These Costumes Prove Crafters Win Halloween!
Before you sit down to enjoy these costumes that prove crafters win Halloween,
get your coffee or tea and perhaps some rations. It took me forever to write this because I kept looking, and looking, and looking….
Don’t Peek! A Delight for Dr. Who Fans.
When being observed, weeping angels appear to be peaceful, life-sized statues. Look away or blink, however, and the weeping angel transforms into a terrifying figure with fangs, clawed fingers, and a vampiric expression. It moves so quickly and silently that it can go from being yards away to being inches away (or attacking you) right in your personal space.1
Cardboard. Lots of Cardboard.
Got around $50 and lots of cardboard? Check out the steps for making this DIY Optimus Prime costume.
Does Robert Downey, Jr. Come With It?
On the other hand, Shawn Thorsson created this Iron Man costume using sophisticated equipment and knowlege: CNC and rapid prototyping machines (I don’t even know what the latter is) were used to create the prototype (sample/test/first model) parts that were 3-d printed. From the prints he made silicon molds from which he cast the final suit in resin (plastic that can be poured then turns hard after drying).
See the making of this costume and other awesome creations on Shawn’s blog, Protagonist 4 Hire.
Whachoo Lookin’ AT-AT?
Bones Mello, the AT-AT Dog, even has his own Facebook Page, where you can see photos of the making of this costume.
I Miss Egon…
Instructables user Honus created a tutorial on how to make the Ghostbusters costume and proton pack. It took him two weeks to make two suits.
The Wild Things are Where? They’re Here!
Sarah Jean Clark designed these costumes inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. Her tutorials for making these are available on Sarah Clark Sketchblog.
“Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”
Robin of Frugal Family Times was bursting with pride after her nine-year-old daughter (photographed) made most of this Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) costume herself.
“Tulaliloo ti amo!”
Anh made these minion costumes for his wife and friends using foam tubes, fleece, pantyhose, coconut husks, dollar-store water pitchers, and other interesting components to create these vibrant minion costumes. Guess what the pantyhose was used for! Answer here
They planned to put these costumes to good use by visiting hospitalized children in the Seattle area. What a treat!
Aren’t They Supposed to Look Angry?
Mandy Beyeler of Sugar Bee Crafts (another great blog) created these DIY Angry Birds Costumes for two adults and four kids.
Read about it and see her photos here: DIY Angry Birds Costumes
Get the pictorial these costumes are based on here: ANGRY BIRDS ~ Children’s Costume Tutorial and Patterns
Buy Angry Birds Costumes (and get inspiration) here: Angry Birds Costumes on Amazon
Steve and Creeper, aka Upholstery Foam and Cardboard
|Instructions for Steve||Instructions for Creeper|
Minecraft is iconic and very popular, especially now. I have several custom-built Minecraft estates and transportation systems myself; it’s sort of like building with Legos on the TV, but way, way better!
See how Steve’s face looks like it’s made with squares of colors? That’s how it’s supposed to look! Weird, I know. The pixelated looks take some getting used to if you’re not familiar with Minecraft, but that’s a key part of the simple beauty behind Minecraft.
I love that the costume for Steve, especially, is so economical. Just some upholstery foam, spray paint, velcro, and a few other supplies and you’re on your way!
Check out Minecraft costumes on Amazon to buy or for inspiration
Um, He Looks Cool, but Who the Heck is Gary?
8-Bit Gary was created using blocks of painted, high-density foam glued onto cardboard. The process could be modified to make the most awesome Minecraft costume EVER – just use larger blocks! Its designers are Kiel Johnson and Klai Brown, who created the costume for use in a Toshiba commercial.
See the step-by-step process on Bit Rebels.
Ali Bashir Would be so Happy!
In this Genie on a Flying Carpet Costume, Pandy’s feet are on the ground so that she can walk around while appearing to float – assuming she can walk in a floaty fashion – on a magic carpet. Her tutorial for this costume is available on her Instructables page.
Can She Make a Cherry Pie?
Keep Your Hands and Feet Inside the Vehicle
Check out the treehugger blog for materials you’ll need to replicate this DIY Roller Coaster costume.
The Cutest Scarecrow Ever!
Laurie wrote that this was her best-selling costume, and I can see why! She used three shades of tulle for the skirt, raffia and a sunflower for details, and satin for the halter. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that she had one of the cutest kids ever as her model!
So, did these costumes prove crafters win Halloween?
Comment your thoughts!
The pantyhose was used to make the lenses for the goggles! Did you get it right? Click here to return to where you were.