This Mr. Monopoly costume I made for Halloween 2012 has won me 4 costume contests in 2 days!In this how to I will show you step by step construction so you can go out and make a winning costume for yourself!

Things you will need:

24" Beach Ball
Newspaper cut in to 2" x 12" strips
Elmer's Glue (or equivalent)
Exacto Knife
Large Mixing Bowl
Plaster Casting Material (available at local craft store)
Fishing line (20 lb test)
Hard Hat
Black window screen material (available at local hardware store)
Thumb Tacks
Spray Foam
Foam Poster Board
Paper Towels
Masking Tape (brown)
Black 3" satin ribbon
Acrylic Paints (Black, White, Brown and Clear Coat Sealer)
Artist paint Brushes (Smaller tips for detail work)
Clothes of your choice

Total time to complete for first try 40hrs

Step 1: How to Make the Base

Take a 24" beach ball and fully inflate it. Tie some string or fishing line (20 lb test) to the valve on the beach ball to hang it. Then take your glue and flour and mix them with warm water in your mixing bowl. I use about 1/4 cup glue, 1 cup flour and about a litre of warm water. Take your newspaper strips and dip them in the mixture. I prefer using the semi glossy ads because they hold up better when wet. Allow the strips to become saturated and then gently ring out the excess moisture. Begin placing the strips on the beach ball working from the top to the bottom in a criss cross pattern for strength. Make sure to leave about a 6" opening at the top of the beach ball so you can remove it later. Place only 1 full layer at a time and allow them to dry in between. If you do more than 1 layer you may run the risk of it becoming too soggy and falling apart. Continue this process until you have 8-10 layers built up. VERY IMPORTANT: Monitor the inflation level of your beach ball once the layers begin to dry! You must deflate it a little bit each time to avoid expansion and possibly bursting your project.

Thanks to everyone that has voted for my costume!
Amazing job on the project. Definitely inspiring me to create my next costume! What was the time frame that it took you from start to finish?
It took about 40 hrs total. Worked on it every day after work for about a week
<p>You wouldn't have the instructions for the board game dress by chance would you? My wife and I really want to do this for Halloween this year. Awesome idea!</p>
If anyone has any questions please let me know.
two things. <br> How did you get the paper mache off the bucket? does it loosen after you cast it? <br>Did you make the mustache in two separate parts or one?
I used thin poster board and taped it to the bucket for a base layer that I slid off once I had it built up enough. Mustache was all one part used a sheet of newspaper twisted up and taped the tips and center to shape it. Then I taped it to the face
When constructing the inside of the head, did u cut the top of the head off that sits under the hat? When you said make sure the hat has enough space to touch the top of the head, what does this mean? Does the hard hat fit inside the top hat or just in the head?? Does the spray foam only go around the hard hat? What is the purpose of the spray foam???
Great idea for a costume &amp; excellent instructable. When using papier mache I have found wallpaper paste seems to make a more robust finished product. Another tip is to cover your balloon / beachball with petroleum jelly (Vaseline) before commencing to stop the dried papier mache sticking &amp; collapsing when the balloon is deflated. (Soul destroying after two weeks work!)
I just winged it and it came out better than I expected
Thanks! It was a lot of fun to make!
OMG!!! This is an Awesome Idea!!! Very original :)
Thanks! Please make sure you vote for me!
LOVE THIS!!! Monopoly is my fave game, very well done!
Thanks! I didn't think I could pull it off when I started, but I'm persistent lol
Great Costume!!!
GREAT COSTUME!!!!!!! <br>
Haha, that's awesome! <br> <br>Did you win anything from the costume contests? :-P
$50, a trophy, clothes, and lift ticket. Heading out to the $1000 contest tonight. Everyone please vote for me! Much love!
Lift ticket? Whats that? <br> <br>Voted!
Snowboarding lift ticket. I went to a party that was sponsored by my local resort.

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