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Snail Costume

This is one of the last in our Homemade Halloween Series. The main thing you need for this costume is a brown kraft paper to make the shell. The little trick or treater wears it like a backpack. It is a pretty simple process, just try not to leave a trail of slime on the jaunt around the neighborhood for candy. Find the full instructions right here.

Click through for full instructions.Materials Needed: Brown Kraft Paper, Masking tape, Headband, Styrofoam Balls, Ribbon, Glue Gun

Step 1: Make the Shell. Crumple up a large section of brown paper. Starting at the corner, begin rolling it. Once you have a nice section begin wrapping it into a shell. Add tape as you go to hold it in place. Repeat until shell is at desired size. Go back with a glue gun and add glue into the shell so it sticks together without tape.

Step 2: Make another half shell and glue the two sides together. Take a square of cardboard and mount it to the shell. Tie ribbon to it to make a backpack.

Step 3: Make the Head band. Take a section of brown paper and crumple and roll it until it is stiff and stands on its own. Add styrofoam to the end and then hot glue the other end to the head band. Now you got yourself a bonafide snail costume.

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
All photography by Karen Cline of Pretty Simple Productions for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Styling by Irene Yu
Crafting by Caitlin Barker
Thanks to little ‘S’ for modeling!

  1. Shani

    October 24, 2012

    Completely astonishing and amazing. Bravo!

  2. Sharon @ Discovering Blog

    October 24, 2012

    Ok, this one is adorable, and totally awesome for it’s originality! Who would think to be a snail? But after seeing this cuteness – who wouldn’t want to be a snail?

  3. Helen

    October 24, 2012

    So, so cute! I hope I can talk my daughter into being a snail – right now she is dead set on a ghost.

  4. Laura Fox Gill

    October 24, 2012

    awwww so lovely. I’ve made snail costumes before, but never thought of that way of making a shell–I’ve always just used boring cardboard! thanks for the inspiration x

  5. Ashlea Walter

    October 24, 2012

    I think this is my favorite one yet. Now I want to be a snail!

  6. molly brizgys

    October 24, 2012

    wow this is so cute and ingenious. i am doing this for my crawling baby.

  7. Paige

    October 24, 2012

    Oh my goodness, this is the cutest thing.

  8. Sarah the Stylist

    October 24, 2012

    How creative is this! I don’t have any kids yet but I can forsee Halloween being a total blast making cute creative costumes like these! In the meantime, I’ll keep working on adult Halloween costumes 🙂

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  9. Sophia

    October 24, 2012

    My favorite hands down. Pretty clever.

  10. b e

    October 24, 2012

    @sharon – my thoughts exactly! i’ve been looking for a costume for my 2 year old and will be happy/nervous to announce she’ll be a…..snail?!? damn near the cutest snail i’ve ever seen!

  11. Heather

    October 24, 2012

    This is adorable!! I would never have thought to do this but I really love it!

  12. Tara

    October 24, 2012

    Honestly….I would give my left arm to have even a fraction of this creativity !

  13. sierra

    October 24, 2012

    I’ve been loving all the costumes, but this one is my FAVORITE!

    Just finished my daughter’s owl costume last night, otherwise would’ve made this for her, she’s quite obsessed with snails. Maybe she still will be next year.

    Love, love, love this series. Thank you!

  14. Yelle

    October 24, 2012

    This is absolutely adorable!

  15. Kate

    October 24, 2012

    Aww, this is so great!! S loved taking pictures with you guys!! The snail costume is brilliant!

  16. Lizzie D

    October 24, 2012

    This is the most amazingly cute costume ever! Wow! Great job!

  17. Alessandra

    October 24, 2012

    This is GREAT!!!!! I LOVE it!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

  18. Naomi

    October 24, 2012

    this is the best costume I’ve seen this year! It is so stinking cute! Clever really! Great job! When I’m going to have a lil girl, I’m going to make this.
    Thank you!
    Naomi 🙂

  19. Erika @Sausage Jar

    October 25, 2012

    Is that genius or what? So awesome! And looks so great and complete and just OH WOW!

  20. mpksmile

    October 25, 2012

    Very great idea !

  21. Maria @ Busy as a Bee in Paris

    October 25, 2012

    Hi Jordan! I have a friend who is going to be running in Halloween 10K and she jokingly said she’d dress up as a turtle or a snail when I happened upon this post. I shared it with her and she is totally going to do it 😉 I made her promise to send me a picture! Thanks for all these darling costumes! So fun!

  22. Emmberson (Odette's Writer)

    October 25, 2012

    Love this!! Where can I find the dress?

      • jordan
      • October 25, 2012

      From H&M!

  23. Judy

    October 25, 2012

    Hi, I love this idea and I’m thinking of making the snail costume for myself. Could you tell me please how big was the piece of paper you used?

  24. Abby

    October 25, 2012

    What a great idea! I am going to do this for myself (an adult) except that I am going to make a big stamp and put it on my chest and go as “snail mail”.

  25. patricia

    October 26, 2012

    this is such a goo idea! love it! have to do it with my kid, than you for the inspiration

  26. hilke

    October 26, 2012

    Nice idea and beautiful pictures!!!!

  27. Marie

    October 29, 2012

    I think this is my favorite yet. Or have I already said that?!! Seriously so cute!!

  28. Kelly

    November 3, 2012

    I absolutely want to be the adult version of this. Seriously adorable. And an excuse to walk suuuuuppppppeeeeerrrr slow.

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