Fire Hydrant (being peed on by a dog) Costume

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I made this costume in 2011 for the NYC Halloween Parade.  

Materials used:

Hot Glue gun and sticks (high Heat)
Big Pieces of Foam Core
Brick Print Contact Paper
Acrylic and Spray Paints (Gray, Brown, Red, Silver, Black)
Wooden Dowels (various sizes)
Expanding Spray Foam
Heating Pipe Insulating Tube
PVC pipe and connectors for dog head/body/tail to connect
Zip Ties
Black matching chess pieces
LED Shoelaces (yellow) and other Battery Powered Lights
Random Plastic Parts in various shapes to create lampshade, fire hydrant detail
3 Large Sturdy Belts
Lightweight Fur
Fake Plants, Street Cleaning Sign, Window Sill, etc...

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Step 1: Making the basic structure

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Using foam core, hot glue and brick contact paper, I created a "building wall" where it meets the sidewalk, including a sidewalk all the way to the curb.  In the building wall, I put a window that was left a little open and had a curtain hanging behind it, a windowsill with fall plants in a fake terra cotta pot, a little pumpkin… whatever worked to make it look like a real building/urban scene. Here is a picture of some items laid out before I started putting it all together (I thought I was going to make the lamp post green back then...).  For the "bars" on the window, I used small black dowels with matching black chess pieces on the top ends.

Step 2: Making the dog

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I created a dog by cutting the outline of the dog and building it up one side at a time with expanding spray foam which, when dry and hardened, I then cut down, sanded and sculpted into the shape of the dog - then covered with fake fur. I did the same for his head - made a big ball of expanded spray foam (with open snout, tongue sticking out and PVC connector piece inside).

vpurcell2 years ago
The most brilliant costume I've seen in a long time! LOVE the originality and creativity in this almost as much as the clever use of light weight materials! FANTASTIC!!!!
poofrabbit2 years ago
How incredibly clever! I love it!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Haha, this is the most original costume I have ever seen. I love it!