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DIY Halloween Costume: Sushi Roll

Abby Larson, entertaining guru and founder of Style Me Pretty, has the perfect DIY costume to make Halloween a real treat. From kid friendly crafts and recipes to costumes, she makes getting creative on October 31st easy! Abby’s ideas offer a spooktacular time, and we love how easy and adorable this costume is.

DIY Sushi Roll Costume

There are witches and ghosts, lions and puppy dogs but a Sushi Halloween Costume? Um, amazing. Perfect for big and littles alike, this costume is made using packing peanuts, a bit of foam and some felt and the result is all out Halloween perfection. With a good laugh to boot.


  • 2 ½ yards ½” thick sheet foam
  • Black vinyl fabric
  • White foam peanuts
  • Cardboard
  • White fabric
  • Felt in various colors
  • Black kids’ headband
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • 5” pearl mandarin orange balloons
  • Spray adhesive


Step 1: Cut two circles out of the cardboard that will be wide enough to fit your child’s torso. If you’d like them to be able to sit down, make sure the circle is not longer than their shoulders to their hips. Wrap the cardboard circles with white fabric and hot glue in place.

Step 2: Trim the width of the foam sheet to 2’. Wrap in the black vinyl fabric and hot glue in place.

Step 3: Hot glue the foam around the edge of the circles. Circles should be about 1” inside the edge of the foam.

Step 4: Cut a hole in the center of the foam large enough for your child’s head. Cut a hole on the opposite side of the foam large enough for their torso. Have them try on the costume, mark where their arms are. Remove the costume and cut out holes for the arms.

Step 5: Place the roll in a large cardboard box or on a plastic drop cloth. Cover the white fabric on one side with spray adhesive. Drop the foam peanuts on top and let set for 5 minutes. Shake off the excess peanuts. Repeat for a second layer of peanuts, then flip the roll over and repeat on that side.

Step 6: Cut slices of remaining foam into jellybean-like shapes. To make the avocado, layer dark green on medium green on light green felt and hot glue together. Wrap around a foam piece, glue in place; trim excess. To make the fish pieces, draw a series of “U” or “V” shapes on orange felt. Cut out the shapes and then glue to a lighter yellow piece of felt with a 1/4” space between each shape. Wrap around a foam piece, glue in place, and trim excess. Remove some peanuts from the middle of the roll and glue the fish pieces in the center.

Step 7: Blow up about 20 orange balloons. Blow up to the fullest size and then leak air slowly until you reach the most round shape and tie off. H glue the tied ends to the top of the sushi roll.

Step 8: Fringe a piece of dark green felt on both sides and hot glue to the headband. Cut (2) ½” wide pieces of pale peach felt and curl around each other in a bundle; hot glue to the green felt. Cut a 4” x 2” piece of pale green felt and swirl it into a bundle; hot glue to green felt.

Step 9: Get your little one dressed in black pants and shirt, help them into the sushi roll, and top with the wasabi-ginger headband.

Photography by Ruth Eileen Photography

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