Introduction: DIYMinecraftCostume

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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

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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.

Picture of 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

Picture of 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

Picture of Foam and Wood Spacers, Fastened With Eyehooks / Tie-wraps

Step 5: Painted Plastic Screens Hot Glued at Eye Openings

Picture of Painted Plastic Screens Hot Glued at Eye Openings

Step 6: Shoulder Tops Made From Paper Covered Plywood

Picture of Shoulder Tops Made From Paper Covered Plywood

Step 7: Screw-reinforced Corners Covered With Glue.

Picture of 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!

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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:


wingwalker1 (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!)

MonicaM137 (author)wingwalker12017-10-28

Would you please send me a copy of the pdf to I would greatly appreciate it

JessicaL53 made it! (author)wingwalker12015-10-28

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.

EmiliaPM (author)JessicaL532017-10-25

Do you have the files? Could you send me? Thanks!

RaulO37 (author)wingwalker12017-10-02

Would you please send me the pdf files. I have a Second-grader that would love that for Halloween this year.


kmatinchek (author)wingwalker12017-09-07

Would you be so kind as to share the PDF downloads with me? I would be most appreciative! I will be sure to post the finished product!

Ruth_G (author)wingwalker12016-10-28

Please please!!!
Can you send me pdf???

I beg you!!

cisforcliff made it! (author)wingwalker12015-10-25

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.

Fawkes881 (author)cisforcliff2016-10-19

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

wingwalker1 (author)Fawkes8812016-10-19

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

wingwalker1 (author)cisforcliff2015-10-25

Great idea!
Thanks for the update.

AdrienneS3 (author)wingwalker12015-10-25

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!

BForgey (author)2017-10-28

Would someone send me the pdf files? Starting a little late but need to get this done :)!


MonicaM137 (author)2017-10-27

Would someone please send me a copy of the pdf? My brother wants this as his Halloween costume so I have a long weekend ahead of me

mearbour (author)2017-10-26

Hi! Do you have the pdf's file? Could you please send it to me at :

sandraps (author)2017-10-26

sorry, I forgot the email thanks

sandraps (author)2017-10-26

can you send me the pdf files please, I need to print the head an armour in a professional printer?. I´ve already pay for premium on Instructables. thanks

mearbour (author)2017-10-25

Could I please get the PDF for my little minecraft fan?

Thanks :)

Kimbeck0123 (author)2017-10-25

This is an AWESOME costume!! Could you or anyone that has them please send the PDF files? Our 2nd grader would love this... Thanks,

jmcwhirter (author)2017-10-25

HI! Can I please get a copy of the files! My son is so excited to be this for Halloween! :) Thank you

JessicaH272 (author)2017-10-24

Hi! Can you please send the pdf files? My 2nd grader is very excited. Thanks

Chel119 (author)2017-10-12

Absolutely love this costume! My son wants to be Steve his Halloween and when I came across your costume.... I just knew I had to make this for my son. Could you please send me the PDF files? Will definitely post pics....Thank you!

wingwalker1 (author)Chel1192017-10-13

Files sent!

Chel119 (author)wingwalker12017-10-13

Thank you so much for getting this to me so fast! Will post pics when I'm done!

JessicaH272 (author)Chel1192017-10-24

Can you please pass on the pdf files.


bvnorieg1 (author)2017-10-23

Hi! This is awesome! Is there any way I can get these pdfs?

bvnorieg1 (author)bvnorieg12017-10-23

Jellybeen1984 (author)bvnorieg12017-10-23

Hi did he ever send you the pdf's? If so... Can you pass them along to me please?? I'm trying to recreate this for my son! Help! Lol heres my email,

Thanks so much!

Bethanynmike (author)2017-10-23

Can anyone send me a copy of the PDF thanks

Bethanynmike (author)2017-10-23

Could I please get the PDF for this it looks great!!

StephanieC228 (author)2017-10-22

Can i get the PDF for this please?

kwdriftwood (author)2017-10-22

Hi, thank you so much for sharing your process for this costume--it looks fantastic!! Can you please send the PDF files to me at Thanks!

msq376 (author)2017-10-22

The costume is great! Can I have a copy of the files sent to Thank you!

lizpenney14 (author)2017-10-21

I would love a copy of the files too! My son loves Minecraft! Can you please send to lizpenney14 *at* Thanks!

PancakeKing (author)2017-10-21

Hi Steve, Your costume looks awesome!! Would you kindly send me the PDF file to the skin? AZTECATL2@AOL.COM

Thank you very much in advance!!

lirpa006 (author)2017-10-17

Hi Steve,

I really love your costume and am trying to make a minecraft Alex for my daughter. I have started the head but would love a copy of your PDFs to use for the armor. My email is aprilsceramics(at)



J4kirks (author)2017-10-16

Can I get a copy of your pdf's? My son (also Gr 2) is begging to be Steve this Halloween!

Raqueljade001 (author)2017-10-14

Can you please send copies of the pdf to Thank you so much my son is so excited!

Alexisslp (author)2017-10-14

Can I please get the PDF file for the skins?

Alexisslp (author)Alexisslp2017-10-14

my email:

DebbieC147 (author)2017-10-13

Hi, I would like a copy of the files for my son. Please send it to Thank you so much!!

Talvar (author)2017-10-06

I would also like a copy of the files. Thanks to anyone that can help.

wingwalker1 (author)Talvar2017-10-13

Files Sent

muneca926 (author)2017-10-08

This is amazing, can you send me the pdf. And thoughts on using foam board instead of cardboard?

wingwalker1 (author)muneca9262017-10-13

Foam board will work great. It is light weight and easy to cut.

Also the (most common white) board will allow the color of the printed skins to be the brightest.

muneca926 (author)muneca9262017-10-08

Girlthien (author)2017-10-10

It's so late in the game but could I please have the file to make my son's Minecraft costume dream come true? Haha

wingwalker1 (author)Girlthien2017-10-13

Files sent!

schase1180 (author)2017-10-12

I'd love to have the PDFs for this for anyone who as gotten them. Please??

wingwalker1 (author)schase11802017-10-13

Files sent!

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