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Put the Quarter in the Gumball Machine Couple Costume

Homemade Gumball Machine Costume

For this gumball machine costume I used:

  • A red dress from Forever 21
  • a sheet of Duct tape
  • Cricut machine to cut the letters and numbers
  • a hot glue gun
  • a red headband
  • a few hundred pom-poms
  • red heels
  • 2 Wilton silver cake bases
  • black ribbon, a paint marker
  • a black long-sleeve T-shirt.

The first step was to find the perfect dress. This part actually took the longest. I wanted to make the gumball machine as “sexy” as I could, so I tried to find a dress that was high in the front but low in the back. I found the perfect one at Forever 21.

I then looked for pom-poms to decorate the dress. I was not satisfied with the color selection, so I decided to mix several bags together to make the perfect color combination. After that, I laid out the pom-poms to make sure they were placed in the correct spots. I was sure to vary the colors so that they were not next to each other. I also wanted it to look like it was 3D, so I placed the biggest pom-poms in the middle and gradually made them smaller as they went out from the center. It turned out perfectly.

Next, I hot-glued the pom-poms onto the dress, putting a piece of cardboard between the dress first to make sure it didn’t stick together. Gluing the pom-poms on took a significant amount of time, and I used far more pom-poms than anticipated. I then cut out the numbers and shapes on my Cricut scrapbooking machine and cut out the sheet of Duct tape.

Homemade Quarter Costume

For the quarter, I also used the Cricut machine and a paint pen. I printed out a large picture of George Washington from a quarter so that it was easier to trace the outline of his head. I then filled it in by looking at a quarter. I then punched holes in the cake bases in order to put the ribbon through it. It turned out great!


I had some of the best reactions that I have had with a Halloween costume. When I went out to a bar that weekend, people stopped me to tell me how much they loved it and wanted to take pictures of me or with me. It definitely garnered a lot of attention.

When my boyfriend and I were next to each other, we certainly heard a ton of jokes about our Quarter in the Gumball Machine Couple costume. It made me want to wear the costume even longer!

Put the Quarter in the Gumball Machine Couple Costume

Put the Quarter in the Gumball Machine Couple Costume

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