This costume is good for Halloween as well a Renaissance faires.
Tolkien in Lord of the rings had tree monsters called ENTS. This is basically what you will be.
The costume will end up being about 8 feet high to the top of the leaves. Having a wrangler always helps, if you can find a friend with a less restricting costume to shoo away drunks, kids, and touchy people your life is much easier.
Basic tools like hole punch, scissors, glue gun, nuts and bolts, carpet knife jigsaw with metal blade, drill, and all the other things anyone attempting an epic costume will already have.
Tree witch mask
Long fingered gloves
Several yards of textured brown vinyls or leather thicker the better (new or kill an ugly sofa)
Sports equipment: (garage sales in the summer usually 10 bucks or so each) :
baseball chest protector,
baseball catchers shin pads
elbow or knee pads
Several yards of heavy electrical wire 3 phase mains the best about an inch around with large bare copper wire inside
Aluminum frame backpack preferably brown or black straps
Tree witch mask
2 artificial ficus trees
Various ivy, leaves, flowers, foiliage, moss to suit.
Small birds nest and fake bird
3 feet of corrugated black plastic pipe
Some black netting
Some old foam blocks from seat cushions or similar
Selection of nuts and bolts and old pop bottle plastic.
Brown and green paint, brown stain
Baggy brown pants, shirt boots
The costume will end up being about 8 feet high to the top of the leaves. They will flex but this is not an indoor costume. We start with the TREE WITCH MASK.http://www.amazon.com/Tree-Witch-Mask/dp/B002C71KLW available on amazon and cheaper elsewhere if you search. This mask is one of the best masks ever made. Usually masks look good in the pictures and then look crappy in real life, but this one is so high quality it looks BETTER in person. It is hand painted very bark like, and covered in real moss. It is creepy just looking at it on the mannequin. The eyes are blue painted and stare at you at all angles. You cannot see the wearer’s eyes, but it fits well and you can mostly see. I do recommend punching a few more air holes in it near the ears and out of site under the chin. It fits tightly so it is a stretch to put on, but fits like a glove once on your head.
I also found some long rubber devil biker gloves that were red and black and I used wood stain to make brown. Paint doesn’t stick to rubber well, Stain works best. A bit of brown paint in the ridges after to finish. These were the only 2 regular costume pieces I used. Wear fabric gardening gloves under any rubber gloves or your skin will sweat touching rubber. I had some thin cotton brown gloves under them. These were the only 2 regular costume pieces I used. We will build the rest of vinyl foam and sports armour.