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This was the best costume that we have ever made. My daughter is 8 years old and she was a big helper. We went to our local thrift store and bought a couple of trench coats. They were on $2.00 each. I wasn't sure what size we would need. My daughter is small but it ended up that we needed a large adult coat. We didn't use the buttons because I thought if she tripped or fell it would be to hard to rip open. Instead we closed the coat using velcro.
 
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Step 1: Plastic container

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We tried different size containers. The one that was big enough was a pretzel container that we got from our local grocery store. We cut the entire bottom out of it. We cut half of the back out too. We put black duct tape around all the edges so they would not scratch her.  We took the lid off and rubberband a piece of thin material around the top.  Once she wore the costume for awhile the inside would start fogging up so we decided to remove the cloth from the top and kept it open . Our daughter said it was better that way. More air flowed through.  We added cotton balls to the bottom and dripped fake blood around the bottom. 

Step 2: Fake arms and hands

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To give the look of natural arms and hands we tried a couple of things. At first we tried using a swimming noodle.  It was too thick and wouldn't give the elbow bend that we needed. We tried a metal hanger that we straightend out. It looked ok but it was too light and it did not give the thicknest we needed. What we ended up using was plastic grocery bags. We stuffed the arms and gloves with plastic grocery bags.  It was light weight, fexible and it looks like the real thickness of an arm.  We used velcro to fasten the gloves and a few fingers to the plastic container.
doodlecraft2 months ago

Amazing! Great job! :)

honeydoo_44 (author)  doodlecraft2 months ago
Thank you so much for commenting on our costume. Thanks for taking a look.
cgrrty8 months ago

very well

honeydoo_44 (author)  cgrrty2 months ago
Thank you for looking at our costume. Thanks for commenting also.
Tinworm10 months ago
Brilliant!
I_Kellerx10 months ago
Nice job! See what you think of my handiwork!
honeydoo_44 (author)  I_Kellerx10 months ago
Thanks for the feedback. This is my first go around. I have a lot to learn. Your Carl is spot on and I just love willie wonka and the chocolate factory. Way to go.
wmorey3710 months ago
I saw this costume last year either on instructables or by searching costumes on google. The one you built is much better than the ones I have seen in recent years. Great job putting it together. I like the costumes that are visually misleading and crafty.
honeydoo_44 (author)  wmorey3710 months ago
Thank you so much. We tried to look up examples online to help us with the construction and we finally did it all by ourselves. We made funny memories trying to figure it all out. My daughter help out so much. In return she is so proud of it. Thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot.
caarntedd10 months ago
This is fantastic. Well done.
honeydoo_44 (author)  caarntedd10 months ago
Thank you so much for the comment. It was just a fun project to do with my daughter for Halloween and it is getting a lot of attention. Thanks again.
sokiboi7810 months ago
you got my Vote!

Nice job.!!.check out mine what u think? I made out of card boards and tape lol Vote if you like show some love in return :-)
honeydoo_44 (author)  sokiboi7810 months ago
Thank you so much for the vote. Wow yours is awesome. I guess I have a lot to learn. We really loved making this together and she had a blast being in character and scaring people. Thanks for the comments.
stubbsonic10 months ago
That. is. wonderful!
honeydoo_44 (author)  stubbsonic10 months ago
Thank you for noticing. We had a blast making it together. She just loved wearing it and scaring people. Thanks for the comments.
blodefood10 months ago
Fabulous! Effective.
honeydoo_44 (author)  blodefood10 months ago
Thank you very much. She is very proud of it. She played in character all the time. I appreciate your comments.