It’s never to early to start getting ideas for next year’s family costumes! If you are looking for something that feels more like an original Halloween costume that is also totally capable of being a cheap (Dollar Tree) DIY project, take a look at how I made this family S’mores Costume!
Believe it or not, almost all of these supplies came from the Dollar Tree! The rest, I bought from Walmart for a low prices! (I call this a mommy win!) Take a look at how I spent $16 on a family smores costume!
Dollar Tree: ($8.00)
Two Cardboard Project Boards (It should be white on one side and cardboard colored on the other side with the ends folded in)
Two Packs of Metallic “poster board” (Seemed closer to Metallic paper)
A tiny sewing kit with needles and thread (If you don’t already have this at home)
Foam Mounting Tape
Black and Silver Duct Tape
1 yard of cheap brown fabric. (They were out of brown felt squares) ($3.00)
Project Fleece ($5.00)
Preparation (Approx. 10 min)
- To get the material for your Hershey Bar, start by cutting the folded side off one of the cardboard project boards. These are already the perfect size for the candy bar so no further cutting is necessary, unless the board is too long for your toddler. I have a tall two year old so the length was just right for me, but make sure you check if you are making this part of the costume for a smaller child. You can cut off the folded ends of the other board as well or you can be lazy like me and tape the ends down and give the heavier board to your husband! LOL
2. Using a sheet of the silver metallic poster board, cut out 5 rectangles to eventually resemble a Hershey bar’s foil. The rectangles should be about 3ish inches in height, cutting across the shorter length of the poster board.
3. Cut the yard of brown fabric in half, so that each half can be wrapped around the cardboard.
Start the Process! (Approx 3 hours)
1. MARSHMALLOW: The project fleece comes folded, but you can fold the fleece to your liking if it is too thick or too short. Next wrap the fleece once around your child to measure the correct length and cut the fabric where appropriate. At this time you can also mark where the arm holes should be. Later you can cut these holes out. This does not have to be perfect. Next, use a simple needle and white thread to sew the ends together, making sure to leave enough space to slide the fleece on your child.
2. CANDY BAR, Prepare the LETTERS: This step took me over an HOUR because I took my time to get it right. I downloaded a picture of a Hershey bar on my phone, so that I could duplicate the font as closely as possible. You may want to use a ruler or tape measure to make sure that your letters are even! I used a ruler app on my IPhone. Using the silver metallic paper from the second packet, draw the letters out on the white side, and then carefully cut out the letters. One sheet is enough to make the word “Hershey’s”. The letters were about 6 inches wide, except for the E’s, which were closer to 5 inches wide.
3. FIRE: This step is optional in my opinion. I decided to do it because I had leftover red, orange, and yellow tissues paper from birthdays/holidays. I also used some of the gold metallic project paper and it only took me about five minutes. Line all the colors up and cut out flames, some small, some big. Then spread them out a little and tape the tissue paper on top of the gold metallic paper! Easy!
4.GRAHAM CRACKERS: Measure the boards to find the center point on each side. Next, draw LARGE dashes throughout the centers of the board to resemble the demarcation lines of a graham cracker. Larges dashes just look better to me. Next ,draw or poke dots on the board, again, to resemble a graham cracker. I did a pattern for each square on the board so that the dots would look uniform, but that is optional. I did three dots, then two, then 3, and so on.
5. Prepare COSTUME STRAPS: Using the black duct tape, pull out the desired length of your straps. Next pull out an identical length of tape and carefully press the sticky sides together. Violà!!! You should have one strap each for the graham crackers and two for the Hershey’s bar.
Bring It All Together! (Approx 30 min)
Now it’s time for the fun part, put it all together.
1. CANDY BAR: Wrap the cut fabric around both boards tightly and use the silver duct tape to secure the ends of the of the fabric to the board. Make sure the duct tape can be covered by the silver metallic paper on the front side. If desired, you can sew the fabric down for a more secure hold. I did not do this but I did notice a little slippage after the night was over. Next, attach the silver metallic cutouts to the front of the bar. fold the ends over to the back and use the silver duct tape to secure it down.
2. LETTERS: Attached the mounting squares to the back of the letters. The more you attach, the better it sticks. You can also use the mounting tape squares to help secure the fabric on the Hershey bar and anything else that need its. Next, carefully attach the letters to the fabric and press down.
3. Attach the STRAPS: Use the silver duct tape to attach the straps to each board like shown in the pictures.
Tip 1 : Make sure the costume straps are long enough to go over everyone’s head!
Tip 2: If making the candy bar doesn’t sound appealing, I love the idea of wearing a Hershey t-shirt! You can buy it HERE
That’s it folks! Tell me about your family costumes below in the comment section!