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I love Halloween, and try to come up with a cool costume each year.  Well this year, my inspiration came from a couple tv shows and this site... Face Off and Heroes of Cosplay.   I saw a number of really great costumes and decided that I wanted to go big and ambitious.  I read through a number of really great Instructables on how to create a costume from Eva foam, and I jumped right in... And I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Step 1: The Concept

I came up with a number of ideas for this costume, but finally decided on the "Tiki God".  I had my wife take a front and side photo of me so that I could sketch out the correct proportions of the costume.  I sketched over top of the 2 photos on my iPad and had a plan. 

I originally planned on doing foam covering my arms and legs as well, but after putting on the main part of the costume, I decided to go bare due to the heat I was already feeling.  Also, knowing that I wanted to go out dancing and drinking, I needed to make sure I designed something that was somewhat functional, without having to remove the costume to drink or use the restroom :).
<p>Love these...</p><p>Already started fabrication...FEB!</p><p>Question...How does the Tiki Priestess affix her chest plate? </p>
Hey sorry I didn't see your message. We cut some strips of cloth from what she used to make her skirt. I then got glued them to the top corners and sides and just tied them in the back like a bikini top. The chest piece was so lite, the straps don't need to be too thick. Hope that helps.
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<p>I recreated your tiki god with my own twists for the Remix contest! Thanks... it was very fun to make! I might try it again with different facial features sometime soon.</p>
<p>Glad you enjoyed making it. Looks great! I'm going to create a new one myself this coming year.</p>
<p>*Loved* this Instructable! Thanks so much for sharing your process! I don't think i got the distressed paint job quite down (other than getting a bit distressed while doing it! haha)... but still happy with how they turned out ^_^ Thanks again for this totes rad inginstructable! it was a great first EVA foam project for me to start with</p>
<p>I love your variation on the design... Very clean! The viewing area and eye details are very nice!</p>
<p>Thanks so much! :) <br>&amp; Thanks for creating your original &amp; sharing your process! So great! </p>
<p>I am really blown away by how many people have come up with their own variations of this costume!!! This is exactly why I posted the original Instructable... and thrilled to see what you all have come up with! :)</p>
This was awesome! Made a great unique costume, which I turned into our family theme this year. One tip--instead of using the multi-colored Eva foam pack, just go straight for black. It would make covering up all the color a lot easier. I made my son a smaller version and added the pineapple to make it different than my husband's. Thanks for posting this!!!
<p>That is really awesome! I'm so glad you all liked it enough to get everyone into it. Two thumbs up!</p>
<p>Thank you very much AP3D for the awesome Instructable, </p><p>You Tiki costume is the best, So I had to recreated and the results are amazing.</p><p>I finish it in 2 weeks.</p><p>Thank you&hellip;I couldn't have done it without you&hellip;.</p>
<p>this instructable is baddassery and awesome sauce. love it. great skills indeed. </p>
Fantastic creation! A friend built a perfect replica of your project and 4 of us were in the 2014 DooDah Parade this past weekend, as the Tiki God and his 3 comical warriors! We were on the 6 o'clock news even! So much fun! Mahalo!!
<p>I'm just now catching up on replies. I'm really glad the design worked out for you guys! That was exactly what I was hoping for when I posted the Instructable. :)</p>
thank you for the great idea.AP3D<br><br>I made this one a little larger. in the circumference aspect cuz I'm a little bigger in the mid section. About 9 inches more so total of 57&quot;. and about four inches shorter. the fire and the lights are removable so is the skirt. I installed it with velcro strips.<br>I had some people ask me if it was really heavy. they thought it was a real log. by the nose there's a little diamond flap. you could install a straw to drink your beverage. good times and thank you again<br>
<p>Sorry for the long delay. That looks great! The headband on mine came off, attached with Velcro, so that I could eat and drink as well. </p>
<p>Sorry for the long delay. That looks great! The headband on mine came off, attached with Velcro, so that I could eat and drink as well. </p>
Hey I am part of Wicked Coastal clothing, would you be interested in crafting us one of these costumes?
<p>Sure. I had a blast creating mine. Please send me some details at: aaron@angrytiki.com</p>
