I need to make a costume for Halloween. I need to make a costume from scratch (or not) that will end up as Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Any suggestions or advice or help?
Topic by blinkyblinky 7 years ago | last reply 6 months ago
Halloween is coming! It may still be a little bit in the future, but a truly great costume requires some planning. To help you out with some ideas and techniques, here are some wonderful costume Instructables to check out.Make something awesome, document it, and be sure to enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Halloween Decorations Halloween for Kids Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Halloween Masks Realistic Werewolf Costume by missmonster This costume won the grand prize in our Halloween contest and for good reason. It's a beautifully detailed costume that should scare any and all kids you see. Be a Ghostbuster for Halloween! by Honus Going as the Ghostbusters is one of the best group outfits out there (KISS would be good, too). Learn how to get your own gang of proton pack-wielding fighters of the paranormal going. Also check out other great costumes from Honus such as the Boba Fett costume, the MIB Costume, Han Solo and even making a great helmet out of cardboard. Yip Yip Costume by sliny Bring the Martian aliens from Sesame Street to life. Yip-yip-yip! Six-armed Hindu goddess Kali Costume by nicemag Become a multi-armed goddess with this detailed Instructable. Can be easily modified to help you get a spider outfit together as well. Mystic Lord costume: horns, armor, silk painting + more (oh my) by houseofdarkly Want to turn a favorite video games character into reality? Here's the lowdown on jumping into the deep end of cosplay. Build your own steampunk chicken-walker mech by Bug The idea here is pretty simple, but the effect is oh so satisfying. Convince people that you really are a mad scientist with this robotic costume. Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume by T0BY Attach some strings of LEDs and create a shimmery underwater world wherever you go. How to make a pair of Angel Wings by marc_alain You could make a pair of wings with fabric and wire, but why not go all out and use some real feathers for a better effect? how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment by enlighted Learn how to wire up your costume with EL wire and you'll be able to add a sweet finishing touch to any costume. Iron Man Helmet by pmaggot Let loose your inner Tony Stark with this custom Iron Man helmet. How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor by msraynsford Complete the Iron Man look with an arc reactor. If the Iron Man helmet is too big of a project, you can also try mraynsford's Iron Man Mask.
Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I have never used LEDs on a costume before, my planned costume will have approximately 50 separate strands of lights on it, in two different colors. The way the costume is designed, there is simply no place to hide 50 battery packs (20, maybe but not 50), is there a way to attach several strands of lights to one battery pack and still light up for several hours? I was planing on buying a long strip of LEDs that I could cut to length, what types of battery packs would I need to use? Any instructions, videos or tutorials would be awesome.
Question by TishaC 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
While i was playing around in a wheel-chair i realized that it would be perfect to use for a dalek costume but heres the problem: i cant use that wheel chair and don't have a lot of money. so i was wondering if anybody knew were to get a wheel chair for cheap, also any ideas for the main body? i don't want to use cardboard. any help appreciated
Question by captainjazzhands 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Last year I created a Jellyfish costume created out of discounted yarn, tull, a Clear umbrella and a string of electroluminescent wire. It got rave reviews and was just fun to play with. So, I have a vision but really no skills as far as technology or art are concern. I'm trying to deveolp a Peacock costume that will be primarly worn at night. I want the feathers to open and close preferably by a switch. I plan on having electroluminescent wire throughout the costume. I've been racking my rain and asking my techy friends for ideas but I keep coming up short. Anyone have an idea on how to "motorize" the feathers? Any advice is welcome and appriceated!!!
Topic by kristipoodle 12 years ago | last reply 12 years ago
I am make a cosplay costume and it's VERY large and it requires a foam I have been looking all over trying to find anything about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NsQLq7EMkk At the 3 minute mark it shows this man making a Halo Elite costume leg, as you might have noticed the foam is ridged but flexible, also it's large. Where can I buy foam like that? I am assuming I can't buy it in such a massive size and that I would have to glue layers of it together, but if you know where I could buy it in a massive size that would be great too. Final part what would be the best way to cut the foam it looks like that man is using a turkey carver any other ways? Thanks to all those that can help me!
