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Coolest Homemade Lightning McQueen Race Car Costume 4

by Lisa

Homemade Lightning McQueen Race Car Costume

Homemade Lightning McQueen Race Car Costume

Our son wanted to be Lightning McQueen this Halloween so we pulled out his toy cars and coloring book for ideas on the look and shape. I drew a pattern on paper and then traced 2 side panels on coroplast (corrogated plastic). I cut those out using an exacto knife.

For the hood and middle of the car, I cut a 15" x 48" piece of coroplast. I laid one side panel flat on the table and marked the hood piece every place there was a curve. I then made a cut halfway through the corroplast so it could be formed around the sides without breaking into separate pieces. I then used duct tape on the inside to attach the sides and body of the car.

Next, I covered the entire outside of the car with red vinyl. I used foam board for the wheels with wooden craft wheels painted silver for the middle. I had vinyl decals made with the emblems for the car. I also made numbers for his helmet.

The Homemade Lightning McQueen Race Car Costume was finished out with black ribbon for the shoulder straps. He loved helping make the costume but came down with H1N1 just in time to MISS Halloween! Now, his costume is ready for next year and we may hang it in his room for decoration!

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by: Anonymous

too cool...... my son loves McQueen

by: Julie

Love the costume!! Hopefully he can re-use it this year. Just a couple questions- when you say that you covered the entire thing in vinyl...Did you glue the vinyl to the coroplast frame? Also where did you have the vinyl decals made? Finally where did you purchase the coroplast?..a craft store? Thank you!

Coroplast answer to previous question
by: Juli

Julie- I am making this costume as well this year and I found coroplast at a sign shop. You are going to have to call around for prices because it definitely varies.

Home Depot carries online, but it is for multiple big sheets and I only needed one.

great idea so creative
by: Anonymous

Any for sale???

Wawow! Very impressive
by: Anonymous

I would totally pay to have this made!

Love this
by: Anonymous

This is amazing! My son wants to be DJ from Cars (the blue "bad guy" car) and I'm hoping to make one similar. Could you describe more about how you made the middle section? And where did you find red vinyl? This looks fantastic--I hope he gets to go trick-or-treating this year! :)

by: Anonymous

can you post step by step how to make this design?

Source for decals?
by: Hillary from Boston

This is insane. Can you share info on how you created the emblems? Do you have a file and a vendor you can share? Thanks! My son is "struck".

Lightning McQueen Costume
by: Juli

Would you be so kind as to send me step by step instructions on how you made that costume. I would love for my 2 year old baby to have one. His 2nd birthday party is at the end on June.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you


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Coolest Homemade Speedy McQueen Toddler Costume Idea 5

by Yael S.
(Ramat David, Israel)

Homemade Speedy McQueen Toddler Costume Idea

Homemade Speedy McQueen Toddler Costume Idea

My son was a Speedy McQueen fan for a very long time. It was obvious to him that the coming up Purim (the Jewish version of Halloween) he will dress up as the famous sports car. After searching the web looking for homemade Speedy McQueen toddler costume ideas and finding nothing that was suitable, I decided to give it a try.

I took red sheets of a material called sol in Hebrew, it looks like thin sheets of Styrofoam. Cut them in 4 pieces – the 2 sides, the front and the back. I left a place in the center, where the roof should be. I glued on the lights and stickers all around. Attached 2 ribbons on each side so that my son could “wear” the car like a tank top over his shoulders.

In order for the car to stay solid I added little bricks of sponges inside the car so that it would be light to carry, yet keep the shape of the car, and gave the option of sitting down if needed. My son was ecstatic the whole day “driving” his costume all over town.

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Homemade Sheriff and Lightning McQueen Costumes from the Movie Cars

by Patricia R.
(Shirley ,Mass)

Both costumes were made by Nicolle Driscoll their 72 yr old Grandmother.She took 2 cardboard boxes spray painted them cut the holes where they are standing with a pie tin.took medicine bottles and put 1 flashlight in the middle bottle for a siren,took 2 flashlights for headlights. She took a marker to make the faces, and took paper to do the door and crest.To make the wheels use stretchy string and the circles from the area you cut the hole to stand in then add a button.then she added stretchy string to go on their shoulders so they don't have to hold the costume all night long. The faces are just 2 shoe boxes she painted and then after it dried took a marker and colored the face.

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