For this Instructable, you'll need:
- a white trash can
- hot glue gun (and a lot of hot glue sticks)
- wire mesh
- black panty hose
- blue spray paint
- skil and/or speed saw
- an old baseball cap or hat
- EL wire (blue and green) and appropriate power/electronics
- paper lantern (we got it from IKEA)
- stiff plastic L (we used an IKEA storage top)
Step 1: Buy a Trash Can that is the right shape
After you do anything else, you'll need to cut the bottom off so the wearer can get their legs through. You'll want the top of bottom to get up a bit above their shoulders. In my daughter's case, that meant there was about 18" from the bottom of the can to the ground.
Step 2: Check the fit
Step 3: Cut arm holes
Step 4: Make shoulder supports
To make it work, we started with a plastic top from an IKEA container, and using a Skil saw, cut out two wings that we bolted to the inside of the can, above the arm holes. Another important thing here was to get some foam (that we covered with fabric) and attach it to the wings where they will rest on the shoulders. We attached the fabric to the foam and then that to the wings with hot glue, but we used two bolts and washers to attach each wing to the can.
Step 5: Cut the face opening in the head
Make sure you don't slice through where the swinger attaches to the rest of the can.
I attached it to the rest of the top with a very generous helping of hot glue.
Step 6: Make the face plate
This actually added up adding to the costume's awesomeness, since the eyes were not visible in darkened rooms, while the leaf light was very visible in those situations. This caused Eve to look like she was "sleeping" (as she does in the movie) when the leaf light is activated.
We got some metal mesh from Utrecht (an art supply store) and using the part of the head we cut out, figured out how much mesh we needed to fold it over once (to give us some structural strength, your mileage may vary).
After shaping it to fit in the opening, we covered it with black pantyhose.
Step 7: Paint eyes on faceplate
We finally cut out an eye outline in cardboard, and then just used skinny tape to cover over a series of lines on it, and used that as a stencil with spray paint.
We covered the overspray with a black sharpie marker, and it looked great.
Step 8: Attach faceplate to head
You will use a lot of hot glue on this project - or at least, we did.
Step 9: Add a cap to the inside of the head
Step 10: Build Eve's blue space contrails
Since my daughter's legs would be sticking out of the bottom of the costume by about 18", I decided to use the blue circles as a way to hide her legs.
We found a paper lamp at IKEA that was on sale that had the right shape. I got some black spray paint that had sparkles in it, and after cutting the length I needed, painted it.
Again, it was important to fit the costume with the actual person who would be wearing it.
Step 11: Strobing blue contrails of EL-wire
I found a 4 channel circuit with battery pack for $8, and ordered it along with 25 feet of blue EL wire from Coolight EL wire.
When it arrived, I soldered four runs of it, and then hot glued it to the exterior of the painted paper light body. I ran the wires up inside a wire holder and hot glued the whole thing to the inside of the body, making sure I made the on/off switch easily reachable.
Step 12: Build the heart light
I then took a poster tube and cut out the paper to fit inside it. I cut off a 3" section of the tube, and covered the inside with silver foil. I did the same for the end cap. I then drilled a hole and threaded through 3' of green EL wire, and hot glued the battery pack to the side of it.
I then taped the paper printout of the plant on to the left side of Eve's body, and hot glued the poster tube assembly atop it.
Because I was running out of time (this was the day before Halloween), I bought it from a local electronics shop in Berkeley, Al Lasher's on University.
Step 13: Wear an outfit long white sleeves
We even visited Pixar and took a picture in front of some pictures from WallE.
I hope this inspires you to make your own Eve costume - we had fun, and it's great to have a costume that boys, girls, and adults equally think is cool.