Beaker Muppets Halloween Costume

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For this Halloween, I needed a simple, low cost, but impressive costume. Maybe something science related (ungrad mechanical engineer at TCNJ currently)... Beaker from the Muppet Show seemed to be the obvious answer. The head is made of 1" thick green foam sheet from Jo-Ann Fabrics. The felt is attached with spray adhesive. Foam spheres are used for the eyes and nose with felt stretched over them and pinned in place. The felt was stretched by running it under warm water and pulling it. The labcoat was bought online and the tie from Thinkgeek. I can see through the mouth, and I strengthened the partially open mouth with cardboard. I see through a few layers of red mesh also picked up from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Jo-Ann also supplied the orange hair.

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    jvan der star

    2 years ago

    Hi, What are the dimensions of the green foam sheet?

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    srdryja

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! So great I made one myself and had a fun time doing it. Thanks for posting your ideas--especially about the felt going on the nose and eyes. I used red mesh to see through the mouth and I used an orange boa for the hair, otherwise I stuck to the "script". I've posted some photos of my costume, which I wore to my nephew's birthday party and giving out candy for Halloween. Sadly, most of the little kids were afraid of me, but at least most of the adults knew who I was!

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    NCBob

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great slideshow, inspired me to make one of my own.  Had a blast making it, and have gone to two parties.  It came out pretty good considering I couldn't find any orange hair :)  Ended up getting white, dying it with rit dye and then spraying it with orange hairspray.  Came out ok, but once I find some longer orange hair I'll probably upgrade it.

    One thing I am doing tonight, I'm putting a fan in the sucker, it gets HOT.

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    rjones3NCBob

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Great Idea on the fan. I pretty much have to use a camelbak to stay hydrated.

    I'd like to use that to blow his hair upward or something.

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    NCBobrjones3

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Hehehe, I just want to stay cool ;)  It wasn't too bad being outside, but inside it gets rather warm :)

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    bikesrsexy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    what if you put a string through the lip and down into the mouth, out the neck to your hand?

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    mrbean_100

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Or you can make it out of Styrofoam balls, construction paper,tape,scissors And some type of fuzzy hair. Cost me 8 dollors to make the hole thing.

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    JohnSeever

    10 years ago on Introduction

    That is a sweet costume, and you will need to post the Instructable for us to use for next year.

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    That's amazing! Nice job! Does the mouth open and close by any chance? I know you have to see out the mouth but forgoing a little bit of vision temporarily to see him mouth jabbering away would be pretty amazing!

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    rjones3creaturerevenge

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I actually tried to do that, but couldn't come up with a frame quickly enough. It was going to be some sort of pulley system through a rope/tube system down to my hand, but I guess it will have to wait until version 2.0.

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    creaturerevengerjones3

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Something you might want to look into... I'm not sure how well it would work without sitting and doing some drawing for it or anything, but just off the top of my head... what if you tried a pulley system that is attached to some sort of chin strap, so that as you open and close your mouth it can pull on a cord and control the mouth. Maybe a combination of cords, pulleys, and maybe a spring or 2... just a thought.

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    sickels3

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I loved it the second I saw it. Obviously I'll be rooting for you in the contest!