It’s really hard to be original with Halloween costumes anymore. It feels like everyone has already thought of my ideas, but this one I just had to run with because I thought it would be really fun to try. I hope you know what it is based on that photo?
Yup, today I’m sharing my DIY gumball machine costume! This is one of my favorites in the history of all of my Halloween costumes. Last year I shared my DIY pineapple costume, and the year before that I dressed up as an owl with homemade wings (that was tough costume). In other recent years, I made myself a Mindy from Pokemon costume (Andrew’s all-time favorite) and Ke$ha. You never really have to grow out of loving Halloween, especially the costumes!
This gumball machine costume is really easy to make, but it will take a lot of gluing, so just make yourself comfortable. You can also easily adapt this costume for children instead of adults, and you could even make this in a dress version instead of a top and skirt combo. Have fun with it and make it your own! It’s a fun costume and I can’t wait to wear it for Halloween.
I’m not the best model, so these were probably the only good photos of me where I’m not fooling around making weird faces. I even bought a bag of bubblegum to blow bubbles during the shoot, so 90% of the photos were outtakes of me failing to blow bubbles and Andrew making fun of me. I should probably stick to taking photos of inanimate objects, right?
- Red skirt
- Tank top or crop top
- Glue gun
- 1-inch multi-colored small pom-poms (I used 5 80-pack bags)
- Thick black ribbon
- White cardstock or sticker paper
First of all, you’ll need to pick a tank top or crop top that you don’t mind ruining because you’re about to glue, like, a thousand pom-poms to it. It will forever be your gumball machine top, so don’t worry about buying anything fancy. I recommend choosing a top that doesn’t stretch too tight, because then you’ll have large spaces in between your pom-poms, so go up a size if possible. I used about 5 80-count bags of pom-poms and I’m a size small/medium, so adjust the number of pom-poms you buy as needed to cover your top.
Heat up your glue gun and, starting at the top of your top, start gluing your mini pom-pom balls around the neck and staps. While you don’t need to follow an exact color pattern for the whole top, you’ll still want the colors to vary so that you don’t have too many of the same colors right next to each other. Glue them closely together to account for any stretching. Keep gluing the pom-poms in rows all the way down and around to the back of the top, preferably offsetting each new line a little so that you can’t see the undershirt at all.
Pom-pom every inch that you think will be showing. If you’re using a tank top as opposed to a crop top, consider how much of the shirt will be tucked in to your skirt.
Then set aside your top to make the belt. This part is really easy. Using either a marker or your computer, make a label on your cardstock that is about 5-6 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Write 25 cents with a twist level and a slot for coins, and cut it out as needed. I used sticker paper and removed the backing to wrap around the ribbon, but if you use regular cardstock, you can glue or tape it to the ribbon. This way, you can easily remove it because it’s part of the belt.
Assemble your outfit! Put on your new pom-pom crop top and your red skirt, and tie the ribbon around your waste. Now look at that – a gumball machine!