Introduction: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Master Splinter home-made group costume.  This project was too big to create a step by step instructable so I just added photos in order from start to finish by section so you can see the steps taken to create each part of the costume.  


bethflowers (author)2016-10-18

I am new to this site, and I am hoping to find step by step instructions on how to make the Ninja Turtles, nothing major just how much wire did you use? how did you keep the shape of the wire while completing the paper mache step? Can you please guide me on where I might can possibly find some instructions? Thanks!

Hedder (author)2016-10-07

What colour paint did you use for the shells

Mccue547 made it! (author)2015-11-02

Thank you! It was my first attempt at paper mâché. They didn't form as clean as yours and when I did the paper towel step they sort of sank down but they were a show stopper and a lot of fun to wear!

I didn't really take many pics of the build.. This is all I have.. I just tried to follow your steps as close as possible.

wmorey37 (author)Mccue5472016-09-04

very impressive. Im glad you were able to follow the steps, i was unsure if i wrote them clear enough to follow. Your end product came out great. i hope you had fun doing it.

nice work

LiamF9 (author)2015-12-10

Would you consider selling the costumes and shipping to the UK??

Mccue547 made it! (author)2015-10-31

Thanks! We got lots of compliments!

wmorey37 (author)Mccue5472015-11-01

did you happen to take photos of the build or create a step by step? I would like to see your progressions.

wmorey37 (author)Mccue5472015-11-01

Awesome job. Your build looks spot on. I am humbled you chose to use my build for guidance. I hope the turtles had a great halloween. You are very talented. Keep building my friend.


Aharte (author)2015-09-29

What did you use for the turtles mouth so they can see through it?

wmorey37 (author)Aharte2015-10-12

sorry for the late reply. I used a window screen and painted one side white. I also doubled up on the layers to make the smile whiter. Good Luck.

LizzyS3 (author)2015-09-01

Did you use wire on the turtle mask too or was it just a ballon?

wmorey37 (author)LizzyS32015-09-01

no, I didn’t use any wire on the heads. Just the newspapers balled up and taped to get the basic shape of the head. Then I just paper mache’d it several times over.

If i could do it over I would prob use the wire because its stronger. But the mache heads are still in great condition to this day.

ashley.brothers.9 (author)2015-02-02

wondering if you would be able to make 1 of them for me and if so how much would you charge?

chris.jarvis.9083 (author)2014-11-06

Great job! After you cut out the eyes and mouth, how did you make the turtle head thicker? Did you add more paper and tape it or paper mache?

nicholalala (author)2014-10-31

Thanks so much for the idea. It was lots of work but we did it :D :D

nicholalala (author)2014-10-27

I can't wait to show you all my interpretation of this!! I'm almost done ekkkk last minute painting so I'll be putting up some pictures soon ????

nhuynh7 (author)2014-10-26

doesn't look as nice as yours though

nicholalala (author)2014-10-20

how long did it take for the paper mache to dry? What was your final lair made out of? Did you use glue and water or flour and water?

kcortesi (author)2014-10-04

My splinter version is not as good as yours but close enough. I made this one for my 8 year old and Carl from Up for my 15 year old. Thanks for the instructable! I am a visual person and your pictures helped so much! You are truly talented and thank you for sharing your talent with us!

yolonda.ramos (author)2014-10-02

This is so awesome. I am a single mother with 4 boys. My twins are 17, and the other 2 are 12 and 13. I have decided to make them dress up with me for Halloween. They are going to be the ninja turtle and YES, I am going to be Splinter. I am going to try this with the information given so we will see how this turns out! I am super excited to get started.

mguidry2 (author)2014-09-19

Hello! i was wanting to try this for Halloween. Could you give me more details on how you sculpted the head, and shaped the shells? Also how much wire, tape and newspaper you used. Thank you and awesome job! @wmorey37

wrestlefan2 (author)2014-07-24

Went and made Splinter's mask following your step by step guide to the best of my ability. I show it off in 8 days. Issue I have is that it is very hot for me to wear for long periods of time. Did you do any type of ventilation for the mask so you could breathe better in it/wear it longer than 10 mins at a time? Thanks

kstak11 (author)2014-06-25

I would really like it if you had a separate instructable for the heads. i'm having a lot of trouble with them

kstak11 (author)2014-06-24

I really like this instructable. but with my costumes they look like the 2003 cartoon instead of the 2012 cartoon. I used balloons for the snout and it just was too big. I don't know how to do it otherwise because I have 3 of the 4 turtles done.

kstak11 (author)2014-04-16

What did you use for the eyes and how did you get the shells to stay an your body?

