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Please note: this costume is "50 Shades of Grey," not "Fifty Shades of Grey."
My husband wanted a simple costume for Halloween. This is what we came up with. Neither of us has read the book "Fifty Shades of Grey." While this makes it difficult to build a costume around the characters, we decided to interpret the title more literally and made a "50 Shades of Grey" costume.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

This will produce one t-shirt with roughly painted blocks of color in fifty different shades of grey.

You need:
One T-shirt (preferably grey)
Wide Masking Tape (1.5 - 2 inches wide)
Paint Brush
Acrylic Craft Paints in white, black, red, yellow, and blue. 
Textile Medium (designed to be used with acrylic craft paints)
Permanent Marker or Fabric Marker
5 cups or bowls (for mixing paint)
5 plastic plates (for mixing paint)
Names for 50 types of grey (find my list in Step 6)

Step 2: Prep

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If your shirt is new, wash and dry it.

Cut your wide making tape into 50 relatively equal lengths. I did this by laying the tape in strips onto a cutting mat and then using a paper cutting wheel and acrylic grid ruler. For a large man's shirt, I cut 2" wide tape into 3" strips. It really filled the front of the shirt well. For smaller shirts, us narrower tape and cut into smaller lengths.

Lay the shirt, front side up, on a flat surface. Slide a piece of flat cardboard, plastic, or other material into the shirt to prevent bleeding paint from transferring to the back of the shirt.

Lay your pieces of tape out in whatever pattern you'd like, with the edges of the pieces just touching their neighbors (no gaps). For this large man's shirt, 5 columns of 10 was ideal.

Finally, apply a tape border around the entire grid of tape.
palespirit2 years ago
You, madam, deserve a medal. I love the ridiculous amount of Sci Fi refrences, as has already been commented on, plus the sheer wit. I bet your husband isn't going to be the only person walking around in that. xD
WJewel2 years ago
This was totally brilliant! I have a friend who is very literal when it comes to costumes. For example, his name is Jim...for a Cocktails themed party he carried a 2 X 4 with Jim's Beam written on it...He would appreciate something like this!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
That's a very creative costume!

Official Nerd Cred for naming out 50 shades of an achromatic along with Star Wars, vampires, Back To The Future, He-Man, Star Trek, and zombies in the same list!
... and Doctor Who
bryan3of102 months ago

The Picture of Dorian! LOL!!!

Love, love, love your wit and creativity. Best costume of the year!

this is absolutely brilliant! from the idea of the tee to the names of shades (those names are really creative)... well done! :)
ah! dude!!!! awesome joke
ah! dude!!!! awesome joke
totaly awesome!!!!!
it may remind people of turning 50. :)
there's a weeping angel color on there! Just made my day!
Naming the colors was genius!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
starshipminivan (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you!
Madrigorne2 years ago
OMG you made me both cackle AND snort!
Yanno... the book is a portrayal of one woman's ideal lover, named Christian Grey.

Although many people, including myself, can't imagine dreaming of that type of guy, he in no way resembles paint chips on a sweatshirt.

So although as a teeshirt it's really lovely, and I would wear the hell out of it-- as a Halloween costume it falls a little flat.
I know you are disappointed that it is not a costume out of a book but as I state in my intro, this is not a costume of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" (or of Christian Grey). It is a "50 Shades of Grey" costume--literally. My husband wore it all day and it was a huge hit. You can't have a shade of the color grey without giving it a name. The names of each color were dreamed up to give it a geeky flair with the hope that this would be the best element. From the comments we've received, it seems to have delivered. I have one happy hubby and he is my dream guy.
I've seen a lot of versions of this idea today, yours is by far the best. I love the color names. I wish it were printable,but I don't think you'd get the subtleties in the various shades!

starshipminivan (author) 2 years ago
I really appreciate all of the positive comments and the official Geek Cred! The references in the colors include: Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, Hellboy, Futurama, A Game of Thrones, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Mommy Dearest, The Evil Dead, Mythbusters, Simon & Garfunkel, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Muppets, He-Man, Doctor Who, Beetlejuice, The Dark Crystal, The Hulk, and Star Wars as well as some less specific elements of geekdom.
megglie2 years ago
Beautiful!! You are very creative... and fun, too. What a great idea for a costume. (My son's most creative was large lettering saying, "I Don't do Costumes."
hammer98762 years ago
Bloody brilliant!
ksykes2 years ago
I love the names you gave the shades of grey. Nicely done!
monsterlego2 years ago
Do i see some Oliphant in there?
Jayefuu2 years ago
Excellent costume! To complete it, a water pistol will be required.
nicholastan2 years ago
nice lol
billhorvath2 years ago
Well, it wasn't what I was expecting when I clicked the link, but I gotta admit it's pretty funny. Nice job. :)
bwrussell2 years ago
That's puntastic. Great job.
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh, I love this!
Ninzerbean2 years ago
Oh my! (That's from the book)
shellycaron2 years ago
hahahhaha love this!