How to Make a Bowling Pin Halloween Costume

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Get inspiration from a bowling pin for a Halloween costume.
Get inspiration from a bowling pin for a Halloween costume. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

If you are looking for a unique costume idea for Halloween, turn yourself into a bowling pin. Whether you love the game or are just so-so at it, a bowling pin Halloween costume represents your talent for being creative with a twist of humor. Decide how long to make the bowling pin costume on your body. Your bowling pin costume can be floor length or stop at your knees or shins. If you have a social engagement to attend for Halloween, and you anticipate there will be games to play, let the costume come down to your knees so that you can freely move your legs.

Things You'll Need

  • Red fabric paint
  • Paint brushes
  • White long-sleeve shirt
  • White tights or pants
  • White cap
  • White socks
  • White shoes or bowling shoes
  • Measuring tape
  • White woolen felt
  • Red woolen felt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine

No-Sew Costume

Lay your white long-sleeved shirt down, front facing up, to get it ready to paint. You might want to do this over newspaper or a craft table that you do not mind getting dirty.

Paint two stripes with red fabric paint over the top of the shirt. The first stripe should be shoulder height, from one side of the shirt to the other. Paint the second stripe three inches below the first stripe, also going from one side to the other.

Wait for the front of the shirt to dry. Continue the red painted stripes on the back of the shirt.

Dress in your white shirt and white pants. For finishing touches, put a tight, white cap on your head. Bowling pins have rounded, smooth tops, so your head serves as the top of the pin.

Wear white socks and white shoes. Or, if you own a pair of bowling shoes, put those on instead.

Sewing-Required Costume

Take your measurements with measuring tape. Write down your dimensions from your shoulders to the middle of your shins and from one side of your body to the other at the widest point.

Transfer the dimensions onto a piece of white woolen felt, drawing the shape of an oval. The oval should be the same length as your length and five inches wider than your width.

Cut out the oval shape from the felt. Cut through the top and bottom of the oval. When you wear the white felt as a tunic to look like a bowling pin you will need space at the top for your neck and the bottom for your legs. You also need a place for your arms, so make two slits on the upper side of the tunic.

Trace the long oval onto the second piece of white felt, and cut out the same.

Sew the two pieces of fabric together at the sides. Use your sewing machine, or you can stitch the felt by hand. Leave two openings at the top and the bottom and slits for your arms.

Cut out two strips of the red felt. Make the strips wide enough to span the width of the bowling pin tunic. Glue the two red stripes onto the top portion of the white tunic with fabric glue, or you can sew them on by hand.

Pull the white felt tunic over your head and let it come down past your knees. Stick your arms through the slits on the sides and wear your white cap to look like a bowling pin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since bowling pins are rounded, you can create the plump effect by wearing a pillow horizontally across your midsection and hiding it beneath your shirt.
  • You can also use a white jumpsuit instead of shirt and pants separates.

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