Every Halloween we feel inspired—for a moment—to make our kids’ Halloween costumes from scratch. Then we remember how busy we are, and we quickly order the cutest things we can find on Chasing Fireflies or Pottery Barn Kids.

But for those of you determined to DIY at the last minute, we asked our Scouts and a few crafty pros for tips on pulling together not-totally-from-the-box versions of this year’s most popular costumes for tots.

Angelina Ballerina. It’s easy to be every girl’s favorite dancing mouse: pair pink tights with a pink leotard, and add a gray tail and ears. Finish the look with a sweet pink tutu and a big pink hair bow, then draw whiskers and a little nose on her sweet face.

Woody from Toy Story. Dress your toddling cowboy in jeans and a bright yellow tee or onesie. Top with a vest, red bandana, cowboy hat, and cozy booties.

Piglet. To dress like Pooh’s best friend, match pale pink tights with a pale pink fitted tee or onesie. Layer on a slightly oversized bright pink striped bodysuit (carefully trimming off the sleeves at the seam, if needed). Add a little stuffing to fill out Piglet’s belly and complete the look with a set of Piglet ears.
Captain America. Deck out your little hero in a bright blue shirt, fitted pants, and skullcap. Cut an A-shape and a star out of white adhesive labels and stick them on the hat and shirt, respectively. Add red leg warmers and red mittens or Captain America gloves, and either purchase the “official” Captain America shield or make a small one from cardboard and construction paper (large red circle, smaller white circle, even smaller red circle, small blue circle, and white star).