Sparkle Me Elmo

I’m prety sure my family thinks I’m trying to turn my 2-year-old niece Abigail into a drag queen.  First I tried to dress her as Priscilla Queen of the Dessert style flamingo , now I’m making disco balls out of her favorite Sesame Street character, Elmo.

Now, I should say, I’m normally too stuck up to make things with characters on them… but seeing as he is Abigail’s favorite, and he is sort of a Muppet, I’ll make an exception for Elmo. Plus, the little dude is starting to grow on me. Have you seen this?

After watching that video I can’t imagine anyone not wanting something fabulous and Elmo like in their house. But, if you are still on the fence, consider the faceless Elmo pendant — still pretty groovy.


  • Paper lantern
  • Tinsel Garland
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Foam (for face–optional)

Not much of a tutorial on this one. The complicated part is figuring out how much tinsel you will need to cover the lantern. That’s all math (read: that’s all you). I can tell you though, that my 9′ of tinsel stretched to cover a lantern with a 10″ diameter. An extra 2′ would have been nice, but I made it work. If you are going to order tinsel garland online, I would order a lot.

Behold! The perfect drag queen pendant lamp.

What? Too much?

Fine. Cut some simple face shapes out of craft foam and attach with hot glue.

Hard part is finding the tinsel in the off-season, but you can find it online. Had I thought ahead of time, I would have stocked up on tinsel after Xmas. How fun would it be to make a dozen of these for a party? I might have to order some gold and green and purple tinsel garland to wrap around lanterns for a Mardi Gras party. Fun!

PS: For all the parents of Elmo fanatics out there, did you know there is an indie film about the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash? Being Elmo is rolling through theaters right now–you should get a babysitter and take your butt to see it. So cool!


  1. Kreativeresources says

    LOVE this – it can even be used as a design for a pinata!

  2. Susan Gater says

    Oh my. This is fabulous. I’m envisioning a whole range of Disco Muppets. Disco Oscar the Grouch lawn ornament, anyone? 🙂

  3. DeeAnna says

    Peeeeches! I swear you and I are twins separated at birth. I just emailed the Elmo video to my two boys. (16 & 17) Cant wait for them to open it at school…heehhee I’m thoughtful that way. You, me, drag queens, The DA on the telly. Life is good.

  4. Michelle L. says

    Nearly speechless, I am. This is absolutely surreal in its perfect blend of material and design. HOW DID YOU THINK OF THIS???

  5. Zombie Leah says

    That video should come with a warning label! 😛

    But, Disco Elmo makes up for it.

  6. says

    That video has to be the best thing I’ve seen all day! This whole post is making me nostalgic for when T was into Elmo!

  7. Shannon Holmes says

    Peaches, this is awesome. I pinned it. If I make it, I am making Cookie Monster :O)

  8. nutbirds says

    I pinned it also, I have reached my goal of 100 followers and am starting toward 200. I have a “Sparkle” board in honor of Aunt Peaches and a Muppetabilia board also. See me at nutbird2. Foam is the best craft material ever invented! Much better than pipe cleaners or popsicle sticks. I’ll bet this method would make a great Angry Bird.


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