Topic by Zergling_pack 8 years ago
I'm making a costume that looks like this- This is actually my profile image. I have lots of corrugated carboard (but no large pieces yet-just medium sized boxes), thin cardboard, foamboard, and a sheet or two of lexan/plexiglass (for the green spikes), and I think I can get some fiberglass, resin, and some bondo. Does anybody have any advice on bending, cutting, dying(lexan-all I've got is clear) the cardboard, foamboard, or lexan? I've also never worked with fiberglass before-all I've heard is that it's a mess. Any tips? If anyone can help me with the head, antenna, armor, or especially the chest, I'd greatly apreciate it.
Topic by MattGyver92 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hello, so this year for halloween I am hoping to go as our hero Nikola Tesla. the costume will be fairly easy I'm just planning on wearing an old suit etc. but what i really want to do is incorporate some type of electrical effect into the costume. I know a bit about electronics and can solder and figure things out when needed, all i really need is an idea of some type of electrical thing that wouldn't kill me and i can power via batteries. in a perfect world I would like to create some type of spark gap generator between my hands but this might be too lofty an aspiration. Anyway if anyone has any ideas specifically ones that wont kill me and aren't too hard to accomplish i would be very grateful.
Topic by jumbohiggins 8 years ago
So, my school football team is the Patriots. I'm looking for some ideas on what I can do to make a better costume/whatever. I wanted to make a 300 style red white and blue helmet to wear, but that proved to be pretty tricky. (I did see the boba fett helmet ible) I have been using a towel, but I'm going to make a better cape A stadium horn is on it's way from ebay I paint my face/use colored hair spray already Got any other ideas?
Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
What is the difference between an epic costume and an easy costume? Is it just the time you put into it? The head peice took the longest to make. The rest was just clothing. Trying to figure out which catagory to put it in for the Halloween costume contest.
Question by Red5ive 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Thanks to everyone who entered in the Halloween Epic Costumes Contest! The Epic Costumes category has a legacy of some of the most complex and involved projects on our site. The results are always mind-blowing, and this year was no exception. Like previous years, we had no shortage of amazing, EPIC entries. I am very pleased to report that there was more than several heated debates around the lab when selecting finalists, and it was just short of total bedlam while choosing the winners. First Prize Costume Armor with Wonderflex by volpin The Wonderflex Armor won because it had the best blend of process, presentation, and execution. The project gives you a behind the scenes look at how this professional grade costume was made, almost daring you to try and recreate the painstaking details based on the comprehensive instructions. This custom made costume really defined what we were looking for in an Epic Costume entry, and your votes reflected that. Also, the composition of the photographs really sold the hard work that went into this epic costume. Second Prize Cthulhu by alexthemoviegeek Life-sized Space Marine Armor by thorssoli Bowser's Castle Costume by Mr. Noack These costumes represented everything we hope for in an epic costume; over-the- top DIY awesomesauce! These costumes used several very clever techniques in construction, and the finished projects really show us the artistry and craftsmanship that the authors put into their work. Third Prize Mr.Freeze Costume by rmorrow4 Alien Xenomorph by Mostlymade Bowser Costume by CassiniCloset Orchard Spider by BrooklynAliens Narnia Minotaur by ellwoodjoe The time and dedication put into these creations is evident, and each have their own complexities and challenges that were masterfully overcome. It’s hard to deny that each of these costumes are indeed “epic” and would win the nod of approval from costumes aficionado’s the world over. Congratulations to all the finalists and a big thank you to everyone that entered, you should feel proud of your amazing, EPIC creation. Remember, costumes aren’t just for Halloween, we have an entire channel dedicated to costumes, so you can dress up and have fun all year. If you didn’t win this time around I hope there was something that has inspired you to make another epic costume, next year’s Epic Costumes is open from right now until this time next year! Mike Warren Editor of Play
Topic by mikeasaurus 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
For my halloween costume that I am wearing to a dance at my school I will be a robber.(I am a boy, and yes costumes are manditory) I need a weapon to be part of my costume or other thing that helps show that I am a robber.
