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Wild Thing Headpiece

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For Halloween in 2007, my kids were characters from the book "Where the Wild Things Are."

The headpiece for the Wild Thing provided some interesting challenges. I wanted it to be at least recognizable as the character in the book, and be light enough for my four-year-old to wear comfortably. It turned out fairly well, and was very popular around the neighborhood.

We all love the book. I hope this inspires a few people to make their own Wild Things costumes!
 
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Step 1: Create a base to work from

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I started by cutting out a round piece of single-ply cardboard about 15 inches in diameter. I measured my son's head from front to back, and drew an inner circle slightly bigger in diameter than my boy's head.

Step 2: Make a wearable hat-shaped base

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Instead of just cutting out the inner circle, I cut it cross-ways 4 or 5 times and folded the resulting triangle-shaped wedges up. Then I curved the whole piece to the desired shape (this curve defines the shape of the upper lip of the Wild Thing).

I used more cardboard, hot glue, and tape to fill in the gaps and strengthen the the upper part of the base.
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Jbsmom8 months ago
Loved your tutorial! I didn't know where to start! I used hot glue, a staple gun, and lots of tape haha! So awesome! Thanks again for sharing your talent!
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ritamarley239 months ago
This tutorial was AWESOME!! My daughter loves this book, and with a few dedicated hours, and A LOT of hot glue burnt fingers, I've made some of the most fantastic Halloween costumes to date. Lots of ooo's and ahhh's, and we even won first place at a Halloween costume contest! Thank you!
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seamster (author)  ritamarley239 months ago
Those look great! Thank you for posting the photos. It's always fun to see what people come up with. Homemade costumes are always the best!
When my husband & I decided to do 'Where the Wild Things Are' this year for our family Halloween costumes, I was very happy to stumble upon your instructable to get me started on the Carol costume. I made minor edits here and there, but followed your instructions for the most part...thank you!!
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seamster (author)  hivy-sutterfield9 months ago
Hey, nice work! You guys look awesome.
Philcar1 year ago
I just don't see how you glued that nose unto that face and got it to look so smooth. I am getting burnt fingers and glue all over the face!!!!!!!!! Can you help????
seamster (author)  Philcar1 year ago
I don't know if I can help you!

Just keep at it. If something doesn't work the way you would like, try another method. That's my approach to this kind of stuff. Good luck!
I took that glued mess off and started over. This time I sewed that nose onto the face and stuffed it as I sewed it on. And I like it. Thanks for keeping me going!!!
Philcar1 year ago
And the sides that are curved up, end up being the front and the back of the headpiece? You said that curve defined the upper lip of the base. Thanks, You are being sosososos helpful.
seamster (author)  Philcar1 year ago
Ah, yes, I think we're on the same page now. If you look straight on at the front of the brim, where the face will be, it should be smiling at you.
Philcar1 year ago
It appears in your picture that in this step the back of the cardboard has been shaped or cut a little more flat than and circle. Could you please explain what you mean by "I curved the whole piece to the desired shape." Thank you.
seamster (author)  Philcar1 year ago
The cardboard piece was perfectly round.

I curved the left and right sides upward, which made it into a cowboy hat-shape. I'm not sure how to explain that. The photo might be a little deceiving because of lack of shadows or something, but the left and right sides of the cardboard "brim" are up about 3 inches off of the table.
this is coming very late..but thanks for your instructions!! between my mom an dmyself i was able to make a wild things head piece too! it turned out great and i had a blast on halloween!
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seamster (author)  valalltogether2 years ago
Never too late! The costumes look great.

Thanks for the photo!
J-Five2 years ago
Rest in Peace
Maurice Sendak
J-Five2 years ago
That's what my kids look like, even though they're not in a costumes.
cwiley42 years ago
Thanks for the instruction!
I modified your instructions and blogged it here(in case you want to check out the other photos):
http://cassihousecat.blogspot.com/2011/11/great-halloween-debacle.html
WARNING: the post is heinously long.

