DIY Costume – Pac-Man

Pac-Man is one of the most easily recognizable gaming characters across multiple generations. Up until now, all of the DIY costumes we have posted were pretty straight forward. This one is going to be a little more in depth, but the results are worth it!

Materials:
Cardboard
Duct Tape
Glue Sticks
Spray Paint in Black and Yellow
Hot Glue Gun
Box Cutter
Ruler
Straight Edge
Traceable Circle (ex. Hula Hoop)

Instructions:

  1. Use your large circle to trace 2 patterns onto the cardboard. Make sure to use the straight edge and ruler when adding in the fake mouth so it is realistic. Arm circles can be drawn using your duct tape, just make sure it is big enough for your child’s arm!
  2. For the connecting center, measure from shoulder to shoulder and then add 1/2″ – 1″ of wiggle room.  Cut your connecting center so the cardboard is horizontal.  This way it can roll and take shape.
  3.  Once you have your center cut, roll it up so it will take shape easier.  Next make a line 1/2″  on each side.  Take a blade and make cuts up to that line, bending inward as you go. It also helps to score this line from top to bottom (cut, but not all the way through) so the edges bend easier and make for a cleaner fold/line.
  4. Begin your assembly by hot gluing and duct taping the pieces together. The mouth section should be made of stiffer card board, so measure and cut that separately.
  5. Once all of the assembly is complete, it’s time to paint! Spray paint is a nice quick way to do this, and you can learn some tips and techniques from the video below!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB_MtpaMYaY
    Leave the black mouth pieces unassembled and spray paint those separately.  You can add these once the entire yellow piece is painted and dry.

DIY Costume – Domino Duo

Sometimes costumes are better when you do them together! This is a great option for a couples costume, friends, or your kids to do together. For this you will need matching set of leggings and plain t-shirt which can be found at Walmart or Amazon, as well as felt in the opposing color (Black if the clothes are white, or white if the clothes are black, or whatever color you want the dots to be really). Cut out the circles and place them ahead of time to know where you want them. Then you can use hot glue to attach them or sew if you are handy with a nail and thread! Super easy and another costume under $20 for Halloween!

DIY Costumes – JellyBean Bag

There are so many different brands and types of jellybeans out there, but they are always recognizable. This DIY is simple and cost less than $20 to create! Just be careful and stay away from corners and anything sharp, don’t want to lose your beans before the party!

All you need for this costume is a large clear plastic bag and some assorted balloons from your local Walmart or Party City. Cut out holes in the bag for your arms and legs and slip the costume on. Then, fill up the balloons so that they look like large jellybeans and add them into the bag. When it is filled, use a ribbon or rope to tie everything closed and bam! Additional Logo option is completely up to you, but can be printed onto card stock and attached with tape or pins.

DIY Costumes – Cousin IT

One of the easier, and least expensive Halloween Costumes you could make is Cousin It from the Addams Family. This costume is perfect for children or adults. The best part? Everything you need is located at your local Dollar Store!

All you need is a couple grass skirts, a pair of shades, and a bowler hat. Tie the grass skirts on the top of your head and cover with the bowler hat. Move the grass around your eyes to see and cover them with the shades and you are set!

DIY Costumes – Scuba Diver

Over the next couple of days we are going to start helping you get prepared for Halloween! There are some really cute, easy, fun Do-It-Yourself costumes out there and we want to share some of our favorites with you.

Prepare yourself to take on the ocean with this cute easy DIY Scuba Diver costume! This is one of the most adorable costumes out there. All you need is a black pants and matching long sleeve top, some old soda bottles, spray paint, electrical tape, rope, hot glue and matching colored goggles and snorkel set.

Tape together the two empty soda bottles (once they are rinsed out of course), and spray paint desired color. Then secure with electrical tape around the middle. Use a hot glue gun to attach the rope to the top and bottom of each bottle to create arm straps. Once secured, accessorize with a belt, goggle, snorkel, and you are all set!

Tip: You could always spray bottles with glow in the dark paint or fill with glow sticks in order for your little ones to be seen as they are out trick or treating.

Different Take on Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs have always been tradition at a variety of functions from Easter to Family Reunions. We all have our own family recipes that make them unique and taste “the best” versus anything else your guests have had before! Next time you break out the carton of eggs and boiling water, try some new toppings with your mixture! Bacon and Jalapenos not only add an interesting flair to the eggs, but a unique, delicious taste. With it being football season and many game day tailgates coming up, you can be the talk of the town with your bacon jalapeno masterpieces.

Which teams are you watching this weekend?

Game Day Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

If you are a College Football or NFL fan, then here is a game changing snack to have at your next party! Even if you are not football fans, use it in a square pan for a great appetizer anytime.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TB brown sugar
  • 1 package mini chocolate chips
  • small handful white chocolate chips
  • graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and pretzels for serving

 

Instructions:

  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup mini chocolate chip. Cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  2. If making a football shape, line the inside of the bowl with plastic wrap then fill with mixture. Cover the top with plastic wrap. If not, then simply place the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. To decorate and serve, remove plastic wrap from top of the bowl and invert the cheesecake ball onto serving platter. Remove remaining plastic wrap. If you are not using a bowl, remove plastic wrap and serve as a ball, or use your hands to make into football shape.
  4. Decorate by covering cheesecake ball with remaining chocolate chips. To add accents to resemble “football laces”, add in white chocolate chips to center and top sides.
  5. Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and pretzels.