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Picture of Giant Christmas Ornament Bobblehead Costume
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So, I was going to do something simple for this year's Christmas dress up party. Maybe throw on a Santa hat and call it good. Yes, even though I love making costumes, sometimes I just want to....not.

However, a couple of days before the party, while I was in bed in that beautiful half awake, half asleep state where everything makes sense, I dreamed of a giant Christmas ball that you could wear on your head. Kind of a like a DIY bobblehead costume with a Christmas vibe. When I woke up, I explained it to my wife. She just shook her head. That's when I knew it was crazy. So crazy it just might work.

I tried, and was super happy with the result! If you are looking for a sweet Christmas costume idea that's a bit...extra special, this just might be what you are looking for. The thing I am excited about is that this could be the basis for any number of big round things you could wear on your head!

Here are the tools and materials I used:

  • Pattern - I'll show you how to create your own, or head over to my website to find the one that I created.
  • Basketball
  • Cling Wrap
  • Plastic Packing Tape
  • Marker
  • Long elastic bands
  • Ring ruler (optional)
  • Ballpoint Pen
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Surface
  • Inflatable Exercise Ball
  • 2 mm EVA craft foam
  • 10-12 mm EVA Foam
  • 6mm EVA Foam
  • Sharp Knife: If it is not really sharp you will have a terrible time when you are cutting the foam.
  • Hot Glue Gun- I love my glue gun because it is adjustable temperature. I like to use it at as low a temp as possible so that the glue cools quickly.
  • Paint: I used acrylic paints for the red and black, and DecoArt Americana Decor Metallics “Vintage Brass” for the gold.
  • Paint sprayer (optional) I used Homeright Finish Max Super
  • Airbrush (optional)
  • Rubber Gloves: Used for applying the metallic paint.
  • Clear Sealer: I used Pledge floor gloss
  • Window screen
  • Gluing Surface: I absolutely love using a silicone baking sheet . You can use wax paper, but the glue will still stick a bit to it and be frustrating.
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Step 1: Wrap the Ball

Picture of Wrap the Ball
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Rather than make a pattern off a giant ball, it's a lot easier to make it from something small and then enlarge it, so start with your basketball for the pattern.

Wrap a layer of plastic food wrap around a basketball. Don’t stretch it too much or it will try to shrink back once you cut it off.

Wrap a layer of plastic packing tape over top of the plastic wrap. You don’t have to be super particular about wrinkles or anything, just make sure the whole ball is covered.

mdamians8 months ago
The next Doctor Who villains for the Christmas special 2019
I love it. Very artistic.
I love it! Very autistic!
LostWax (author)  DIY Hacks and How Tos8 months ago
Thank you!
smartrem8 months ago
I absolutely love it!