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Since seeing some of my old Captain America comics, my 4-year-old has been pretending his frisbee was a shield as he valiantly battles the forces of evil.

With Halloween approaching, I decided to make him a WW2 Captain America costume similar to the one in Marvel's "Ultimates" timeline.

As you can see, it worked out well. Now we have our own little super soldier watching over our neighborhood.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Most of the materials came from thrift store purchases. A pair of duffle bags and a dress provided all the buttons, straps, velcro, buckels, snaps, and lining I needed.

I still had to buy new items like: the shield (Amazon), a pair of red gloves (welovecolors.com), a toy army helmet, red and navy dye, blue and white spray paint (Walmart), a can of spray foam insulation, a tube of gorilla glue, and a can of red plast-dip (Home Depot).

Step 2: The mask

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To make a mask pattern that would fit well, I wrapped my son's head in plastic wrap and applied little pieces of tape (paper-mache-style) to the plastic. Then, I slipped it off his head and cut it out into pieces that would lay flat. These pieces became the patterns for the mask. Then, I sewed together the pieces into a rather fashionable mask (if I do say so myself).

Pressing the mask's seams was a bear (particularly the eye-holes). And in the end, I had to resort to hot-gluing the seams to the underside of the mask. This was the only way I could keep them from poking into my son's eyes.

I decided to dye the mask (and enough white cloth to make the nessesary jacket stripes and boot anklets) outside, so there'd be less mess. However, I discovered that room-temperature dying doesn't produce colors as intense as stove-top dying.

After the dye-job, I finished off the mask with a chinstrap made from a piece of brown vinyl leftover from a previous project.
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flapper5011 year ago
What I was thinking of doing, since we have to do a mask for school, I was thinking that I could do the tape thing, and then paper mache on that (the mask has to use paper mache) What do you think?
mrcrumley (author)  flapper5011 year ago
Yeah, I think that would work fine. If you want the tape to be part of the mask you'll probably need to use tape made of fabric tape - like athletic tape. Otherwise, the tape will peel off the inside of the mask - but that might be OK, actually.
Zeeeena1 year ago
I'm absolutely amazed!!! EXCELLENT job!! Stuff we make is always better than that cheap crap you buy in the store!! My kids (all over 20) always say, wow mom, that looks like you bought it!! Trying to complement me.. I go DON'T INSULT ME! LOL
SGT. Desert2 years ago
Sweet .I am a marvel comic fan and i can say this turned out pretty good . PS: i have seen a captain america costume and it was 59.99 usd ???
dcreamer3 years ago
That's an amazing suit, I especially love what you've done with the shield.

mrcrumley (author)  dcreamer3 years ago
Yes, that was the most rewarding part. Two years later, it's held up pretty well. the straps allow either arm or back carrying, and the plasti-dip seal on the edges hasn't peeled.

We recently bought one of the new frisbee shields put out for the CA movie and mine compares nicely. The new one is made from much better plastic, but is even smaller than the older one. Although it is a nice product, it's just not a cool as my modified shield.
bcurtis13 years ago
wow awesome i made my own helmet using your instructions and it turned out amazing
mrcrumley (author)  bcurtis13 years ago
Cool. Glad to hear other folks are getting use out of this Instructable.
aazana3 years ago
Hi, just a quick question. I know it's been a while since you made this, but how did you make the belt? I'm making a Cap costume for my cousin, and I'm a bit stuck on the belt, but your's looks absolutely fantastic. I really hope I didn't just miss it in the steps.=P
mrcrumley (author)  aazana3 years ago
Take a look at step 5. I have some pretty good images of the belt pouches. Each pouch is made from 3 pieces of fabric - 1 long "tongue" and 2 side panels. All three pieces have one squared end and the one rounded end. After cutting the pieces, I sewed the webbing loops and the velcro closures on the long "tongue." I also sewed on the decorative leather flaps that I salvaged from the various zipper pulls from the duffle bags. Then I sewed the side pieces onto the tongue to make the pocket shape.
Ah, thank you! I knew I had skimmed through it too fast.XP
if you still have the template or can make some can you post them on the web?
mrcrumley (author)  ragashnaga455 years ago
Gosh, I'm sorry. I'm afraid I don't. But if you do the whole "tape-on-the-head-thing", I think you'll get an understanding of how the mask's put together - which will make sewing one easier.
yeh it worked for mine
asirio13 years ago
great job
As early as now, I already know what I'll be wearing for our annual costumer party comes December. *flashes evil grin, rubs chin and bursts into hysterical laughter*

What I'm saying here is thank you, mrcrumley! :)
elga3 years ago
gracias me gusta mucho este traja
Sithen3 years ago
That's just about the coolest thing ever..
mrcrumley (author)  Sithen3 years ago
Thank you, citizen!
baneat3 years ago
I think a large frisbee would work great for the shield, to play with as the trademark throw as well (Maybe foam the rim O.o)
hxh1033 years ago
ummm...that is a bad azzz costume, great job
mrcrumley (author)  hxh1033 years ago
Thank you.
Willowby3 years ago
Just a thought but since you covered the backside you could have possibly just glued in blue foam camping pad instead of all the extra effort with the spray foam.
mrcrumley (author)  Willowby3 years ago
Yeah, but I really needed something to stiffen the shield. Gluing foam padding would have put all my faith in the adhesive's strength to do this. My method utilized adhesion, and interlocking friction as the foam's shape exactly matches the shield's.
D00M993 years ago
Whoa. Where did the tank come from?
mrcrumley (author)  D00M993 years ago
We have a National Guard armory in our town, so we drove over there and asked if we could take some shots. They were really cool about it. It's actually a howitzer, but our local unit did use it in the first Gulf War.
Awesome. :)
bustedit5 years ago
lucky kid! great costume, and those photo shoot pics are awesome
mrcrumley (author)  bustedit5 years ago
Thank you bustedit. I like your photo as well. I was sorry to see your injury on Dancing with the Stars, but hopefully you'll have a speedy recovery.
mrcrumley (author)  mrcrumley3 years ago
BTW, at the time of the above posting, bustedit had a profile picture of Misty May with the Gold Medal over her eye (like a pirate). Thus, my semi-weird comment above.
I might just have to try and make an adult version of this costume for myself for next Hallowe'en. Excellent job and keep up the good work.
mrcrumley (author)  FreedomFighter6175 years ago
Good idea. With the Cap movie slated for 2010, you'll still be ahead of the curve.
mrcrumley (author)  mrcrumley3 years ago
Sorry, 2011.
this is boss

straight up

i would totally do this for this year if i had time or money and especially your skill, this is an awesome instructable

being a father must be extremely rewarding, i mean your son is riding a tank wearing your costume

AWWESOME
mrcrumley (author)  Wingmaster7003 years ago
Thanks. Yes, he's six now and has two trucks full of costume stuff that I've either made for him or passed down from stuff I made for myself when I was younger.
Hi! I just wanted to let you know I featured this in my weekly column on Fandomania:

fandomania.com/fandomestic-5-adorably-geeky-kids-costumes/
Ward_Nox5 years ago
i though caps WW2 shield was shaped diffrently
mrcrumley (author)  Ward_Nox5 years ago
Yes. Read step 6.
ahh fair enough (actually in the ultimate avngers manimated movie caps WW2 uniform was olive drab where your sons is Blue so NBD even marvel can't keep the details right)
mrcrumley (author)  Ward_Nox5 years ago
Hmm. maybe the color-shifting is due to folks' recollections changing over time. Do I win a No-Prize for this?
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