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gumball machine

When I was in New York a few weeks ago, my friend Sara Clifton was telling me about her daughter Lucca's request to be a gumball machine for Halloween. Sara had no idea how to turn her daughter into a gumball machine, but Lucca was adamant, and I was not offering any helpful advice (balloons? a plastic bag?).

Here is her brilliant solution:

1. Make a red skirt.

2. Add gumball machine components (like a coin plate, knob and hole) made from felt.

3. Buy a couple plastic bowls and plate from the dollar store. You'll need one large clear bowl to make the gumball bowl, one plate with the same diameter as the large bowl, and one smaller bowl.

4. Hot glue the small bowl to the center of the plate. This will help eat up some of the space in the large bowl, so you don't have to fill the entire thing with gumballs (which would be too heavy for a little girl to wear).

5. Fill the larger clear bowl halfway with gumballs, and then press the plate (now glued to the small bowl) on top like a lid. Hot glue them together.

6. Glue some red ribbon around the bowl and attach ribbon to help support the weight of the bowl. 

7. Add a red beanie for the lid of the gumball machine.

As you can see, Lucca was quite pleased with the final result. Hooray for handmade costumes! (And thank you to Sara, for sharing her how to with us.)

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Ah, that's my niece! I am so impressed her mom put that together!

11.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenternatalie jane

That has got to be the best costume!! I am so giddy over it. I wish I had that kind of talent and imagination!!!!

09.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Bolling

My daughter was set on me buying a costume. I begged her for us to spend time online, looking for something creative we could make. We spent probably two hours looking at pictures - getting ideas. Lucca had us sold! We loved her adorable costume, ran out to four different places to find everything, and just made it! Great idea, and so adorable! Thank you.

10.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrachel


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01.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEVA

Very adorable. It looks good on her. I was thinking of making the same for my kids as well. Thanks a lot for sharing the idea.

03.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Reyford

I made this costume for my 7 year old daughter and oh my goodness ... How adorable!!! So many compliments!! Thanks for such a cute costume idea!!

10.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarri

How to you attach the ribbon to support the gumballs?
Where do joy attach it in the back? To the skirt? Just around her neck?

10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlana

This is adorable! I did a grown-up version of the costume here: http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/2013/10/31/gumball-machine-halloween-costume/

09.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

So the gumball part hangs around her neck by the ribbon?

01.15.2015 | Unregistered CommenterGns

Thanks for cute work author i loved your blog i apprciate

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