We know. We know. It seems like Halloween keeps getting pushed on us earlier and earlier every year — but if you are looking into DIYing your own costume creation this year, August is when you gotta start the brainstorming process. Although, this super-cute homemade cupcake costume is so easy to put together, you're definitely going to have some time to spare.

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If you are so over dressing up in a scary costume, this sweet DIY is for you.

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  • Large tub
  • Saw or box cutter
  • One large bag of poly fill
  • One bag of small multicolored pom-poms
  • One yard of tulle
  • 4 large pieces of poster board (color of your choice)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Headband
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Ribbon
  • Sheet of colored felt
  • Gold paperweight (can be found at party supply stores)
  • Pink tights


1. The cupcake

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With a steady hand and a friend to help, grab a saw or box cutter and cut off the bottom of the tub. The amount you cut off will depend on your height and the length you want the cupcake to be.

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2. The cupcake wrapper

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Fold each piece of paper in approximately two-inch sections like an accordion. Fold four pieces of poster board to assure you'll have enough to wrap around the tub.

Next Up: Get gluing

Originally published October 2013. Updated August 2017.

3. Get gluing

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Apply hot glue to the tub in small sections right below the top lip. Glue each piece of poster board one by one. The glue dries quickly, so glue, then place the board, and so on. Use caution with the hot glue gun to prevent painful burns.

4. The frosting

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Grab medium-sized clumps of the poly fill and roll into a more secure bunch. Apply glue to the top of the lip of the bin and place down. Continue all the way around the top, stacking the poly fill higher. Remember to keep a hole in the center to stand in.

5. Tulle time

Cut a large piece of tulle or use the entire yard and place it over the poly fill. Hot-glue the edges of the tulle on the outside of the lip of the tub, against the poster board and on the inside. This will keep the frosting from falling off and losing shape.

6. Sprinkles

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Hot-glue the mini pom-poms to the tulle. This will create a sprinkle effect and add some color to the cupcake.

7. Straps

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Tie two pieces of ribbon to the two handles so they're hidden by the tulle, or hot-glue the ribbon to the inside of the bin. Measure the ribbon prior to cutting to be sure the straps are long enough.

8. Make the candle headband

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Grab an empty toilet paper roll and wrap it in a piece of colored felt. Hot-glue a piece of ribbon around the roll. Stick the paperweight inside the roll and hot-glue it into place. Put hot glue on the headband and secure your DIY candle!

If this cupcake costume doesn't hit your "sweet spot," we've still got loads of Halloween costume ideas at the ready. Like our cutie cupcake, this DIY bat costume is clever and quick — and perfect for people who love to dress in all black. We also can't get enough of this homegrown (and affordable) Katniss Everdeen costume, along with other DIY favorites like Flo the Progressive Lady, Dora the Explorer, and Rosie the Riveter. And when you're really pressed for time (read: you totally forgot to buy your Halloween gear), there are at least 19 last-minute Halloween costumes you can pull together using only makeup.

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