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Gumballs galore!

Contest Photo by: mama_de_t
Salt Lake City, UT

Description

We got inspiration for this costume on an episode of Handy Manny! We didn't realize at the time how much harder it would be to make it a reality after seeing how cute it was as a cartoon! =0)

Materials

*2 clear disposable punch bowls (64 oz.)
*2-3 yards red fabric
*1/2 yard silver fabric
*black and white craft foam
*pool noodle
*styrofoam balls
*paper bowl
*simple silver craft brads
*acrylic paints

Instructions

  • HEAD - Cut a hole in the bottom of one of the bowls, large enough for your child's head to slide through. Paint styrofoam balls with different colors and fasten them to the inside of the bottom bowl. We used hot glue, but be aware that it does melt the balls and bowl just a little. Cut a 1/2 circle out of the front of the top bowl, where your child's face will be. Use 4 brads to fasten the two bowls together. Paint the paper bowl red and attach a brad to the center before gluing the bowl, upside down, to the top of the clear bowls.

  • BODY - We used red fabric to sew a very simple dress shape with a wide bottom. Measure around your pool noodle and sew a tube at the bottom of the dress so you can slide the pool noodle inside. Sew a small piece of silver fabric to the front and attach the foam to look like the turner and hole where the gumball comes out.

  • For added effect, we had my son hand out actual gumballs and some people even gave him quarters in exchange! He LOVED that!

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