As a stay-at-home-mom and artist, I have for many years created home-made costumes for my family. I have a craft room full of paints and brushes, glue, paper, and all kinds of fun things to make stuff with. We lived in Europe for a few years and were so privileged to visit world famous museums that were filled with wonderful art. These inspired me to re-create replicas of a couple well-known paintings -- Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
I painted them on foam-core art board, with acrylic paints after sketching the main elements of the paintings in pencil - leaving an nice big oval to fit our faces. I glued a gold-painted “frame” around each painting, and an elastic band around the back of the opening to hold them to our heads. It didn’t cost much-- a few dollars for the foam board -- and I already owned the paints and brushes. Just be careful - you want to make them a size that will fit through a doorway! T
This might not be a costume for someone who is new to painting since basic art skills would be needed. But for an art student or painter this is a great way to show off your skills and appreciation for the great masterpieces!
I’ve had such a great response to these Homemade Art Masterpieces Costumes - in fact, a good friend asked me to paint a second “Mona Lisa” for her to wear to a costume parade!
My daughter really wanted to be an artist so we started looking at pictures on the internet, books, anything we could get our hands on. We finally found a cute outfit on the internet that my daughter loved.
I first found a broom at a Halloween store. I tied the top with a rubber band and dipped it in Elmer's glue to make it look like it came to a point like a paint brush. The glue dried clear. Then I wrapped the rest of the broom in black electrical tape to make it look more like a paint brush. We dipped the top of the paint brush in red paint to look like she was painting with it.
I then went to Walmart and bought a long sleeve black plain cotton shirt and black stretch type material pants. I bought puffy paints in bold colors and made splatter type paint marks on her top and pants. It dried overnight and made the outfit look almost like 3d. She wore her tall black boots. We also had a black artist hat to complete the outfit. She wore her hair in pony tails.
I cut a huge pallet out of cardboard and painted the whole thing white then used the same puffy paint for the piles of paint. I cut an armhole in it so she could carry it.
We had so much fun! She had tons of compliments, and I even had parents calling me!
This is how we made this Homemade Paper and Glue Stick Couple Costume:
Paper: I used 4 sheets of poster boards per side and for the width it was half a poster boards. I drew blue lines like those on a real paper and the red lines too. I decided on doing a math quiz so I wrote simple math equations. I taped everything together and put string to help me hold the weight of the costume. Notice if you do this, arm holes are not the most useful XD.
Glue stick: We made a cylinder with the red poster boards. We made the cap the same way but with a slightly different red and the bottom was black to imitate the bottom of a glue stick. We made the Famous Pritt sign as a finishing touch. Arm holes were made and string was attached to hold the weight with our shoulders. These took a maximum of 4 hours.
As last year with out Pencil costume we won a prize at the school costume contest.
* Sorry the pictures were not as great as they seemed to be at the time.