How to Make a Bagel and Lox Costume! For Halloween, Purim or next Tuesday.
If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with Halloween (I’ve been crafting my own costumes since basically the womb), and obsessed with bagels and lox. So it was only a matter of time before I made a bagel costume! Duh, right? I posted the results on Instagram, and everyone asked how I did it so here we are!
This costume is easier than you think, it only took me a few hours to make. For real! Which is more than I can say for my homemade gum ball machine outfit (I painted each gum ball by hand) or Jewnicorn. Anyway, it was a fun costume and everyone loved it! The negatives? Peeing. And a surprising number of sexual bagel innuendos. And when I took off the bagel part to sit, people thought I was naked. That may be a positive actually.
I got everything at a local craft store except the seeds at the supermarket and the unitard. Here is what you need:
- 2 large pieces foam core
- Paint: a few shades of brown, orange, pink, lots of white, purple
- Elmer’s glue
- Sesame and poppy seeds
- Salmon colored thick paper for lox
- White thick paper for onions
- Hot glue gun
- Olive colored Sculpey clay
- Nude colored unitard
- Fake greens for dill
- Clear duct tape
- You are the lox schmear sign!
And here is what you do!
- First, cut out two large circles out of the foam core. I drew a circle on one piece (it doesn’t have to be perfect, bagels aren’t perfect) and then used that one as a template for the other piece. Use a medium sized bowl to trace and cut out the middle hole, or just eyeball it. I used a combo of knife and scissors to do the cutting, an x-acto knife would help!
- Then paint! I went for an open-faced bagel, so painted the front piece/inside of the bagel light brown and the back piece mostly medium brown with darker in the center. Just like a real bagel from that boiling goodness! I used a few shades of brown for texture. On the front piece, paint on white cream cheese. You can clump it on if you like for texture. On the back piece, brush on watered down Elmer’s glue and sprinkle with sesame and poppy seeds. (A little glitter here wouldn’t hurt either.) Let everything dry. Paint the other side of each bagel piece brown.
- Now, time to make the lox! Cut out salmon colored paper into lox shaped pieces. Then paint with orange, pink and white paint to add texture. I used some water to help everything flow together.
- Cut out the white paper into rings for the red onions. Paint with purple and white paint.
- Then form the Sculpey into caper sized balls (well, the size they would be if bagels were the size of a human). Bake according to the directions on the package. Hot glue the salmon, onions, capers and dill. You could add tomatoes or cucumbers too. Whatever Jew like! To make the sign, I just printed it on paper and used clear duct tape to laminate to protect it from spilled
Fireballbeverages. Then, to finish the costume, use duct tape to make shoulder straps. (It’s easier if a friend helps with this part!) I put tape on both sides to make the straps thick, sturdy and not sticky on the inside. I was going to do side straps too, but the mobility was easier this way ever though the bagel didn’t lay completely flat (thanks, boobs).
If you try to make this costume, I’d love to hear how it goes or send me a photo or tag me on social media! And because you can’t Halloween on an empty stomach, some of my favorite bagels and lox recipes.
- Bourbon and Beet Cured Lox
- Homemade Lox
- Homemade Bialy Recipe
- Rainbow Bagels
- Bagel, Lox and Schmear
- 20 Homemade Bagel Recipes
- Poppyseed Hamantaschen Bagels
And P.S. Don’t feed the dinosaurs.
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