I know there are a lot of people out there [like me] who don’t have the money or the time to either buy costumes or make them. There are a few things you can do. Here are some steps.
1) Figure out who you want to cosplay as
2) Look in your closet or someone else’s to see if you have anything even //slightly// related to what they wear
3) If they do, take it out and see what you can do
I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to be like “what do I do next?” Well, you build it up! If you need props, you can use a lot of materials! For a staff, I used pvc pipes and paint! Making a bow is easy as well – just use a wire as a base and use newspaper to wrap around it. Editing a lot of clothes is actually fairly simple. I’ve created a costume out of pure materials I found at home – A jacket, duct tape, pants and a shirt. Simple, right? You just have to have the materials to edit said outfit and be able to do that from now on.
Another thing – if you’re going to cosplay, you need makeup. Male or female. It can be used to make the face clearer, or just to make it look a lot more like said character. Eyeliner is basic – also some skin toning might help.
Now, as it comes for wigs if you’re going to use them. Keep them in a container and away from animals. If they’re a long wig, make sure to keep them in a plastic bag so they don’t tangle themselves up with the other wigs [if you have any other]
Overall, it just comes down to time and hard work. Don’t put what you’re working on until last and make sure you have everything completed by the time you need to use it.