January 1, 2010, Newsletter Issue #238: Jack-in-the-Box Costume

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You can pop up at any masquerade party with this simple jack-in-the-box costume. If you don´t have a body stocking, then a matching t-shirt and pants or leggings will do. Draw a big spring on the t-shirt or body stocking with a fabric pen to make it look like you just sprung into action. You can also purchase costume wigs online. SUPPLIES: Ruler Pencil Scissors Red and white card stock All-purpose glue Brass paper fasteners 2 ½ yards of green cord masking tape crepe paper circle stickers needle and thread a large cardboard box sticky-backed plastic 3 ¼ yards of wide polka-dot ribbons a stapler stuffed animals or dolls black fabric pen a white body stocking or leotard INSTRUCTIONS: 1) To make the costume hat, cut a 24-by-5 inch strip of red card stock and two 24-by-1 inch strips of white card stock. Glue the white strips along each long edge of the red strip. Overlap the ends of the strip, and fasten them together by pushing brass paper fasteners through the white strips. Flatten the fastened prongs against the card stock. 2) Push the brass paper fasteners through the white strip, about 3 ¾ inches apart. Then push more fasteners through the lower strip halfway between each top fastener. Thread the cord up and down between the fasteners. Tie the ends of the cord together. Cover the backs of all the fasteners with masking tape. 3) To make the bow, cut an 11-by-6 ¼ inch rectangle of crepe paper. Squeeze tight at the center to make a bow, and fasten it with tape. Cover the tape with a narrow strip of crepe paper, and glue the ends together at the backs of the bow. Decorate the bow with circle stickers. Sew the bow to the neck of the body stocking. 4) Cut the flaps off the top and bottom of the box. Cover the box with sticky-backed plastic. Then decorate the bow and box with stickers and shapes cut from more sticky-backed plastic. 5) Cut the ribbon in half, and staple one end of each piece to the top of the box at the back. Try on the box, and pull the ribbons over your shoulders. Adjust the length of the ribbons, and staple the other ends to the front of the box. Use masking tape to attach a few toys to the inside of the box at the top.

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