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DIY Rock Candy Costume


DIY Rock Candy Costume

If I could marry a Halloween costume (LOL?) I would marry the hat for this one. I don’t know why but I am SO INTO IT. After we made it, I just kept walking around the studio saying OMG THIS HAT! IT LOOKS SO REAL!!!

Yes, we made a DIY rock candy costume. Yes, complete with plastic boxes turned sugar crystals. (!!!) HOW FUN IS IT!?!!? I love rock candy because it’s so iconic and recognizable, but the hat really seals the deal. Imagine if you walked around handing out rock candy in it!? You’d be making dreams come true!!!!

DIY Rock Candy Costume

DIY Rock Candy Costume

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DIY Rock Candy Costume

Total Time: 1.5 Hours (+ Dry Time)


Thick Cardboard Tube (Like a heavy wrapping paper roll or aluminum foil roll)
Scrap Cardboard
Smooth Foam Sphere
Tan/Brown Craft Paint
Paint Brush
20 - 2" Clear Gift Boxes
40 - 3" Clear Gift Boxes
Iridescent Mylar
Thick Plastic Headband
Hot Glue Gun
Pins or Safety Pins (To help mark where you want your boxes to go on the dress)
Purple Dress (or other color, for some reason everyone in our office thought purple for rock candy!)
Silver Shoes
Cardboard (or other scrap item to stuff your dress with so you don't glue the front to the back!)


1. Cut your cardboard tube to the desired size. Ours was about 8".
2. Paint your cardboard tube and foam ball tan to look like wood. It's ok to leave some "streaks" to give it a more realistic look! Let dry.
3. While it's drying, put together all your boxes. It's super easy, just fold 'em up!
2. Stuff about 10 small and 4 large boxes with a piece of iridescent mylar. This adds some dimension to the dress!
3. Try your dress on and use safety pins to mark a general outline of where you want the boxes to fall. We narrowed ours around the shoulder and then made it wider to swing around my hip a bit at the bottom.
4. Take the dress off and put something in the center of it (between the front and back) like scrap cardboard. Heat up your hot glue gun!
5. Start gluing on your boxes. Anchor the dress with several of the large ones, placed sporadically across the dress. Then begin filling in with the smaller ones, using primarily ones that don't have mylar inside but evenly distributing the mylar-filled ones in between.
6. You can try the dress on a couple times as you go as it will look a little different on (if it's a stretchy dress) then when it's flat. Then continue building and layering the boxes until you have the look you want!
7. To finish the hat, glue the painted sphere to the top of the cardboard tube.
8. Glue the bottom of the cardboard tube to the headband. You may need to bobby pin or clip the headband to your head to keep it in place while wearing!


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Photos by Jeff Mindell

Wouldn’t it be cute to do all different colors of this and go as a group!? Yes. It would. 😉

p.s. IF you make a Studio DIY costume, please share with #studiodiyincostume on Instagram! Every year I do a HUGE roundup of all your versions of our costumes that I find there and I’d love to include yours!!


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