DIY Cereal Bowl Costume


DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |

So MAYBE mom didn’t let you eat sugary cereal as a kid. Well now is the time to rebel everyone. Because if you can’t eat your Froot Loops, you can at least wear them instead. Today we’ve created a giant cereal bowl costume, with pool noodles for Froot Loops and a giant spoon to boot. I just laugh when I look at this costume, so if that’s what you’re going for (And, really, I highly encourage that.) this is the costume for you!

DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |
DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |

36″ Balloon
Newspaper (lots of newspaper!)
Flour and Water (To make paper mache paste)
Pool Noodles in Desired Colors (We used this set (can also buy it here!) + purchased a yellow one separately)
Cardboard (We used a large 40×60″ sheet from the art store)
High Gloss White Spray Paint (I didn’t use high gloss, but wish I did!)
Thick White Ribbon
Box Cutter
Hot Glue Gun
Stapler and/or Duct Tape

DIY Cereal Bowl Costume | DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |
DIY Cereal Bowl Costume | DIY Cereal Bowl Costume | 
DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |
DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |
DIY Cereal Bowl Costume | DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |

1. Make your paper mache paste, using a one to one ratio of water and flour. The paste should be a thick glue like texture. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water. Tear the newspaper into long thin strips. Fully inflate a 36″ balloon with air and set it on something like a box to keep it from rolling around. Begin your first layer of paper mache. Dip each strip of newspaper into the paper mache and squeeze off the excess with your fingers, then place on the balloon. Cover about half of the balloon in one layer and let dry completely.
2. Repeat three more times so you have four layers total. This is really important so the bowl is nice and sturdy for the costume. Once the fourth layer is completely dry, deflate the balloon and you’ll be left with the base of your cereal bowl! You’ll need to trim the top of your bowl to make it even and then cut a hole in the bottom that is big enough for you to fit through and move your legs in (so you can walk). Then, flip your bowl over on top of the large piece of cardboard and trace the perimeter, then cut out the circle you traced. Then, cut a hole in that circle that you can fit through (this will be the top of the bowl that you’ll build your cereal on top of.
3. Spray paint both the outside of the bowl and one side of the cardboard circle white. Let dry according to the instructions on the can.
4.  Using hot glue and an extra set of  hands to hold it in place, hot glue the cardboard inside your bowl, about an inch or two from the top. I recommend gluing from both sides (top and bottom) to make sure it’s extra secure.
5. Step into the bowl and with the help of someone else, measure and cut two pieces of ribbon for straps. Then staple them with several staples to the inside of the hole on the cardboard. Secure with extra duct tape if desired.
6. Slice the pool noodles into one inch wide rings using your box cutter.
7. Hot glue a single layer of noodles to the cardboard, then continue adding noodles on top until they can be seen over the top of the bowl, like a big bowl of froot loops! I wore mine with jean shorts and a tank top underneath.
8. To make the spoon, cut just the shape of the handle of a spoon out of cardboard. Tear off a long piece of foil (as long as the handle) and wrap the cardbaord in it. Hot glue to the back, inside of your bowl.

DIY Cereal Bowl Costume | 
DIY Cereal Bowl Costume |

Photos by Jeff Mindell

If you want to go all out, go as a breakfast group (breakfast club!?) with a donut, a strawberry and a fried egg too! WA-BAM!

 If you make a Studio DIY costume, share it on Instagram with #studiodiyincostume to be featured here on the blog (and for a chance at some other cool surprises we have in store!)!! More costume ideas here.


  • brittni

    Oh my goodness! These costumes just keep getting better and better. This one is my new fave.

  • Ani

    Aaaw I have to keep this in mind, I am absolutely carnival addicted and this costume is just perfect!
    I LOVE it!!!

    ani from ani hearts

  • Jamie

    This is AMAZING! And the 99 cent store has a ton of pool floats right now!

  • Kristina B

    You are straight-up GIFTED

  • Lyndsay

    You are my favourite … Because you make me smile!!! This costume rules the school and I couldn’t love it more. When I first went away to college I was so stoked to buy and eat Fruit Loops!!! For every dang meal for many months… Woh. Xo

    • Kelly

      Haha! Oh college, if only we could eat like we did then all the time! Cereal, pasta, pastries, repeat. 😉

  • Amy

    Kelly this is too freaking adorable. Absolutely my favorite costume so far!

  • Seanna

    This is beautiful!! And I’m almost 100% sold in making this for my costume this year, but here is my worry, am I going to fit through the door?!? And can you sit? What do ya think? Its jut so perfect, I don’t want to pass it up!

    • Kelly

      Yayy!! Yes, you can fit through the door. You’ll use a 36″ balloon, but if you don’t blow it up quite all the way it will fit through most doorways. If you cut the holes big enough you would be able to sit, though you’d need a good amount of room around you to do so! I would say that it’s not a costume I’d wear if you are planning to sit in it all day long, but if you’re just going to an event and want the option to sit down, you should be good! Hope that helps!!

      • Seanna

        totally helps! Im just going to a friends party so theyll just have to make room! 😉 Thank you so much, so excited! Ill make sure to take pictures and send them your way! I have never been to your blog but am OBSESSED with DIY halloween costumes. Last year I was a peacock and ordered real peacock feathers from a peacock farmer for the tail! Love your stuff, you are truly talented! Thanks for all the new ideas 🙂

  • Cara

    Two things: 1). This is the cutest idea! and 2) Now I’m hungry 🙂

  • Alexis

    I love this one so much! It is so cute and so funny and yes, please to the breakfast club!

  • Kee-ju

    The pool noodle Froot Loops are absolute genius. I totally would have tried making each individual loop and ended up burnt out and exhausted. Love, love love 🙂

  • Dee

    i absolutely love this costume. my neice and i just went out and bught everything we need except where do you get a 36 in balloon. i am an activity director at an assisted living community and my residents are going to love it. also i have 70 little preschoolers coming in to trick or treat its going to be awesome great ideas thank you so much. i will take pictures ans send you some. also i am going to do up little baggies of froot loops to hand out to every one…

    • Kelly

      That is SO FUN!!!!! You can buy a 36″ balloon at local party stores like Party City or even on Amazon! Be sure to share a photo of your costume with #studiodiyincostume on Instagram, I can’t wait to see it!!!

  • sharlyn

    This is soooo cute! I had to go to my Grandma’s house to eat froot loops 🙂 Nice job!

  • Maddie

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen, even the styling is adorable! I might have to try it this Halloween!

  • Amanda

    This is SO SO GREAT! Totally made me laugh 😀

  • Lo

    How long is a good time to wait for it to dry before popping the balloon?

  • nora

    Hello I love all your posts ( literally!) , I was wonder what if I made a piñata inspired of 1 of your creations and the I sell it on my small store? is there any problem with that situation? I´ll send u love from Mexico 🙂 <3

    • Kelly

      Hi Nora! Thank you! So glad you love all of my posts. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be ethical to sell or profit off of someone else’s ideas. I would instead encourage you to come up with your own piñata designs and sell those. It is always best to be the originator of the idea if you are going to make money off of it.

      Hope that helps!



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