I love building costumes, I love sushi, so why not build a sushi restaurant costume?
The level of detail in this costume can be dependent on whether you live near a japanese market. I just so happen to work down the street from one of the largest in LA, so this worked out for me. Smaller details make this particular costume, so the more details you can pick up, the better this will turn out.
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING YOU DO. EVER.
Step 1: Tools and materials
Here's what I bought:
Large wooden dowels 2x $4.00
Acrylic/Plexiglas 1 9$10
brown paint 1x $4.00
Aluminum slats 2x $5
Aluminum Channel 2x $7
Misc dishes 5x $2 each (reuseable)
manekineko (white cat statue with paw up) $3
bolts $4 total
Ikea bag 1x $.57
lights 2x $15
cardboard boxes $FR.EE
assorted foam $FR.EE
Drill, drill bit, saws, files, pop rivet and gun, hot glue, clamps, etc are things I had already.
I spent quite a bit of money on this project, but I was short on time and didn't want to salvage these from various places.
Your neighbor's trash is a wealth of usable crap - good if you're short on money but not on time.
well, not for a sushi restaurant - unless your neighbors are Japanese and throwing crap out.
Step 2: Find your boxes
(I hate throwing away boxes, and my building DOES NOT RECYCLE. Grrr)
And I found two boxes from my purchase of my IKEA EKTORP couch. The two side boxes were perfectly sized to be the two parts of my costume.
I sketched out a few images to get my layout of what I wanted from the costume. Two boxes stacked on top of each other, glued.