Question by bob the builder #1 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I have an idea for a cool Halloween costume. I know it is a little bit earlllyyyy.... But I don't care. :P I am wanting a costume based on the principle of the mermaid captured costume by using the backpack as a support. I want a tall costume, like a 7ft or so tall. I was thinking have a backpack and sew in a PVC/ Dowell rod standing up going to the head.. But I'm not quite sure of the arms or how I would see out of it. Any help is appreciated or links or just anything and everything. I'm also wanting it to be like a ghost type monster almost shady creature costume. Thanks!
Topic by MackeFeet 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Can't decide what to be for Halloween this year? As part of our commitment to our community, we here at Instructables are giving away free costume ideas for those of you who are uninspired.For the next 3 weeks we will be sharing a host of unique, cool, scary, strange and funny costume ideas on our Twitter feed. Anyone who makes and posts any of the proposed costumes gets a digital patch.Follow our Twitter feed at:http://twitter.com/instructables
Topic by randofo 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hi all, I've been wracking my brains but can't seem to come up with a costume for myself. I'm plump, and quite frankly there aren't that many female characters out there in fantasy and sci fi land that are. can you suggest anyone?
Topic by wocket 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello everyone! Every year for the halloween contests we the staff have to draw some lines between props, costumes, and decor items. This year we've decided to draw the lines similar to where actual theater companies draw their lines. Believe it or not there is a prop union, costume union, and set union. It helps to give us some firm definitions of what item goes into what contest! This year we are defining costume as the following: "Something that is worn on the body to add to or create a character." This includes any and all clothing, hair clips, jewelry, hat, and shoes! Examples below! If you have any questions feel free to post them here and I'll answer them to the best of my ability! Want to enter the Costume contest? Check it out here!
Topic by MsSweetSatisfaction 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Hi all, I am new here because my nephew wants to be a robot for halloween. I showed him a number of sites which featured adult halloween costumes (and some for children) and he didn't like anything I saw on the site. Does anyone have any links I can check out or ideas about how to make a robot costume that is both environmentally healthy and more importantly safe for my nephew (He's 10 years old)
Topic by jTyler 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I am working on a soldier zombie costume, but people keep telling me that I look like a nazi soldier. They have me worried that my costume will be in bad taste, but I am not so sure as there are no actual nazi symbols on my costume. Should I risk looking like a nazi or should I try to distance myself from that? If you think I should distance myself from that, how would you recommend doing that? Some have suggested that I embrace it and wear a red armband, but with a mocking symbol, like a smiley-face or a peace symbol, a sort of mild satire.
Question by RedRussian 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Www.warriordash.com This event is coming to Florida and I am going to participate in it with a few of my friends. Before this competition takes place I would like to have a costume made for me to wear during the race. So my challenge to any DIY'ers who would like to engage is to make a costume I could wear to Warrior Dash. The creator who makes the best costume will be rewarded by me wearing it to this event. Usually the people in costumes are the ones the film crews capture video of at all the Warrior Dash Events so there's a strong possibility your costume could show up. I will pay shipping and handling if required. Tomorrow I will post up my measurements. I would need this costume made & shipped to me before the 22nd of January 2011. Costume requirements: Can be any design relative to Warrior Dash or vikings, knights, animals, any tribes/clans/kingdoms, video game characters, etc. Whole costume not required could be anything from just a mask, gloves, body armor, signs, leggings, gloves, accessories Creators are encouraged to collaborate in order to be more efficient and merge ideas together Best of Luck Thanks, to anyone's intrigue I may have peaked
Topic by apeworld 8 years ago
Dear everyone In the month July of this year, there is a japan expo with a comicon expo in Paris. For that I would like to make my own cosplay costume (or maybe a kimono). Does anyone have experience with making cosplay uniforms? Thanks in advance :D
Topic by LiesbethP 6 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
While you're working up your Halloween costume Instructable, don't forget to enter it in BurdaStyle's costume contest too! Send your best photo and a link to your project in your BurdaStyle studio to: submissions [at] burdastyle [dot] com, by October 31st at 11:59pm EST. Don't forget to put “Halloween 2010” in the subject line! Then get ready to vote for your favorite! Voting goes live on November 2nd and ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th via the BurdaStyle newsletter and blog. We can't wait to see what you make!
Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Come one, come all, to our Halloween Costume Ball! The festivities commence at 6:30pm on October 27. Bring your friends, family, costumes, snacks, and enthusiasm- we'll supply the fabulous venue, music, more snacks, roof deck, and skyline view of San Francisco.This time the Show & Tell project is your costume! Build, sew, assemble, hot-glue, knit, or weld something awesome, and wear it with pride. If you don't have a costume come anyway, and build one here! Pose in your costume in front of our spooky backdrop, and enter your photo in the Halloween contest! Awesome prizes await.Things to do:Eat Jesse's birthday cakeMake costumesBob for applesCarve pumpkinsWhack Halloween pinatasPose for a ghoulish costume photo shootDance to spooky musicTry ghost writing (laser etching- bring your phone!)Watch classic monster movies Details:The party starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 27th.Bring yourself, your costume, your friends and family, and something to eat or drink. The Halloween Costume Ball will feature costume making, bobbing for apples, dancing, ghostly writing (laser engraving), monster movies, a ghoulish photo shoot, and Halloween Pinatas with enough candy to rot your fangs out!There will be a dancing on the roof deck, weather permitting, and a movie room showing non-stop monster classics!Come early for pumpkin carving. We'll have tools and a few pumpkins on hand, but you can bring your own!Have something to demo or display? Let me know, and we'll get you table space.This event is kid-friendly- we'd love to see their costumes too, and will run the interactive events before bedtime.RSVPs requested, though not absolutely required- we need a decent crowd estimate to ensure enough tricks and treats for everyone! Drop me a PM or email at canida at instructables dot com.We'll see you there!Instructables HQThe Squid Labs Control Tower2175 Monarch St.Alameda, CA 94501We'll see you there! Eric and I will be wearing our elf costumes.
Topic by canida 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hi Guys Everyone on this site is so fantastic at making stuff I wondered if one of you might be able to help me to make a Muppets Animal Costume for my friend. I'm thinking of glueing 2 pieces of foam together (will sort of look like Stewie family guys head) as the base then cutting a hole out for the mouth. Ping pong balls for the eyes and some fake fur. I'm going to use a black mesh/netting for the inside of the mouth so you can't see my friend inside the costume/ What do you think? Anyone got any ideas that would work better? If anyone could do an instrucauble for this I will be your bestest friend. Thanks everyone PS: The party is at the end of November, so I guess I should be making it already!
Topic by fluffyandpink 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
This is me and my sister as pirates. We made pretty much everything from scratch, most parts are made from Simplicity and Vogue patterns. It was SO much fun. One of the photos is (obviously) hyper-edited, but the rest are untouched. I'm in pink, my sister is in black. A few costume tips: - Start early. This gives you time to shop around for cheap fabric and trims. Most of these fabrics came in at $2 a yard or less. - Have a teammate. Two people are more convincing than one somehow. - Think creatively about patterns. Look at costume patterns and normal clothes patterns for parts to use. Combine things from multiple patterns - we used 4 different patterns for this. - Too much is never enough. Layer, add decoration, add parts, whatever.
