My grandson had enjoyed the two previous years of costumes that I had made and asked me for a Transformers costume this year. Personally, I had no idea what he was talking about, thus forcing me into a vigorous research program.
After such, I thought he could handle a Bumblebee Costume. As he lives 3 hours away, exhasperating texting took place regarding his measurements. I questioned everything received as he is small for his age and only 5 years old.
Then came the process of making a costume that a small 5 year old could even wear. I sat and looked at video for almost two days before beginning a search for materials. I measured, remeasured, and started over twice. I then drew a side view in actual size of the “vehicle” I would eventually construct.
A conclusion of utilizing corrugated cardboard was made. As luck would have it, I located two identical used cardboard boxes that fit the bill exactly. I went about constructing the body of the vehicle being very careful to stay within the drawn size. I knew that the front of this costume would require a swivel action and progressed accordingly.
The body was made so that when my grandson stood up, it would actually hang on his back. The front was constructed and fastened with nylon bolts to afford easy movement. I frequently moved the pieces to ensure that the finished product would work as planned.
So, once assembled, as my grandson stood up, the body hanging on his back with shoulder straps, his head would emerge through the “hood” of the Camaro. At that point it worked as I had hoped. I attached “tires” made of black, hard plastic plates with spokes painted on. I painted the body of the costume with a bright yellow, with black stripes of duct tape. I used black poster board for the blackened windows, led puck lights for headlights, and reflective trailer tape for taillights.
Even though I had no idea whether my grandson could handle the weight of the costume, or manuever it, I called it complete! I then focused of the mask fashioning it from a remade plastic facepiece, adding vinyl, shaped wood blocks, and felt. Done and pleased.
We delievered the costume to my grandson who had forgotten that he had asked for it. Total surprise and satisfaction was exhibited as he yelled, “I’ll have the best costume again this year!” It fit perfectly, and he was able to make the mechanics of it operate as intended. My only worry is what is expected for next year.
Transforming Bumblebee Camaro Costume
The Transformers Bumblebee Costume is my son Nicholas Walters and he is 6 years old, he couldn’t decide what he wanted to be so I made the mistake of letting him search with me online and we came across a Bumblee costume and low and behold he selected it and wanted it to transform.
We saw some online but no one told you how to do it so apt of studying the photos and I was sweating bullets but we got it done. I did most of the body work and then my husband Jason Walters and my mom Bonney Legg helped finish off the details like the wheels made out of paper bowls and the spray painting. Its made out of foam board, duct tape, spray paint, two push lights for headlights, the back tail lights are the bottoms of red solo cups.
Inside is a drawstring back pack duct taped to it so he didn’t have to carry it around. Everything except the spray paint and bumblebee outfit came from the dollar store so in total it probably cost maybe $12 or so. The costume was from 2 years ago when he was the regular bumblebee.
Cool Bumblebee Autobot Homemade Costume for Toddlers
When our 2 1/2 year old son said he wanted a Bumblebee Costume for Halloween, we knew he didn’t mean of the pollinating insect type. We had recently been to the Indianapolis children’s museum and he was taken with the large autobot that graces the main entry of the building. I have so far refused to purchase store bought costumes for Halloween and although this seemed like a daunting task we decided to give it a shot.
We started carving and crafting cardboard into usable shapes that we covered with yellow sheet foam and researched several images online to determine exactly how it should look. Our living room turned into a workshop for almost a month while constructing this as well as the haunted house costume that our daughter decided she wanted to wear.
Countless Sunday afternoons and evenings were spent bending and taping as well as sewing and cutting. Scraps and bits of all sorts of stuff floated around for weeks. We debated whether or not we should attempt to make the costume convertible so he could crouch down to form the Camaro, but because he’s so young we thought it best just to keep it “simple”.
After several test fittings and numerous designs of a workable boot that he could actually walk in, we finally produced what we think is a very nice result. He was ecstatic! The combination of my husbands carpentry skills and my sewing and crafting interests once again startled even us when we took a step back and appreciated our efforts.
We spent very little in terms of material to create this since most of the structure is cardboard paired with some black clothes and an old stocking hat. The boot shape was made to slide over a pair of waterproof rubber boots that he was already using for everyday stuff.
If only we could have installed a working radio with dials that could be tuned for effect! It sometimes seems silly to spend so much time making a costume that only gets used once or twice, but I suppose it’s the memories that last a lifetime.
Cool DIY Bumblebee Transformer Costume
A Bumblebee Costume was my wife’s idea for a contest that was going to happen at work. After the idea was planted I then had to design the outfit to do and look like the real toy. I had played with the toy and analyzed how each of the different pieces came together.
