For some good ideas for last-minute costumes for women, About.com recommends an artist costume, a Barbie costume and a bag of laundry costume. All of these costumes are simple and quick to assemble and are created with items that are typically found in the home.
To dress as an artist, splatter paint all over an oversized white shirt and wear it with a pair of dark pants. Cut out a palette shape from cardboard and paint four or five circles of paint on it. Glue a paint brush to the palette and draw a mustache above your mouth with black eyeliner.
A blond wig and lots of pink clothing are all that is required for an easy Barbie costume, according to About.com. Wear a pink shirt with either pink pants or a pink skirt. Finish the look with light, natural-looking makeup, including pink lipstick, blue eye shadow and rosy blush.
To dress as a basket of laundry, About.com recommends purchasing a light-weight laundry basket. Cut a hole in the bottom large enough to slip the basket over the body. Create suspenders with a clothesline to hang the basket from the shoulders. Clip laundry to the basket with clothespins and fill the basket with empty containers of laundry detergent.