wmorey37 (author)kstak112014-04-25

For the eyes I cut wiffle balls in half and hot glued them in place. For the shells, I hooked them up to resemble backpacks. I used old nylon pop-warner football belts that I had in my closet as straps. I laced them through the chicken wire on the inside of the shells (the shells were made of chicken wire), then covered the belts with green duct tape. If you dont have nylon belts you can use any belt that is flexible or made of fabric. You may be able to use leather belts but you wont be able to move as easy.

kstak11 (author)wmorey372014-04-29

Thanks for the reply. I might make these for my buddies and I for Halloween. Obviously I would be Leonardo (Leo). How much did it cost you to make one costume? what about all of them?

kstak11 (author)kstak112014-06-07

and another question: how did you get the snout to be shaped like that?

wmorey37 (author)kstak112014-06-07

I just rolled up the newspaper into balls and taped them together until I had enough to create a ball slightly bigger than a basketball (almost beach ball size). for the snout I just added smaller balls of newspaper and eyeballed it. I tape the little balls to the side of the big "basketball" size ball and added pieces of newspaper until the snout had the right shape. I used lots of masking tape. I didnt use a form of measurement, I just kept adding and subtracting newspaper until it resembled a turtle head. Then I made 3 more the exact shape

scotton2 (author)2013-11-25

So did you decide if you are able to make a step-by-step in-depth Splinter guide or not? I'm really anxious to start making one!

wmorey37 (author)scotton22013-12-13

I have been real busy but I finished half of the instructable. You can get started now because I finished the difficult part (head). Plus you need to order material which takes a week or so. Let me know how it goes and I will write up the rest of the Step by Step.

wmorey37 (author)scotton22013-12-06

Im sorry, I have been busy with grad school and finales etc. When do you need the step by step by? is it too late?

scotton2 (author)wmorey372013-12-06

It's all good. I wanted to get a jump start on the costume as I need to have it done by March. The last costume I did took 15 hours a day for 5 days straight because I waited too long and it still didn't get done haha. If you're still up for making the guide, I would love that.

interestedturtle (author)2013-11-12

We'll morph suits can be anything from $16 to $34 so green man suits are probably better considering they cost less

interestedturtle (author)2013-11-11

Couldn't you have used green morph suits instead of spandex

Im new to costume building so I try to think of quick fixes when I build and each build is kind of a test run to figure out what works better for the next project. That being said, I just googled green man suits and ordered zentai one piece spandex. I dont know what a morph suit is but after looking it up it appears to be similar. Maybe you can give me some feed back? My friends and I try to do everything on the cheap and green man suits were 14$. If morph suits are better I will definitely use them for the next build. Thanks for your input.

scotton2 (author)2013-11-03

Could you maybe do a step by step just for Splinter? That would be amazing. Also, how do you see out of the heads?

wmorey37 (author)scotton22013-11-03

Yes I could do a step by step splinter possibly in the next few weeks. we could see out of the mouths of the turtles. we put window screens in the mouths and painted them white. The eyesight is actually just like looking out of a window even with the paint and I could see everything. The splinter vision was limited. I cut a rectangle between the eyes and hid it with fur. Thanks for looking.

scotton2 (author)wmorey372013-11-03

That would be awesome of you! I want to make this for a con in March. Did you take a lot of pictures during the making of it so I can visually see as well? Also how expensive would you say it was for just the Splinter costume materials and how long did it take? Thanks! I look forward to the guide soon.

mrsben (author)2013-11-03

Lots of work but totally worth the effort. GREAT JOB! Question: What did you use for body suits as they look painted? (Thank you.)

P.S: I am a grandmother but I love browsing this site as feel one is never too old to learn something new so thanks for sharing. ☺ Costume creation has come a long way from the time when I made them for my own children. Now I do them for the grandkids so am always looking for new ideas.

wmorey37 (author)mrsben2013-11-03

thanks a lot, we bought green man suits. They are full body spandex suits that cost around 20$

interestedturtle (author)2013-11-03

This is pretty cool

wbrown4325 (author)2013-11-01

The time and effort you put in to this shows, wow great job !!!!

fasaxc (author)2013-10-27


hunter999 (author)2013-10-26

Haha! These look great! I love the turtles! Personally Michelangelo (the one with the nunchucks). Thanks for sharing! =D

kgrafke (author)2013-09-15

How many square feet of wire did you use?

cculbertson83 (author)kgrafke2013-09-15

basically we need a list of supplies.

cculbertson83 (author)2013-09-15

how much chicken wire does one need

SpicyPandaCreations (author)2013-09-07

this is awesome!

nalecca (author)2013-08-25

Dude such a sick job! Definitely gonna try making these

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