The toy was plastic and I only had cardboard to work with. I had cut and pasted together three prototypes before I got to the shape and size that I wanted. Then I started on the actual costume itself, being more precise on the cuts and sizes to get just what I wanted.
The actual costume was now taking shape and we could add on from there the details to make it the best that it could be and look almost like the real thing. Once we had the main part of the costume complete, we then painted it which on cardboard the paint soaked right in and had to be covered with more paint many times over.
After the painting process we then proceeded with adding the stripes and all the other details. The front grill came from a junk yard from an Chevrolet Impala which really gets the attention it seams. I added the led lights which makes it look real and fog lights. The costume also has rear tail lights which also light up.
The wheels are made from Styrofoam and the hubcaps are aluminum pans. The mask is made from paper mache’ with more Styrofoam and metal from a cookie sheet. I add spark plugs I had from doing a car repair and glued them into the foam.
Later I had added glow sticks to enhance the mask and helmet. The front of the helmet has a transistor board in the front. The reactions from the people has been fantastic and a lot of people don’t believe that I can actually get down and fit inside the car.
Transforming Bumblebee Costume
Our 8 year old son announce in August that dad and I needed to make a transformer Bumblebee Costume that would transform. After searching for online plans in vain, we began creating our own design. After many failed attempts we finally found one that worked.
Foam core posterboards, 2 rolls of duct tape, a few tap lights for headlights, parking lights and tail lights, reflectors made the body, an old costume mask and cheap construction helmet were the foundation for the mask and the treat bucket is a milk jug covered with red cello tape. Thrift store sweats and knee pads. A cell phone with voice changer app was mounted in the grill
At the church trunk or treat, he was mobbed, hundreds of requests for him to transform, tons of pictures and videos were taken. I was inundated with questions about its construction, and compliments on the creation and a couple of offers to buy it from him!
Hes already promised it to one of new our church friends for next year, and dad and I are working on detailed instructions to share.
And tonight David announced he wants to be Optimus Prime next year. At least we’ve got a place to start!
Coolest Homemade Bumblebee Costume
For this Bumblebee Costume we used minimal materials. The following were materials we purchased that can be found at Wal-Mart. Two foam camping bed rolls, black sweats and bike helmet. The following tools were necessary to complete the project: hot knife from a craft store, low temp hot glue gun (or one with adjustable temperature). The following materials were useful but not necessary: -Polyurethane Coating (Modge Podge would work similarly), iron on heat and press material.
We traced the child that would wear the Halloween costume onto a piece of butcher paper. Then I used that to scale the pieces again. (We actually had access to a large printer so we printed this out but initially we traced him onto the butcher paper). We simplified the detailed pieces from the original character and tried to keep the pieces that have heavy emphasis. Each piece was cut and hot glued in place. the knife makes it easy to trim corners off which gives everything a pretty rounded appearance. Be sure to use a low temp hot glue gun. It will hold the material but the high temp just melts it all away.
Once you have all the pieces cut and glued into place add flanges to the arm and leg guards so they can wrap around the legs and arms. These can then be tied with string or ribbon. We used Velcro. The 'shiny' parts that need to appear glossy were coated with a polyurethane coating. We used a pretty tough industrial coating we had laying around. But several coats of a thinner (but flexible!) coating should work just as well or better.
Then the Halloween costume is spray painted, yes spray painted! Surprisingly it didn't eat the foam! Details can be added in with a small paintbrush or we used our airbrush. Then a sharpie or felt tip pen is great for adding detail in the face. The foam can be glued directly to the helmet and you can even blend it pretty well to match some of the curves on the helmet.
Awesome Bumblebee Costume
The idea for this Bumblebee Costume started as a huge fan of the Transformers series and a bigger fan of well done on-screen special effects. This character is one to admire as well as a challenge to duplicate. The entire costume is hand cut from cardboard. It was broken down to six main pieces, the front torso, back torso, left forearm, right forearm, left leg and finally the right leg.
Once the cardboard was cut and assembled to my liking every inch had to be covered in duct tape. This provides a lightweight but durable 'skin' and also gives the surface something to paint onto. Once each piece was cut, assembled and taped, it was time to assemble each piece using luggage replacement straps.
The tires are lawn mower tires bolted in to a simple wooden skeleton under the foot pieces. The costume was then painted and detailed with war wounds and dirt. The headlights do function turning on and off at the touch. They are battery powered closet lights found at any drug store. That is about it to make this Halloween costume.
Total Spent: $50
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