DIY Halloween Costume: Sushi Roll
October 17, 2013
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I'm not sure who's more in love with this costume, myself or Abby's sweet little lady, Audrey. One thing I know for sure is that I'm now officially obsessed with Halloween. Between little William's incredible hot air ballon attire and Audrey's sushi costume, I just don't think I can handle any more adorableness. To see all of the details, click here! 
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(2 ½ yards) ½” thick sheet foam 
Black vinyl fabric
White foam peanuts
White fabric
Felt in various colors
Black kids’ headband
Utility knife
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
5” pearl mandarin orange balloons
Spray Adhesive


step-1 Cut 2 circles out of the cardboard that will be wide enough to fit your child’s torso. If you’d like them to be able to sit down, make sure the circle is not longer than their shoulders to their hips. Wrap the cardboard circles with white fabric and hot glue in place.

step-2 Trim the width of the foam sheet to 2’. Wrap in the black vinyl fabric and hot glue in place.

step-3 Hot glue the foam around the edge of the circles. Circles should be about 1” inside the edge of the foam.

step-4 Cut a hole in the center of the foam large enough for your child’s head. Cut a hole on the opposite side of the foam large enough for their torso. Have them try on the costume, mark where their arms are. Remove the costume and cut out holes for the arms.

step-5Place the roll in a large cardboard box or on a plastic dropcloth. Cover the white fabric on one side with spray adhesive. Drop the foam peanuts on top and let set for 5 minutes. Shake off the excess peanuts. Repeat for a second layer of peanuts, then flip the roll over and repeat on that side.

step-6Cut slices of remaining foam into jellybean-like shapes. To make the avocado, layer dark green on medium green on light green felt and hot glue together. Wrap around a foam piece, glue in place, and trim excess. To make the fish pieces, draw a series of “U” or “V” shapes on orange felt. Cut out the shapes and then glue to a lighter yellow piece of felt with a ¼” space between each shape. Wrap around a foam piece, glue in place, and trim excess. Remove some peanuts from the middle of the roll and glue the fish pieces in the center.

step-7Blow up about 20 orange balloons- blow up to the fullest size and then leak air slowly until you reach the most round shape and tie off. Hot glue the tied ends to the top of the sushi roll.

step-8Fringe a piece of dark green felt on both sides and hot glue to the headband. Cut (2) ½” wide pieces of pale peach felt and curl around each other in a bundle; hot glue to the green felt. Cut a 4” x 2” piece of pale green felt and swirl it into a bundle; hot glue to green felt.

step-9Get your little one dressed in black pants and shirt, help them into the sushi roll, and top with the wasabi-ginger headband.

Photography: Ruth Eileen