I love a DIY challenge but when it was decided we needed fake root beer floats for the trunk or treat, I honestly thought I might have met my match. Sure, there were lots of examples online and lots of different options to attempt but I was working with limited materials, a budget and I also didn’t get my hands on the materials until about an hour before the event started!
Time to get creative!!
One of the moms had ordered most of the materials needed and she did an amazing job selecting great items to work with. The plastic cups were just right (plastic a must) and she chose brown tulle to use as the root beer part. I had suggested tissue paper but the site she was ordering from didn’t have any available so she went with the tulle. I’m so glad she did! She also grabbed red & white striped paper straws which added just the right touch.
I wanted to grab white tissue paper for the whip cream part and just my luck, the store was completely out. Of the items I had to choose from to “make it work”, I went with the crepe paper streamer roll and oh my goodness it actually ended up being perfect!
I did hot glue the cups to the trays, these are kids holding the trays after all! I also added a simple strip of velcro to the bottom of the tray along with another strip of velcro so we “strapped” the trays to the kids hands.
It was interesting stuffing the cups and creating the root beer look all while wrapping the straw so it was sitting correctly. Then we took the crepe paper and basically created a big messy carnation looking pile of whipped cream and stuffed it in the top of the cup.
As for the cheery?
Crayola Model Magic 🙂 I grabbed a pack of red as we rushed out the door. We simply rolled small pieces into balls and ta- da, cherries! It worked for a last minute save 😉
This was definitely my most thrown together and hope it works DIY and it actually turned out great. We received lots of compliments, the drinks even looked fairly real from a distance. Several asked what they were made from and how we made them. The drinks did become milkshakes instead of root beer floats lol I guess the kids liked milkshakes better.