Cool Costume Under $20: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Look pretty in pasta with this costume you can make yourself!

Photo: a boy wearing a spaghetti costume


  • Large cardboard box
  • Small tablecloth
  • Craft glue
  • Large plastic plate
  • Cream-colored yarn
  • Brown pom-poms
  • Red felt
  • Baseball cap
  • Paper napkin
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic salt and pepper shakers
  • Plastic vase with flowers


Cut out a two-foot-wide (.61-meter-wide) circular piece of cardboard. Cut holes in the center of the cardboard and tablecloth for your head. Glue the tablecloth to the cardboard. Cut a hole for your neck out of the plate. Slit the plate so you can wear it as a collar. Glue yarn (spaghetti), pom-poms (meatballs), and red felt (sauce) to the plate and cap. Glue napkin, utensils, salt and pepper shakers, and a vase with flowers on top of the tablecloth.

Text by Julie Vosburgh Agnone
Photograph by Rebecca Hale/NGS Staff