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A One-of-a-Kind Judge Costume

What You'll Need
Judge costume

Jenny Risher

  • Toilet-paper rolls (about 30)
  • Hole punch
  • White yarn
  • White paint
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint (Glowz; krylon.com for retailers)
  • White knit cap
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wooden chopstick
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Cardboard
  • Large cotton balls

Make It

Wig:
1. Punch 2 holes in each TP roll, 1" from either end, then punch two holes 180 degrees around the roll from those.

2. Tie a large knot at the end of an 18" piece of yarn and thread nine rolls together, lining them up evenly, then repeat on the opposite side; tie the yarn together at the top. Repeat for two more nine-roll sections.

3. For a fourth section, punch holes in two rolls, then thread together and tie a knot at the top. Paint the four sections white, and, before it dries, paint with glow-in-the-dark paint.

4. Once dry, tie the four sections together and hot-glue to knit cap so the short section is in front.

5. Trim the excess yarn. Add a dot of glue to cotton balls and insert into the ends of each roll; let dry.

Gavel:
1. Trace the end of a toilet-paper roll onto cardboard and cut out circle; repeat.

2. Attach circles to each end of the roll with hot glue.

3. Cut a small hole in the center of the roll and push a chopstick through.

4. Paint tube and chopstick brown; let dry.

Originally published in the October 2009 issue of Parents magazine.