Making a Playing Cards Costume

October 29, 2009

Creative, crafty and inexpensive Halloween costume! Could not have cost more than $10 per person for all. My son and his friends decided they wanted to be playing cards for Halloween. Here is how we made it happen. A Queen of Hearts Playing Card Costume




  • Deck of playing cards
  • Self adhesive foam core board
  • Nylon belt straps or wide strip of elastic or material, to staple to tops of boards for shoulder straps.
  • Glitter Glue


Cut foam core pieces to measure 16x20 inches each person needs two boards, one for front of card image. one for back. Enlarge front and back of playing card at local copy shop. We used Kinkos, and enlarged each individual card up to 11x16, the highest we could go for copyright issues. Then, centered the image on sticky side of foam board. Use spare cards to decorate the sides. The girls (as seen in photo) decorated foam crowns with glitter glue.

Source: the crafty creative kids who will be wearing them, and the moms that made it work.

By Kat from Long Beach, CA A Queen of Hearts playing card costume.

A Queen of Hearts playing card costume.
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November 16, 2011

In South Africa, we do not really celebrate Halloween, but that does not mean that we do not enjoy dress-up parties! A few weeks ago I was invited to a birthday, and the theme was a "P-Party."

Woman in Card Clown Party Costume

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October 4, 2011

Here is a site with an excellent set of step-by-step instructions for making a homemade playing cards costume. The materials are easy to obtain and inexpensive, making this a great frugal option this Halloween.

Boy Dressed as a Playing Card


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