Loofah Halloween Costume

loofah costume

To this date, this is my favorite Halloween costume that I’ve ever worn. It was such a genius idea, but ended up taking a lot more time and resources than I thought it would. However, it was totally worth it in the end with all of the compliments I received. I suggest making this costume if you’re a creative person who has quite a bit of time on their hands. Scroll down for directions on how to make the costume yourself!

loofah halloween costume


DIY Loofah Halloween Costume


What You’ll Need:

– a box of about 100 safety pins

-a short tube-top dress (preferably in the color you want the loofah to be. I only had a black one, so I had to use that)

– a piece of rope (long enough to fit around your neck)

– 30-40 yards of tulle fabric in your choice of color (it’s better to buy more than less- I learned this the hard way and had some empty spots on mine. This also depends on your size.)



    • Cut the tulle into manageable pieces and bunch/crumple the fabric together, forming what looks like a bath loofah.
    • Secure each bunch of tulle fabric onto the dress/shirt with a safety pin. You may need to use a few pins for each bunch to keep it together and keep the shape. Make sure when you pin the tulle bunch to the dress that you aren’t scooping up a lot of the dress in the pin- otherwise it will bunch up your dress and you won’t be able to fit in it (this part is hard to explain, but if you mess up- you will know what I’m referring to!
    • Try on the dress periodically to make sure it’s fitting and that it looks okay. If you have a friend to help pin- that’s great!
    • Once you’re done pinning and you don’t see any noticeable empty spots, cut a section of white rope long enough to fit around your neck
    • Secure the rope to the top of your loofah dress with a hot clue gun, safety pins, or a needle and thread. This will be the rope/handle of the loofah. You can tie the two ends together at the back of your neck to secure your new rope necklace

You’re done! You can add bubbles, some glitter spray for a wet appearance, or don a shower cap for extra appeal.

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  • http://twitter.com/SenseofCents Michelle

    I’ve been thinking about doing this! I love this idea.

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Michelle!

  • aliciafashionista

    So cute and such a coincidence!  My friend JUST told me a few weeks ago that she wanted to do this for Halloween.  Will have to send her this DIY tutorial :)

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Aw it was definitely a hit with everyone and really fun to make!

  • Andrea Cerqua

    This is awesome! Such an original idea, have a great day!

    xoxo andrea 

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Andrea!

  • http://www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.in/ Heather

    Ha – how cute are you!?  I actually hate dressing up for Halloween, but you look adorable :)


    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      thanks Heather!

  • http://twitter.com/nikmariec Niki

    This is a fabulous costume!  It is probably my favorite halloween costume that I have ever seen!  I love it!  What a great idea!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      That you Niki, that is SUCH a compliment! :)

  • Nicole Schwalge

    bahahahhahahaha that is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I love the ideA!!! And I love making my own costume… 

    xoxo Nicole ReneSimply Savannah Events

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Nicole!

  • http://feathersfreckles.blogspot.com Feathers & Freckles

    Haha! How funny! I’ve never seen a Halloween loofah before, so cute and creative :) 

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you!

  • aloynd

    DIY costumes are the only way to go. Too funny, my friend and I were just talking about how cute this idea is, yours looks awesome!

    xo Annienewenglandromance.blogspot.com

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you Annie!

  • Maya McDonald

    Rachel – this is cutest idea! You come up with the best costumes (plus, not many people can rock a loofah like you can!). Awesome post :)

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you so much, you are so sweet Maya!

  • Kristina Anderson

    My friends and I are all being loofahs for Halloween this year!  I’m worried about not being covered enough, think I’m going back to the fabric store this weekend to buy some more material 😉


    Kristina does the Internets

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Ah awesome! Let me know how they come out

  • Lauren

    Such an original idea! You’re too cute.

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you Lauren!

  • http://kitchenclosetheart.com/ Maria

    So adorable! It does seem time consuming, but the end result make it worth it.



    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      I poked myself a lot with the safety pins, but it was worth it!

  • Stephanie @twenty-something

    This is AMAZING! After reading your post the other day I was really hoping you’d do a post on this costume. You’re so creative and this is such a cute idea!


    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you Stephanie! Glad to know you picked up on the previous mention 😉

  • http://www.alwaysmaylee.com/ Always Maylee

    Omg, you are amazing. I LOVE this costume, so cute and fun! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks so much- amazing is a little too much for me :)

  • http://www.rachelslookbook.com/ Rachel

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this costume! I saw it on Pinterest a few weeks ago and thought HOW CREATIVE! I would have totally complimented you if I had seen you!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      I did it a few years ago and now it’s become so popular! Thanks Rachel!

  • http://twitter.com/lpfashionista LaPetiteFashionista

    you are SOO creative! i usually like to DIY mine as well! i will sadly be traveling halloween weekend and missing out on festivities.. so SAD!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Aw bummer!

  • http://profiles.google.com/megmouch Meg Henning

    rachel do you know how much i love your costume!! very creative, love it love i!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks so much Meg!

  • http://twitter.com/lil_white_whale Gloria

    Haha this is so clever!! Love!

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Gloria!

  • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

    Thanks so much!

  • FierceandFashionable

    OH MY GOSH, what an adorable and original idea! Hahahaha Nice :)

    Fierce & Fashionable

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you Michelle!

  • Kacie Ellis
    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Kacie!

  • Lindsay Rickerd

    This is the first year that I’ve seen this done and it’s so clever! Love it.

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you Lindsay!

  • Nicole Melvin

    See?! Costume creativity queen! Love it :)

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      You’re the best!

  • A J

    So cute and creative!! Thanks for sharing!


  • Jenee Chen

    Oh my goodness you look so stinkin cute! And that costume is so original. Looking forward to what you come up with for this year. Loving all these holiday themed posts lately. Btw you look so pretty in the first picture, totally rockin the loofah. 
    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thank you so much Jenee!

  • http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/ Jeans and a Teacup

    haha…that’s a really cool halloween costume! Way to go! 

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Jessica!

  • darbyobvi

    OMG this is TOO cute!! LOVE it! And I also love all of your halloween posts! It is making me SO excited for it!!
    xoxo Darby
    Obviously Obsessed

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Darby! There are a few more to come

  • Rachel Taylor

    omg haha this is hilarious!!! what an awesome idea! and you know no one else will have the same costume since it’s DIY! (Unless all of us readers now show up at the same party haha)



    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Rachel Taylor

    LOL is your friend the kate+8 lady!?!?! hahaha

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      YES! haha it was a hilarious costume

  • http://twitter.com/20YS Twenty York Street

    Very, very cool! Love this idea and it sounds like I can actually do this!
    Thanks for the idea!

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  • Katie Wilkes

    I’m planning to do this for halloween this year! I’m super excited–how long did it take you to make it?

    • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

      Awesome! It took a good 4-5 hours but once you get the hang of it, it goes by much quicker!

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