This Homemade Bumblebee Transformer Autobot Costume is my tribute to my favorite Autobot, Bumblebee! Every year I attend a charity event to raise money for the local children's hospital. However, this is not just a charity event. It is also a chance to get creative and see who can pull off the best fancy dress costume. I pride myself on being unique and try to come up with ideas that no one else will think of, but although my previous costumes were unique they didn't stand out much.
So this time around I had to step it up a notch! The new Transformers movie had been released so I decided to look for costumes but none of them were any good, so I decided to make my own. I looked on Youtube for tips on how to make something this big and stumbled across other homemade Transformers that actually transformed.
After gathering together some ideas I set to work. I used cardboard boxes, Duck tape, strong adhesive and acrilic water resistant paint for the body and limbs and used an old pair of braces to hold the body in place on my back. I made the helmet from paper-mache and added shiny transfers to the body to make the Autobot symbol.
Needless to say I was the talk of the day and did more transforming than Bumblebee himself has ever done that day.
My son Declan's latest craze is Transformers, his favorite being Bumble Bee. The Homemade Bumblebee Transformer Costume is able to transform as the character does into a car and a robot. The costume is mainly comprised from cardboard boxes. The bonnet is designed to fold into his chest when he transforms into the figure. I hot glued and stapled two large boxes together forming it to make the main body of the character. The doors were made separately from the body to allow them to swing open whilst transforming. I cut two holes in the front of the frame to place LED spotlights for the headlights.
The wheels were made from plant pot bases and painted to look like alloy wheels. I copied the transformer logo and painted the car accordingly to match the character. Inside I included shoulder straps to secure the costume to him. I used two large thread spindles to create a gun, one of which is glued to the body of the car and the other as a hand held gun. I finished off the look with a transformers bumblebee mask which I purchased in my local toy shop.
The costume cost approximately $35, most of which I spent on the mask.
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This Homemade Bumblebee Transformers Costume is a Halloween costume I made for 2009. I decided I wanted to be a Transformer, and Bumblebee was always the character I thought was the coolest - he didn't have to talk, he just acted!
This was constructed from mostly cardboard boxes that computers were shipped in. The entire costume was covered with yellow, black, and silver duct tape. The door "wings" are made of Elmer's foam board and attached at the back using industrial strength Velcro so they could be removed easily (I couldn't walk through most doorways with them attached).
I cut the pieces into shape using an Exacto knife. Everything is attached to my body using elastic bands and luggage straps found at a local craft store. The best advice I can give is to just use your imagination and assemble each piece with the end result in mind. Most of all, have fun! I loved doing this and I will definitely be making my own costumes from now on.