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Grocery Getups: Hula Dancer

Going to the supermarket takes on a whole new meaning when the goal is to look for ingredients for costumes. Who knew you could use ordinary household supplies to create Halloween haute couture?




These girls were transformed into hula dancers in one afternoon. Their leis are made of vibrantly colored gift bows; their swinging skirts, fashioned from rope-style mop heads. The dancer on the left is even a ukulele player; her instrument is made out of recycled cardboard cereal boxes, a paper-towel tube, and rubber bands.


  • 2 rope-style mop heads
  • 2-inch-wide cloth ribbon
  • 1 pack gift bows
  • 1 pair flip-flops
  • 2 cereal boxes (1 small, 1 mini)
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • 1 box brass paper fasteners


  1. Step 1

    Cut two rope-style mop heads down their center seams to create four panels; line up side by side.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a piece of 2-inch-wide cloth ribbon the length of the panels, plus 12 inches on each side for tying.

  3. Step 3

    Using a hot-glue gun, apply glue to the edges of the panels; fold ribbon in half over edges.

  4. Step 4

    Cut ribbon to desired lengths for lei, headpiece, and bracelets. For lei, make about six evenly spaced crimps in ribbon, securing each with transparent tape so it will lie flat around neck.

  5. Step 5

    Affix self-adhesive gift bows in assorted sizes and colors to each ribbon; loop ribbons and secure ends with double-sided tape.

  6. Step 6

    3. Decorate flip-flops by affixing one large gift bow to the top of each strap.

  7. Step 7

    You'll need a small cereal box and a mini cereal box. Flatten boxes, cut along one side of each, and reassemble inside out using tape.

  8. Step 8

    Use a foam cup to trace a circle on the center of the small box; cut out with scissors or a utility knife. Attach 3 brass fasteners about 1 1/2 inches below hole.

  9. Step 9

    Cut 2 inches off one end of a paper-towel tube. Use the tube to trace one circle on the top of the small cereal box and another on the bottom of the mini cereal box; cut out.

  10. Step 10

    Attach three brass fasteners to the front of the mini cereal box. To connect boxes to tube, apply hot glue to inside edges of holes, and insert one end of tube in each. For strings, attach three long rubber bands to fasteners at both ends.

Halloween 2004, Special Issue 2004



Reviews (11)

  • houseof8 6 Oct, 2011

    To Jenudi, you have to keep clicking "Read More" and it eventually goes to other costume directions. Not especially user-friendly .... eventually get there.

  • honaker13 26 Sep, 2011

    So if I wanted to make the dragon toddler costume where do I find a matching hat like that? And what's the best place to get the candy cups? Thanks!

  • bbkrulis 19 Oct, 2010

    Fabulous costume ideas but it woulld be great if the materials list include all the necessary mateials required. Both the Hula Dancers and the Knight costumes fail to list "Ribbon" until you read the instructions. I'm not Martha and don't have a gazillion craft supplies just lying around my dedicated "craft room."

  • japantanker 8 Aug, 2010

    when I click "print" at the top, it takes me to the hula costume. is there a better link to print these instructions?

  • lizbethann 19 Mar, 2010

    couldn't you just picture lady gaga in the space suit!? its so edgy and fierce. i think i may just make this for myself to wear to my next Halloween party!

  • anjade 11 May, 2009

    Please use spellcheck!!!

  • sigridsoto 2 Nov, 2008

    she is way to coshes even the clothe we wear is flammable that's why we keep a close eye on are children and guest

  • nightgirlALM 20 Oct, 2008

    the skirt is made from mops, not trash bags....

  • lostinthesixties 19 Oct, 2008

    OMG! This costume is a serious fire hazard! Plastic trash bag skirt? Why not just call it the Torch?

  • CraftTestDummies 22 Feb, 2008

    This would be great rainy-day or snow day activity. What better way to beat the weather than to host your own home-made hula party! Big thumbs up!!!

  • slodeester 31 Dec, 2007

    What a great idea! Except for the mop heads, I think every crafter probably has all the materials on hand.