Yay! I’m excited to reveal the second Lizzie Darden-inspired DIY Halloween costume in this year’s Halloween costume series! (In case you’re not sure what this series is, I’m collaborating with Lizzie to make some awesome, punny costumes based on her designs. Missed the last one? Catch it here!) I’m gonna assume you’ve heard of her, but just in case, here’s her awesome Instagram that you simply have to check out…like, now! I got inspiration from her puns and turned them into Halloween costumes — and I think this one is my FAVORITE! It turned out so good!
Tape 2 foam poster boards together using duck tape. Tape both sides. Do the same to the other two poster boards.
Trace the hula hoop onto the poster boards. (If you don’t have a hula hoop and you don’t want to buy one just to trace, use this method to make a perfect circle.)
Cut out your circle using the Xacto knife.
Cut out a piece of golden brown fabric large enough to wrap around the circle.
Using duck tape, wrap the fabric around the edges of the foam circle. Leave an opening large enough to fit your arm in — this is where you’ll be stuffing the stuffing.
Stuff small bits of stuffing into the pocket, trying to keep it even and flat. Once you’re done stuffing, close up the opening with a piece or two of duck tape.
Repeat steps 4-6 with the other foam circle.
With the light tan acrylic paint, paint criss-cross lines on the surface of the waffle. Let the paint dry.
Repeat this step with the other waffle.
Draw first then cut out or free-hand cut out a shape that looks like poured syrup and a slice of butter out of the brown and yellow felts respectively.
Hot glue them to one waffle. Let the glue dry.
Optional: Head outside or somewhere well ventilated, and spray paint your prize ribbons and trophy. Let them dry completely.
Arrange the ribbons onto the waffle (the same one with the syrup and butter) and hot glue them on. Let the glue dry.
To create straps for the costume, first cut a long, thin piece of the same golden brown fabric. Fold it (the hot dog way, hahah!) into thirds, and hot glue the folded pieces down. Let the glue dry.
Now fold the long strap in half (hamburger way), and cut it in half. You will now have two straps of the same length.
Flip over a waffle. At the top, hot glue one end of a strap. Hot glue one end of the other strap to the top, about 10 inches away from the first strap.
Repeat step 14 with the loose ends of the straps. Glue them to the top of the other waffle.
When you’re ready to be the breakfast of champions, slip the waffle costume over your head, and hold your trophy in your hand!
I have a really funny story that goes along with this DIY (well it might actually not be super funny, it’s more interesting than funny)! I made this DIY 2(!!) Halloween’s ago, and I made them for a DIY magazine (I forget the name of it now) who wanted me to make an exclusive Halloween-themed DIY. I did the DIY and the how-to, and I emailed it to them like we agreed. But weeks went by before I heard back from them. I followed up with my contact, and again, she never replied. Halloween was quickly approaching, so I emailed them again! And no answer! They like, dropped off the face of the earth!! (And I couldn’t ever find this DIY magazine and check to see if they published my DIy, because it was kinda unheard of and finding it would be really difficult. PLUS I didn’t want to pay ~$30 for a subscription to the magazine.)
So who knows if my work was ever published! I have STILL never heard back from them! But I LOVE this idea so much, so I just had to share it! I couldn’t just let this craft sit on my computer and never share it with the world! So without further adieu, may I introduce you to…
Put a small dab of hot glue on the nail bed of the practice finger, and apply the false nail. Let the glue dry.
Repeat this step for how many other fingers you plan on using.
Paint the practice finger green, and the fingernail any color you like (like purple, red, white, orange, etc.)! Let the paint dry.
NOTE: You can even turn these fingers into zombie fingers…if that’s your aesthetic.
Paint the wooden plaque black (or whatever color you want).
OPTIONAL: Apply a thin layer of glue and sprinkle glitter on top of the plaque.
Hot glue the base of the practice finger to the plaque. Let the glue dry.
When you’re ready to hang the hooks on the wall, apply the 3M hook sticker on the back, and press the plaque/hook directly onto a wall.
I’m soooooooo excited to finally reveal my Halloween costume series in collaboration with Lizzie Darden!!!! Whether you’ve heard of her or not, check out her Insta — this is where I got inspiration from her brilliant puns-turned-reality work, and then I turned them into Halloween costumes!
And today’s punny Halloween costume is “a manicured lawn!” (See Lizzie’s interpretation of it here!)
DIY Manicured Lawn Halloween Costume
2 foam poster boards
Artificial grass carpet
Hot glue + hot glue gun
False nails OR a manicure
Measure out a square of 18 inches by 18 inches on both foam poster boards.
Use the Xacto knife to cut out both squares.
Using a Sharpie, trace the foam poster squares onto the back of the artificial grass carpet.
Cut out the traced squares on the artificial grass carpet using the Xacto knife.
