Make Your Own Purim Costume

How to be the life of the Purim party.


Purim is a great opportunity to express your inner artist. Instead of buying a pre-made costume, renting something expensive, or settling for last year’s outfit, consider making your own costume. With a little creativity and some simple materials, it’s easy to be the hit of the Purim party.

Costumes from the Purim Holiday

Everyone loves the classic Purim costumes: Esther and Vashti queen outfits, the royal attire of King Ahasuerus, and Haman in menacing-looking garb. But there are other Purim-themed ways to dress up.
make your own costume
Consider going as mishloach manot, traditional Purim gifts. You can turn yourself into a walking gift basket with a quick trip to the gift wrap aisle. You’ll need:

-Brightly colored, non-matching shirt, pants (or skirt), and belt
-Clear cellophane
-Multicolored ribbon
-Packaging from festive foodstuffs such as candy bar wrappers, cookie boxes, etc.
-Super glue

Glue or tape food packaging to the shirt. Measure, cut, and glue cellophane to create a tube that can fit around your waist and chest. This can either be the length of a dress or a shirt, depending on how you want to wear it and how much cellophane you have.

Use the blade of the scissors to curl the multicolored ribbon (alternatively, you can buy pre-curled ribbon).

After putting on the shirt and pants, slip on the cellophane. Secure to your body with the belt. With help, tie the ribbon into a large bow across your chest or waist. Additionally, streamers of ribbon can be tied into long hair.

Another way to get into the Purim spirit is to dress up as a bottle of wine:

-One “construction grade” large paper bag for yard trimmings (found in any home improvement store)

Famous Jews

Jeans and a “Super Jew” t-shirt from ModernTribe or PopJudaica are an instant Seth Rogen costume. A black tux, sunglasses, mustache, and an open collar revealing a large, gold Judaica necklace make a great Sammy Davis, Jr. costume (be sure to wear dancing shoes and carry a martini glass). Albert Einstein’s disheveled professor look can be recreated with black dress pants, a white button-down shirt, and an oversized sweater stuffed with newspaper for a plumper look.

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Patrick Aleph (also known as Patrick A) is a freelance writer and activist, using technology and pop culture to bring Jewish spirituality to people who are disconnected from traditional Jewish life. Aleph is also the singer for the punk rock band Can!!Can and founder of

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