I wanted to make something that my daughter who is only 2 wouldn't have to be inside, but would look so realistic. First I made the headband. I stuffed red felt and hot glued it to a felt covered headband. I then used more felt to make the top part of the Homemade Gumball Machine Costume.
I made arm holes, so she could move freely with it on. Then I cut aquarium tubing into 6 strips and used plastic table cloth cut into strips. I made pockets of the plastic for the tubes and then sewed the strips and tube pockets together. Then I filled them halfway with pompom (gumballs) and sewed both ends.
I made pockets on the felt to stick the tubes in and then safety pinned them to stay. I did the same with the bottom but just made a strip to cover the waistline and pin the tubes in. I made the skirt separate so it would be easy to bring her to the bathroom.
I used felt with grey and black felt for the coin mechanism. I actually used a coin and hot glued it on. I then glued a pom pom to make it look like a gumball was coming out. I used small pipe insulation around the bottom of the Homemade Gumball Machine Costume so she could walk and it wouldn't stick to her, so you could see the coin operation clearly.
I dressed her in a long sleeved red shirt, pants and gloves. I also made shoe covers out of felt and sprayed her hair red and painted her face. She was very comfortable in it and won 1st place at our Halloween Party.
My daughter had talked about being a gumball machine for several months... so my husband, she and I all went together and created this homemade gumball machine costume for Halloween.
We used cardboard for the bottom and fit it around her waist. My husband attached the back with a plastic screw and cap so we could take it on and off. We spray painted the whole piece red. I made the “metal” parts on the front out of more cardboard spray painted silver that we glued to the front. I hot glued the “twist knob” onto the front and put another piece of cardboard in back of it so it’d stand out and look 3-D.
We cut a hole in the front and glued a silver piece of cardboard over it to look like the dispenser of the machine. I attached a small bag to the inside that hung down a bit and we put real gumballs in it that kids could come up and take. That was a hit!
The top part was a huge clear plastic bag that we cinched around her waist and filled with ball pit balls. We taped close to her neck and arms so they’d stay. The hat is a red plastic bowl that I hot glued a round piece of cardboard up into so it’d fit on her head and not fall off. I spray painted that red to match the bowl. Such a fun thing to make!
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