How to Make Mounds & Almond Joy Costumes

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Pass out bite-sized Mounds and Almond Joys as part of your gimmick.
Pass out bite-sized Mounds and Almond Joys as part of your gimmick. (Image: IngridHS/iStock/Getty Images)

Be the sweetest -- and cheekiest -- couple at the party when you don your Mounds and Almond Joy costumes. This candy duo made pop culture history in the '80s with an advertising campaign touting, "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't." Almond Joy bars have luscious milk chocolate, coconut and almonds, while Mounds are made of rich dark chocolate and coconut. In your costumes, make a funny play on the campaign, which also stated, "Almond Joy's got nuts, Mounds don’t."

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Scissors
  • 4 yards of blue felt
  • 4 yards of red felt
  • 3 yards of white felt
  • 2 packages of heat transfer paper, such as Heat n' Bond
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Computer
  • Word processing program
  • Printer
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Jeans
  • T-shirt
  • Shoes

Preparation

Measure each person for fit. You will be making a rectangular costume. Measure across the shoulders to the edges of the arms, add 2 inches to that measurement. Measure from the base of the neck to the top of the knee.

Transfer these measurements onto the fabric and mark your cut lines with an air-soluble marker. Hold the fabric up to the person before you cut to ensure it will be wide enough to fit.

Cut two pieces of blue felt for the male using his measurements. Cut two pieces of red felt for the female using her measurements.

Cut a piece of white felt that is the same length as the blue felt and 7 inches wide. Cut a piece of white felt that is the same length as the red felt and 7 inches wide. Iron the heat transfer paper to the back of the white felt pieces per the instructions on the package.

Cut a piece of blue felt that is the same length as the red felt and 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut a piece of red felt that is the same length as the blue felt and 1 1/2 inches wide. Iron the heat transfer paper to the back of the pieces of felt per the instructions on the package.

Cut a long, blue oval that is 12 inches long and 4 inches tall. Cut a long, red oval with the same measurements as the blue oval. Iron the heat transfer paper to the back of the pieces of felt per the instructions on the package.

In a word processing program, open a new document and type "Peter Paul." Use Rockwell Extra Bold or another bold font in 125-point size. Print this out. Lay out the letters for "Mounds" and "Almond Joy" one letter at a time using a font such as Bordeaux Black in 800-point size. Print these out. Lay out the words "I've Got Nuts" and "I Don't" in the same font you used for the candy bar names, in 300-point size. Print these out. Cut each letter out of the paper.

Iron the heat transfer paper to the back of the black felt per the instructions on the package.

Trace the letters for the words "Almond Joy" and "Mounds" onto the top of black felt. Cut the letters out and set aside. Iron the heat transfer paper to the back of the white felt per the instructions on the package.

Trace the letters for the words "Peter Paul" twice on the top of the white felt. Trace the letters for the phrases "I've Got Nuts" and "I Don't" onto the top of the white felt. Cut the letters out and set aside.

Assembly

Lay a blue rectangle facing up on your work surface. Peel the transfer paper backing off of one of the white rectangles. Center it in the middle of the blue rectangle. Smooth out with your hands. Pin if needed. Press according to the temperature and directions on the transfer paper. Do the same thing for the red rectangle.

Place the blue rectangle horizontally on the work surface. Peel the backing and place the red strip of felt under the white felt. Press according to the temperature and directions on the transfer paper. Do the same thing for the red rectangle, but apply the blue strip under the white.

Place the red and blue ovals on the ironing board. Peel backing and lay out the letters to spell "Peter Paul" on each of them. Iron them down per the instructions.

Center the red oval horizontally at the top of the white section of the blue rectangle. Do the same thing for the blue oval on the red rectangle. Adhere them to the rectangle as you have been doing all of the other pieces.

Peel and stick "Almond Joy" onto the white section of the blue rectangle. Iron them in place. Do the same for the word "Mounds" on the red rectangle.

Set the rectangles aside. Place the blank blue rectangle on the work surface, this time vertically. Peel and stick the phrase "I've Got Nuts" 6 inches from the top of the felt. Iron down. Do the same for the red using the words "I Don't."

Place the two blue rectangles together with the decorated sides facing one another. Pin the sides of the rectangle together. Pin the top together at the shoulders; leave a hole for the neck in the middle -- similar to the size of the opening of a T-shirt. The size of the white panel should suffice. Do the same thing for the red rectangles.

Use a sewing machine to stitch the top together. Leave the gap for the neck. Use a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Sew the sides together by starting at the bottom. Sew a straight stitch and use a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stop about 8 inches before you get to the top. These will be the armholes. It will be like a sleeveless shirt. You may want to make these larger or smaller depending on your size.

Flip the costume inside out. Wear over jeans and a T-shirt and with coordinating shoes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy some of the candy bars to use as guides during your project.
  • This costume isn't a good choice for a kid-friendly or church event.

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