How to make a costume?

Whether it's for Halloween, a carnival or a costume party, disguise enthusiasts will find, in this article, ideas and tutorials to craft cheap customised costumes.

How To Make A Gladiator Costume

Tools and supplies:

  • Spray paint
  • Thin foam
  • Camping material
  • Velcro
  • Pins
  • Leather strips
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Glue gun

Key steps:

  1. Cut out triangular tie shapes from foam for the skirt.
  2. Cut out a head hole in the camping foam then cut out on either side of the hole to form the armour.
  3. Cut the shoulder pads out.
  4. Cut some foam into strips for the shoulder pads.
  5. Pin the strips onto the shoulder pads.
  6. Cut out a pattern of your choice to put on the armour.
  7. Use foam buckles for added details.
  8. Tunic and cape will be made out of fabric or old sheets.
  9. Paint all the foam pieces.
  10. Craft a sword using foam, paint and leather strips.
  11. Using Velcro, staples, and glue, assemble the whole costume together.

How to make a LEGO MAN costume/ For the cheap and not so crafty

Tools and supplies:

  • Cardboard box
  • 4 Sheets of A4 yellow card
  • Rubber gloves
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A large long sleeve t-shirt

Key steps:

  1. Using the tape, stick 3 pieces of yellow card together.
  2. Cut to the size of your head and fix.
  3. Put the cylinder on your head and mark your eyes.
  4. Draw two big round eyes and a mouth.
  5. Make holes in the eyes with the scissors.
  6. Use another yellow card to make the top of the head and the stud.
  7. Draw a circle on the top of the box and cut it out.
  8. Remove the flaps and cut arm holes on the sides of the box.
  9. Stretch the long sleeve t-shirt across the top of the box.
  10. Your costume's done.

How To Make A Penguin Costume

Tools and supplies:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Orange sweater
  • Black hoodie
  • White t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Pen
  • Headband

Key steps:

  1. Use the white t-shirt to craft a large oval piece of fabric.
  2. Glue it on top of the black hoodie.
  3. Use the sleeves of the orange sweater to make the legs, feet and the beak.

Bible Costume in Five Minutes

Tools and supplies:

  • Old white sheet
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

Key steps:

  1. Fold the sheet in half twice.
  2. Cut an L shape to shape the sleeves.
  3. Unfold and glue the edges.
  4. Wait for the tunic to dry then cut a hole for the neck.

No-Sew Cleopatra Costume, Halloween How-to

Tools and supplies:

  • Faux gold shiny snake skin
  • Velcro
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Acrylic paint
  • Angled brush
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Measuring tape
  • Stretchy gold sequin trim
  • Fake plastic cobra
  • Old sheet

Key steps:

  1. Create the bracelets as shown in the video, using the gold snake skin, acrylic paint, Velcro and rhinestones.
  2. Repeat for the collar and loincloth pieces.
  3. Make a headband with the stretchy trim.
  4. Cut the head of the plastic snake. Paint it with gold paint.
  5. Glue crystals on the eyes then fix it on the headband.
  6. Use the old sheet and Velcro to make the dress.

This article to learn how to make a costume was written by Cécile Lessard

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