So You Want To Be A Slurpee…

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You’d better take a sedative, because that’s the only way anyone should ever commit to replicating these costumes.


Here are a few of the specifics, if you’re interested:

The “cup” is cloth automotive headliner fabric (like for the interior roof of your car). I picked it up locally at Hancock Fabrics and then I started to paint.

And paint.

And paint.

It took over a gallon of white latex paint, just to get a basecoat.

And then I did a 2nd coat (took MUCH less).

I taped off each “cup” into sixths.

I found a Slurpee font and downloaded it. Then I used my Silhouette to cut the lettering out of freezer paper. (Tip: When cutting freezer paper with a Silhouette, use the green/cardstock mat, put the dull side down, and cut your design backwards.) The freezer paper only stuck marginally to the painted surface. I had to paint carefully, but it worked out OK.

The red lettering is acrylic craft paint. The blue is latex pain.

I hot glued a “casing” along the top edge. I used sprinkler funny pipe for the frame.

The straws are red pool noodles.

The beverage portion is tulle. There’s also a coordinating colored “collar” hot glued and Gorilla taped inside the rim of the cup. It has an elastic casing to slip over the head.

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  1. wow, very very cute!

  2. This is truly amazing. :)

  3. Those are great, much more creative than my Old Navy costumes!

  4. Heidi Ferguson says:

    Love it Char! I also loved hearing your story of painting and painting and PAINTING and then painting some more. Because that is exactly how I feel right now! They turned out awesome though, so it was worth the effort.

    Happy Halloween!

  5. Char!

    You are my hero. I love this costume and all of the love that you put into it!

    love your guts

  6. Wow!! Those look great. I don't think I'm brave enough to try to make them, but I LOVE them!

  7. You are such a great mom! Those costumes are really great … they'll be a hit!

  8. emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet says:

    THOSE. ARE. AWESOME! Really, one of the best costumes I have seen in a long, long time! They were worth the effort! :)

    Happy Halloween!

  9. Wow! I'd say these definitely go into the "amazing" category!

    I suddenly have a need for a cherry slurpee! Yum!

  10. Renee•Candy Stick Lane says:


  11. Oh my GOSH! Shut the front door! Such fun costumes. You are amazing.

  12. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese says:

    Amazing! Those are prize winners for sure!

  13. Char, those are AMAZING!! I want to be a slurpee for Halloween! WIll you make me one! ;D

  14. This is awesome!

  15. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

    haha those are awesome!!

  16. Thanks for taking one for the team! Now I know I never have to make a slurpee costume! (or at least to take a sedative first) You did a tremendous job though. Our costumes here are cardboard and duct tape ;)

  17. Crafty Christina says:

    Wow, I made a Slurpee costume too, but it looks totally different. Funny how the same idea turns out so different.

  18. You are insane. In an awesomely crafty way. :)

  19. Birdie3008 says:

    One of the most original costumes I've seen in a long time!

  20. Those are incredible. I am awed and amazed.

  21. sisters4saymoreismore says:

    hilarious!!! i LOVE this!!!


  22. you are seriously amazing.

  23. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    Wow Char, those are awesome!!!

  24. Mormishmom says:

    Freakin' awesome. That is all.

  25. You are so creative! I love them!

  26. Did you notice that you "freudianly" slipped in the word "pain" instead of "paint"? They are awesome costumes! AND you could use them again…they seem indestructible!

  27. OH MY WORD. These are beyond everything. I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  28. sarah*spunda says:


  29. best costumes, ever!!!

  30. Twins Squared says:

    Ohhh…my… goodness!!! I can't believe you made those. I hope that everyone who sees them realizes all of the hard work that went into them. Great job!

  31. brown paper packages says:

    Okay Char, you've just set the bar WAY too high. Once again, you hit it out of the park. SO cute!

  32. I loved seeing these slurpees walk through the parade! Too bad your little Elf and Santa couldn't have walked too.

  33. The Harding Hive says:

    I still can't even believe these costumes! SO awesome! I guess I AM proud to call you my friend, despite that you want to give my boyfriend some chapstick and an inhaler.

  34. Those are really cute but you are insane! I mean that in the best way. :)

  35. Those are adorable! I would be crazy enough to make something like that. I make a food themed costume every year for my 7 year old. We've done popcorn, corn on the cob, eggs & bacon, pizza, and this year a pinata (not food, but he is stuffed with candy). Great job!

  36. Amanda Brantley says:

    You win the mom of the year award for those costumes. period.

  37. INCREDIBLE!!!!

  38. I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar says:

    Char, Those costumes are AMAZING! I love it! Sounds like it was a ton of work, but they really turned out perfectly. So creative, too. You rock.

  39. Those are awesome. I think I would have copped out with butcher or craft paper from a spool. The tulle is genius!

  40. Christine says:

    Holy crap! Love the tulle…

  41. Holy Hannah, those are amazing! Seriously intense. I am beyond impressed!

  42. GoddessMychele says:

    Wow- you are amazing! Those rock!!!

  43. The Robinsons says:

    I am in complete awe. You are GOOD.

  44. applesofgold says:

    These are so fun!

  45. These are winners!! I love them!
    Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks

  46. Carla Hegeman Crim says:


  47. YOU are incredible. Holy Cow.

  48. This is amazing!

  49. desroche85 says:

    These are the coolest costumes ever! Awesome!

  50. I just finished the body of this costume for my 11 year old granddaughter. I sewed together 3 blue and 3 white 12″ x 58″ strips of heavy felt. I hemmed the bottom and on the top I used a small 60″ hoola hoop, sewing the material around it. The letters will be made out of felt, we’re using heavy blue netting and found a bendable toy that looks like a straw. It only took me about 3 hours to make the body but anticipate a few extra hours to do the lettering. Will try to post a picture when done.

    • Erin Byrge says:

      This is the same approach I took. I used polar fleece instead of felt, but same idea. Pretty easy, actually. Unless you hate to sew. Sewing in the hoola hoop took an extra set of hands – but it turned out so cute!

      • I ended up using a quilting hoop instead of the hula hoop, as once the fabric is held between the two rings you can tighten it down. It worked great.

  51. How many yards of fabric do you need for one costume?

  52. R. U. Kidding??? Wow, wow, wow………..Char, you are the bomb!!!

  53. Thanks so much for this idea. I made these for my kids this Halloween, using your instructions and modifying to fit my materials. They got a ton of compliments!

  54. SO awesome and I want to thank you so much. You totally inspired my uncreative self to make this and it was a huge hit! Beyond!! I wish I could post a picture of it but don’t know how to do that. For our straw we painted the inside of a wrapping paper roll red. I glue gunned everything but sewed the material around the hula hoop. It turned out so great. A millio

  55. What a clever costume – these Slurpee costumes are so cool!

    I thought you might be interested in knowing of a creative costume contest at – you may enter multiple times as long as each entry is a unique costume!

    Keep up the great and creative work!


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  60. Thank you for the idea. I made the costume for my husband to wear to our trunk n treat. It was a hit.

    I used a white tablecloth. The kind that is vinyl. Then used blue painters tape for the blue part. I printed out the letters. Cut them, then put the painters tape around them. The red letters I spray painted. Then hot glued on. They were paper too. I used an old shirt for the inside. It worked perfectly. Hot glue is awesome! And of course glued the outside to the pipe. The pipe was the key that put it all together.:)

  61. hey I know it’s been awhile from when you posted this but I thought I would try.. I am doing a slurpee costume this year and I can’t find the slurpee font…. Can you tell me the name of the font you used?


  62. Nice job

  63. Very good post. I’m experiencing many of these issues as well..


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