The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume





Introduction: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume

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.  

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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!

What colour paint did you use for the shells

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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?

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


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 ????

doesn't look as nice as yours though


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?

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!

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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