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Make a “Retro CANDY BUTTON” Costume…for Halloween!!

OCTOBER is here!

And I’m kind of elbow deep in fabric and other supplies, getting ready for costumes to share!  (And yes, I already saw which costume idea won the vote last week…..I’ll be sharing that tutorial soon!)  But as a perfect way to kick off costume season, the Michaels Makers challenge for October is…..anything Halloween!  So, yes, since I absolutely adore making costumes, I was pretty excited to put one together using supplies from Michaels.

And this costume is not only a quick one to put together, it’s also something you probably won’t see many other people wearing!  But will most likely make you AND others smile….because who doesn’t love seeing some of those childhood memories come back to life!

Oh my, I am absolutely smitten with this “Retro CANDY BUTTON” costume!!

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I have to admit, I never really liked eating candy buttons, which is a shame….because they are so cute and colorful!  But I have a friend (hi Lizzie!) who LOVES them!  So I always think of her when I see them randomly in candy stores…and that makes me happy!

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My kids love everything candy (yep, I passed on some great genetics!)…..so Chloe was super excited to be my model for this costume!  But, she just wouldn’t stop giggling during this photo shoot.  I have about 53 more pictures, just like this one!  Something about candy buttons makes her happy, I guess! ;)

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If you can’t tell, each of the “buttons” are made from styrofoam balls…..so they’re light and easy to wear!

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I decided as an afterthought to make a headband to look sort of like the “label” at the top of the strip of Candy Buttons…..and I love that little NECCO brand at the top.  It kind of pulls it all together!

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Chloe kept trying to taste those little “candy buttons”……but it never quite worked out for her! ;)

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Such a fun costume that comes together quickly…..and also makes the person wearing it, all sorts of happy! :)

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Ready to make your own Candy Button costume??

 

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 white Tshirts (1 in correct size, 1 in the next size up)
  • 9 styrofoam balls, 2 1/2 inch
  • acrylic paint
  • white foam sheet
  • plastic headband
  • silver board letters
  • hot glue gun
  • 1 inch elastic
  • Sewing Supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas)

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.

 

To get started, grab your two white Tshirts.  One should fit your subject just right and the other should be the next size (or two sizes) up.  The larger one will be turned into a skirt and will need a little extra room for the hips and bum.

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Measure the length of skirt you need (plus extra amount for elastic casing) and cut the lower portion of the bigger Tshirt off.  Refer to the 10-Minute Skirt tutorial to turn this shirt into a skirt.

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Here’s your finished skirt.

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Now, cut your styrofoam balls in half with a serrated knife and paint 6 of them pink, 6 of them yellow, and 6 of them blue.

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Now, try the shirt and skirt on your subject and make a mark on the skirt (I used a pin) to see how much the shirt overlaps the skirt.  Then, place the shirt and skirt on a table in front of you and overlap the shirt over the shirt the same amount.  Then place your styrofoam balls onto the skirt and shirt, moving them around until they are evenly spaced.

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One at a time, lift each of the balls and hot glue them down to the fabric.  Make sure and use a good amount of glue, so they are stay in place.

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Now, the headband is optional, and was kind of an afterthought….but I think it adds a little explanation to the costume.

Just grab a sheet of white foam and cut it into a square that angles outward slightly to the upper two corners.  Then cut out the shape of your headband.  Then hold this opening over your subject’s head and cut it slightly larger along the sides so that it’s the same shape as the head.

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Add your CANDY BUTTONS letters with hot glue.

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Then, just for fun, I printed off the “Necco” logo from my computer and cut it out and glued it onto the foam in the upper corner.

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Then, I glued the center of the foam piece to the top of the headband with a generous amount of glue.  After that dried, I contoured the foam around the headband and added dots of glue right at the ends to help hold the foam in place.

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And, that’s it.  Now the “Candy Buttons” costume is ready for wearing!!!

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Enjoy!

-Ashley

. . . . .
Check out these other costume ideas, using a Tshirt:
Avengers T-shirt Costume
Lemon & Lime T-shirt Costumes
Bazooka Joe T-shirt Costume
Batgirl Tshirt Costume
Ninja Turtle T-shirt Costume
Monsters Inc. T-shirt Costume
. . . . .

Be sure to check out the other Michaels Makers created this month…

 

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Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Sharon says:

    This is the most adorable costume!

  2. Ashley H says:

    I love it Ash!

  3. Betsy H says:

    I really like this one. I wish I’d think of simple costumes like this before halloween instead of the ‘in depth’ ones my (3 and 5 yo) kids are now “used to” haha!

  4. diane says:

    this is just the cutest thing! love it. need to find out if I can make it for myself. just great!

  5. jillian says:

    Such a great costume!

  6. gina says:

    love this!!! I might need to make this for ME! =)

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