How to Make a Ball Costume

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Things You'll Need

  • 36-inch balloon

  • Twine

  • Flour

  • Newspaper

  • Spray paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Saw

  • Glitter spray (optional)

Make an enormous ball for your next Halloween costume.

One of the best things about Halloween is getting to show off your artistic abilities. If you are looking to make a ball costume for your Halloween celebration, all you need is time and a few supplies from your local retail and craft supply store. From a soccer ball to a disco ball, use your imagination to create a ball costume your friends will envy and talk about for months to come.


Step 1

Blow up the 36-inch balloon and use a piece of twine to hang it from a door frame or something sturdy. The balloon will get heavy once you start to put paper mache on it.

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Step 2

Make the paper mache by mixing three parts water with one part flour. The consistency should be creamy. Tear up several strips of newspaper and dip each piece into the paper mache mixture. Once you dip the paper in the mix, apply it to the balloon. Cover the entire balloon with newspaper strips. Use a paintbrush to paint another coat of the mixture on top of the newspaper strips and allow it to dry.


Step 3

Continue adding a layer and allowing the paper to dry each time. You will need to add at least five layers; however, you can do as many layers as you prefer. Let the balloon dry and harden overnight.

Step 4

Use spray paint to paint the ball in any style. For example, use orange and black paint to create a basketball, white and red paint to make a baseball or black and white for a soccer ball. Another idea is to paint the ball silver and spray glitter all over the ball to create a disco ball.


Step 5

Pop the balloon using a needle to poke through the paper mache or allow the balloon to pop when you start cutting the holes. Cut a hole in the top and the bottom of the ball for your head and legs using a saw. Poke two holes on each side of the hole where your neck will be. Tie an elastic band through these holes to create straps to hold the ball in place. Cut a hole on each side of the ball for your arms.


Step 6

Wear corresponding colored clothes underneath the ball to complete your costume. Ideas for clothes include a soccer uniform if you create a soccer ball or baseball uniform for a baseball.


The thicker you make the paper mache, the more sturdy the ball costume will be.


Always use safety precautions when using a saw.



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