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Disco Ball Costume

This week we’re kicking off our Handmade Halloween series we do every year.  (Click here to browse costumes from the last five years!) We’re starting off with one of my favorites, A DISCO BALL! As always these can be used for adults too, just make them bigger. Ha!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

This costume is easy to make but takes some time, so put on a good movie and get to glueing on those little squares. For an adult costume you would buy a weather balloon for the bigger mould. Time to start the party!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Newspaper, Flour, Water, Bowl, Small Pebbles, 3′ Balloon, String, Gray Spray Paint, Mirror Paper, Cutting Board, X-Acto Knife, Spray Glue

Step 1: Inflate balloons, fill with a few pebbles, and tie with string.
Step 2: Tear newspaper into long strips, the strips should be small enough that they don’t wrinkle and fold when placed on the balloon.
Step 3: Prepare the paper maché by mixing equal parts water and flour in a bowl. We covered our balloon a bunch of layers.
Step 4: Soak the newspaper pieces in the mixture, the wetter they are the easier they are to stick to the balloon.
Step 5: Lay the pieces on the balloon making sure to cover every part and as close around the balloon knot as possible.
Step 6: Hang on a line of string to dry. (The pebbles should keep the balloon weighted down.
Step 7: Once totally dry (this could take overnight), repeat steps 4-6 for a second layer. It is important to make a many layers because you don’t want it to collapse when you remove the balloon.
Step 8: Once the balloon has completely dried and sturdy, use scissors to cut a hole near the balloon knot to release the air. When the balloon has completely deflated, remove it from your piñata.
Step 9: Use an x-acto knife or box cutter to cut wide holes in the top and bottom so that it fits over your head and legs. Cut out holes for your arms.
Step 10: Spray paint the sphere gray.
Step 11: Using an x-acto knife and cutting board, cut out at least 500 1″ squares of mirror paper.
Step 12: Use spray glue to attach them to the sphere.
Step 13: Attach elastic straps inside the sphere so they criss cross over your shoulders (this will hold the ball up.)
Step 14: Start collecting your candy!

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
Crafting by Colleen Casper
Art Direction by Amy Moss

  1. Daphne

    September 28, 2015

    Pretty amazing ! With the right playlist, you could end queen of the night such a glittery costume. Be aware not to dazzle your friends !

    All the records are playing and my heart keeps saying “boogie wonderland, wonderland”…

  2. Bella B

    September 28, 2015

    This is just too adorable! I need to try an adult sized version.

    xoxoBella |

  3. Jessica Rose

    September 28, 2015

    I love the idea of this costume for myself actually, why should kids have all the fun!?!?

  4. Charmian

    September 28, 2015

    This is such a cute costume!!!! 🙂 what a great idea

  5. jamie

    September 28, 2015

    This costume is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Paige

    September 28, 2015

    This costume is so fun and pretty!


  7. Michelle

    September 28, 2015

    That is just adorable! I totally love it!

  8. Sarah Heat

    September 28, 2015

    There’s no way that this is comfy! But, it is so adorable.

  9. Kathy

    September 28, 2015

    Love this! Very cute and creative!

  10. Alexis

    September 28, 2015

    This is absolutely adorable! I would have never thought of this.

  11. Ella Wayfarer

    September 29, 2015

    Wow, crazy costume! You will always have your own space at a party 😉 I love it!!!
    ♡ Ella

  12. Titeperrine

    September 29, 2015

    Hello !

    Great ! I love it…It’s a great idea. I’ll make this costume for my daughter for the school celebration ! Thanks

  13. Mr. Wonderful

    September 29, 2015

    Wow! Really nice diy!!! So fantastic to do with our little kids, thank you so much for your explanations, it seems really easy to do. Big kiss!

    Mr. Wonderful

  14. My - Project amateurism

    September 29, 2015

    Love this costume, want one for myself:)

  15. Mary

    September 29, 2015

    Neat idea! Maybe add a flashlight/spotlight to really show this off!

  16. Tracy

    September 30, 2015

    What an adorable costume – and what an adorable little girl!

  17. Jenny

    October 6, 2015

    Super cool costume!♡♡♡ I want to make one of these for Halloween but I don’t know where to get the mirror paper. Where’d you get yours?

  18. ally

    October 9, 2015

    Hey there. Love this costume! I’m going to try this myself (I’m 27 so not child size).

    You mentioned you used a 3′ balloon, as in 36″ like below?

    I’ve been researching other adult disco ball costumes and they have also used 36″ balloon so I just might try that. Seems big enough right?

    Where did you get the mirrored paper? I found mirrored fabric (below) – do you think that would be better easier?

    Was the edges of the paper mache uncomfortable for your daughter? Like did it scratch her? I’m worried about that part.

    Any advise or feedback would be appreciated! Thanks 🙂

      • jordan
      • October 9, 2015

      Hey Ally! Yes, a 36″ balloons should work fine. Just blow it up larger than we did. The paper we used is called “Hygloss Mirror Board” and you can find it on Amazon Prime. You could use fabric, but we liked the way the mirrored paper looked so realistic. And none of the kids complained about the paper scratching them. Hope this helps!

  19. Amy

    October 9, 2015

    How did you attach the straps on the inside?

      • jordan
      • October 11, 2015

      With a stapler!

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