Introduction: DIYMinecraftCostume

My son is a huge fan of Minecraft and wanted to be Steve for Halloween.

This Minecraft costume was made from paper, cardboard, packing tape, wood and metal flashing.

We wanted to make a diamond helmet and diamond armor that could be worn by a 2nd grader.

The scale was as close to actual as possible.

This costume used 11x17 color copies on card stock taped together with packing tape and stuck on fabricated cardboard with spray adhesive. Custom made cardboard boxes were first cut out of 1/4" cardboard (cut 1/8 " undersize for later hot glue construction)

Next, the cardboard pieces were covered in card stock paper with spray adhesive.

Wood pieces were hot glued where strength was needed and then secured with screws.

Clear coat spray paint was used to seal finished costume to increase water resistance.

I spent way too much time on this and really enjoyed the process. It was worn at a party, in a school parade, and trick-or-treating. Everyone loved the way it looked just like Steve! (It photographed very well too!)

My son was very happy with his one-of-a-kind Minecraft costume!

Step 1: Color Copies on Card Stock

After downloading other images of costume skins, I decided to make my own in MS Paint.

I selected the visible grid background and made 1 1/2" squares for the face and 1 3/4" squares for the armor.

Small grey squares were added to indicate location of folds.

All files were converted to .pdf with Adobe Acrobat and loaded on a flash drive (for professional printer) and printed

on 11x 17"card stock in landscape format.

Each box is slightly undersized to allow each assembled print to be flush with the edge of each surface.

The finished head is 12x12". The finished helmet top is 14x14". The finished body is 7" thick, 14" wide

and 16" tall. (The height can be adjusted for your needs.) The arms are 7x7x7"

Step 2: 1 3/4" Squares on Armour Match Scaling of Game.

The finished

Step 3: Open Top for Ventilation, Hot Glued Foam Head Piece Hot Glued on Cut Plywood

Step 4: Foam and Wood Spacers, Fastened With Eyehooks / Tie-wraps

Step 5: Painted Plastic Screens Hot Glued at Eye Openings

Step 6: Shoulder Tops Made From Paper Covered Plywood

Step 7: Screw-reinforced Corners Covered With Glue.

While glue was still hot, metal (flashing) was held tight to seal area around screw.

Trim edge and cover with paper/spray adhesive.

Step 8: Invisible Super-plastic Hinges!

Since the armor goes over the head, we needed to have the shoulders hinged.

To make the armor look just like the real character, we needed to have invisible hinges.

The plastic from a drink cup was found to be more suitable than packing tape.

(You can bent it over and over and it will not break!)

First we cleaned the plastic with rubbing alcohol and then scuffed with sandpaper.

This was secured with spray adhesive, metal, nails, and more spray adhesive.

Step 9:

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lpenap made it!(author)2017-02-23

Thank you for the instructions!, here is what i have made so far.

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LenkaN2 made it!(author)2016-11-14

Pleas!!!!Can you send me PDF files for Minecraft diamond armor and head with helmet.Thank You. aigorn13@gmail.com

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ClarkS13 made it!(author)2016-11-02

Thank you! Great Costume! I wanted the finished product to be lit-up for safety reasons (and honestly, it's looks pretty cool), so I made my son's costume using plastic card-board (4'x8' at home Depot $19). I added 4 sets of LED (x10 lights/string) Christmas lights purchased from the Dollar Store and hot glued the battery packs in the costume shoulders. I created his sword using a 12 meter flexible LED neon glow string light so all of the edges of the sword lit up as well. The final costume was a huge hit with kids and parents alike, and I could easily see him at all times! The whole build took 4 days, and it was way easier than the F-18 and Toothless costumes I made the past two years!

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JaritP made it!(author)2016-11-01

Thank you! Came out great, and everyone on the street loved it! Yes took much longer than anticipated, but well worth it.

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Ruth_G made it!(author)2016-10-31

Thanks for the tutorial!
My Son is so happy ☺

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MariaS235 made it!(author)2016-10-29

I can't download the files...
m@m-kom.dk

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wingwalker1 made it!(author)2015-10-24

As of tonight, 120 people have requested my files. I have only seen one finished masterpiece though. I wish everyone great success and really happy kids's faces (hidden inside a box of course!)

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Ruth_G made it!(author)2016-10-28

Please please!!!
Can you send me pdf???
angel69rochel@gmail.com

I beg you!!

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cisforcliff made it!(author)2015-10-25

My son and I saw your finished pic on the costume-works site and finally found our way over here. Great job! We are making a few modifications and had to add shoulder straps so it would hang on his shoulders a bit better. Hope ours turns out as good as yours did.

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Fawkes881 made it!(author)2016-10-19

So what are the dimensions for the head and the armor?

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wingwalker1 made it!(author)2016-10-19

The head is just like the ones you can buy - 12x12". The helmet is 14x14" and resembles the dimensions of the game.

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wingwalker1 made it!(author)2015-10-25

Great idea!
Thanks for the update.

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JessicaL53 made it!(author)2015-10-28

I can tell you there's one very excited kid in this house. I only have the helmet done (we cheated with a premade steve head), tomorow we start on the armor.

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AdrienneS3 made it!(author)2015-10-25

I'm working madly on it! Looking forward to sharing the results. There's a whole week until d-day! ;)

I am SUPER appreciative how you've not only shared your files and experience, but are being so helpful. Thank you!

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MariaS235 made it!(author)2016-10-28

Can you please send me the files. Thanks :)
m@m-kom.dk

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XJamZ06 made it!(author)2016-10-27

why don't you post your etsy listing on here to make it easier for people to go to your site?

