Affordable Mardi Gras Costume Ideas

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Posted on 02/13/2012

In New Orleans parades happen just about every day in February, but Mardi Gras officially falls on Tuesday, February 21 this year. With communities all over the country participating you definitely don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy some festive fun. Chances are most of your wardrobe is far too dull to celebrate properly so here are some low cost Mardi Gras costume ideas.


Homemade Pirate Outfit Pirates are popular Mardi Gras get-ups. Peruse your closet for a puffy white shirt, black pants and some gold jewels. Finish it off with beat up boots and a few affordable accessories from buypiratecostumes.com like the eye patch and earring set for just $2.99.


Low Cost Jester Costume
Jesters are another popular Mardi Gras costume choice. And there are many ways to wear a jester outfit. You can be a friendly, funny jester like this one from buycostumes.com. Or you can be an evil jester like this one from CostumeCraze.com. The evil jester costume is currently half off, plus you can enter code HAPPY5 at checkout to score an additional 5% off your purchase of $20 or more.


Creative Kings and Queens
Kings and queens are more traditional takes on Mardi Gras outfits. But they can be creative, too. Fashion a cape out of fabric—preferably in a shade of purple, green or gold. These are traditional Mardi Gras colors representing justice, faith and power. Be sure to add a flashy crown and plenty of jewels.


PureCostumes.com Clearance
For less than $15 you can find costumes on clearance at PureCostumes.com. The Madam Destiny Adult Costume and the Little Harlequin Toddler Costume for kids are both significantly marked down.


DIY Mardi Gras Mask
Mardi Gras masks can get expensive, but these creative head pieces can also be fun to make at home. Using supplies like cardstock, glitter, feathers and Styrofoam plates you can make a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras mask. Find inspiration and simple instructions at Abigslice.com.


Go Crazy with Accessories
Instead of creating a specific Mardi Gras costume, just add fun accessories like feather boas and colorful beads to the craziest outfit you own. Score 72 necklaces for just $3.50 at mardigrasspot.com. Pick up a dozen feather boas for $13 at OrientalTrading.com. And there’s no reason why you can’t reuse these fun accessories when Mardi Gras comes around again next year.


By Alison Storm


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