DIY Woman on $10 Bill Halloween Costume

by |October 20, 2015
Categories: Costume Tutorials, DIY

Ten Dollar Bill Costume


To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment (which allowed women the right to vote), the United States Treasury has announced that in 2020 they will unveil a newly designed $10 bill with a woman front and center. While many had petitioned for the $20 note as the bill of choice to be redesigned, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew clarified that it was more an issue of currency security than the politics of Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton. Opening up the discussion to the public, Lew has stated that the only qualification for the woman on the bill is someone “who was a champion for our inclusive democracy.”

With this easy and affordable $10 bill costume DIY, you can be that woman! Show your pride for democracy, capitalism, and dolla dolla bills with this fun DIY that puts your face on the tenner. Add your name to the prestigious list of candidates such as Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Eleanor Roosevelt. While the new bill won’t arrive until 2020, it’s never too early to start campaigning for yourself. Check out the materials and instructions below for how to create this $10 bill Halloween costume.






What is great about this DIY costume is that it only takes a few subtle pops of green to pull it off.  You don't need to wear an obtrusive cloak or skirt. Simple dark pants and boots along with a green shirt pair well with the greys and greens of the faux-currency. The expression you choose to wear on your face is up to you, but our model went for the stoic look similar to what Alexander Hamilton displays on the current $10 bill.



10 Bill Products Used

Green Face Makeup         Kids 100 Dollar Bill Costume


  • Step 1

  • We didn't have a $10 bill costume on hand, so we made due with a $100 bill that was then digitally edited to appear as a tenner. For your DIY you can simply place some tape over the second zero. This is a DIY - it doesn’t need to look perfect! Besides, people will appreciate your ingenuity.

  • Step 2

  • Cut out ol’ Ben Frank’s face to make a hole big enough to insert your own beautiful visage. You can make the hole big enough to fit your entire head, or just your face. It’s up to you!

  • Step 3

  • To look as realistic as possible, we would suggest painting your face with green face makeup to achieve that faded, green currency color. Our model was not able to paint her full face, so we settled on green lips for a clean, bright pop of color.


While the $10 bill may not be as coveted as the $20 or the $100, it’s still nothing to sneeze at. Putting a woman on a United States bill is a big deal, so there are naturally a lot of very intense opinions surrounding the change. More than a costume, this woman on a $10 bill DIY costume might even spark constructive debate about the role and importance of women in politics! What do you think of the finished DIY project? What woman would you like to see on the $10 bill? No, you can’t nominate your mother.

Gentry Boeckel
Gentry Boeckel

Gentry is an Inbound Marketing Specialist at His favorite costume of all time was his attempt at a Clint Eastwood “Man with No Name.” He found out that ponchos aren’t just good for the dusty West, but come in handy in the cold of a Minnesota October. With the new Star Wars movies about to be released through Disney, he is looking forward to seeing the amazing new helmets, sabers and all-around awesome cosplay based on the galaxy far, far away.

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