of salt into it.  I then mixed in the dye solution.

Then I added the dress to dye.  Simple so far, right?

dying a dress

I was wearing rubber gloves for the whole process, and it really wasn’t as messy as I thought it was going to be.  I mixed the dress into the solution with my hands, and it needs mixing round regularly whilst your dyeing the fabric.

make a costume

The whole process took an hour before rinsing the colour out. I then left the halloween costume to dry.

Then it was a case of adding my design with the Dylon 3D glitter pens. I used red and gold to add a spiders web and spider design.  These pens were really easy to use, even with my limited artistic talent!

How to make a halloween costume with Dye

The glitter definitely needs to dry over night. If you use quite a bit of the glitter in your design I’d give it a couple of days to dry properly and keep it away from little hands.  I found this out the hard way.

girl wearing halloween dress

Making this Halloween costume for a girl was really easy to do and was great for recycling an old outfit. My daughter loves her new Halloween costume and cannot wait to wear it to her Halloween party.  It’s much more comfortable for her to wear than a shop bought halloween costume, and she loves that Mummy made it for her.

We were provided with the materials to make this Halloween costume from Dylon in exchange for this post, but we genuinely had a lot of fun making and wearing it.



  1. October 28, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Wow you super talented! I want to make one for my little girl 😀

  2. October 28, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Oh Mrs I am super impressed! There is no end to your talents, honestly this looks amazing! Well done! Kaz x
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  3. October 29, 2015 / 9:06 am

    That is amazing! I’ve used Dylon occasionally before for very dull things like dyeing towels but love this idea for the dress – like you say, the shopbought ones are often a bit scratchy. But those pens are genius, I love the idea of decorating all kinds of things with that…
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  4. October 29, 2015 / 10:21 am

    How great does this look?! It also means she has a totally unique costume and also, with all the media about how unsafe shop-bought costumes can be, you know this one is much safer for her 🙂 Fantastic! x
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  5. October 29, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Oh wow, what a clever idea! I never thought of creating my own pieces like that- but it’s unique and looks great!
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  6. October 29, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    This is fantastic – much better than the boring Scream costumes that my teens have chosen this year 😉

  7. October 29, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    wow this looks awesome and such a transformation, so effective! xxx

  8. October 29, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Gosh you are clever to make such a bewitching outfit for your little darling out of a plain dress, Dylon and some creativity! Well done you, it’s looks super cute.

  9. October 29, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    This is so clever! I never would have thought of making something myself but I am not creative at all! It came out so well x

  10. October 29, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    What a great idea, Monkey is allergic to anything other than cotton which causes us a lot of problems when I am looking for dress up. Next year I think I will give making our own a go – thank you 🙂
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  11. October 29, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Ah, the costume turned out so well! It’s so much more special now that you made it. We carved our pumpkins today, I can’t believe how quickly Halloween has come around! x
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  12. October 30, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    She looks so cute in her dress, well done you did an amazing job! The glitter pens have definitely come out amazing, and I hope she really enjoyed her Halloween party 🙂
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  13. October 31, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Totally love it! The final effect is stunning.
    This is such a great idea to simply re-do the colour.
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