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Coolest “I’m thinking Arby’s” Costume

Inspired by the “I’m thinking Arby’s” commercials, this is a really easy and cheap costume to make, and I got more compliments about it than anyone who had expensive store-bought costumes.

I bought plastic party headband at a dollar store. My headband had two springs coming out of the top and some Styrofoam spiders on the top of the springs, but I’ve seen ones with hearts, or angels’ halos, “Happy New Year” or whatever bobbing from them. It doesn’t matter what’s on top of the springs because you rip them off anyway.

Then I just needed some glue, tape, scissors, red construction paper and cardboard from a cereal box. Just trying this with red paper caused the Arby’s hat to flop back and forth too much, and heavier cardboard was too heavy to tape and glue to the springs, so cereal box cardboard was perfect.

I glued a sheet of construction paper to the cereal box and free hand drew an Arby’s logo. My logo ended up being about 10” tall at it’s tallest point, and 8.5” at the hat’s brim, it’s widest point. I cut it out and then used it as a stencil to cut out another Arby’s logo on a second sheet of construction paper (no cardboard for this one- it’s the back side). I ripped off the spiders from my headband, taped the cardboard logo to the springs so that it “hovered” a little above the headband, and then took my paper Arby’s logo and glued it over the back

I made this “I’m thinking Arby’s” costume the evening before Halloween and wore it the next day to the office. I’m about as tall as our cubicle walls, so as I walked around the office, people would only see a floating Arby’s logo bobbing around the aisles and would break out laughing. It’s also nice that you don’t have to worry about clothing or makeup or accessories. Just wear what you normally wear, put on the headband, and you’re “thinking Arby’s!”

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12 thoughts on “Coolest “I’m thinking Arby’s” Costume”

  1. I saw a fellow wearing, (what appeared to be), a very professional looking Arby Logo hat at the Michigan Big House football game between the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans this last Saturday (110,000 fans). It was a riot when he walked in and meandered to his seat. He was kind of caught up with himself, and sat in the wrong Section. Therefore he embarrassingly had to work his way through fans in the wrong section and make his way to his seat in the right section.

    It was the best idea I’ve seen in a long time. I even stopped and ate at an Arby’s (I rarely do, unless prompted by my wife) and asked the help there if they knew of where I might be able to get one (they didn’t).

  2. My husband wants to do this for Halloween, so I’m going to make the floating Arby’s hat out of red glowstick necklaces.
    I love this costume!

  3. Did this for a Halloween party and it worked out flawlessly. If you get two headbands you can clip the springs from one to make the one you wear stronger. I lined the paper with thin wire to give it strength. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I made my “Im thinking Arby’s” headpiece like you said and wore it to work today for my costume…it worked perfect!!! Everyone loved it, I had people cracking up all day!! I won 2nd place in the costume contest for it as well! Awesome Idea!!!

  5. I borrowed your cereal box idea.

    I made a frame with a wire hanger to sit on my head; I then punctured the hat and stuck the wire up into the logo, which was made from both sides of a cereal box (which was spray-painted red). And I totally free-handed the logo, which I am very proud of.


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