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Gumball Machine Costume

Gumball Machine Costume

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Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Charlotte, the 'Gumball Machine' costume creator:

This is my 5 year old son Manny. I wanted something fun and colorful. I wanted all people to recognize the costume and smile. His smile and the costume is joy.

To make... start with plywood make a circle and glue gun two thread spools underneath to use as handles. Drill metal rods and then cover the panels with vinyl and 1 with netting for airflow. Buy red felt and velcro it to the plywood. Staple elastic to make suspenders to hold it up. Use foam to make holder for outgoing gumballs and glue gun a ball on it. Fill with around 60 balls. Buy 12 inch foam circle and cover with red felt for lid.

Rating: 4.8 of 5. Votes: 130

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#1 comment by Carmen Rogers October 18, 2013

Nothing but AWESOME....CLEVER... and CUTE

#2 comment by Toni Simi October 18, 2013

I love it go Manny

#3 comment by Michele C. McEwen October 18, 2013

so creative .... Love it !!

#4 comment by Candace October 18, 2013

Adorable!!!! LOVE IT!!

#5 comment by Rosie Molinaro October 18, 2013

Great costume!!!!love it!

#6 comment by Margaret Inferrera October 18, 2013

Great costume he is too too cute great work on the costume
2 thumbs up!!!

#7 comment by Emillie Sandhu October 18, 2013


#8 comment by Paulina Anderson October 18, 2013

GREAT costume and even cuter kid!!!!

#9 comment by Jason B. October 18, 2013

Where do you find gumballs that large???

#10 comment by Carrie October 18, 2013

Awesome!!! The quality is amazing. You can see Manny is very happy and loved by many.

#11 comment by Catherine VanBemmel October 18, 2013

This I'd an awesome costume!

#12 comment by Lorraine Agius October 18, 2013

Manny looks so cute!

#13 comment by Evelyn October 19, 2013

Char that is the most awesome costume I have ever seen!

#14 comment by Jo cassar October 20, 2013


#15 comment by Aundria October 21, 2013

How did he walk around and do you add candy to the bottom or did hedothis just for a costume.

#16 comment by Charlotte October 22, 2013

I had to hold his candy bag. Since the hula hoop on the bottom is big his legs are fine while walking. He walks fine because he is holding up the costume with the spool handles and the double elastic suspenders we made help with the support. Thank you for asking.

#17 comment by Anna October 22, 2013

Appreciate the work put into a homemade costume! Just love this and thanks for sharing. You are leaving a great Halloween memory for Manny!

#18 comment by liz October 26, 2013

the best costume ever!

#19 comment by Tisha Corkwell October 26, 2013

I am in the process of making a gumball machine costume. I am currently stuck at how to get the vinyl on the globe part. Would you be willing to share any tips you may have. I'm on day 4 of trying to figure it out and I'm too frustrated now to think of a realistic solution. Any help would be so very gratefully appreciated!!

#20 comment by Charlotte October 27, 2013

We hot gLued each panel individually. Then we used scissors to trim the excess. Then I used shiny silver duct tape to make this silver portion stand out. Hopefully this helps you.

#21 comment by Chris Umbertino October 29, 2013

Wonderful I hope you win!!

#22 comment by Royce Martinez October 29, 2013

Great job Charr manny looks so cute hope he wins

#23 comment by Janet October 29, 2013

love it! Great idea!

#24 comment by Rosie Bernardo October 31, 2013

This is Fantastic!

#25 comment by Brittany October 1, 2014

Can you tell me where you found the balls for this costume? Also, what are the rods? Did you have to bend them on your own to get the right shape? THANKS!!! :)

#26 comment by Evan November 16, 2014

If you see this can I please have the instructions?

#27 comment by Lulu February 9, 2015

What is the plastic part?

#28 comment by Charlotte February 15, 2015

The gumballs are the balls your children jump into at a play area. ..they can be purchased at a lease toy store.

What plastic part are you referring to Lulu?

#29 comment by Míchelle October 9, 2015

Is there a chance that you could give me a call regarding this costume

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