DIY Sushi Roll Costume

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After about 8 non-consecutive hours spent, my Halloween sushi costume is ready to go!

You know I love a good DIY costume, and I’ve been dreaming of creating my own California roll costume ever since seeing this cutie patootie on The Fat Jewish‘s IG last year:

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To find out how I created this beauty, continue reading! 

Like most DIYs, I started with a good ol’ Google search. I found a great tutorial on Style Me Pretty and modified it to best suit my needs and resources.

Here’s what I used for my costume:

  • Cardboard
  • Black fabric
  • Foam sheets
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun/sticks
  • Scissors
  • Orange Pom Poms
  • Black headband
  • Felt (Dark green, green and peach)

I tried my best to document the process, but I often times got too excited or too busy and forgot to snap a pic. Here’s the creation process, from left to right, by row:

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Row 1

1: Cut out two same-sized circles out of cardboard for the front and back panels.

2: Cut out a panel out of cardboard. This will be the width of the cylindrical shape you’re creating. I eyeballed it, so just make sure that the length of the panel is long enough to wrap around the circumference of the circles from 1.1.

  • Bend the cardboard along the grooves so that it can wrap around the circles smoothly.
  • Cut out 3 holes – 1 for your head and 2 for your arms.

3. Assemble the three cardboard panels by gluing the 2 circles to the panels using a hot glue gun around the circumference of the circles.

Row 2

  1. Cover the side of the sushi with black fabric to look like seaweed. Use a hot glue gun to stick the fabric to the cardboard.
  2. Cut out your shapes for the rice, cucumber, avocado and crab meat.
  3. Paint the foam for the filling. Note: you can also wrap with coloured felt.

Not pictured:

  1. Hot glue gun the rice and filling to the front and back of the cardboard.
  2. Add orange pom poms for the roe.

Ta da!

I really liked the Wasabi and Ginger headband, so I created it with felt:

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Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create it. Note: I can’t sew, so I used my hot glue gun 🙂

Looking forward to the parties this weekend! My next step is to build in a cup holder for all of the beverages I’m sure to consume. 😉

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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