Budget Friendly Costume Idea: Giant $5 DIY Pop Tart Costume for Halloween

By Brittni • posted on 06/04/2024

DIY Pop Tart Halloween Costume

Alright, if you’re looking for a super low budget costume idea that is basically free, this DIY pop tart costume is going to be your jam. It really just involves a large sheet of cardboard (mine was leftover from my big art shipment for this post), some paint, and a little rope (or heavy duty string).

If you can wrangle up those materials, you can make this costume for under $5! Here’s how to make your own…

DIY Pop Tart Halloween Costume


– large sheet of cardboard
– paint (house paint or acrylic)
– paint brush
– rope or heavy duty string
– glue gun

 How To:

1. Start by painting the outside edges of the pop tart with with a light tan / brown paint. Paint 3-4 inches in from the edge all the way around. Apply a second coat once the first coat is dry.

2. Next, paint a pink squiggly blob (technical term) on the cardboard that loosely mimics the shape of icing on a pop tart. The more organic and asymmetrical the better. Just make sure that the edge of the ‘icing’ overlaps the crust that you painted in step 1, so the entire piece of cardboard is covered in paint.

3. Add highlights and lowlights to the crust and icing with paint.

4. Add colorful sprinkles, by painting tube shapes and adding highlights to some sprinkles for a more realistic look.

5. Once the paint is dry, add a rope neck strap to the back and a belt in the middle back to keep it secure. I attached the neck strap and belt with hot glue, which actually worked really well.

Budget Friendly Costume Idea: Giant $5 DIY Pop Tart Costume for Halloween

That’s it! Wear any comfortable outfit underneath and you’re ready to trick or treat in style. Or totally rock a costume contest.

I wore a chambray Madewell shirt // striped Fossil skirt // Jeffrey Campbell heels, in case you’re looking for a push in the outfit department.

DIY Pop Tart Halloween Costume

DIY Pop Tart Halloween Costume

Craft production and styled photographs by Amelia Tatnall
Styling and tutorial photographs by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this DIY pop tart costume a try? 

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Haha, this is such a cute costume idea! Gotta say, I really love your heels. The style and colour is gorgeous!


What a cool idea, I’ve never had a pop tart!



Such a cute idea! Great job.


Very clever and cute!

xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

Bella B

Thanks Samida and Rae. 🙂


This is such a cute idea – love it!

Rae | Love from Berlin


Quick, unique, cheap, and genius!


Thanks Paige. 🙂


This pop tart is awesome. I’m obsessed!



Thanks Hayley. Glad you like it.


I love this idea! It’s so clever and cute and I never would have thought of it! It looks really simple I might be trying this out this halloween!

Hayley – smartypantsfashion.com


Haha. It is a little crazy Michelle. But that’s why I like it. 🙂


Well, that is super crazy! But can you dance in it?

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