As Halloween was fast approaching, my youngest daughter and I were in desperate need of costume inspiration. I honestly don’t know what search phrase I had used, but somehow came across google images of homemade jellyfish costumes. I took a quick look, said to myself “how cute”, and moved on.
A short time later I casually showed my daughter the images, and to my surprise, she flipped! After that, there was no question as to what she wanted to be for Halloween. A jellyfish it will be.”
There were quite a variety of methods to create this costume. Some quite short & simple, others listed an extensive number of necessary supplies and instruction. Their end result looked amazing, but I felt I didn’t quite have the patience or skill set to pull that off. Most of all, I wanted to do this at minimal cost.
So, to get started, I took inspiration from a number of projects and came up with one that worked for us. Inexpensive, easy to assemble, and super cute!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 umbrella (dome shaped preferably)
- 5 rolls assorted wired & curly gift wrapping ribbon
- 2-3 strings LED lights
- glue gun and/or strong, clear tape
Fist up, the main component….an umbrella. The domed shape seemed to look the best for this purpose, but they don’t seem to be that popular at our local stores. This Kids Clear Bubble Umbrella by totes (Blue) is the one I purchased at Amazon. A bit more than I thought I’d pay for an umbrella, but then again I’m sure this would work with a standard shaped umbrella as well.
Next, we’ll need some tentacles!! This part was fun. I went to the dollar store and bought about 5 rolls of gift wrapping ribbon (the kind with the wire in it for shaping). I picked the kind used for weddings, as they had a nice iridescence and sparkle to them. Also, added some standard curling ribbon for variety. Cut all to 25″ to 30″ in length. I used a glue gun to attach them, and reinforced with packing tape. The night we went trick or treating was insanely windy, but the tentacles held up great!
Then came lighting. This part really took things over the top. We purchased these LED Lights from, of course, Amazon. The hubby used Velcro to attached the battery pack inside the umbrella and stung them throughout the umbrella. The result was stunning. At night, the lights reflected off of the tentacles in such a way that it really looked authentic!
I must admit, this was my first attempt at a hand made costume, and I’m am so, so happy with the results. Yeah me!
Here is a brief step by step on how I put this together……
Here, the bubble umbrella purchased from Amazon.
I used a combination of basic curling ribbon and wire gift wrap ribbon cut to approx. 30″ lengths.
I hot glued the curling ribbon to the other ribbon so there would be one unit to attach to the umbrella, instead of attaching each kind separately.
Then I glued the ribbon pieces around the inside of the umbrella. I ended up reinforcing this by also taping them with clear packing tape to withstand the wind.
And here of some shots of where the hubs attached the LED Lights
battery packs with Velcro. We ended up using 3 strings of light. In my opinion, 2 strings got the job done just as well. NOTE: I would recommend avoiding stringing the light in the front of the umbrella too much so the light isn’t shining in your eyes.
At the last minute my daughter decided her jelly needed some eyes. We just cut out felt and paper and taped the eyes to the front. Gives it a little personality, right?
Let me tell you…this costume was a hit! I must have been stopped a dozen times by folks asking me about how I made it and how great it looked. And in the dark, she positively glowed!
The best part? There is no “size” to this costume. Her sister can use it next year, or she can use it again if she’d like. There is no outgrowing this one. Can’t beat that!
I know a lot of you have gone the homemade costume route in the past. I’d love to hear what you’ve done!
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