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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
- Poster board
- Hot glue
- 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.
Step 1: Going Green
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.
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...