DIY: How to Make a Last Minute Salvador Dali Lobster Telephone Costume in Just 30 Minutes!

by , 10/31/11

DIY, Lobster Telephone, Salvador Dali, Halloween


Trace a circle onto the black felt and cut it out. Then cut ten white circles for the numbers, one for the middle, and a curved piece for the catch. Hot glue everything into place for the dial. If you’re feeling sparkly, line the edge of the black circle with glitter. With the marker, make the numbers – in case you’ve forgotten what a rotary phone looks like, the numbers start with “0” on the lower right, and continue to “9” clockwise.


An old black dress is ideal for this costume, as the A-line shape emulates the bottom of the rotary phone, but a black shirt can work as well. After the dial has dried (about 5 minutes) glue it to the tummy of the dress with the hot glue. Make sure you aren’t wearing it when you hot glue it!

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  1. daliexpert November 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I have a pencil signed limited edition version of Dali’s Lobster Telephone. You can see it at:

  2. ejcampfield November 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Lori — please e-mail to me at: EJ(symbol for “at”)

    Much thanks! Will send you a copy of the holiday ish.

    –E. J. Campfield

  3. Lori Zimmer November 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hi EJ- Thanks so much! I love Dali. What email address can I mail it to?

  4. ejcampfield October 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Lori, your Lobster T-phone costume creation is a surreal delight! I edit the SALVADOR DALI COLLECTORS NEWSLETTER for the Salvador Dali Gallery, Inc. in San Juan Capistrano, CA ( We are the world’s only gallery dealing exclusively in authentic Salvador Dali fine art, and our latest newsletter publishes (electronically) this week, distributed by e-mail PDF subscription to 5,000+ Dali aficianados worldwide. I’d very much appreciate your permission to include a photo and sidebar story on your costume in our holiday season issue. Got a higher rez JPG you can send me? Pretty please??? (I think you’ve got the “pretty” part mastered superbly too :)

    –E. J. Campfield
    Gallery Operations Manager
    Publications Producer (I.C.)
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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