I credited your Instructable and linked back here.

Peace!
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erinogrady2 years ago
This year was amazing, thanks to your fantastic directions! We all thank you so much! <3.
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seamster (author)  erinogrady2 years ago
Wow, those turned out great! Have you considered posting an instructable to share some of the details on how you made all of these? There are a lot of people that would appreciate seeing the details on how you made these costumes.

Thanks a bunch for the photos! Totally made my day.
I SHOULD!! I spend like 2 months & lots of trips to this page figuring out how to make them work. I am really happy w/ the outcome! Thanks so much for the kind words! *You* just made *my* day!! I make lots of little crafts and really do need to take the time to put them up here. <3
seamster (author)  erinogrady2 years ago
Yes indeed. Just be careful, it can become addicting!
I wouldn't have known where to start without your Instructable! Thanks so much!
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seamster (author)  maker.mama102 years ago
Looks very nice! One of my favorites so far. Well done!
Aww, thanks! I blogged a little about some of the alterations + made a materials/price list if anyone is interested. Thanks again!

http://nightgardendesign.blogspot.com/2011/11/pinterest-challenge.html
I finally finished it! Thank you for the great instructions!!! :)

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seamster (author)  allyallybobally2 years ago
Looks great! I just got back from a night out begging for candy with my kids... and now that they're all in bed, I get to steal some of their candy!

One of the perks of being dad, I guess. Thanks for the photos!
Andib2 years ago
Hi! I just wanted to say thanks for your instructable. I finally have posted one of my own, because of yours. And here is the photo of what I created from it. Thanks for such great info.
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seamster (author)  Andib2 years ago
Looks very nice! With a full-body costume to boot. Well done!
kogrady2 years ago
Thank you so much for your detailed instruction. I went off road because of the time but all went well tonight. Thank you again.

p.s. I sacrificed my broad rimmed gardening hat (with chin string) affixing rounded cardboard on either side of the brim for support and built off that. Yes, I began this project at 11 p.m. last night and that is all I could come up with.

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seamster (author)  kogrady2 years ago
Looks great!
I found this while making my son's max costume and decided I had to make this too... but I'm stuck on the hair in the back. I know you made this a long time ago but I just need to know if you attached the hanging hair to the lower jaw or just let it hang.
seamster (author)  allyallybobally2 years ago
Yes, the hanging hair flaps that are showing on either side of the upper jaw area were glued down to the lower jaw piece (the piece I describe making in step 7). This left about 6 inches or so in the middle of the lower jaw/chin piece where I needed to piece in a section of fake fur to finish it off. I hope that helps!
speltbaker2 years ago
I made this costume for my kid when you first put it on Instructables.

Somehow, we have found a way to bring it of storage with the least provocation! People ask to wear it. SOooo many people have worn this just to try it on. Everyone loves it. The costume designer at our school just stared at it in awe! This is one of my all time favorite Instructables. Thank you so much...
seamster (author)  speltbaker2 years ago
Well, thank you! This was a fun project. I'm glad you liked it and were able to make your own. (No photo? I love seeing other people's photos. You ought to post one, just to humor me.)
seamster (author)  seamster2 years ago
Oh wait, you already did! I should've checked first...
snowdrps3 years ago
I wanted to say thank you I was able to create the three monsters for our dance groupes production. Thank you.
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seamster (author)  snowdrps3 years ago
Awesome! Glad I could help out a little. Thank you for the photos!
J-Five3 years ago
it looks like my uncle
angelabchua3 years ago
So as promised, I wore your costume project to our Instructables Show and Tell event and everyone LOVED it and immediately recognized your i'ble.

It made the front rotators on our new "Letters from the Editor" and i've attached a pic below. Thanks again for creating an awesome costume and sharing!
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I used your tutorial to create the headpiece my boyfriend wore for a 'after halloween' costume party! It turned out so great! We tweaked it a little bit and hot glued everything instead of sewed, but it was a lot more convenient for me. Thanks for the tutorial! :-D

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