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DIY Popcorn Costume


DIY Popcorn Costume |

I’d like to dedicate this costume to my new-found love of Snapchat TV movie marathons (If you follow me over there, you know what I’m talking about!). But really, this DIY popcorn costume is perhaps the cheapest and easiest of ALL the costumes to make! Crumple, paint, glue, wear. BA-BAM! Your kids could do it too, and OMG how cute would this be on a little kiddo!? Plus, you get to carry around popcorn as your prop, so THAT is reason enough, yes?

DIY Popcorn Costume |
DIY Popcorn Costume |

DIY Popcorn Costume


White Crop Top (A few here and here!)
Red + White Striped Dress or Red Dress
White Computer Paper
Yellow Paint or Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun
THIS PURSE would be an amazing accessory! Or a real popcorn box, too!

DIY Popcorn Costume DIY Popcorn Costume
DIY Popcorn Costume DIY Popcorn Costume


1. Tear a stack of computer paper in half, width-wise. To make each little popcorn, crumple one half piece of paper. The best method I found is to crumple the edges and kind of tuck them “under” so you get the smoother part (like real popcorn has!) and the ruffly part like it has too. You’ll need several dozen of these, but the exact amount will depend
2. In a well ventilated area, lay out all your popcorn pieces and spray paint them with yellow paint. Since popcorn is never even or all the same color (gotta fight for those buttery pieces!), I purposely made mine uneven, leaving some pieces white.
3. Starting around the neck of the shirt, hot glue the popcorn pieces on, right next to each other so they overlap a bit.
4. Continue all the way around the shirt until it’s completely covered. Wear it over top the red + white striped dress and you’ve got yourself a SUPER affordable popcorn costume!

DIY Popcorn Costume | 
DIY Popcorn Costume |
DIY Popcorn Costume |
DIY Popcorn Costume |

Photos by Jeff Mindell

So the moral of the story is, if you were driving by the 99 cent store on La Brea at 8am a few weeks ago, you would have seen a giant popcorn dumping popcorn on herself and if you make this costume too, THAT COULD BE YOU! Ok, you don’t have to dump popcorn on yourself, but it really helps to give that FULL effect.

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!)!!


  • Monique | WritingMonique

    KELLY! This is SO brilliant! I can’t even… Wow! Just wow!

  • Claire

    Made me smile. So fun and clever 🙂

  • Sarah

    This is such a brilliant costume! I love it. And popcorn is my fav, so this would be perfect.

    xo, Sarah

  • Kathleen

    I thought you couldn’t possibly top the burger costume from last week but this one is even better!! And the fact that it’s so easy to make – perfect!!

  • Brittany

    This is so fun! The way you made the kernels is genius! I love that this is so simple to make.

  • Heather

    Okay, so how’s the wearability? I want to whip up something similar for the Disney World Halloween party but don’t want to regret itchy paper balls.
    This is a totally adorable costume.

    • Kelly

      It’s actually pretty comfortable! Definitely wasn’t itchy at all. If you’re concerned, I would just avoid putting the paper directly under the armhole so there isn’t too much bulk there making it uncomfortable. Otherwise, you should be good to go! Have fun!!

  • Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

    There is a brilliant haute couture vibe going on with that amazing crumpled paper!!! Watch out, Rodarte! So clever and hilarious! I love this costume so much!! Xo

  • Katie

    Hi Kelly!
    I absolutely love this costume! The combination of using a dress and a crop top is an awesome idea. I actually use to work at a hardware store where we would give out small bags of popcorn to customers. So seeing this costume idea really made me happy (lol)!

    I been following your blog for the longest time and your fun DIYs always bring a smile to my face! Keep up the amazing work 🙂

  • Yasmin

    This costume is stupendous! I love it – so creative. And the best part – it’s not a slutty costume. Finally! Something I can wear without feeling like I need to show a ton of skin. Once I walked into a Ricky’s in NYC and the only non-sexy costume I could find was a Star Trek uniform. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    xx Yasmin

  • Charlotte

    Also.. CUTE! & Jammie


  • Popcorn Man

    That’s a pretty sweet costume, if you could get a combo with some friends wearing a drink and candy you could probably win some contests.

  • Fretchcostam

    COol, just one thing, where do you get the skirt?

  • Xuan Thu

    Very creative, I really like them

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