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How to make a soap and loofah costume

Make these squeaky-clean costumes for under $40

This Halloween, keep it squeaky clean with a friend by making these homemade soap-and-loofah costumes. For less than $40, you can have two costumes for the price of one, plus they're both really easy to put together.
Make these squeaky-clean costumes for under $40
Soap and Loofah costume

Head to your local arts and crafts store and get ready to make a real costume-party splash.

Supplies needed*

  • Dresses, or top and shorts, of the same color
  • 15 yards of matte net (the same color as the clothes): $22.35
  • 12/32 inch cord: $2.99
  • 60-pack of safety pins: $2.99
  • Two 36-inch by 36-inch sheets of white felt: $7.98
  • Four 9-inch by 12-inch sheets of blue felt: $0.80
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Pencil
  • *Prices may vary

Soap and Loofah costumeLoofah costume instructions

Step 1: Cut the netting into 15 easier-to-manage pieces. Each piece doesn't have to be exactly one yard — just be sure they are all about the same size.
Step 2: Take one piece of netting, and wrap it around your clothing. Hold it in place with a safety pin. This works best if you are wearing the clothing, so you don't wrap the netting too tightly.
Step 3: Gather and bunch the wrapped netting, and pin it in a few random places. Ask a friend for help in the back!
Step 4: Repeat the second step until your dress or top and shorts are entirely covered with netting. Don't forget to gather and bunch each layer before adding a new one.
Step 5: Tame any loose ends, and complete the loofah effect by simply pinching parts of the netting and pinning underneath layers, not on top of them.
Step 6: Add a rope to your homemade Halloween costume by twisting the cord together before pinning it underneath a layer of netting.

Soap costume instructions

Soap letter cut outsStep 1: Using a hot glue gun, glue three edges of the white felt together. If you're good with a needle and thread, you can sew the edges together instead.
Step 2: Cut out three holes: one for your head and two for your arms. Have a friend help you figure out where exactly to cut them.
Step 3: Cut out the word "soap" from the blue felt. Use a pencil to trace so you can erase any visible marks. Then, arrange and glue each letter onto the white felt.
Step 4: If you have any bubble wrap around the house, glue some on to to make your Halloween costume look full of suds.

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