So in the middle of September, I was looking online for Halloween costume inspiration. I knew I wanted to make my costume- and not be a witch, my costume for three years prior- but I didn't know what, exactly, I wanted to be.
I was in the car driving to a restaurant, when I found the costume I wanted. A gumball machine. I saved the image, and about a month later, I turned up at Hobby Lobby with a mission. Here is how to make a Gumball Machine costume of your own- plus tricks I wish I'd known before I started.
- Hot glue gun
- Pom-Poms (I would say, if you're my size or larger, 2 bags of every color you plan to use, plus one mixed bag for accent colors)
- Tank top (get one size larger than the size you actually wear. More on that below)
- Red fabric or red skirt
- Grey felt square
- Knee-High socks (optional)
- Headband (optional)
|What I had to do to the back of my shirt to get it to fit!!!!|
|These are the colors I bought: red, orange, yellow, light green, blue, and pink. I also bought a mixed bag. The pom-poms are a little less than an inch in diameter.|
|I started gluing on the pom-poms with my hot glue gun like so.|
I used my grey felt and drew with Sharpie the picture above. You could also use fabric marker or make the whole thing out of paper, but I used grey felt and sewed three sides on my skirt.
One mistake I did make with the skirt, though, is that the felt was too high up to see, so I would recommend putting it lower than I did, or making the top shorter (or both).
|The completed gumball top and my socks.|
Finally, I bought some grey knee-high socks at Hobby Lobby to represent the pole of the machine (and to keep me warmer), and made a gumball headband.
|That is me by the way. Also, I think you'll recognize the yarn "S" in the background, which I made in an earlier post (it can be found here.)|
|I just glued pom-poms on a thin headband and wore it around my head. It really added a great extra touch but only took a few extra minutes to make.|
|The completed top.|
I hope everyone had a very happy Halloween, and enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know what you think of it in the comments.
Love, Sophia, resident gumball machine