Back in 2004 I was a slice of cheese for Halloween. Specifically, I was a Kraft Single, otherwise known as “the plastic wrapped cheese food that everyone can identify in an instant”. Since then, every Halloween season I get emails, facebook messages and flickr mail from random admirers, and fellow cheese food aficionados, asking how to create their own slice of cheese costume.
Well, my friends, the time has come to tell you all how to make your own DIY cheese costume:
- Twin Size Egg Crate Mattress Pad
- Spray Adhesive
- Full Size Mattress Bag
- Cheese Colored Spray Paint
- Utility Knife or Scissors
- It’s cuttin’ time! The first thing you want to do is make the actual cheese. Take your utility knife or scissors and cut the mattress pad in half. You should end up with two squares of about the same size.
- It’s gluin’ time! Glue the two halves of the mattress pad together using the spray adhesive. Make sure you glue the egg crate sides together so you end up with a flat exterior. Also, don’t glue in weird places that will prevent you from putting the costume on. See the graphic to the right for the optimal glue zones. Let the adhesive dry for the amount of time listed on the can of adhesive you have chosen.
- It’s paintin’ time! I don’t remember which color paint I used, but it was something in the yellow, or yellow-orange family. I just went to my local big box home improvement retailer and picked the color I thought looked most like a cheese slice. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area… that is unless spray painting in a poorly ventilated area is your thing (don’t worry, I won’t judge you). Again, be sure to let this dry an appropriate amount of time. Repeat if you think you need a second coat.
- It’s wrapper time! This is the hardest part of the project. Unfold your mattress bag and cut out two sections. Make one square, and a few inches bigger on all sides than your cheese slice. Make the other one a little bit longer, mine was about 2 feet or so longer. The extra plastic on this piece will become the signature flap. Once the plastic is cut place one piece on either side of the slice and glue around the edges with the spray adhesive. Be sure to place the longer piece where the head will be. Don’t glue around the top flap area. Instead, fold the extra plastic over the front of the slice and glue it on the sides only. The picture at the top hopefully illustrates how it should look. Let it dry and then cut some slits for your head, arms and legs.
- It’s wearin’ time! Pull it over like a t-shirt and wear it. Watch as your friends’ mouths’ froth and foam at the sight of delicious cheese food. Hopefully they don’t try to eat you!
Be sure to show me your recreations and adaptations!