It was this time last year that we had decided to be fast food restaurant mascots for Halloween. And let me tell you – finding a Jack-in-the-box costume was impossible – which meant I was left to make one on my own. I scoured the internet trying to find the best tutorials and aside from making one from paper mache – I found nothing. Let me tell you right now – what we came up with was far easier than paper mache!

Family Costumes, fast food mascots

The trick was finding a large round object we could fit a head in. I’m embarrassed to admit how long I searched for something that fit the criteria but I found it as unusual as it was: An acrylic replacement globe for an outdoor light fixture. It was 16″ wide and the opening was 8″. It was perfect.

And although I spent forever searching for this – it took no time at all to create the actual head. I drilled two holes for eyes – measuring as best I could so Steve could see out of it. Then I used sheets of foam to create the face pieces. (These pictures were taken after Halloween and you’ll see the nose got a little abused and bent from moving it around and storing it.)  You’ll notice in the picture the eyes are large round circles. I only used those for pictures. After pictures, we replaced them with circles with holes cut out of the middle so he could see.

With the head complete, Steve put on his Sunday best and he was done. The neighborhood loved him!

DIY Jack in the box costume

DIY Jack in the box costume

DIY Jack-in-the-box costume