Bunch O' Grapes - DIY Costume Guide

6 years ago

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Last year at about this time, I stumbled across American Apparel’s DIY Halloween Guide. I fell in love with the easy homemade costumes that could be created by adding a few accessories to items already found in your closet. There were quite a few costumes on the top of my list, including this adorable jellyfish get-up, but in the end, the idea of hitting the town as a bunch o’ grapes took the cake. I already had a long-sleeved purple shirt, so all I needed to finish off this costume was purple balloons, safety pins, a ball of yarn, and purple tights or leggings.

Blowing up the balloons takes a bit of time, especially if you calculate in the break time needed so you don’t pass out! Once you have the balloons blown up, you start tying them onto the yarn. You can create multiple 5-7 ft lengths of rope with the balloons tied on every 4-5 inches.


Once your balloons are attached to the yarn, begin attaching the yarn to your shirt or dress using safety pins. Make sure to try on your costume multiple times during the pinning process. This step helps you get a feel for what areas might need a few more balloons and also assures comfort once you are three times your original width!


To top off the costume, I donned purple eye make-up, and attached a bunch of plastic grapes in my hair. Although my costume was adorable AND affordable, I do have a few warnings. This dress is not easy to drive in. I was required to remove my grapes each time we go in the car. If you are going to be driving around town, make sure you wear a bottom layer that is appropriate to get you from one destination to the next. Because you won’t be wearing your costume while you drive, make sure you trunk is big enough to tote around your balloons. Lastly, I highly recommend a travel size can of hair spray or water filled spray bottle. You’ll need all the help you can get wrangling in the static that will take over your hair!


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