Make your own hula dancer costume with items you have right around your house

Time: 2Hours Cost: $2.00 Difficulty: Easy

These costumes were made in just one afternoon.


  • 2 rope-style mop heads

  • 2-inch-wide cloth ribbon

  • 1 pack gift bows

  • 1 pair flip-flops

  • 2 cereal boxes (1 small, 1 mini)

  • 1 roll paper towels

  • 1 box brass paper fasteners



    Cut two rope-style mop heads down their center seams to create four panels; line up side by side.



    Cut a piece of 2-inch-wide cloth ribbon the length of the panels, plus 12 inches on each side for tying.



    Using a hot-glue gun, apply glue to the edges of the panels; fold ribbon in half over edges.



    Cut ribbon to desired lengths for lei, headpiece, and bracelets. For lei, make about six evenly spaced crimps in ribbon, securing each with transparent tape so it will lie flat around neck.



    Affix self-adhesive gift bows in assorted sizes and colors to each ribbon; loop ribbons and secure ends with double-sided tape.



    3. Decorate flip-flops by affixing one large gift bow to the top of each strap.



    You'll need a small cereal box and a mini cereal box. Flatten boxes, cut along one side of each, and reassemble inside out using tape.



    Use a foam cup to trace a circle on the center of the small box; cut out with scissors or a utility knife. Attach 3 brass fasteners about 1 1/2 inches below hole.



    Cut 2 inches off one end of a paper-towel tube. Use the tube to trace one circle on the top of the small cereal box and another on the bottom of the mini cereal box; cut out.



    Attach three brass fasteners to the front of the mini cereal box. To connect boxes to tube, apply hot glue to inside edges of holes, and insert one end of tube in each. For strings, attach three long rubber bands to fasteners at both ends.

Material I used for this project:

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  • material 2   (location 2)