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Incredible Hulk Costume

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My costume turned out pretty awesome this year. My brothers and I decided on an Avengers theme this year, and I chose the Hulk.

Here is the list of supplies I used:
- Green Zentai bodysuit
- Padded muscle shirt
- White t-shirt
- White/light gray sweatpants
- Clothing dye
- Face paint
- Cardboard
- Poster board
- Hot glue
- Scissors
- Green flip-flops
- A little bit of problem solving skills

Approximate cost $60-$80

Some afterthoughts - I really should have gone with the crotch-zipper option when ordering the body suit. It took me a good 5 minutes to get in and out of the costume when i needed to go to the bathroom.
 
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Step 1: Going Green

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The first step to becoming the Hulk is to make yourself green. (or I suppose you could become gray or red instead)

I did not want to paint my whole body green, so I decided to buy a green body suit. I found a Zentai body suit on Ebay for about $20. I would still be painting my face, but i figured that would not be too bad.

When it arrived, I eagerly opened my package to find out that it was not the right color! It was like a semi-pale lime green color instead of the green I wanted. After a little research, I found out that the lycra spandex material actually had a lot of cotton in it. So I fought some clothing dye to make my body suit the right color green.

The only green that i could find was really meant to tie-dye shirts. Since it was meant for a t-shirt, I bought three of them for a body suit. I bought some soda ash to get the most vibrant color possible. Then I mixed up the dye and let my body suit soak in it.

I quickly found out that I did not have enough dye to evenly cover my body suit, so I started wringing it out on top of itself. I started with any part that looked like a good color of green. By wringing out the saturated parts on top of the parts that needed more dye, it gave my body suit a nice and even color. Then I let it dry a little and gave my suit a second coat. Finally I had a body suit that was the right color green.

After that I followed the washing instructions I found for my material, which is cold water on the gentle cycle. I also dried it in the dryer on cool air with the gentle cycle.

***WARNING***
If this dye gets on your hands at all, it will be there for at least a week! My glove got a hole in one finger while wringing out the green dye. It get's on you fast and stays there. Oddly enough, the dye does not seem to affect scar tissue...
yosr rambo5 months ago
Good uaaau
Awesome! I haven't seen any Hulks this year!
skittlespider (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! I agree, you don't see a lot of Hulks out there.

I think Spiderman and Batman seem to be the most popular choices for super heroes.