Dana from Dana Made It, posted this very detailed tutorial of pilgrim costumes she made for her children. The idea came after seeing a picture from the Martha Stewart's website that made her decide to tackle this project!
The result? Two beautifully well done pilgrim costumes! The tutorial is very detailed, so you should have no problem getting this done.
Richard Curtis, student at the Northeast State Community College, created these amazing greek-style masks and props for the "Oedipus Rex by Sophocles" play at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater.
For the masks, students used a combination of joint compound, boiled linseed oil, tissue paper, flour and glue. The original recipe is available here:
Cheap toilet paper (measure the wet paper pulp, and use 1.24 cups – some rolls contain more paper than needed)
1 cup Joint compound from the hardware store (get “regular,” not “fast set” or “light”.)
3/4 cup Elmer’s Glue-all
1/2 cup White Flour
2 tablespoons Linseed Oil
For the body mutilations and bloody wounds, students used liquid latex, coffee grounds and oatmeal.
A pretty cost effective way to make fabulous masks and props for Halloween!
When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse” hit movie theaters in 2007, I walked out of that theater knowing one day I would figure out how to dress like Cherry Darling for Halloween, machine gun leg and all. Clearly the issue with this costume is not so much in the fabrication of a machine gun as it is in the the faked disappearance of a limb from the knee down. How the hell do you vanish a leg from knee to toe?
Little guys like cars, trucks & trains. Little guys (and big guys) in New York City tend to be a little infatuated with the subway. Living across the street from the Transit Museum doesn’t help… Because of this, every year when my wife and I ask our oldest son (now age 4): “What do you want to be this year for Halloween?”, what he hears is “What subway train so you want to be this year for Halloween?”. Last year he wanted to be the three train – this year, after much discussion, he has decided to be the seven.
The Big Head project is one of these experiments. It’s a large, head-mount box with a 24″ LCD on the front showing a live video view of the wearer’s face. Of course, the face is flat, slightly miscolored, unmistakeably a video and much larger than usual.
The wearer’s face is captured with a video camera looking through a half-silvered mirror. There’s a second camera, which captures a view from the front of the box, near the eyes of the on-screen face. The outside view is shown on an internal LCD, which reflects on the half-silvered mirror; this way the wearer can look directly at the LCD and the camera at the same time. (This is essentially a tele-prompter, like Errorl Morris’ Interrotron).
I found this on Instructables.com this morning, well worth sharing with our readers.
When my son told me that he wanted to be Edward Scissorhands for Halloween, I knew that we were going to have a blast making the costume for him. Everyone in the family had something to add - my son of course offering the piece de resistance by literally becoming Edward that Halloween night :)
The costume was originally made for Halloween 2010 from what i can gather. This turns out to be a pretty inexpensive costume but nevertheless a great look!
Collect belts from used clothing stores. We ended up with ten belts for our then 4 year-old son. Obviously, bigger bodies will need more belts. They were collected over a period of several months anytime we were near a Salvation Army. Find black belts of all shapes and sizes with lots of grommets, studs, big metal buckles, etc. The more visual variety the belts have, the more interesting the costume will look.
For safety purposes, the parents used silver plastic knives and even "file the teeth down with sandpaper".
This year I decided to make a costume that would really challenge me and no one else would be able to believe. I decided to go with a beloved Pixar Toy Story Character, Buzz Light year. I built the costume from scratch all from materials bought from home improvement stores. For the main breast plate, I used insulation foam sandwiched together and sculpted. I then covered the foam with liquid plastic to make it rigid. The legs and arms are made of traffic cones painted white and green and purple craft foam glued on. The cod piece is a flimsy gardening tote, cut to fit like a diaper and covered with white duct tape. The rings in the center are pipe insulation. It took 2 months to build and 10 minuets to be sick of wearing it, but was a sensation around the neighborhood with all the kids. I now know what a character at Disneyland feels like.
This is as close as it gets from the real character costumes made at Disneyland.
Tonya Staab wanted to make a costume for her son. He wanted to be a super hero, but mommy did not think she could do it. All Flynn wanted after wall was a mask and a cae, like most super heroes.
So mommy decided to make a "Super Flynn" costume.
Read the story and check out the instructions here.