My sister and I have always wanted to be Oompa Loompas for Halloween, so this year we finally did it! We are both short which made this Homemade Oompa Loompa Costumes even more perfect.
To make this costume we went to a variety of stores and bought brown turtlenecks and socks, white capri pants, thick white ribbon, Velcro, 4 buttons, medical tape, brown and white pom poms, orange and white face paint, sponge rollers, white gloves, and green hair spray.
We used the medical tape to make the stripes on the brown turtlenecks and socks. The suspenders were made out of ribbon which we attached to the inside of our pants with Velcro. We couldn’t find brown buttons, so we bought gold ones and colored them with a brown permanent marker and then super glued them to our pants.
The hair is all natural but, to get the Oompa Loompa hair style, we put sponge rollers in our hair for about 4 hours; we then sprayed our hair with green hair-spray after we took the rollers out. We taped brown and white pom poms to our socks, painted our faces orange and our eyebrows white and.....TA DA! A classic Oompa Loompa costume for under $60!
We stayed in character all night and even did the dance on stage at the party we went to! It was so much fun to stray away from the promiscuous and/or store-bought look. I can’t wait for what’s coming next year!
The inspiration for my Homemade Oompa Loompa Halloween Costume came from when I grew out my hair in college. A girl told me, "Don't take this the wrong way, but when your hair gets long it flips out, and it would make for an AWESOME Oopma-Loompa costume!" The seed was planted, and I took the idea by storm.
My grandmother helped me make the costume, sewing white shoelaces onto the brown turtleneck to create stripes, and provided the huge brown buttons for my overalls. (She had never heard of the movie though, and kept calling me a loopy-doopy). Other items that helped the costume along were white gloves, striped socks, but the most necessary component was definitely the brown turtleneck.
To make the crossing overall straps, we just took fabric from a thick white shirt and sewed them into long strips (with button holes for those wonderful brown buttons). Growing my hair out took a few months of commitment, but it was definitely worth it to not have to wear a scratchy wig! The costume was a huge success, winning me two costume contests. In hindsight, this costume might be even better if you have a tall friend to dress as Willy Wonka himself, but for me I was content without Willy because I was giving out Wonka candy, singing songs, and doing miniature cartwheels all night long!
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I was a big hit at the party in my Homemade Oompa Loompa Costume. I got the idea from this website and thought I could pull it off. I don't sew but I thought I could manage straight stitches on my machine.
I started with a very large pair of women's white cotton capris that I found at WalMart on the clearance rack for maybe $10. To give them the Oompa Loopa shape which is bigger in the hips than calves, I sewed a straight stitch up the sides, making a curve at the hips. I bought a long wide piece of elastic at the fabric store to make the suspenders and then sewed them to the waistband of the pants. I bought four large buttons, glued brown fabric to them and then sewed them to the waistband, front and back.
Using fabric glue, I attached white felt strips to the neck and wrists of a brown turtleneck and to my brown knee socks. I bought white and brown yarn and made pom poms for my sneakers. White gloves finished it off. I actually sprayed my hair green with hair-spray paint and styled it with the Oompa curl in the front. I painted my face orange,my eyebrows white and I was an Oopma Loompa! Thanks for the idea for a winning costume! Comfortable too!