We've all seen them on Family Guy and at those cheesy store grand openings, and even at car dealerships. This costume is very easy to make, I made it from things I had from around the house. Not only is it a fun costume but it is the best costume to make someone laugh. Everyone knows what it is when they see it.
I even stood by the road and was doing the Wacky Waving dance to cars driving by, the look on the drivers faces were priceless.
Step 1: Materials
- 2 round pop-up laundry hampers
- Black felt
- White felt
- Elmer's Glue
- Hot Glue Hot Glue gun
- Bright colored fabric (I used some old bedding sheets)
- Sewing supplies
- Zip ties
Step 2: Forming the Body
Okay, to make the body all you need to do is cut the the bottom out of one of the hampers and cut all the handle things off. Using zip ties, attach the two hampers together. To determine the location of the arm holes, slide inside the hamper tube and have someone mark the location and just cut out holes big enough for your shoulders.
Step 3: Adding the Skin...(not As Gross As It Sounds)
For this step there are a few ways to add the skin. You could stitch the fabric together, which is the preferred option because it looks the best. The other option is to use velcro (this is much faster). Whichever method you choose to go with make sure to make the arm sleeves twice the length of your arm for the long flailing look. Also make sure to not make the fabric fit the hamper tube snugly, leave a little room for wiggling.
Cut the mouth like shown in the pictures below, make it big enough for you to look out and for your desired look.
The Velcro method is certainly faster than sewing, all you have to do is place Volvo one the inside of the fabric and the other on the outside of the fabric on the other side.
All that's left to do is to give him eyes, cut the felt to size. For my costume the eye dimensions are:
Once the eyes are glued together, use hot glue to attach them to the body.
Pro tip: I doubled up the white circles because it was a little transparent
Step 4: Practice the Motion
Before you crawl into the tube, put your arms on and pin them to your shirt using safety pins.
All you have to do now is practice your Wacky Waving motion!
Get ready to be the bell of the ball and for people to laugh with and at you.