Apply hot glue to the back of the artificial grass and press it firmly onto the foam poster square. Repeat for the other foam poster square.
Cut off the flowers from their artificial stems, and glue the blooms onto the “lawns.”
Measure out a length of ribbon, then cut it in half — these are the straps.
Flip over a foam poster square. At the top, hot glue one end of a piece of ribbon. Hot glue one end of the other ribbon to the top, about 10 inches away from the first strap.
Repeat step 8 with the loose ends of the ribbons. Glue them to the other piece of foam poster square.
Cut off the flowers from their artificial stems, and glue them to the front of the baseball cap.
Apply fake fingernails to your nails, OR treat yourself to a manicure!
When you’re ready to be “a manicured lawn,” put the lawn costume over your head, pop on the baseball cap, and flaunt your mani!
If you’re not one to go all out on your Halloween costumes (unlike me), then this super easy peasy butterfly Snapchat filter DIY Halloween costume is for you!
Fake butterflies – from dollar store craft section
Yellow + orange spray paint
Double-sided foam tape
Prep your butterflies for spray painting. (You’ll need between 6-10, depending on the size of fake butterflies you get.) NOTE: I trimmed off any wires or fake antennas. Personally, I thought the antennas made the butterflies look way too fake!
Head outside or somewhere well ventilated, and spray one coat of yellow spray paint on the butterflies. Let it dry, and spray a second coat of yellow. Once the tops of the butterflies are completely dry, flip them over and do 1 coat (or 2 coats, if you want to be really thorough) of yellow spray paint on the other side. Let them dry.
Flip the butterflies back over so you can see the tops of the wings again. Using short sprays, add the orange spray paint to the tips of the wings. Let them dry completely. OPTIONAL: Paint on a thin coat of Elmer’s glue, and dust on some gold glitter on the butterflies. Let it dry.
When it’s time to put on your real life Snapchat filter, whip out the double-sided foam tape and scissors. We’ll be using dime-sized pieces of double-sided foam tape to stick the butterflies to your hair. (And don’t worry, I can attest that the foam tape won’t get stuck in your hair for good! I tried it on myself!) Cut off 2-4 pieces of foam tape, stick a couple of them on the underside of the butterfly’s body. NOTE: For reference on where to place the butterflies, just get on Snapchat and turn on the butterfly filter on your face! 🙂 BUUUT if you need a picture for reference, use this one.
Start sticking the butterflies on your head/hair, pressing firmly to make sure it sticks. Where needed, stick on small pieces of double-sided foam tape on the butterfly, and press on your hair. Apply all the butterflies until you get the look you desire! NOTE: If you’re realllly nervous about sticking the double-sided tape in your hair, you can make the side of the tape that will be touching your hair less sticky by just touching it with your fingers a couple of times.
OPTIONAL: Use thismakeup tutorial to really get the full-effect of the butterfly filter! (Ps, this listicle has really awesome soures, too, if you’re curious!)
And that’s it! Oh, one word of advice. While I think the method of sticking the butterflies in your hair is the most durable (as opposed to gluing them to bobby pins and putting them in your hair, or some other method involving bobby pins) I still recommend you don’t go headbanging around with these beauties in your hair! Haha!
Remember when you used to ask the Magic 8 Ball super important questions? Like, “does my crush like me?” Well gone are the days of asking about boys, and here are the days of asking the Magic 8 Ball pumpkin more pressing questions, like, “can trick or treater’s expect Kit Kats on Halloween?” (To which the Magic 8 Ball pumpkin would reply, “No, cuz I know you’ll eat all of them before 6:30pm on Halloween.”) The Magic 8 Ball pumpkin will not disappoint!
And I’ve made the DIY process even easier for you by making free printables to go with it (the “8” on the front and the answering blue triangle on the back).
Start by painting the whole pumpkin blacks. (If the stem of your pumpkin is too long, you might want to try to snap it off.) Add 1-2 coats. Let it dry completely.
NOTE: I recommend getting a pumpkin that is round, but with at least 1 side slightly flat (or 2 sides opposite from each other, both slightly flat). It’ll be easier to affix the printables if the surface is somewhat flat.
Print off the free printables on normal copier paper (NOT cardstock). Why? Just cuz copier paper has a little bit more give than thick cardstock; this will make it easier to glue it on the pumpkin. If you use cardstock, the printables might wrinkle too much.
Cut them out.
Resize the circles if they’re too large for your pumpkin. Do this simply by tracing a cup or another round object on top of the printable.
Use glue dots to stick the printables to the front and back of your pumpkin.
And that’s it!
NOTE: If you’re making this DIY before a Halloween party or to put on your porch for Halloween night, I recommend you make it a day before, and don’t let it stay out in the rain – this DIY isn’t meant to last as long as the rest of your regular pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.