If you were once a kid like me, then you probably played with little plastic green army men. They were one of my favorite cheap toys from childhood. And if you have kids like me, then you are familiar with the movie Toy Story. My favorite Toy Story character is not Buzz or Woody, but the little green men hopping around yelling 'hutt, hutt, hutt'. When the annual halloween party that my family attends went with a Disney/Pixar theme, I knew I had to BE a toy green army man.
With the right clothes this is actually an easy outfit to make, is inexpensive, very original, and will be a hit at your costume party.
Materials you need:
Jacket - I used an Army BDU from Ebay. Or try an Army Surplus
Pants - Army pants or any cargo pants that have leg pockets
Utility Belt - Another Ebay or Army Surplus purchase
Primer - aeresol
Green Paint - About 12 aeresol cans
Step 1: Select Your Green
Next, I purchased several versions of green halloween facepaint to try to match the spray paint. I was not happy with the results and went another direction (pantyhose). More on that in step 5.
Step 2: Prime / Paint Clothes
Prime the jacket, pants, shoes, and utility belt. The primer will make the clothing stiff, but it is the only way to get a consistent green on so many different types of surfaces.
Paint all the items. This will take 2 or 3 (or 4) coats. You will know how much paint you need once you start painting.
Again, the more layers of primer and paint that you apply will stiffen the outfit. But once you start wearing it, it will loosen up.