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Coolest Girl’s Popcorn Costume

I’d like to share with you Alexis’ Coolest Popcorn Costume, a costume we made with the help of Coolest-Homemade-Costumes.com.

Originally, we tried to make popcorn from foam padding, but we just couldn’t get the results we wanted. Using Coolest-Homemade-Costumes’ selection of popcorn costumes, we found that others had gotten good results using “Great Stuff”, and so we gave it a try.

Where Alexis’ costume differed from the others is that she wanted to make individual giant popcorn kernels, rather than spraying foam into the top of her “box” of popcorn. To accomplish this we created two-layer pieces of popcorn, first spraying the “Great Stuff” into patterns of X’s and stars, and, once that had dried, putting a second layer consisting of a large ball of the Great Stuff up on top. We found that when sprayed on ordinary plastic wrap, the pieces will easily pull off after about an hour of drying time.

To add realism, we made the popcorn pieces with a curved bottom, giving them an uneven, random look. To accomplish this, instead of spraying the Great Stuff onto a flat surface, we found a large cardboard tube, wrapped it in our plastic wrap, and laid it horizontally between two sawhorses. The curved surface was simple to work on, and once a row of popcorn pieces were sprayed, we could simply rotate the tube and continue spraying more.

A large-sized man’s T-shirt was hot glued over a square frame of small PVC pipe, and this was then hot glued to the inside of the popcorn box. The popcorn pieces were then hot glued to the T-shirt.

For an extra touch of realism, a few pieces of the popcorn were cut out on their bottoms with a small razor knife, and yellow and brown “kernels” were painted inside. Extra pieces were hot glued to a headband to complete the outfit.

Spraying the 1st (bottom) layer of popcorn pieces, on a curved surface covered in plastic wrap

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6 thoughts on “Coolest Girl’s Popcorn Costume”

  1. The box for this costume was made out of foam core board, which we got in the picture framing area of a craft store. The box is four separate pieces, and the sides have extra tabs that we glued with hot glue and reinforced with tape.

  2. The idea of foam is so good, haven’t thought of this! Tried it today and it looks sooo cool.
    Thank you for sharing the idea, helped a lot!

  3. The “staples” add is in the way of the directions :o(
    Don’t know how to remove it. Not likely going to be shopping at staples any time soon. Other than that, very very cute. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks for the picture of making the kernels. I’d read about the foam on other webpages, but could not picture how they were spraying it. Your picture was perfect!


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