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Spike the Pufferfish Costume

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Spike the Pufferfish Costume

Spike the Pufferfish

Costume type:  Costumes for Girls
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Animal Costumes

This homemade costume for girls entered our 2017 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Sara, the 'Spike the Pufferfish' costume creator:

My daughter has been obsessed with Puffer fish, so we knew we would need to be creative to make her a costume this Halloween! We started with 6 layers of papier mache over an exercise ball, cut out head and arm holes, then spray painted an off-white color. We hot glued on the spikes made of dense craft foam,then sprayed a darker color on the top half. We also added fins and the mouth made from foam, and eyes made out of Styrofoam. She named him Spike and had a blast wearing him for trick or treating!

Rating: 4.1 of 5. Votes: 19

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#1 comment by mary December 16, 2017

Great Costume... how were you able to hold it up? Where were you able to buy the large exercise ball?

#2 comment by Sara Sina December 23, 2017

I think the exercise ball was just one we bought on Amazon. We wrapped the exercise ball in plastic wrap first to make it easier to remove from the papier mache. We set it on a copy paper box lid to keep it from rolling around as we were working on it, and left a hole open in the bottom that matched up with where the air fill hole was on the ball. Once we had 5-6 layers of papier mache done, we deflated the ball and removed it.

#3 comment by Katherine February 22, 2018

I am going to try and make this for my son. He has a play. How did you make the fins. Thank you.

#4 comment by SLDJ September 23, 2018

I did a similar thing for my daughter to be Mdme Blueberry but it did not stay on. How did you secure this to her shoulders? Thanks.

#5 comment by Sara September 24, 2018

The fins are made from upholstery foam hot glued on and painted. We cut the head hole just barely big enough to get her head through,so the shell just rested on her shoulders. We did put a piece of pipe insulation around the neck hole for padding.

#6 comment by Sldj September 24, 2018

Thank you. Great idea about pipe insulation.

#7 comment by Amy September 30, 2018

I have never used craft foam before. Did you use a different type for the spikes than for the fins and the mouth? Did the hot glue hold them while she walked around for trick or treating?

#8 comment by Sara October 1, 2018

Same foam for spikes, mouth, and fins. It was a 1" thick upholstery foam. We did lose a couple of spikes, but only because of young trick or treated pulling on them. Otherwise they held well. They styrofoam eyes did not hold with hot glue, we used some roofing nails from the inside to help.

#9 comment by Marcia April 13, 2019

How did you cut the spikes from the upholstery foam? They look so uniform.

#10 comment by Sara Sina April 14, 2019

Just used a sharp scissors, like the king for cutting fabric. We cut them into long triangles, then did a bit of trimming to even them out.

#11 comment by Amberlee Holland November 9, 2019

This looks amazing! Honestly, how many hours would you say you spent on it?

#12 comment by Sara Sina November 10, 2019

Hey Amberlee! The papier mache was the most time consuming, probably took about an hour to mix the flour/water, tear up scraps of newspaper, and then apply for each layer - so 6 hours just for that part. After that, the rest (gluing on the spikes and fins, securing the eyes, and then spray painting) was maybe another 3 hours total.

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