Picture of Transforming PRIME on a Dime
Inspiration for this Costume:
The pleading eyes of my child who had just asked to be a real “transforming transformer” for Halloween. After I stopped laughing, I started crying...sigh.


Motivation for creating this Instructable:
You. Because if you’re reading this right now it means you’ve recently heard this outrageous plea yourself. You’ve found what I didn’t find: step-by-step instructions for a transforming auto-bot. Here’s to your adventure! May you experience the magical gleam in your child’s eyes this Halloween and feel like an invincible super hero when you hear others telling your child that he has “The Coolest Mom Ever!” 


So what does it take?


1 giant mess (Let’s be honest, could it be so incredible without one??)


3 boxes of similar widths and varying heights

1 average size roll of each:

  blue duct tape

  red duct tape

  gray duct tape

1 can chrome colored spray paint
1 can of black spray paint (ask around the neighborhood for these)
4 wide mouth mason jar canning lids (no rings)

1 black sheet of card stock

8 dessert size paper plates

1 sheet of nonstick parchment paper

1 yard of ribbon

1 yard of elastic

2 under cabinet LED lights

2 red LED bicycle lights or bicycles reflectors

Other various and random cardboard components lying around your house


I exploited the garbage and used what was on hand already, so the total cost for my Optimus Prime was about $20.

shanasaki1 year ago
My son wanted to be Optimus Prime this year. And he added a bonus: an actual TRANSFORMING Optimus Prime. So glad I found this! You rock! Thanks for sharing. ^_^
jair32022 years ago
\_('_')_/ cool
Darkmon2 years ago
T_Albrecht2 years ago
This is seriously super-cool. My son is only 9.5 months old, so he hasn't asked for one of these yet, but when he does...I'll be ready!
btrog2 years ago
You ARE the coolest Mum EVER!!! ....apart from mine, of course...then again, she never made me an Optimus Prime costume!
kieshar2 years ago
That is awesome. I love the transformation!
crazeEmom (author)  kieshar2 years ago
Thanks! I love Halloween for one reason: "creation!"
ecsaul232 years ago
Totally awesome! Great job! Gotta love that gleam, thats what its all about :)
poofrabbit2 years ago
Awe how super cool is this!