How to Make a Gumball Machine Costume

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A gumball machine costume is a fun, budget-friendly idea for Halloween. It's perfect for beginner crafters who prefers no-sew projects. This costume consists of a beanie and a T-shirt, making it extremely comfortable to wear.

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Things You'll Need

  • Red T-shirt
  • Black and white stiff felt 
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Scissors
  • 1 1/4 inch pom-poms (90)
  • 2-inch iron-on numbers
  • Iron 

Tip

  • For best results, use pom-poms in basic, primary colors.

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Step 1

Create the 25 cents symbol for your T-shirt. Cut the numbers "2" and "5" from their iron-on backgrounds, if necessary. Place the numbers on top of the white felt and position them in the bottom left-hand corner, 1 1/2 inches from the edge.

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Step 2

Using the "cotton" setting on your iron, apply firm and even pressure to both numbers.

Slowly move the iron over the numbers. Apply heat for 45 seconds or until the numbers adhere to the felt. Different brands may have different heating times. Refer to the directions on the packaging for the numbers.

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Warning

  • Use an iron with caution. Work on an ironing board or a flat, hard surface lined with a towel. Never touch the hot metal plate of an iron.

Set aside the white felt. Let cool completely.

Step 3

Cut out numbers "0" and "1." These numbers will be used to make a cents symbol.

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Step 4

Cut widthwise across the "0" to create two "c" shapes.

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Tip

  • Any "c" shape can be used for the cents sign. Examples of substitutions include parts of iron-on letters "D," "G" or "O."

Step 5

Cut each side of number "1" to create a single vertical line.

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Tip

  • Any straight line can be used for the cents sign. The straight line must be longer than the "c" shape. Substitutions include parts of other iron-on numbers or letters.

Step 6

Place the "c" shape to the right of the "5." Add the straight line on top of the "c" to create a cents sign.

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Step 7

Trim the white felt, leaving a 1/2 inch border around "25 ¢".

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Step 8

Place the white "25 ¢" sign on black felt. Make sure there is at least 1/2 inch of black felt around the white rectangle. Hot glue in place.

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Warning

  • Use a hot glue gun with caution. The glue is extremely hot when it first exits the glue gun. Do not touch the glue until it is completely dry.

Step 9

Trim the black felt, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the white rectangle.

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Step 10

Place the "25 ¢" sign in the center of the red shirt. Hot glue in place.

Tip

  • Position the felt rectangle before gluing to the shirt.

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Step 11

Hot glue pom-poms on all sides of the white beanie.

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The hot glue will dry very quickly. Once dry, your new costume is ready to wear.

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Pair your gumball machine T-shirt with a piece of gum and jeans or leggings.

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