Buzz Lightyear and Jessie the Cowgirl

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About: Graphic Designer by day. Costume Builder by night.

Intro: Buzz Lightyear and Jessie the Cowgirl

This year we decided to make Buzz Lightyear and Jessie the Cowgirl costumes.  We started early in September.  We had a ton of fun in these costumes. People were asking to get their pictures taken with us (or trying to sneak them and getting caught so I would pose).  My favorite part of the night was when I felt a small tap on my leg and a tiny voice that said “Hi Buzz Lightyear.” It was a child about 3 years old and he wanted his picture with me. Then said “Thanks Buzz” and got scared and ran back to his mom. Just a side note:  If you have things that look like button on your chest, people will try to push them.

Jessie:  Her costume was home made chaps cut from a ruined pair of pants and fabric glued.  The shirt was a button down.  We painted the yellow detail with screen printing ink (fortunately we had some from shirts we made).  The red detail is rickrack shaped into patterns and glued on (and later safety pinned).  She bought the hat black and covered it in wood glue to make it paintable.

Buzz:  I made my Buzz Lightyear costume.  This was more time consuming.  The chest piece and upper leg armor was made out of 55 gallon drums.  I used the natural shape of the drum to my advantage and then used a heat gun to mold it to shape.  The shins are hockey shin pads.  The arms were made out of 3 gallon ice-cream buckets from the local ice cream shop (thanks haunted depot).  And of course the dome.  I ordered the dome online. It is a 16” plastic globe meant to be in storefront displays filled with gifts.  The dome was attached with hockey pucks and simply orange container tops.

Step 1: Jessie's Wig

Jessie's wig was made out of yarn.  We had my mother in-law help us with the fitting and sewing.  They sewed the part and  braided it so it could be taken on and off if need be. On a side not.  The braid is really thick so make the strands extra long and cut it later.

Step 2: Jessie's Chaps

My wife took a pair of old jeans and we traced the chaps shape on them and cut it our.  She then glued the material to the pattern. Once it was dry she glued the chaps to the front of a pair of high wasted jeans.  The belt buckle was made out of yellow fabric on a foam board.

Step 3: Jessie's Shirt and Hat

The shirt was a button down shirt. We used screen printing ink for the yellow.  The red details is glued and pinned rickrack. She bought the hat black and covered it in wood glue to make it paintable.  It took three cans of paint but it gave it a plastic look.  Then it was just a matter of drilling holes and looping the strings.

Step 4: Buzz's Chest

This was more time consuming.  The chest piece and upper leg armor was made out of 55 gallon drums.  I used the natural shape of the drum to my advantage and then used a heat gun to mold it to shape. I mounted the chest on a pair of football shoulder pads.  The paint is Krylon bonds to plastic paint.  The paint job was not perfect so I decided to "battle scar" it and make it look like he was worn or in a battle (Perhaps with the evil emperor Zurg or from getting bounced around in the back of a pizza delivery truck).  The arms were made out of 3 gallon ice-cream buckets from the local ice cream shop (thanks haunted depot).  And of course the dome.  I ordered the dome online. It is a 16” plastic globe meant to be in storefront displays filled with gifts.  The dome was attached with hockey pucks and simply orange container tops.

Step 5: Buzz's Legs

The shins are hockey shin pads cut up and flipped over (it was to give it the flared legs buzz has).  The boots are spray-painted snowboard boots I had laying around. I also battle scared these.

Step 6: Buzz's Details

I found decals of buzz online and modified them to fit my suit. I printed them and mounted them to plastic and mounted that to the suit.  Be careful when gluing things to painted plastic.  It will rip the paint off and fall off easy.  I had to scrape away the paint in order to make it stick.

The laser was made from a kid’s toy that lit up in the Walmart checkout line.  They are everywhere right now.  I also made a star command communicator by mounting my phone on my arm and attaching a speaker to my chest.  I had a playlist of all buzz’s quotes and “you’ve got a friend in me

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Rotten grae

2 years ago

Hey! Trying to PM you regarding this AMAZING work (but not getting through)...I work for a movie site and have gotta talk to you! :D

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nbehlingVeronicaD15

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks for the kind words. This is one of my favorite projects

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SusanS3

3 years ago on Introduction

I wish you would have made a "how to" video with step by step instructions. . .I would have DEF bought it. AWESOME by the way, just AWESOME!

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AlainrayP

3 years ago on Introduction

I can't seem to find where to buy that globe. Do you by any chance still have the website? Thanks for your time.

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nbehlingAlainrayP

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Here's the thing. When I bought it I was able to buy just one. Now it looks like they have a six piece minimum. Also Mine is a 16" globe and all they have is an 18". I would try calling the company and see if they will ship you just one.

http://www.sparkledecor.com/clear-spheres--18--dia--60-gauge---each--.html

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AlainrayPnbehling

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks for replying back! I will definitely give them a call.

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kenneth.floyd.94

3 years ago

Did you use fiberglass to make the green chest pieces that are attached to the white piece?

The dome was an acrylic display globe that department stores use during the holidays. They fill them with gifts and hang them in the windows.

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RishiG

4 years ago

apologies, just looked again in a little more detail

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nbehlingRishiG

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Yeah. The arms were easy. I used ice cream bucket for the plastic. the upper arm attached to the chest. The lower arm slid on and stayed put with elastic. The elbow was done with just some children's elbow pads. Just a heads up. Find the smallest pads you can. You can see that I am wearing larger ones in the outdoor pics and they look to bulky. I am wearing smaller ones in the indoor pics and fit better under the arms.

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RishiG

4 years ago

May I ask how you did the arms? Brilliant instructable!

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lcampbell8

5 years ago on Step 4

hi i was wondering how you did the green part of the chest and did you have to use 2 55 gallon drums to do the front and back part not including the jet pack part, thanks

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nbehlinglcampbell8

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Also for the jetpack I used PVC and a much thinner plastic from ice cream bucket that I got for free from a tourist shop.

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nbehlinglcampbell8

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I drilled holes into the pads and used long bolts to attach the chest. It allowed me to make adjustments so it had the right spacing away from my body.