Celebrate with HERSHEY’S: DIY Vending Machine Costumes + Giveaway (20 Winners)

We love to make our own costumes for Halloween.   I have some kids who have come up with some pretty creative costumes over the years.    We usually are “last minute” costume designers, but this year I got a jump on things and I already finished a Halloween costume for my daughter. She is going as a vending machine!   The whole family pitched in to get the costume made, my oldest helped me with the design of the costume and my youngest picked out all of the HERSHEY’s candy to put inside the vending machine. If you are interested in making your own vending machine costume, here is what you will need:

  • 2 Boxes (one for the machine and one for inside)
  • Slinky
  • (6) HERSHEY’S brand candy bars
  • Plexi-Glass (I used the plastic from an inexpensive poster frame I picked up at Walmart)
  • Spray Paint (I used gray)
  • Cardstock (for decorating the front)
  • Utility Knife
  • Glue Gun
  • Packing Tape

I started with a box that was You can use any size of box that you have on hand or one that will be a good fit for the person you are making it for. My box was 20 x 26 x 19. I cut out a rectangle that was a little bit smaller than the box I had that was going to go inside the machine. (13 x 17) Once I was done, I spray painted the box gray. I was able to cover the entire box with one can of spray paint. Next, I worked on the inside of the vending machine.    I made 2 shelves inside the smaller box that the candy will rest on. I took the Slinky and used wire cutters to cut it into 6 roughly equal parts. I stretched them out a bit and then taped each one to the back of the box, so the candy bars would be able to rest inside each one. Next, I added the HERSHEY’S candy bars.   I used tape to make sure the candy bars didn’t move around. I added some white cardstock onto the front of each shelf and wrote the selection numbers for each candy bar. (examples: A1, A2, A3, etc) I decorated the front of the box by cutting slits on the bottom and adding the word “PUSH”, so there was a place for people to get their candy bar. I also added a place where you could deposit coins and I used some old keyboard buttons for the candy selection buttons. To put it all together, I added the plastic to the inside of the box with super glue, and then I used packing tape to attach the smaller box with the candy bars to the inside of the vending machine. I did use a smaller box to prop up the candy bar portion, so it would stay in place easier. Lastly, I cut the holes for the head, arms and cut out the bottom of the box so my daughter would be able to walk easier. For even more Halloween Inspiration, make sure you check out Celebrate with HERSHEY’S, and make sure you check out the Boo Blvd for fun crafts, food, decorating and costume ideas. Have you started thinking Halloween costumes yet?

Giveaway is now closed

GIVEAWAY: To get you in the Halloween mood HERSHEY’S is giving 20 Thrifty and Thriving readers (2) Classic Bags of HERSHEY’S KISSES. My favorite!

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post letting me know what you or your kids plan to be for Halloween. Giveaway will run through October 10, 2012. I am participating in the HERSHEY’S BOO BLVD. campaign via Mom Bloggers Club. This post was sponsored by HERSHEY’S. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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