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.
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.
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.