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Ellis1444 made it!(author)2016-10-27

Hi! Can I also please have the directions via PDF file? I'm about a 1/3 of the way finished and stumped... Kelbygb@yahoo.com

Thank you so much! Awesome costume!!

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Fortkids made it!(author)2016-10-27

Hello, I would love to have the PDF files so I can make this costume!! It is PERFECT!! Please send them to Casey.eddiekidd@yahoo.com
Thank you!

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ChristinaS128 made it!(author)2016-10-27

Hello! This is by far the best Steve costume I've seen. My son just informed me with only days till Halloween that he wants to be diamond Steve. If anyone could please send me the PDF files it would be greatly appreciated. Csawyer6@icloud.com

Thank you!

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rstuart made it!(author)2016-10-27

This costume is fabulous!! I hope to share in the glory by making it for my son for Halloween. :) I downloaded the pdf file associated, but it was all the steps, not the individual files to print like I thought it would be. If some good Samaritan really is forwarding the printable costume files on, I'd love to have them as well! rachelestuart@gmail.com

Thank you!!!!

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lesliekerner made it!(author)2016-10-27

I can't seem to find individual PDFs of the body (although I can see them for the head). Did anyone receive them? I'd love them if available. Thanks! lesliekerner@gmail.com

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StaceyB59 made it!(author)2016-10-26

This is amazing. We have begun construction on this, although it's nowhere near as fancy :). I would love the skins though. I printed a few from the files you posted, but we are missing the main part of the body. sozella@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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ChrisandSabiT made it!(author)2016-10-26

Omg this is amazing and exactly what I was looking for!!! Please (I would be SO grateful) send me the PDFs for it! :) Sabrina.thompson@me.com thank you!

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AlejandroB69 made it!(author)2016-10-25

this is awesome , can send me the link please , thanks

alexbustos1982@gmail.com

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Jackieb5775 made it!(author)2016-10-25

This is fantastic!! Please send me the pdf files. Thank you

Jackiebritt@icloud.com

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ClarkS13 made it!(author)2016-10-24

Excellent work! Could you send me the pdf files. Thank you!

fishma_sign@hotmail.com

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louloubell made it!(author)2016-10-24

Hello Wingwalker. Your costume creation is just fantastic. Could you please send me the file so I can attempt to make this as well? ljcajuns@gmail.com

Thank you in advance.

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agentis made it!(author)2016-10-23

Please send me the pdf. I thought they were posted but can't find them now.

flumpdoria@gmail.com thank you!

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Ruth_G made it!(author)2016-10-23

Hi, can you please send me pdf of the diamond armor? Thanks!

angel69rochel@gmail.com

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AshleyM200 made it!(author)2016-10-22

could you please email me the PDF of the armor emails4ashley(at)gmail.com!

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KelseyH25 made it!(author)2016-10-20

What size box did you use for the body?

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wingwalker1 made it!(author)2016-10-20

It is 14" x16" x 7"

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Madwookie2016 made it!(author)2016-10-22

Really cool suit. Awesome job. If possible please send the PDF to me. Thanks. Have a good day.

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BlairB10 made it!(author)2016-10-22

ok, I really do not want to sign up for a recurring charge to my credit card just to get these pdf files and instructions. Can someone please email them to me? Lauren.fralin@gmail.com

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Nitetrain made it!(author)2016-10-21

Please send me the .pdf files. jgm.civil(at)gmail.com. My son will love this.

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nguidry5 made it!(author)2016-10-20

Hi - this is amazing! Please email the pdf files nicolealexismarie@gmail.com

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MattS340 made it!(author)2016-10-20

My son is very excited about this costume. Could you please send me the PDFs of the costume skins? I thought they would be included with the PDF download, but it appears that is not the case. Thank you!

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MattS340 made it!(author)2016-10-20

Sorry, I forgot to include my email address: matt_scherer(at)hotmail.com. Thank you!

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csroka made it!(author)2016-10-20

This is awesome! Will you please send pdf so I can make this for my son. christinesroka@hotmail.com Thanks in advance!

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mikebrush made it!(author)2016-10-19

Praying for some PDF's to show up in my inbox. This is the best one on the internet! gtiracer98@centurytel.net

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Fawkes881 made it!(author)2016-10-19

Please send me the PDFs for the whole costume: schumarl@gmail.com

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NiamhG made it!(author)2016-10-19

please can you send me the pdfs fro whole costume. niamhgroome@gmail.com

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Harper4 made it!(author)2016-10-18

Thanks for sharing this with everyone :) could you send me the pdfs to make the whole costume please? Thanks again! You are making a lot of happy kids:) Harper4@suddenlink.net

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michaelmachado made it!(author)2016-10-17

Would you be willing to share your pdf files with me as well? Mi email address is heymachado@gmail.com. Thank you so much. You did such a great job.

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LarissaD4 made it!(author)2016-10-17

Could you also send me the pdf for the helmet? larissadud @ gmail.com Thank you1

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Vcbello+ made it!(author)2016-10-17

Could you please send me the PDF for the helmet? Thank you so much in advance!! Valeriecbello@gmail.com

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Ebbiebright made it!(author)2016-10-16

Could you please send the pdf to ebbiebright@gmail.com? Thanks!

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ChadK made it!(author)2016-10-16

I also have started building this awesome instructable, however I had not downloaded all of the pdfs before they went away. Could I also get a link sent to taerom.fuirium@gmail.com?

Thanks in advance!

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MichaelS1090 made it!(author)2016-10-16

Would love a copy of the pdf file if you can send them to msaxton@gmail.com

My son saw your costume and instantly knew what he wanted to be.

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elkey made it!(author)2016-10-16

Could you please send the .pdfs to ericalkey.ba@gmail.com? This is one of the best Minecraft costumes I've seen, and it's something we can make together for Halloween.

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