Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Costume
By: Tamison Rose, as told to Laura Young
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 3 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
What could be better than your child wearing his favorite food? A couple pieces of cushion foam and some colored felt makes this sandwich a hit without the sticky mess! It’s fun to make, and even more fun to wear.
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What you'll need:
- Two square pieces of 1 ½" foam, approximately 22" x 22"
- 1 yard fuzzy peanut butter colored fabric
- 1 roll purple cellophane
- 1 package purple or blue tissue paper
- Brown magic marker
- Purple shirt
- Fun tights
- 1 can spray adhesive (recommended: 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive)
- Hot glue gun or foam glue (stickier than white glue)
How to make it:
To make the "bread":
- Use a bowl as a guide to trace rounded corners on the foam and create the shape of a piece of bread. Color around the outside edge of both pieces with magic marker to create the crust. (See photos 1, 2, 3.)
To make the "jelly":
- Glue three large squares of tissue paper to cellophane. Leave enough room on the cellophane to fold it over and glue to the tissue paper, leaving no plain tissue paper is visible. (See photos 1, 2.)
- Wrinkle up the cellophane and tissue to create a jelly-like texture. (See photo.)
- Use foam glue to attach the "jelly" around the outside edge of the first piece of "bread." Leave enough cellophane and tissue to allow the "jelly" to ooze out over the top of the "bread." (See photo.)
To make the "peanut butter":
- Place the second piece of foam "bread" on a table. Lay the brown fuzzy fabric right side up over the foam so the one yard length is across the top edge of the bread. To give the peanut butter some shape, stuff tissue paper inside fabric and roll the fabric around the tissue paper and glue it to itself with spray adhesive. Fold the fabric edges under in folds and clumps along the top and sides of the "bread;" use spray adhesive to glue it in place. (Note: Super 77 is VERY sticky – work in small areas at a time, lifting the fabric, spraying and pressing it back in place on the foam.) On bottom edge of fabric, cut off excess, fold under and glue raw edge out of sight. (See photo.)
- Cut holes for head and arms; glue raw edges out of sight. (See photo.)
To put the sandwich together:
- On jelly side, spray adhesive on exposed foam in between jelly on edges. Turn foam over and press onto "peanut butter" side. (See photo.)
- Dress your child in a purple shirt and dark pants or fun tights, and then slip the sandwich over your child's head.
- 1 ½" foam is available in 3 yard rolls at fabric stores.