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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?

Source: Halloween 2004, Special Issue 2004


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

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

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

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

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

  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. 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. 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. 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.

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