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My son wanted to be an army man so we made him this costume this last week. Here are some simple instructions if you want to do it too.

Step 1: Pick Out Some Clothes, Props and a Base

We rummaged through the kids old clothes. It doesn't matter what color they are, they are all going to get painted. Note his sister's old pink boots and hello kitty gloves and Bob the Builder hat.. It does help to get materials that are not too absorbent.

  • Pick out clothes
    • Boots,gloves, pants, undershirt
  • Accessories
    • Nerf Gun
    • Helmet
    • Belt
    • Binoculars
  • Cut out a base
    • We used 1/4 inch partical bead board

Step 2: Paint It All

(Note: do not paint them while being worn)

In hindsight, i would have used leather gloves that didn't require so many layers of paint. I used John Deere Green spray paint from Lowes.

  • Hang on the line and paint everything one shade of green with gloss paint

Step 3: Face Paint and Hair Spray

  • Use water based/easy to clean face paint to cover face, ears, neck completely
  • Spray hair with colored hair spray. (don't use neon, find a shade that matches the paint)

Step 4: Strike a Pose

Strike a pose....

everybody asks how he walks... he is hoping the candy comes to him.

actually, he isn't attached to the board, he just picks it up and sets it down. He plans on doing that at every front door for Halloween.

Step 5: Scrub Scrub

I suggest getting the most water-based friendly cleanable face paint.

<p>The coolest kid ever!</p>
<p>Muito legal!</p>
<p>That is awesome!!!</p>
<p>hi ! that''s good</p>
<p>So awesome! Always loved the idea of an army man. I may have to use this one day! soooo rad!</p>
<p>So awesome! Always loved the idea of an army man. I may have to use this one day! soooo rad!</p>
<p>BTW, it took 4 cans of spray paint if you are trying to budget. </p>
<p>Such a great, fun project!</p>
<p>AWESOME!</p>
<p>Genius! </p>
looks great!!!
<p>Oh man! That is amazing! Great job!</p>
<p>Cool, this turned out really great. I've seen a couple of these out there but never any instructions. It's nice to see what the clothes started out like. I feel like I probably would have been at a loss for what would look right painted green.</p>
<p>really nice result</p>
<p>+1 :) </p>
Wow!! I think I had that Army Man as a kid. Great job!
<p>This is way to amazing for someone not to vote on this!!</p>
<p>This is amazing!</p>
So awesome. I bet he loved it. It looks very authentic.
So cute !!!
this is the best costume ever!
Wow !! Great job ;)
U could use a yoga mat
<p>that is a great idea for the base.... or to make a yoga army man</p>
<p>great costume! That will result in a lot of candy, for sure. </p>
<p>I love it!</p>
<p>Awesome costume! My son would love this!</p>
<p>So simple and so effective, turned out beautifully!</p>
This is so unbelievably cool!! Wow... Thanks for sharing

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