I’ve seen different variations on this gum ball machine costume around the web lately and I’ve been dying to give it a whirl. This costume is so much cuter than what you find at the Halloween stores. Plus, it’s less expensive and higher quality, too!
Gum Ball Machine Costume Supplies:
- Colorful Craft Pom Poms
- White Shirt/Tank Top
- Red Skirt/Shorts/Pants
- Hot Glue
- Headband (optional)
- Quarters Only Sign (Get my Free Printable HERE)
Plug in your hot glue gun. While you’re waiting for it to heat up, separate your pom poms. I bought two different color combinations: classics and brights so I could have a good variety of colors. I picked out the colors I wanted and put the rest aside for another project.
Layer a piece of cardboard or a few sheets of scrap paper inside the shirt. The cardboard will ensure the hot glue doesn’t seep through the layers of fabric, glueing the shirt together. Start by gluing pom poms around the collar of the shirt/tank top.
Continue adding pom poms until the front of the shirt is covered. Make sure to leave room at the bottom of the shirt so it can be tucked into the skirt/pants. I grabbed this cute red skirt at for about $5 the other day when it was on sale; and I think it’s the perfect silhouette for a gum ball machine costume. But any red bottoms you have handy will work!
Wait for the hot glue to cool, and then try on your new gum ball machine costume! Print out the quarters only sign and attach it to the costume–glue dots, safety pins or velcro work great!
Grab a simple headband and add some of the extra gum balls to it. As a variation, you could get some jumbo-sized puffballs to make it more of a statement piece.
This costume takes about 15 minutes to make after you’ve rounded up all the supplies. So you’ll have plenty of time to think of witty one-liners to use when people compliment you on your adorable costume. “Let’s STICK together.” or “I’m having a BALL at this party!” would be appropriate. I especially love that this gum ball machine costume works great for any age. My first grader loves it; and I kind of want to make one in my size, too!