How to Make Your Own Beer Can Costume

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If you you're on the hunt for some DIY Halloween costume inspiration, try this simple beer costume idea.

To make your own homemade costume, you will need to have basic sewing skills and intermediate computer skills. Although this project isn't difficult, it could take a couple of hours. You don't need to know how to use a sewing machine to make a beer costume, but it will speed up the process.


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This easy costume would be a hit at any costume party, Halloween beer festival or pub crawl.

Things You'll Need

  • Collapsible hamper

  • Sewing machine/needle and thread

  • Scissors

  • Tape measure

  • Silver fabric

  • Computer and stable internet connection

  • Printer

Cut the Hamper

Cut off the bottom lining of the collapsible hamper. The hamper will serve as the skeleton of the beer can costume. Your arms will go through the top handles of the hamper, which will be your shoulder straps.


You can wear a tank top, t-shirt or hoodie underneath, depending on whether you'll be outside trick-or-treating or inside at a

Take Your Measurements

Measure the hamper's circumference and height. Add 2 inches to both measurements and cut the silver fabric this length and height. For example, if the hamper measures 26 inches tall and 36 inches around, cut the fabric so it is 28 inches tall and 38 inches long.


Fold Your Fabric

Fold the bottom and the top of the silver fabric over 1 inch; pin the fabric in place. Sew the hem on each side of the fabric using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Fold the silver fabric 1 inch at one of the long ends, making sure the fold is facing the same way as the top and bottom folds. Pin the fabric in place and sew it using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.


Find or create an image you would like to use as your beer can's logo online (Budweiser or Bud Light beer, anyone?), or use a clip art program. You can customize your own Halloween beer logo for an extra dash of spooky spirit.


Make the graphic big enough to fill an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper. Print the image onto two of the special sew-in fabric sheets, one each for the front and back of the can. Trim the excess sew-in fabric sheet around the logo.

Place the graphics you just printed onto the silver fabric, centering the images so they will be seen on each side of the beer can costume when it is complete. Pin the graphics into place and sew them to the silver fabric using a slipstitch around the border.


Add the Final Touches to Your DIY Costume

Pin the silver fabric around the hamper so the seam runs on the side of the costume under one of the hamper loops. Make sure the stitched end of the fabric overlaps the raw end when lining up the seam.


Hand-sew the silver fabric to the top and bottom of the hamper. Stitch the side seam of the fabric to the hamper as well. Trim any excess threads.

Soak Up the Halloween Party Praise

You'll be the centerpiece of any Halloween party with this incredible (and potentially last-minute) DIY costume! For some added party-night fame, make this a couple's costume or group costume.


Added variations of this idea could be a beer bottle costume, beer keg, beer mug costume or giant red solo cup costume for beer pong. With this framework in place for creating your own beer costume, your options are limitless.


Do not use copyrighted images for your beer can’s logo.