Kool-Aid Man Costume
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Kool-Aid Man Costume
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This homemade costume for women entered our 2018 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Molly, the 'Kool-Aid Man' costume creator:
As a kid growing up in the 80's, I saw many Koolaid commercials and drank much of it too. I thought it'd be fun to relive a little of the fun of that time and BE the character. I'm wearing the costume.
I spent about $75 total. Here is how I made it: I went to the hardware store and bought 20' of bubble pop wrap packaging material as the body's filler, wire to construct the body shape and a firm plastic sheet (used to cover light fixtures) for the ice cubes. At the fabric store I bought 6 yards of red fabric and the 2 yards of clear plastic used to make the top lip of the pitcher and the handle. At the dollar store I bought the hand-help pitcher which I lined and hot glue gunned with the same red fabric. I bought the red full body leotard and full length red gloves at a party store.
I first made the frame with wire that I could put over my head and gave it enough volume in circumference. I then hand sewed the red material onto the frame in one piece I width- sewing off the bottom, top and one seam down the back. Before closing off the material I filled the entire thing with the bubble wrap material to give it volume (The red material sandwiched the wire which gave it a pocket for the filling.). I cut arm holes and then sewed them off securely to the frame so the would split down the sides. I made the handle out of the clear plastic which I glue gunned to the rounded "c" wire shape created. I used pliers/wrench to attach the wire handle to the frame's wire.
For the ice cubes I cut the plastic sheet into even 7" squares and then vertically glue gunned those pcs into a box/cube shape. I placed and stacked the cubes onto a box that was rounded on the edges, and a hole cut in the bottom for my head. I used clear tape to secure the cubes.
For the lip of the pitcher I folded over the plastic sheet and filled the inside with a clear plastic sheet that was cut up to give it a little volume. I connected the bottom portion onto cardboard so that I could Velcro & sew it securely onto the top portion of the costume. For the face, I cut it out of a black garbage bag and used clear tape to secure it to poster paper so it didn't rip. I then sewed these pieces onto the front of the red body accordingly.
Lastly, I made a harness at the top of the inside of the costume using some of the extra red material. I made a suspended device for my shoulders so the costume would sit securely in place where it was supposed to.
I gave out Koolaid drinks to friends and coworkers on Halloween to go along with the theme. :)