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No-Sew Costume: Bubble Wrap Jellyfish




  • Bubble wrap
  • Umbrella
  • White enamel paint or white tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lightweight iridescent cellophane
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Open umbrella. Cover metal or black parts with white enamel paint or white tape.

  2. Step 2

    For first 8 tentacles, cut strips of large Bubble Wrap on diagonal between bubbles; vary lengths by taping 2 or 3 strips end to end with clear packing tape. Tape a tentacle to inside rim of each umbrella panel. Now cut 16 strips of small Bubble Wrap 22 inches long and 5 inches wide; shred and twist 1 long edge of each. Cut 8 same-size strips of lightweight iridescent cellophane; sandwich each between 2 bubble strips; hot-glue smooth edges of tentacles to umbrella spokes. (Plastic will melt.)

  3. Step 3

    Cut 2 base strips from small bubbles, 10 inches wide and as long as you like; shred long edges. Cut 8 strips of small bubbles; shred 1 edge of each. Hot-glue smooth edges of 4 strips to each center strip -- each side. Tape thick tentacles to cross spokes at top of umbrella.

Halloween 2000, Fall 2000



Reviews (7)

  • moondance1 14 Oct, 2012

    First of all, I miss watching your show....I saw the jellyfish costume when I was watching TV and decided to make it for Halloween. I couldn't find a bubble umbrella, so I stripped one of my umbrellas, recovered it with semi-clear plastic purchased from a home decorating store and will proceed with the rest of the costume tonight. Thank you to your and your staff for all your hard work!

  • montesorrimom 10 Sep, 2012

    Oh man these people are dumb!!!! Just look at the photo

  • IrishIrene 1 Nov, 2011

    made this for my 10yr old Granddaughter. She won first prize. ! Sewed strips onto a t-shirt too, it helped give an overall effect. Sprayed the whole thing with glitter hair spray.
    Then... her 4yr old brother wore it the next day at kindergarden and won first prize too...!!
    Mummy was thrilled - I was in shock..!
    Thanks Martha. Hope you can give us an idea now for next year - the standard is set...!!
    Oh, and it only cost me $5 to make. Brilliant.

  • klm2575 26 Oct, 2010

    These directions are AWFUL. I've read and re-read about a million times. Even had my husband read it and neither of us understand what you are talking. Would someone PLEASE clarify. I will probably just make it up as I go.

  • Jan_B 8 Oct, 2010

    Can you please simplify the directions to decorate the umbrella. The center tentacle needs to be clarified for me. Does shred, mean to cut in to strips? how wide do you cut the 8 strips to attach to the 10 inch ones, and where do they attach to each other?

    Thank you

  • bearsmamma789 29 Oct, 2009

    i did this this year but i spray painted it pink and purple and it was awsom

  • sgardner 29 Oct, 2008

    I went as this a few years ago and it was fabulous!