How to make a costume out of plastic bags

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How to make a costume out of plastic bags
A jelly bean bag costume is easy and inexpensive to make. (Martin Poole/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether you are creating a costume for a fancy dress party or need a Halloween outfit for trick-or-treating, the simplest costumes are often the most effective. Plastic bags can be adapted to make a variety of costumes. White trash bags are perfect for a ghost costume so long as you remember not to put them over your head - use white face paint instead. Black trash bags can be made into dresses and capes for a witch or wizard costume. Clear trash bags work perfectly for a jelly bean costume.

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Things you need

  • White shirt
  • Dark trousers
  • Large clear plastic trash bag
  • Coloured balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Jelly bean label

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  1. 1

    Wear a white shirt and dark trousers as a base for underneath your costume.

    Cut two holes in the bottom of a clear plastic trash bag, large enough for your legs to fit through. Step into the bag and pull it up around your waist.

  2. 2

    Fill the bag with as many brightly coloured balloons as you can fit comfortably. Mix up the colours and make sure they are covering your body on all sides.

  3. 3

    Tie the bag at the neck with a large colourful ribbon, creating a large ruffle around your jaw line. Take care not to tie it too tightly.

  4. 4

    Print out a jelly bean label design you find online. Alternatively create your own label by cutting a large jelly bean shape out of card stock and designing a logo. Stick the label on to the front of your costume.

Tips and warnings

  • Tape the base of the bag around your waist if you are concerned about being able to use the rest room while in your costume.
  • Wear a light shirt as plastic costumes may make you hot.
  • Never place a sealed plastic bag directly over your head.

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