"Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!"
Set off for adventure with an authentic Lone Ranger costume. This costume is fairly easy to put together, as it doesn't require a lot of making and relies heavily on commonly found items from your local thrift store. The only element that I bought were the pistol holster belt and the white cowboy hat.
You may remember the horse bike I made recently, I used it as my trusty steed, Silver. And, how will the Lone Ranger save the day without his faithful sidekick Tonto (riding his dog)? I got all this covered. Follow along into the wild west and adventure!
Step 1: Thrift Store Shopping
The thrift store is a bounty for fun costumes. Finding a white shirt, grey vest, and grey blazer were easy. These items cost me less than $15.
The grey pants were mine already, a regular workwear staple from when I'm in the shop. The gloves I got from my winter storage box, and you can wear just about any type of boots (since nobody is really looking at your feet anyway). I happen to have a fun set of cowboy boots that I got when I was in Texas.
Step 2: Red Kerchief
I got this red kerchief at a Dollar Store. I loosely rolled it diagonally and tied it around my neck.
Step 3: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges
...actually you DO need a badge. how else is anyone going to know you're official?
I got this Sheriff badge at a toy store for a few dollars. I put my name on it with a permanent marker. It's like a name tag and a sign of authority.
Step 4: Pistols
I could have grabbed up regular toy pistols when I was at the toy store picking up my Sheriff badge, but decided on being fun cowboy instead of a gun-toting one. I grabbed these fun bubble guns which look like pistols, but shoot out tons of bubbles with cool *pew pew* sounds.
They mostly fit into my pistol holster belt, and were a great addition to the costume.
Step 5: Mask
The Lone Ranger of course has a mask. I printed out the mask template that Jessy offers in her awesome superhero mask Instructable.
I scaled the mask up about 25% by first printing it on paper, then enlarging it on the photocopier until it would fit my giant head. I cut the paper pattern out and traced the outline onto a scrap piece of black fabric. I used a sharp knife on a cutting mat to cut the mask shape. I left the tie ends long so I'd have room to get the length right, then trimmed up the ends after fitting to my head.
Step 6: Putting It All Together
Start getting dressed. This costume is super easy as it's all clothing that is easily found and worn. I had to modify the mask shape slightly to fit over the top of my ears.
Step 7: Details
As with all costumes, the attention to detail is what makes a piece really stand out. Take the time to really get into character and own the clothes you wear. Taking notes from just about ever western ever I adopted a sour expression, a grave respect for the cowboy hat, and an understanding that the lawless badlands are a harsh place that can make or break a man.
All that was missing was a horse...
Step 8: Every Cowboy Needs a Horse
Before I could ride off into the sunset I needed a horse. But, not just any horse, my trusty steed, Silver. Luckily, my mode of transport was a separate project I had been working; my shimmering whitehorse bike.
The horse bike is exactly what it seems, a plastic children's horse attached to the modified seat of a kid's bike. With the bike retaining it's full functionality, and now looking like the Lone Ranger's iconic horse Silver, I was ready to saddle up and ride out.
Step 9: Add a Sidekick
I know what you're thinking, "didn't the Lone Ranger have a sidekick?". He sure did, his sidekick was the trusty and wise Tonto, who had a horse of his own named Scout.
I'd need a sidekick, too, if I were to be a legitimate Lone Ranger. So, I made my dog a Tonto dog rider costume to go along with mine. Together in costume, just like in real life, we're an unstoppable duo always out on adventure!