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

New Trends in Sublimation Fashion for Women

Changes happen and fashion is one of those things that seem to change as quickly as any. The other morning I was finally awake enough to actually take a look around at the items that are in my wife and I’s closet. I tease my wife about how many outfits she has, but never really stopped to look at what was there. Then surprisingly, I noticed that her closet was full of sublimation garments. I could not believe it, since I am involved in that industry and I have not once made a shirt for my wife. So I started digging around and asked her where she gets the shirts I saw hanging in the closet while being amazed at how we afford such a full array of garments, I was shocked by how mainstream the retailers were who offered these sublimation garments.

Premium S/S Dolman Style TopAt this point my wife was completely befuddled by my sudden interest in her wardrobe and must have thought I was ready to have the “money” talk about all these shirts, but I continued asking questions. She pointed out shirts from Kohls, Charlotte Russe , New York & Co. and then pointed out one from a local factory outlet location, Before+Again Clothing, that only does events a few times a year right in St. Louis. So with that information I set out to reach the folks over at Before+Again Clothing to explore the trends in women’s fashion from people who know about all things having to do with sublimation fashion for women. Joe and Peter from Before+Again Clothing were kind enough to share some details with me about sublimation with women’ fashion. So, let’s dive in to the question and answer session I had with them by email.

Q: When did Before+ Again get started in the women’s apparel market?

A: What began over a 2 year period with countless fabric printing experiments in a one-room shop, eventually led partners Joe Werner, Peter Daneyko and Jon Rianhard, to their eureka moment and the creation of the Before + Again™ label. That occurred in 2008 and our products can now be found in over 1,000 specialty boutiques in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Q: How did you get started in the market?

Premium S/S Dolman Style TopA: The real excitement began when Joe’s wife, Susan, asked if some of her designs could be printed on fashionable and trendy burnout fabrics. Susan and her friends started wearing the new-look tees. That’s when the decision to create the Before+ Again Label began. It was in 2008 the height of the recession, but as a just -in- time manufacturer, our ability to be turn around highly creative pieces with low minimums fit well for a market that was nervous about high inventory levels. And in the fashion business it is key to be able to quickly react to what is on trend now and replenish product vs. waiting months for foreign goods which also require larger orders. Bottom line our equipment, design and production processes allowed us to mitigate risk to stores and give a tremendous amount of creative choice to consumers.

 

Q: What do you see happening in the future in the women’s apparel market?

A: With a lot of new micro-fibers and great new synthetic poly blends we anticipate doing a lot more very creative sublimation printing on a variety of styles and fabrics.

Thermal L/S V-NeckLet’s dive a little deeper into sublimation in the women’s fashion industry. As Joe and Peter mentioned this method of decoration really seemed to take off after 2006, noting that much of it had to do with the economy at the time. Prior to this time, much of the fashion available was mass produced overseas and the big box stores of the days were buying in container loads, if not more. As the world and the economy changed, so did the buying habits of many people. This opened the door for companies like Before+Again Clothing who make a great product in the fashion industry, but do not need to buy a full container to be able to make money. At the same time, our society changed how and what type of clothes we wore. No longer did we want to wear what everyone else was wearing, we wanted to wear clothes that spoke to our individual personality, especially in women’s fashion. This made sublimation a perfect marriage since women could get more personalized clothing and were willing to pay a little more for it. Now companies could produce short runs and retailers could hold less inventory due to sublimation.

smile2Other big changes that really allowed sublimation to grow in the women’s fashion industry were the changes to the fabrics, as well as the burn-out shirts that Joe and Peter mentioned. The burn out shirt is a 50/50 garment where a portion of the cotton in the garment is “burned out” of the shirt with a chemical leaving a nice soft polyester shirt with a little bit of cotton still in it. When decorating these shirts, not only are they really soft and comfortable to wear, but they give you a very unique washed out or “distressed” look. Also, companies like Vapor Apparel changed how the polyester was being woven allowing for a kinder gentler polyester shirt. Companies began to get creative and started pressing shirts that were already sewn together, intentionally leaving the creases in them to give a very unique look. These creases during the transfer process became affectionately known as “smiles” and graphic designers are planning for these in the artwork.

Classic Sleeveless DressThis trend in polyester continues to grow and it does not seem to be declining. Companies like Before+Again Clothing must continue to find the latest designs, fabric and out of the box ways to create new fashion. You see companies like Epson getting into the sublimation market place with printers that are designed around doing textiles and, to me, that says sublimation in fashion is here to stay. Sublimators will start to decorate other items outside of shirts, if they are not already, like scarves, dresses, beachwear, gloves, beanie caps and other wearable items to be more regularly decorated with the sublimation process. Personally, I just need to keep an eye on my wife’s closet (and maybe some of the receipts) and I’m confident I will see all sorts of new trends in sublimation in women’s fashion.

If you would like to know more about Before+Again Clothing, please check out their website at www.beforeandagain.com/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beforeandagain.