(Since I tend to get asked about selling the Shinigami, Rem and Ryuk have been sold. But hey, you can make your own!)

A few years ago I made a Ryuk costume from the anime/manga/movie Death Note - and I decided the time had come for me to revisit the series and go as another Shinigami (Death God) named Rem.

Originally I was going to sculpt, mold and cast a latex suit, but after sculpting and making the torso, I hit a block. My mold locked and I couldn't get it open! I still wanted to make Rem so I took a different route to make a faster, cheaper costume.

In a nutshell I made a bodysuit, glued craft and upholstery foam and backer rod to it, covered it with latex and repeated this method for the feet and hands. I also made a wig and face (chin and nose) prosthetic. It's not as detailed as I would like, but overall I am very happy with the results.

This costume was constructed in about two and a half weeks, so you still have plenty of time to make it for Halloween :)

Photos by Rui Photography, AndresVargas and David Ngo

Step 1: Gather Supplies

For this project you will need:

Body Double

  • A body suit/unitard/tight-fitting top and tights that you don't care about (I made mine, you can buy one)
  • Duct tape. Enough to wrap your entire body a few times!
  • Bandage scissors
  • Bags/newspaper/polyester fiberfill for your body
  • A friend (or two)
  • Alternatively, if you already have a mannequin that's your size you can use that and just skip making a body double all together. But maybe you don't have one. Or maybe you do but it's trapped under a giant concrete mold...

Rem Suit

  • Full-body stretchy bodysuit that zips up from the back (I made mine, you can buy one)
  • Your body double
  • Craft foam
  • Upholstery foam
  • Backer Rod
  • Hot glue (and glue gun) preferably with different temperature settings
  • Gloves
  • Boots...ideally big 7.5" platform heels but go with something else if you can't walk in them!
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Casting Latex
  • Paint - white PAX paint, blue latex paint, white and tan acrylic paint
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Ideally, an airbrush if you have one.


  • White beanie (I made mine, you can buy one)
  • Wool roving
  • Blue (or purple) dye
  • Dye pot (and tongs)
  • Hot glue (and glue gun)
  • Needle and White Thread
  • Cheesecloth


  • Mold of your head (see how to make one here)
  • Clay
  • Ultra Cal 30
  • Latex
  • Spirit Gum or Pros-Aid
  • White Face Makeup (Since i have an airbrush and compressor, and did a bunch of costumes using the same makeup, I used Endura Alcohol Based Airbrush Makeup).) I also carried around a small creme cake to do touchups around the eyes and prosthetics)
  • Black and blue (or purple) makeup (I used a creme pencil)
  • Setting Powder
  • Cat-Eye contact
<p>is it easy to move in?</p>
<p>Walking was fine.<br><br>Running? Nope. Raising my arms? Not happening. Sitting down? AHAHAHA.</p><p>(A lot of the foam-covered-latex-pieces, including the backer-rod, were over joints so bending my waist, knees and elbows was tricky)</p>
<p>so useful!!</p>
<p>Hehe, small world! Thanks for including our Wool dread tute.!</p><p>( your shinigami's came out awesome)</p>
<p>And thank YOU for making the (far superior!) tutorial!<br>(if you ever post it on here, lemme know and I'll link to that one too)</p><p>(and thanks!)</p>
I love the body suit! It's so realistic and yet looks like the anime. It's amazing
<p>Cool!!! </p>
<p>nice one</p>
<p>yes but it's WHITE! what do fat people wear?!? lol good job!</p>
<p>Well, I'm partial to purple and dark blue myself, but I can't speak for everyone. </p>
White. Luke skinny people. Just more white.
<p>I would hope the same thing as those who are deemed skinny, tall, short, curvy, straight, average, minority, etc etc etc; wear whatever the hell they want. </p>
<p>nice job very professional. you score in the top for sure.... even with the prosthetic u can still see how pretty you r. </p>
<p>Well done! Bravo!</p>
<p>Ah this is wicked cool! VERY nicely done!</p>
<p>That is really awesome. Your costumes are always so amazing!</p>
well done. Way to get creative when first plan didn't work. I love your skills with this costume. so fun.
Honestly, I don't know the character, but I know awesome when I see it.
<p>Wow, just amazing work as always!</p>
<p>This is insane! IMO the prosthetics are what take you from cool costume, to creepy and convincing Shinigami. You really can't tell there is a normal human face in there. So freakin cool!</p>
SO COOL! This is so impressive--and extremely well-documented! Thanks :D
<p>So pretty! Your facial expressions are also perfect! </p>
<p>Very impressive work! This is so cool. </p>

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Bio: I'm an indie game developer who enjoys making costumes, comics and cupcakes. I like video and board games, halloween, and laser dolphins.
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