<p>nice!!!</p>
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Fantastic creation! A friend built a perfect replica of your project and 4 of us were in the 2014 DooDah Parade this past weekend, as the Tiki God and his 3 comical warriors! We were on the 6 o'clock news even! So much fun! Mahalo!!
Fantastic creation! A friend built a perfect replica of your project and 4 of us were in the 2014 DooDah Parade this past weekend, as the Tiki God and his 3 comical warriors! We were on the 6 o'clock news even! So much fun! Mahalo!!
Fantastic creation! A friend built a perfect replica of your project and 4 of us were in the 2014 DooDah Parade this past weekend, as the Tiki God and his 3 comical warriors! We were on the 6 o'clock news even! So much fun! Mahalo!!
<p>Thanks for the great instructable. This is how my project came out following your advice. I decided to shave down the opening and make it so I could slide open and just the mesh like a window for easy drink access! Also at Hobby Lobby they have cheap battery powered 6.5ft corded white led lights to easily glue to the inside. </p>
another good source for eva foam is Walmart in the camping aisle. foam sleeping mats work great and are much larger than the puzzle tiles.
<p>True, though I find the rolled up Eva foam a little too soft for my needs. I like the rigidity of the floor tiles, but that's just me.</p>
<p>OMG....its Amazing</p>
Thank you for this build, without it I would not of had the idea to build my own.
I like the mix of color you added to it. You really made it your own ;). Glad to been able to help.
Thanks again for this instructable. I got tons of compliments on it; one guy even wanted his picture taken with me.
Turned our really nice ;). Yes it was a popular costume to have pictures taken with. We went to Carnival in West Hollywood. I bet my wife and I are on a hundred Facebook pages ;)
Nice job! Looks very familiar :) The costume was a huge success this Halloween. I'm glad to see someone else got to play tiki god as well.
I tried to copy your design exactly (because it came out so good), but I still think yours looks better...I cheaped out on grass, paint color and some of the wash steps could have been better, and the buildup on foam I used a different kind that was harder to work with. Anyway thanks again--you are very creative to have come up with this by yourself. It was my 1st foam project and I have to admit I like working with it--cheap, easy to manipulate, and light to wear.
Thank you so much! I love all things tiki, i had looked a a ton of foam techniques, and had settled on a giant robot, but then saw what you had done and it was a lock! A few modifications, some strobe lights and a ton of hot glue burns ( you were not kidding) Thanks again i have won 3 contests so far with a big one tomorrow night/ i let every one know i got the idea from you! hope you like it.
I love how you used the extra edging for carving detail! I didn't get to enter an contests this year, except the one on this site, but I am glad to see that the idea was a winner.
Thanks for the instructable. Everyone loved it and it really ups the bar for next year!
Looks great! Glad to have been able to inspire others. I'm already thinking about what to do next year.
Sooooo, I normally don't vote for contests that I enter... BUT I have, and I have to say the this is the most original and creative costume yet... Incredibly well done! Others coming up with their own spin! NOT.... Iron Man (OMG! stop with iron man) !!!! <br> <br>Seriously, if you don't place with this one I will gladly give you 2 years of PRO memberships to this site ( I am not affiliated with this site)...
Thank you for your very kind comments. I did get second place, and I'm glad to see that so many people not only liked it, but made their own versions this year.
Thank you for your awesome instrucable. I made a smaller version for my 5 year old son. He loved it and now is sporting a Santa hat for Christmas.
I am so glad it was an easy one to follow. Seeing these pics really made me glad to have posted it. I tried to make something for my step daughter, I bet she will let me now ;)
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween costume contest! Can&rsquo;t wait to see if you win good luck!
is there anyway to put up straps inside? (im a small kinda guy)
Just make the circumference of the initial tube small enough so that the arm holes rest on your shoulders.
Fantastic! You look like you could be guarding the entrance to a secret volcano lair where awesome retro tiki parties take place
Excellent Instructable: original idea, lots of instructional photos and good, easy to understand steps. I also think the result is fabulous. My favorite in this contest so far!
This is very well done.

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