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Cute & Simple DIY Gilmore Girls Costume Ideas

All this week I’m sharing simple DIY Halloween costume ideas. All of these ideas are great for teens and older kids and are great last-minute Halloween costumes! Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple Gilmore Girls Costume.

Girl wearing a Gilmore Girls costume standing outside

We love Gilmore Girls. I’m sure I’m not the only one that holds that sentiment. I remember watching it when it was on tv for the first time. I explain to my kids the horror of having to WAIT for the next episode each week. And the even greater horror of realizing that you forgot to hit record on the DVR and realizing you were out of luck and had no way to watch the missed episode.

About the time that Gilmore Girls hit Netflix, my girls and I started watching it from the beginning. We argued over Logan vs. Jess and screamed at the tv each time a character made a decision we didn’t agree with.

My youngest daughter loves Gilmore Girls the most and chose “In Omnia Paratus” as her senior year slogan. I was voting for “oy with the poodles already” but she didn’t agree.

This Gilmore Girls costume is what I call “half DIY’d” it’s created with a combination of DIY’d elements and store-bought clothing.

Teen Halloween Costume Ideas

Having teenagers for the last 11 years I’ve learned the “rules” of teenage Halloween costumes:

  • It should be a costume, but you can look like you tried
  • It shouldn’t be what everyone else is wearing
  • I want my hair and makeup to look mostly normal
  • And one more bonus “mom rule” it can not be inappropriate.

With these 3 rules in mind, we created a Rory Gilmore Halloween Costume.

How To Make a Gilmore Girls Costume


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How To Create the Chilton Sweater

We decided to DIY a Chilton sweater. I love my Cricut machine and designed it to design my “own” version of a Chilton Crest for the cardigan.

What is a Cricut? A Cricut Machine is an electronic cutting machine. It hooks up to your computer via USB or Bluetooth and cuts images you send to it, much like a printer. It just cuts instead of prints. It can cut vinyl, paper, fabric, and much more. The images are all digital; you can upload your own images or buy images in the Cricut Design space individually. You can read my full review of the Cricut Maker Machine HERE.

The actual Chilton Crest is a pretty intricate design so I took a few “liberties” and designed one that I thought fit the mood of the costume. My crest features a lion, the actual one from the TV show is a combination of feathers and symbols. The lion was simpler to cut out and I don’t think anyone except for a mega-fan would know the difference.

If you’d like to make a Chilton Sweater you can get my version of the Chilton Crest in our Cricut Library. I’ve included two versions, one with a lion (as shown) and another one with an eagle and stars that look more like the one from the tv show.

After you’ve cut out the Iron-On vinyl crest, apply it to your cardigan.

The rest of the costume is pretty straightforward. Layer the sweater over the button-up shirt and place the ribbon around the neck. Secure in place with a safety pin or decorative pin.

Here are the twins dressed up for a Halloween party with their friends. Her brother went as a Skeleton and here is the tutorial to make that costume

More DIY Halloween Costumes Perfect for Teens:

How to Make a Hooded Cape

DIY Mad Scientist Costume

No-Sew Alice in Wonderland Costume Ideas

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