Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DIY: Quick Halloween Costume - Gumball Machine

Just wanted to do a quick post of a Halloween costume idea for those of you who are scrambling to get a costume by Friday and now there's no time to order it from Amazon! I think this idea is so cute and doesn't require any sewing.... just glue... a lot of glue.

  • Spaghetti strap top 
  • Red skirt
  • Medium-size Pom Poms
    (I couldn't find just medium-size ones, so I bought assorted packs that consisted of mini, medium, and large ones. I bought 7 assorted packs, and 5 individual packs of just red and white colors)
  • A piece of black, gray, and white felt 
  • Hot glue gun and refill glue sticks
    (I originally bought fabric glue, but it doesn't dry fast enough so the pom poms kept falling off! Hot glue is so much easier and faster)
  • Sharpie

The Quick and Dirty:
  • Where I bought my materials and cost: 
    • Spaghetti strap top - Forever 21, $1.90
    • Red skirt - Forever 21, $4.90
    • Pom Poms - Walmart, $0.97 per packet
    • Felt - I already had some, but Walmart has these too
    • Hot glue gun - I had this as well, but Walmart or CVS has this
  • Total Cost : ~ $20
  • Time to put together: 
    • About 2 hours. I was watching Project Runway as I was making mine, so I was a bit distracted! 

  1. Try on your top with your skirt and use a safety pin to mark off where the top meets the skirt. This is where you want the pom poms to stop.
  2. While you still have the outfit on, lay the gray felt down over the skirt and determine how big you want your dispenser to be. Keep your skirt on. 
  3. Cut your felt pieces and glue the parts (e.g., coin holder, knob, chute) onto the gray felt. Now originally, I used the fabric glue to glue the felt pieces on, but when I went to try on the skirt later, since the skirt is stretchy and the felt is not, it ripped the felt piece right off! I ended up hot gluing the felt pieces onto the skirt while I had it on so that the stretch was maintained.
    Disclaimer: Do not burn yourself while doing this! You may want to put a towel under the skirt to add additional layers between the hot glue and your skin... Wait a little bit before taking off the skirt so that the glue is dry. 
  4. While the top is not on you, hot glue the pom poms onto the top. I originally wanted to have the pom poms go all the way around but I didn't have enough pom poms, so I just did the front! 
  5. Once the glue is dry, try it on and admire your handiwork! 
And a silly vine of my gumball machine costume! (click bottom right corner for sound)  

I got my inspiration from Rachel's post from Life Unsweetened; check out how she made her costume!

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