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Coolest Claw Machine Costume

by Leslie W.
(Elizabeth City, NC)

Homemade Bozo's Big Prize Claw Machine Costume

Homemade Bozo's Big Prize Claw Machine Costume

I saw a claw machine as I entered Big Lots one day... then decided then that it would be my costume. It was made out of 2 cardboard packing boxes from Lowes. I painted them red and cut out the window area and duct taped clear vinyl to the inside. I zip tied small PVC pipe inside to make it sturdy and to use as handle inside so that I could lift it and be able to walk around. I glued a third small box on the front for the coin and toggle part.

I found stuffed animals and a game that had the toggle on it a the thrift store for next to nothing. I glued the toggle onto the top of the small box. Everything else on the box are pictures I printed on the computer and glued on the box. I bent thin wire to make my claw and hung that from the top, put a telephone cord hanging off of that to make it appear as the claw looks in an actual machine.

I put aluminum foil on the back of the box to look like mirror. I made my bozo outfit, again, from items found at the thrift store. The wig I ordered online from a costume store. I put on my makeup and wig. Cut a piece from the top of the box, made slits through the middle and adjusted around my waist,( this is what holds the animals so they don't fall through the box) got inside the box and had my husband hand me the stuffed animals. I fixed them around me and my costume was set.

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Where did you get the wig?
by: Sue

I am looking for a Bozo wig but cannot seem to find one that looks like the real thing. Can you tell me where you got yours?

by: leslie

It came from it is called Hairiscary Clown Wig.

by: Kim

How did you get around from place to place when you had the costume on?

by: Anna

nice I like it

Getting around
by: Anonymous

It was a lot easier than it looks to get around. The whole inside was framed with small PVC pipe. I would just hold around the pipe on either side and lift when I wanted to walk.

by: Anonymous

did you make a joystick or did you buy one and just put it on? if you made it, how? I'm gonna be a claw machine but I need a joystick. plz help.

i will do it
by: Anonymous

I really like it so I'm going to make it for Halloween

Very Very cool
by: johnnyflame

Very Very cool costume. I would never have thought
about making one of these.

Where can i get cheap stuffed toys
by: johnnyflame

where can i get cheap stuffed toys
i tried the net, very expensive

Stuffed animals
by: Leslie

I found most of the stuffed animals at thrift stores for low prices.

by: logan

i love this


I know it's been a while Since you have posted this picture But I'm hoping I can still get an answer to a question. What did you use for the coin slot in this thing to put the dollar bills? It looks so real I wasn't sure what to use! This is an awesome costume!

by: mark

where do you live because i have family that live in elesibeth city nc.

Coin slot
by: leslie

The slot is actually just a picture I took of the dollar feed and then glued to a small piece of cardboard to make it raised.
Thanks for the complements.

Your FANTASTIC Bozo costume!
by: Tom Holbrook

As a Bozo collector, author of The Bozo Chronicles and as a Bozo actor 2002-2005 THIS IS FANTASTIC!
I'd LOV to add images of you in this amazing costume to my research/collector files. Will give you full credit.

PLEASE contact me, Tom Holbrook, author of "The Bozo Chronicles" at;
I'd like to learn more.

Thank you for posting this image, congrats on a GREAT job. I am lloking forward to your friendly reply.
All the best,
Tom Holbrook

by: Leslie

Thanks for your comment! I emailed you, so you may want to check your "junk" mail.

can you please make me one
by: mark stempel

my uncle aunt and cousin lives in elizabeth city nc and they can send it to me by mail if you make me one i could ask my mom to pay for all the parts needed ,but i dont need stuffed animals.PLEASE!?

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Coolest Homemade Claw Machine Halloween Costume 6

by Kari B.
(Findlay, OH)

Homemade Claw Machine Halloween Costume

Homemade Claw Machine Halloween Costume

For Halloween this year, I wanted to be something funny, so I started looking at ideas online and saw a Claw machine. I found a box, and we measured out three sides for the windows. After cutting them out we used plastic paper to cover them, you can find it at Joann fabrics and then we used silver paper for the back, and tact paper for the outside of the machine.

We then found a joystick and button and added them on. The claw is homemade. It actually moves up and down, and we simply added a fishing reel to make that happen. We used battery operated lights to light it up. The animals are glued to the black fabric that has a hole cut out for my head.

The box is kind of heavy so the hardest part was trying to figure out to how to make it lighter. We used tarp straps and it really helped the situation. That's how its floating on my shoulders.

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Coolest Homemade Claw Vending Machine Costume 5

by Corlette R.
(Newark, New Jersey)

Homemade Claw Vending Machine Costume

Homemade Claw Vending Machine Costume

My Homemade Claw Vending Machine Costume was designed to be one of those prize machines found in every arcade. I was trying to find materials that weren't to heavy as I was going to enter a costume parade. I purchased a garment box from a local moving and storage store. Purchased clear plexi-glass from Home Depot, brought used stuffed animals, small can of paint and adhesive stickers and letters from the Dollar store.

Put it all together, fastened some motion lights and there you have it.

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