There's nothing worse than a looming fancy dress invite combined with a total inspiration mind blank. These ideas work for anyone: couples, kids, singles, and they're all sure to get you in the festive spirit. 

For individuals

 

Christmas tree

Christmas tree
Image via Heathie Pants

Combine the ultimate Christmas jumper with a truly festive costume.

All you need is a green jumper, some tinsel, baubles, a star and basic sewing skills. 

Instructions on creating your Christmas tree costume here

 

Candy cane 

Candy cane
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This sweet costume is really simple to make and only requires duct tape and cardboard. Perfect for a last minute fix. 

Instructions for creating a candy cane costume here

 

Ghost of Christmas past

Christmas Carol
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A simple ghost costume is all you need to pull off this outfit.

If you're seriously short of time, up the comedy factor with the classic sheet with holes in look. 

Alternatively, team up with some friends for the full Christmas Carol cast. 

Instructions for making your own ghost of Christmas past costume here

 

 

For couples

Chimney and fireplace

chimney and fireplace
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The idea for this costume is simple, but seriously original. Here's how to create a moving image fireplace sweater using an iPad:

 

 

Buddy and Jovi

Buddy and Jovi
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Inspired by the Christmas film Elf, this couple's costume is one for the more adventurous crafter. 

Here's how they created the costumes

 

 

For families

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch stole christmas
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Transform your family into Dr Seuss's Whos of Whoville with this adorable costume idea. 

This works particularly well for large families, as you can have as many Whos as you like, but also works well with just the Grinch, Cindy Lou and Max the dog. 

Here's how to create your own family of Whos

 

Frozen

Frozen family costume
Image via A Herbert Family

You'd be hard pressed to find children not enchanted by Frozen. 

This family avoided costume envy by having two Elsas—double the magic, half the drama!

Read about their Frozen costume creation here

 

 

For children 

 

A Christmas dove

There are lots of ways to make this adorable costume.

The version in the video above uses cardboard, but floaty material works just as well. 

Get instructions for a floaty dove costume here

 

Santa's little helpers

Elves
Image via Martha Stewart

This costume will keep little ones nice and cosy.

These simple steps even include instructions on creating your own pointy elf ears. 

Get the instructions for creating your own elf costume

 

Read more: 10 adorable pets who got dressed up for Christmas

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