Building an Eve Costume From Disney/Pixar's Wall-E




Introduction: Building an Eve Costume From Disney/Pixar's Wall-E

My 9 year old daughter wanted to go as Eve (from Disney/Pixar's Wall-E film), but there were no costumes for sale. So we decided to build one. It took a few evenings, but was a big hit.

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
- drill
- 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

We found a trash can made by Umbra called the "Sway". Ideally you would find one with a curved base, like Eve. Make sure that the person who will be wearing the costume will fit it - so make sure they can stand in it before you buy it.

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

Make sure that the person who will be wearing the costume will fit it - so make sure they can stand in it.

Step 3: Cut Arm Holes

For this I used a Ryobi speed saw, but you could probably drill a hole and snip them out with a wire snips.

Step 4: Make Shoulder Supports

This was the part that took the longest to solve. The problem is how to actually support the body of the costume as you walk around. We decided the best way would be to build some "wings" that would sit atop the wearer's shoulders. This is the strongest and leads to the least fatigue of any of the ideas we came up with.

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

If you got the right kind of trash can, although you will need to do is cut one side of the swingy opening off and secure the remaining part to the rest of the can.

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

Clearly, you could electrify the eyes and do some neat things here. We made a strategic call that we wanted as clear a line of sight as possible for the wearer, so we were more concerned with being able to see out that make this part look awesome.

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

This was another step that was finally easy, but took a lot of experiment to find the write way to do it.

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

For this we used tape to hold it and then hot glued it on the inside. We also pushed the mesh out to conform to the curve of the top.

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

We took a beat up old baseball cap, cut the bill off, and hot glued it to the inside top of helmet. Make sure you test fit the cap with the intended wearer of the costume.

Step 10: Build Eve's Blue Space Contrails

When Eve flies around in space, you see these blue circles that emanate from her. I have no idea what they are, but they look cool.

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

To give a sense of the blue contrails moving behind Eve, we decided we wanted to have a series of circle that would strobe in a pattern.

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

Eve has a light on the left side of her body which pulses green with a simple image of a plant on it. I drew a picture on the computer, coloring the plant part black and the part around it green.

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

My daughter put on a white unitard and headed out trick or treating. The costume was a big hit at school and out in the neighborhood!

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.

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16 Discussions


4 years ago

the whole school is doing a pixar disney costume thingy. but mostly every disney pixar character was already picked by some jerks. so i tried doing EVE from WALL-E.... the bad news is that i dont have the costume, its not in sale. and no a fence ur materials are very hard. ikea is far away from my house...can u plz tell me a pixar character that looks like a brownish hair girl, please.....


10 years ago on Step 13

Do you remember the size of the trash can?  Or where you got it?  I haven't found any store that has it.  I saw it on Amazon which it says it measurements are 10x16 (2.5 gallons) and that seems quite small.

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Mia bea

10 years ago on Step 13

this is adorable! I love it!


11 years ago on Introduction

Looks fantastic, going to give it a shot if I can find a similar trash can/bin in Australia. About the only thing I'll change is have a go at squaring off the bottom of eve's face to make it more like the movie character.


11 years ago on Introduction

Nice job. This turned out very cool. Nice use of the trash bin.


11 years ago on Step 13

This is so cute! I actually had a conversation with a friend right before Halloween about how he wanted to make an Eve costume for his girlfriend, but we weren't sure how to go about it. This is so perfect! Nice job :)


Reply 11 years ago on Step 13

Thanks! I don't think you could be much bigger than my 9 yr old and fit in this particular trash can, though, which makes it hard to think of an adult version.


11 years ago on Introduction

That looks fabulous! What would you estimate the final cost for parts? I'd presume 90% is the EL wire.


Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

The EL wire and supporting circuitry is most of the money, although if you don't have an appropriate trash can, that can run tens of dollars (I'll check with my wife). I bought the more expensive thick EL wire, and in retrospect, I think the thinner (and cheaper) wire would have worked as well. I also bought a prebuilt EL-wire assembly (i.e. already soldered to the battery pack) for the plant light at Al Lasher's, so that was around $15, and was probably only a few dollars in parts. You can definitely make it cheaper than I did, but I was working under a deadline and was shooting from the hip, so there was a certain amount of waste in this one. I'd say we probably spent $100 on it (For example, I had to buy all the spray paint new as well, even though we only used a small amount).