Introduction: Dilbert Costume

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Office having a halloween party? This one's for you.

You will need
1. Dark slacks
2. White button up shirt
3. Constructions paper, pink, red, black.
4. Some old glasses frames, preferably plastic
5. A piece of string
6. Some paper glue.
7. A couple pens.

Step 1: Make the Mask

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The mask is made by cutting the construction paper into the approximate pattern below. Leave the eyes for later. The sides wrap around the back of your head, and can be sized with tape before gluing. I found that lining the head band area with thin cardboard gave it a little more durability.

once you have the size right and the mask is glued into a ring, glue your eye glasses to the front. Elmers glue worked for me, but I had some plastic glasses frames.

Cut out a tear drop shape for the nose and affix to the glasses.

Now cut out the eye holes.

Step 2: The Tie

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I toyed with wire in an actual tie, but a paper tie really got the curled up look right, and was easy to wear. To create the tie cut out the shapes below. For the stripes, cut a bunch of strips of the contrasting color and glue them on the tie overlapping out the sides. When the glue is dry, cut off the excess.

To tie the tie on, I glued a loop of cardboard to the top of the tie, and ran a piece of string through the loop.

Step 3: Getting Dressed

Put on the pants with a belt.

Tuck the shirt into the pants. The shirt should puff out a bit. If you are lucky enough to need to, wear a sweater under the shirt to get the puff just right.

For a final touch, put two pens in the shirt pocket.

Just one problem, how to eat the Halloween candy when Dilbert has no mouth.


Fission Chips (author)2014-10-30

Awesome! I love it so much.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-09-17

dood. dilbert is like the most random awesome guy ever! Great costume shirt,clothing 4/5, BUT!! your mask lacks awesomeness!!! i give your mask a 1/5. ill give you a 3/5 score. but man, if you get a good mask, that will be easily a 5 :-D good idea tho, im gona google for a dilbert mask lol.

vanweb (author)!Andrew_Modder!2008-10-31

I was inspired by this posting to create this: did not know how it would turn out so I did not do step by step photos... but it is made from 1inch foam, felt and spray adhesive... messy but effective!

vanweb (author)vanweb2012-10-16

I finally did an instructable for this costume! check it out and vote for me if you like it!

Potter John (author)vanweb2011-10-31

That is an awesome mask. It made me laugh out loud, and you don't want to do that in a cubicle office.

porcupinemamma (author)vanweb2009-07-30

please pleas do a step by step instructable. Mask is wonderful!

Yeah, I'd make it shorter, but the color looks awesome... If you were making it out of craft foam (or that blue plastic insulation from Lowe's), I'd make the eyes out of a layer or two of stretched $1 Walmart pantyhose, but you'd probably want a wire frame that was oversized on the inside to hold the hosiery... Love these minimalistic (but maximum benefit) costumes!

I concede. That mask is pretty darn cool.

Kasm279 (author)2011-10-31

So simple yet so... amazing!

nudgefudge (author)2011-10-30

for the tie why not find a red tie w/ black stripes and get some wire. make the angle with the wires and attached them to the tie. done

mole1 (author)2010-10-30

Seeing this made my day! Thanks!

M4industries (author)2009-06-28

Investor- Im looking to invest in the dogbert hedge fund. Can you show me how it works?
Dogbert- I take your money and use math to turn it into mine
Investor- But thats---------
(Dinosaur costume person whacks him in the head)
Investor- I don't remember the last few minutes
Dogbert- I was saying that the dogbert hedge fund will earn you %520 annually.

hintss (author)M4industries2010-01-03

Investor - I'm looking to invest in the dogbert hedge fund. Can you show me how it works?
Dogbert - I take your money and use math to turn it into my money
Investor - Isn't that illegal
(Dinosaur costume person whacks him in the head)
Investor - I don't remember the last few minutes
Dogbert - I was saying that the dogbert hedge fund will earn you %520 annually.


hintss (author)hintss2010-01-03

you can tell i stay on forums lots  

M4industries (author)hintss2010-01-03

 Yeah, I was just typing from memory.

hintss (author)2010-01-03

the tie points down?

porcupinemamma (author)2009-07-30

Great Fun! Way to go

=SMART= (author)2008-06-30

Nice, but you should make the glasses white and no eyes

twocvbloke (author)=SMART=2008-08-29

A good idea to achieve this would be to use a materieal something like the veil on a wedding dress, it's white, but you can see through it, making it look more like Dilbert... :)

Tirann (author)2008-03-10

haha, thats pretty good. The only thing is Dilbert doesnt have pupils

Yerboogieman (author)2007-10-13

i decided to be dilbert for halloween it only took me about an hour or so to do it except my face is kinda white, because i didnt have construction paper so i used printer paper, im trying the costume right now.. Thank you, i love the dilbert comics, plus it was a pretty easy instructable..

Browncoat (author)2007-10-01

I think I might actually be able to get my hubby to dress up for Halloween now! Excellent! (Will probably mod the mask to be a bit more like that linked flickr one.)

Mr. Rig It (author)2007-09-19

Did you make that on company time?? LOL Very funny, yet scary at the same time.

ve2vfd (author)2007-09-18

I'll admit the paper mask gets an A for effort, but I'm not sure if I'm looking at Dilbert or Drew Carrey :) Nice costume though, I like it a lot! :D

Vertigo666 (author)ve2vfd2007-09-19

It's not quite Drew until you get the rolls of fat under the shirt and neck :)

Vertigo666 (author)2007-09-19

"Change is good." Dilbert-"Fine, then why don't you raise our pay? That's a change that's good." "That would not be in the best interests of our investors." -"Fine, then why don't you work for free? That would be a change that's good for our investors. Or would it be eaasier to admit that change isn't good?"

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