How to Create a Hydra Costume

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief has numerous mythological costumes you might wish to recreate. One of the more amazing creations in the films was the Hydra. From Mythology the Hydra is a dragon like animal with five heads. In slaying the dragon by cutting its heads off, one only serves to create two more heads for everyone. In other words what once had five heads now has ten. The Hydra can be a two person costume for couples or a single design it just depends on you. We have information below to help you create this monster.


* Brown Fabric

* Pattern

* Sewing Machine

* Proper Thread

* Foam

* Heavy Duty Wire


Step 1: The Hydra as evidenced by the picture above is a complicated beast. It will take a great deal of talent for this costume, unless you can find the right pattern. We suggest you begin looking at places like Michaels, Joann Fabrics, or even graphic novel stores. The truth is you might have to create your own pattern. The fabric can be found at You do have to find a fabric that resembles dragon scales, though that should not be hard.

Step 2: You also need to figure out the mechanics of the hydra costume before you begin. Will you have one or two people inside? The typical costume with two people has one person in the back and one in the front. The same could work for the Hydra. On the other hand if you need it for one person you should make the rear of the dragon a little smaller, as well as the five heads.

Step 3: The heads need to be constructed with foam and heavy duty wire. Only one head will be yours, so make sure you plan for that head to have holes for the eyes. You will also need to have fake eyes on the rest of the heads. Your pattern or any dragon pattern can help you with the design. In fact you could just add four heads to the dragon pattern.

Step 4: Once you have the body of the costume complete you can begin to accessorize it with other things. The fabric will need to have dragon scales attached to it. From the back to the end of the tail you need little triangle wedges. These can be made from the foam. Each head should also have these little additions.

Step 5: The tail can be made with fabric and foam or stuffing the tail with cotton. The length is up to you. If you want to keep it from getting dirty you need it at least as long as your arms in order to pick it up.

Step 6: The last part of the Hydra will come in the horns. Your dragon needs to have a few horns on the top of its head. Look at a couple of pictures to determine which look you want.

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