Last Minute Halloween Costume – Witch Tutu

So, trick or treat is RAPIDLY approaching and you realise that you have left it to late to get to the shops or order anything online (worse still, everything is SOLD OUT) and you still need a Halloween costume.

You are not that crafty and you don’t have any fancy craft supplies in the house and yet, it is up to you to make a Halloween costume in the next 30 minutes… and you have to be quick.

Fear not, we are here to help! With the aid of some (recycled) black bin liners, some colourful shopping bags, scissors and some ribbon or string, you can make a fabulous witch’s tutu for either a grown up or child.

Combine it with a black outfit and you are DONE…..  Too good to be true? Read on…..

DIY Bin Liner Witch Tutu Materials


Quick Halloween Costume DIY - Bin Bag Witches Tutu


  • You will need 2-3 bin liners depending on size. I needed two for my 5yr old daughter. A grown up’s will need three and a very  young child will only need one!!
  • Some ribbon or string (long enough to go around the wearer’s waist + enough to tie a ribbon)
  • Scissors
  • Contrasting plastic carrier bags IF YOU WISH
  • Plain clothes – we chose black, but stripey tights or leggings and a purple top would be witch-like too (Don’t have a plain top? Turn a motif-ed one inside out!)

DIY Bin Liner Witch Tutu How To:

From Bin Bag to Last Minute Halloween Costume by Maggy Woodley

Unfold your black (recycled) bin liner. Don’t unravel it like you would when using it for the bin. Keep it flat. This makes it VERY convenient for cutting strips off. Cut a strip and unravel that. The image above shows our first unravelled strips and the cutting of the second one.Bin Bag Witches Tutu - a quick last minute cheap Halloween Costume

Once you have cut your first bin liner up (I suggest doing one at a time, so you don’t cut too much), unravel them all so you have lots of loops and are ready to get tying.

Place one end of the loop under the ribbon.

Then take the other end and push it through the top.

Gently pull it tight but not TOO tight.

Take the next strip and repeat.

NOTE: The key to this craft is to NOT PULL THE LOOPS TOO TIGHT. If they are super tight, you will end up having to add more and more strips than are necessary and it will start looking a bit odd. Keep them secure, but not too tight!DIY Halloween Costume (last minute and cheap!)

This is what one bin liner filled. For a very small child or for a short tutu, you could now cut the strips in half and reuse the bottom half. I decided to keep them long and measure them against my daughter later. Having said that… she LOVES it long and doesn’t want me to cut it!

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Now time to add a recycled splash of colour. Use orange, white or green carrier bags from the supermarket. Cut circular strips as before and add those. Once knotted on (I placed one every 5-7 black strips along), you can cut open the loop at the bottom. Yes they are shorter, but they still look lovely!How to make an easy DIY no sew tutu for Halloween - great last minute witches costume

Gorgeous! And it makes EVER such a nice rustling sound as you walk and feels SUPER TACTILE!

At this point, you can visit our “Make a paper witch hat tutorial” to add extras… but you don’t HAVE TO HAVE a witch hat. You can make a big black plastic bow to decorate your hair, you can rummage around your fancy dress box (we found a spider Alice band) or use a store bought hat. Totally depends on what materials you have to hand and how much time you have!

How to make a witch hatAnd if you have time, you can also make your very own witches wands from old chopsticks (they look awesome!!)

Now gather up whatever plain, witchy cloths you can find… and dress up:


My daughter says she REALLY like the way it feels and sounds.. what a bonus! You can see we left the loops in, but normally I would open them up and also shorten the tutu.. but really, do what YOU like, I followed my daughter’s wishes!!