Topic by technoplastique 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hi everyone! I'm new here, so nice to meet everybody. I just want to show off the beginning of a costume I'm making. I'm planing on finishing it up with a full body suit, but I have to wait for the fur to arrive in the mail. I just discovered Instructables, so I didn't really think about documenting any steps, so I'm gonna try to make another head piece with step by step instructions if anyone is interested. Well, I hope you guys like it! It was a lot of fun to make!https://www.instructables.com/id/Werewolf-Mask/
Topic by Voxee 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Materials included a couple of foam camping bed rolls... and a bike helmet. Then we used a hotknife from a craft store to cut and sculpt the foam sheets. We used a low temp hot gluegun to put it all together, then coated the parts we wanted to look shiny with polyeurothane.This type of foam accepted spraypaint well, it didn't eat it at all as it would with styrofoam.
Topic by JadeyPro 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
I decided to be Marilyn Monroe for Halloween and I have a long pink dress that I am going to alter to emulate Monroe's pink dress from the film Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Does anybody have any ideas how I could do this? The three main things that I need to do are get rid of the rhinestones in the middle, make a bow for the back, and get rid of the straps. I know how to alter the middle but have no idea what to do about the bow or the straps. Any ideas for how to make the bow would be very appreciated. I know that I could just cut the straps off but there is no support on the top whatsoever and the top is a little loose on me. The material is silk so if I just cut off the straps I'm pretty sure the dress would just fall off. Any ideas are very appreciated!
Topic by rrkrose 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
We've had a rush of Halloween costumes come through here, but there are a couple of amazing ones that you definitely need to check out if you haven't already.houseofdarkly's Mystic Lord Costumenicemag's Kali CostumeOther costumes were awesome as well (like the werewolves), but it looks like these got a little lost in the shuffle.
Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Question by TaraLeeZiel 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
What materials would be best to use to form the head? I have already made the body and covered it with foam and pink fleece. It seems that the arms of the child are inside the head. My grand daughter is patiently waiting for me to get this project finished. Would be grateful for any help available.
I need to harden fabric for a costume. Do you know any common or at least natural things I could achieve that with?
Question by Fypsigon 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Not deadmau5 head thats in process...but like a icon of electro house,trance, hardstyle,dubstep...or all above..
Question by 718boriqua 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
My daughter wants to be an asian princess for halloween. I have an outfit (asian silk blouse and black satin shirt) and all I need now is ideas for accessories and how do to her make up. Thanks!
Hi people, I need to make about a dozen space helmets for a school production (preps to grade 2 I'm in Australia so not sure what year level that equates to (6-8 year olds) ). I know how to do the suits but need a quick, cheap, relatively authentic helmet. That is easy to make with easily found objects. Thanks to any that can help
Question by romanyroamer 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Greetings all, I've made two of the coolest costumes (cool to me anyway) in the last five weeks, it was an inspiration that rose of it's own and I'm not really sure why or how they came to me: https://www.instructables.com/id/Constructing-Anubis/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Constructing-Bastet/ We really had no goal in doing those other than to share them. We entered them into some contests here, because if we win, I have a very good friend who is in dire need of a decent computer - but that is another story. Doing a thing for a specific goal robs it of all it's power. :-) We just returned from Halloween night and another tour of the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego, met with photo-op stops every five feet and "10-signs" and applause at all the outdoor restaurants. (It's traditional at Halloween that when you're seated at outdoor restaurants, they give you signs with 1-10 on them to wave at passing costumes, a Gaslamp Halloween Olympics of sorts.) We've had SO much fun sharing these. It's been one of our highlight experiences this year. Just the reactions from people, young and old, were priceless. However. Halloween is over. My wife is not thrilled about saving them for next year, it's like watching Dukes of Hazzard reruns. We'll need a new discovery. So . . . what would you do with these? You might think "keep them" but we have gone through some major changes in recent years, one of them a down-sizing of gargantuan proportions that required giving away or selling most of everything we own. As we did so, rather than the loss one might expect, we were more and more aware of how liberating this was, how free we became as we unbound ourselves from possessions. We vowed never to begin amassing possessions again, and this would be a dangerous first step in that direction. We thought about offering them for sale to Egyptian themed enterprises, such as the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, but that's just one idea. What do you do with your creations that obviously spark some awareness in those that experience them? Thanks for reading. Not sure what to do.
