DIY French Fry Halloween Costume

I’ll always pick French Fries… ask any of my friends, it never fails. No matter where we are! McDonalds or a 5-Star restaurant…I MUST HAVE French Fries. I’ll take a side of ranch too. Thanks! 2015-10-29_0005 When I saw Studio DIY‘s tutorial, I knew that was the costume for me. Although my Mom still thinks I should go as a chicken Fingers. My love for those is pretty much equal. Next Year! #maybe 2015-10-29_0008 My first stop.. Of course, Hobby Lobby. They know me by name. It’s kinda like an Senior Citizen going to McDonald’s every morning for coffee. They greet you with a friendly smile and say “Good Morning Mr. Evan” but instead it’s for craft supplies. I can’t wait to go back in an show Mrs. Debbie pictures. She’s gonna flip. 2015-10-29_0006 Of course I never do anything alone. There’s always a team of people or someone behind me making me look better than I am. I remember calling Kim (The Balloon Lady) and telling her I wanted to be French Fries for halloween and I need a few balloons… She said “okkkkkk…”. I could hear the hesitation in her voice, but as always she went along with my crazy idea. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out! What do you think? 2015-10-29_0007 If you have a few minutes to spare and need a quick costume for tomorrow night I listed everything I used to make my costume below. It’s pretty self explanatory.

Cardboard | Red Duck Tape | Wide Yellow Grosgrain Ribbon (For Straps) |Red Spray Paint  | Box Cutter | Hot Glue Gun |Balloons 

STEP 1: Cut four pieces of cardboard to use for the fry box container. I made a front, back and two sides,  Spray paint both side red and allow them to dry according to the directions on the can.

Step 2:  Hot glue one side piece to the back panel of the fry container. Make sure you run line of hot glue down the side of the back pieces and place the side piece of the container on top. Add glue to the inside seam to secure it. I reenforced with duck tape (red duck tape). Repeat on the opposite side.

Step 3: Glue the front piece to the sides. It will certainly help to have an extra set of hands. (Thanks Mom!) You’ll want to make sure you step into the fry container to measure and mark strap placement according.

Step 4: It’s time to add your fries! As you can tell from the photos, we used balloons. 3 different sizes. You can pick them up at your local party supply store or call “The Balloon Lady”.  Make sure you grab a balloon pump too or you’ve pass out. 😉 We used rubber cement glue and duck tape to hold them in place. Add as many balloons as your french fry eating heart desires.

Step 5: Rock your French Fry costume proudly.  2015-10-29_0003

A HUGE THANK YOU to Kim B. from for coming to the studio on her day off to shoot my costume. She’s one of my biggest cheerleaders and I am forever grateful for her and all she does for me. LOVE YOU Kimmy!

ALL PHOTOS BY: Kim Box | Kim Box Photography

DIY Valentines Day Banner

Everyone loves a good craft, right? With Valentines Day right around the corner I couldn’t help but jazz up the office now that all of the Christmas Decorations are down. I hopped in the car and headed to Hobby Lobby. I have the PERFECT spot above the sofa to hang art, so I decided on some fun pennant “Banners”.

For this project you’ll need a few things: Buttons | Wood Letters | Red Glitter | Hot Glue Gun | Ribbon | Paint Brush | Heart Stencil

2014-01-13_0001 The heart shaped stencil I bought came on a large sheet with multiple sizes so, I cut it down to fit perfectly in the center of the pennant. Once you have the stencil positioned, use your paint brush to spread the glue evenly inside the heart. The fun part comes next. Once you’ve applied the glue, remove the stencil and pour the glitter over the heart shaped glue outline.

2014-01-13_0002 After the glue has dried you can then apply the buttons in the center of each heart. I used different colors and sizes. Once that’s settled , I then attached each pennant to the ribbon with a hot glue gun. (We chose pink and white stripe, but of course you can use whatever you have.) 2014-01-13_0005 For the “L.O.V.E” banner, I used the same technique—use the paint brush to apply the glue and then pour the glitter over each letter. Super simple.Then I used a stapler to attach each letter to the ribbon.

2014-01-13_0004 2014-01-13_0003 I think it hangs perfectly above the sofa– We had some visitors in yesterday afternoon and they complimented on festive it was. These easy banners would be perfect for a Mantle, kitchen, or even your foyer entry way.  Or if you’re a teacher it’d be a great way to jazz up your classroom. Oh, the possibilities! Have Fun with it!  2014-01-13_0006  Be sure to use the hashtag #evangcooperdotcom if you attempt these Valentines Day Banners! I’d LOVE to see! Happy Crafting! 😉