Who's excited for the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi? Me, me!!! I know some people have been critical that the new movies follow a similar plot to the old ones, but I've loved them anyway. I guess I'm just a sucker for a predictable story line with familiar characters and exciting adventures. In honor of the new movie and just in time for Halloween, I'm sharing a super simple tutorial for a Rey costume.
It's that time of the year again . . . Spooktastic September! You know I love sharing ideas for Halloween, but because I've just moved into a new home, I won't be able to dedicate the whole month to the holiday this year. Sad. I know. I'll give you as many Halloween ideas as I can, but I've got a whole house full of boxes to unpack, so I'll have to focus on that, too. To satisfy your taste for all things Halloween, be sure to check out my past ideas.
Simple Rey Costume Idea
And now, back to Rey! Her costume is so basic that there is no need to go out and buy an expensive costume. (I'm so cheap that I never buy a costume if I don't have to!) If you have a Deseret Industries, Good Will or thrift store nearby, you'll probably find all you need there!
Here's your shopping list:
- 1 brown or tan twin sheet or long piece of fabric (long enough to fall to the ankles when draped over the shoulders)
- light tan or light gray short-sleeved t-shirt
- grey leggings
- leather or leather-like belts or purse with belt-like straps
- boots (the more beat up the better!)
- tight-fitting white, cream or tan long-sleeved shirt (you only need the sleeves), ace bandages, long socks, or strips of scrap fabric (for arm wraps)
Now head to your closet and your local thrift store to see what you can find. I bet you can find what you need for under $10. (Assuming you have some of it in your closet already.)
The t-shirt and pants are pretty easy. Just get as close to the colors you want as possible. If you can't find short leggings, simply pull them up or cut them off and tie them just under the knee. The great thing about Rey's costume is that it's supposed to be old and ragged, so old clothes are perfect.
For the brown robe, drape the fabric or sheet over your "Rey's" shoulder and cut it to the length you want. Next, lay it out on the floor and cut it in half so that you have two long pieces. Drape one over each shoulder and crisscross them in the front. Use belts or purse straps to secure them at the waist. (We used a purse strap. It was perfect because it looked like two belts.) If you are really ambitious, you can also cut up a leather or brown purse to make a storage bag to attach at the waist. We ran out of time and energy and left that off the costume.
For Rey's arm bands, you have several options.
- Use the sleeves of a tight-fitting long-sleeved t-shirt
- Wrap the arms with ace bandages or strips of cloth
- Cut the feet off of knee socks
Use the cheapest option and what you have around the house.
If you don't have boots that will work for the costume (ours weren't perfect, but they were good enough!), again try Good Will. Ugg style boots have been around for a while, and you're bound to find some beat up pairs at a thrift store. (Or borrow from a friend!)
Rey's hair can be faked super easily. I have no idea the real method to create her official Hollywood style, but I like to wing it. Here's my method:
- Divide the hair into three sections and try to include roughly the same amount of hair in each section.
- Starting at the top, create a ponytail with the first section. Instead of pulling the hair all the way through, leave a loop that sticks out a few inches away from the head. Wrap the extra length of hair around around the loop and hair tie, and pin the ends in place.
- Repeat with the other two sections.
That's it! Easy peasy.
I'm sure you're wondering about Rey's staff. Unfortunately, that's not quite as easy a DIY. Boo and her Dad made that together, and it took quite a bit of work. They researched it on the internet and made it from PVC pipe and a bunch of odds and ends. If that's a bit out of your league, find a broomstick or pole at a thrift store, paint it black, and tie some rags to it.
Seriously. This costume was so simple! What do you think? Will you buy it or DIY it? If you run out of time and decide you want to buy, here are some great options from Amazon. (These are affiliate links. Your price doesn't change, but I earn a tiny percentage if you buy.)
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Have a great week!