Topic by AnubisAndIsis 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
How to make a dragon costume for a child (definitely no fire needed)?
I really hate to do this but our family has grown by +1 and I am starting my sophomore year of pursuing a mechanical engineering degree with another two more to go after this. Sadly, to cover bills and expenses, the robot costumes are up for sale. The men's costume fits me well at 6'1" 190lbs. The women's costume is sized for a 5'3" size 12. I know it's short notice for this years Halloween but if someone acts quick, I can ship quick and maybe you can own contest winning one of a kind most amazing robot costumes ever. Maybe your town has box robot army events or maybe you could start your own army of 2 with these! A few caveats, the costumes have been stored indoors 100% of the time but the steel components were not painted so they have some surface rust (makes for a nice distressed patina). The current state of the costumes requires tying ones self into the costume (with the help of another) which we used bailing wire for. They are large bulky items so shipping will likely be fairly high. Local pickup is available in the Seattle/Tacoma area or maybe "Greyhound Freight" would be a cheap option. Make a reasonable offer on the pair and they can be yours! The detailed build of the costumes can be seen at the instructable below: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-robot-halloween-costumes/
Topic by onebrokenneck 6 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
For Halloween, I've been asked to go as a Big Daddy from Bioshock to a party. Going over the top as I normally do for such things, I'd planed on not only making the drill rotate on the arm, but also the eyes light up. While I've wired motors before, I've never done the same with LED's, which lead to some interesting electrical problems. In total, I'd planned on having all 8 eyes wired up with two different sets of LED's, 4 red and 4 yellow per eye. The idea was to have a pack on my waist set up with the power supply and controls. The power supply was going to be 6 9-volt batteries all wired in series (providing 54 volts of power) connected to a push switch. The push switch would be the on/off switch, with the lead going to a toggle switch. The lead would connect to the middle input, the top would lead to the red LED's, and the bottom would lead to the yellow LED's. The LED's were going to be wired in series as well inside their housing, which was going to be cross sections of multiple Sobe bottles with holes drilled through it for the wires to go through. The eyes were all going to be run in series, with resisters at the end of the series before connecting to the power supply again. 1) does the plastic bottle pose any risk of short circuiting the LED's? Electrical tape can always be applied but the question of if it would be a good idea came up. 2) With 54 volts being generated from those 6 nine-volt batteries, what precautions would be recommended to make sure I don't get 50 mA through the heart if something does go wrong? 3) If possible, can anyone suggest a more efficient way of wiring or working the circuit?
Question by Nanomd 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I am building the robot below for a Halloween costume. I am building the head, upper and lower body, arms, and shoes out of silver painted cardboard. But as for the arms and legs I need advice as to what to use. I know the material used in these pics has a name but I am clueless as to where to find them and what it called. The costume should be flexible enough to dance (AKA wave my arms in a worm-like motion) at a Halloween party. Any tips or ideas? Thanks in advance. If you want I'll make an instructable once I figure it out and build it if you ask. PS I am 5 feet 8 inches, and My arms are not too fat or too thin, and I am 14 years of age if you care.
Topic by squirrelMLM 8 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I'm building an iron man animatronic helmet and i need to know what will be the best molding material to make the helmet mold and how i would make that i'm a tech guy so i don't know about this costume stuff thanks and rember to follow me for awsome tech and science stuff.
Question by jOker58 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
It's hard to believe that these costumes are made by dedicated fans and aren't official costumes, but these guys have done it. After what has surely been hundreds of hours of work, they've got the look... and the power. Link
Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago | last reply 6 years ago