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Haven't you always wanted to go to a Halloween party dressed as a legume in 1930's garb with a monocle? With some basic materials and a little bit of patience, you too can make an 8-foot tall Mr. Peanut costume!
 
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Step 1: Get materials and figure out scaling ratio

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Your first step is to get the materials necessary for this project. Beyond that, it might be good to figure out the dimensions of your Mr. Peanut. I found an official image of Mr. Peanut and measured various distances along his body (length of body, width of head, width of torso, size of eyes, etc.) with a ruler. I then tried to measure similar distances along my own body so I could figure out a scaling ratio. I determined that a scaling ratio of about 20x was good from a ~4-inch high image.

Materials:

For the structure of Mr. Peanut:
--a length of pigeon wire (around 10' long x 3' wide) -- hardware store
--a roll of duct tape -- hardware store
--2'x2' piece of cardboard -- old box lying around

For the papier mache covering of the structure:
--several pounds of old newspapers or scrap paper -- free at most newsstands (old newspapers)
--big bag of flour -- grocery store
--a little bit of salt and cinnamon -- mom's spice rack
--plastic disposable table cloth -- grocery store

For the details on the exterior of the structure:
--two paint brushes (one for papier mache, one for paint) -- hardware store
--one can orange spray paint -- hardware store
--one can of white primer spray paint -- hardware store
--pint of white paint -- hardware store
--pint of black paint -- hardware store
--a large magnifying glass -- pharmacy/hardware store
--two sets of cheap, white, women's stockings

For you to wear under the Mr. Peanut structure:
--white gloves -- costume store
--black shoes -- you don't have black shoes?!
--spats -- costume store
--black tights or black long underwear bottoms -- department store
--black long underwear top -- department store
--black cane -- borrow from gramps while he's not looking

Other equipment you will need (these don't get used up in the process):
--tape measure/ruler -- hardware store
--hot glue gun -- hardware store
--scissors -- hardware store
--wire cutters or snips -- hardware store
astroscot3820 days ago

What a great time I had on halloween night as Mr. Peanut! Thanks so much for this!!! You're awesome!

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greenphreak (author)  astroscot3819 days ago
Wow! That looks great! Congratulations on an excellent costume!
tony.gudell made it!26 days ago

I had so much fun making this costume! Instead of dowels I worked the chicken wire to "lock in together" at the back of the head and top of the body. Just make sure you do this while wearing it as your arms and shoulders obviously come into play. I used Sleepy Floyd's suggestion and used a canning jar lid for the monocle. I used white fabric for the lens - that gave me another area to look out of. I'm not great at drawing so I blew up a picture of Mr. Peanut's face, then cut out the eye/nose and traced it onto a piece of cardboard. Then I attached this cut-out to the costume head and applied paper mache to secure it. This gives a more sculpted look to the face. Lot's of fun!

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greenphreak (author)  tony.gudell26 days ago
Wow! Nice work! That's a good idea about the chicken wire locking together. If you're up for it, you should post these images and notes on the instructable itself so that others can benefit from your suggestions. Glad you had such a great time with it, and have a wonderful halloween!
My son and I made one of these this year for him to wear. Thanks so much for sharing the design. Everybody loved it and we got lots of great compliments. :) .. I've attached some photos..

Just a few notes to add for others who may decide to make one:

1. instead of wooden dowels, I used PVC piping.. my pipes were less than 2 feet long, but I drilled holes every 3-4 inches along the pipe and used wire ties to fasten the pipe to the mesh inside the head.

2. don't be too liberal with the use of duct tape.. the paint doesn't adhere well to it and will flake off..

3. the brim of the hat was very difficult to keep shape as the cardboard tended to soak up the water from the paper mache' and it would bend. I had to make about 5 or 6 triangular shaped cardboard wedges and used them to hold the brim of the hat up while it dried..

4. for the monacle, instead of buying a magnifying glass, I used a ~4" diameter plastic lid and cut the center out and painted it black. I took a piece of clear plastic and trimmed it to fit inside the lid, then put a piece of white paper behind it.

5. We didn't paint "Mr. Peanut" on the hat, as the picture of the tin of Planters Peanuts we had didnt have the text. And it was pretty apparent who he was... :)
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After a few hours of paper macheing, I now have my very own Mr. Peanut costume.  All thanks to this incredible Instructable.  Thank you so much!
It is finished!!!
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greenphreak (author)  MPK Animations5 years ago
That looks great!  Congratulations on an excellent Mr. Peanut costume!  Happy halloween!
Here it is, ready to be primed and painted.
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greenphreak (author)  MPK Animations5 years ago
Excellent work!  That looks really awesome!  I hope you have a great Halloween!  If you get any pictures of the finished product later this week, post them so everyone can see your glorious creation!

I'm going to post another instructable this year on how I made a costume for "The Count" from Sesame Street....


 
 
greenphreak (author)  MPK Animations5 years ago
That is awesome!  I'd love to see a photograph of it, if you're willing to post one.  I'm glad that the instructable was helpful!

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sispoombah5 years ago
aaaah this is so awesome! I was making a list of potential halloween costumes last night, and Mr. Peanut was on there :) This seems like a lot of work, but it really paid off!
s-kitty5 years ago
I am making my daughter an adult "Mrs. Peanut "costume to go with Mr. Peanut. I used foam padding, painted it tan, and cut out the shapes for front and back and hot glued them together. Gave the "Mrs." a bow vs a top hat and sunglasses instead of a monocle. We dressed her in stilhetto heels and fish net stockings. We're just "nuts" about it!  We love original costume ideas.
slushy2005 years ago
wow... this is in my top five favorites.*****
I live in Wilkes-Barre, Pa where Planter's Peanuts began. I remember seeing Mr. Peanut walking the streets in center city when I was a kid. I have to say that you did an incredible job with this costume & Mr. Peanut himself would be pleased!!!
Hey PHF, I remember Grandma taking me to Planter's Peanuts store next to Acme at the Narrows Shopping Center. The store smelled so good & the Mr. Peanut was there every time we went. Thanks for the memory! I've driven thru that area in my bobtail tractor if I delivered near by to go to familiar places,but it was different,except for Pizza Perfect. bigshawndatruckr
Ahhh yes! The memory of the freshly roasted peanuts!! We used to fight over who got to hold the warm bag on the trip home!! LOL!! Glad to be able to bring back a great memory for ya!
greenphreak (author)  PaHalloweenFreak6 years ago
I'm glad to have the blessings of Mr. Peanut! :) It was really fun to make over a few days. I've never made a project like this before, so I was quite happy to see it turned out as well as it did.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Monocle! 5/5
I didn't even read the instructable. I saw the outcome and automatically gave it five stars!
XD!!!! awesome!
AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

ME IS ALLLERRGIICC TO PEANUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

well, at least i used to be...
rickyd!6 years ago
hehe...very nice
This is SOOO ballin
I've got my costume idea for next year! Usually I wait until the last week before Halloween before I decide what I'm going to be.
canida6 years ago
That's awesome.