Our son loves riding on his trike around the neighborhood and he also loves motorcycles, so we thought it would be fun to create a costume for him based on transforming his trike into a motorcycle. We thought, “who is our favorite motorcycle riding character”, and the answer was hands down Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead!
Step 1: Step 1: the Costume
Baby Daryl's costume was made from existing clothes we already had, supplemented with a few items from goodwill, and a "pleather" vest sewed from simple instructions for a toddler vest that can be found online. The material at the fabric store was very cheap.
Step 2: Step 2: Create the Motorcycle and the Crossbow
Much of this costume was “winging-it” style, by covering his trike with tin foil and black duct tape. We used Daryl’s actual bike as an example and added a gas tank (football-shaped dog toy wrapped in duct tape), a muffler (foam tube from the hardware store wrapped in tin foil), saddlebags (cardboard boxes cutout and covered in duct tape and hooks), and a headlight (push-light covered in tin foil and duct tape). We also created a “cross-bow” just like Daryl’s using more foam tubing, wood, shoelace and lots of duct tape. We covered his seat and the “backseat” with fabric “pleather”, which was also used to make his vest. Dad joined in, got messy, and put in red contacts to play the role of zombie.
Step 3: Step 3: Play the Part!
When the tin foil starts falling off the bike while you're walking (and it will start falling off the bike), take the opportunity to put it back on while playing the role of zombie. It makes a great photo opportunity!