Grrr. There is a very scary lion in this cage! Do not feed! Lion will attack! This costume was for Zoo Day at my school.
Materials: BIG cardboard box Tubes that are used on large paper rolls (talk to any store that carried large paper rolls) Orange boa Orange, black, and yellow paint Ivy Computer and printer
This was the combination of a few ideas. I wanted to be a lion but just being a lion was not cool enough, so I added the cage element. I got a refrigerator box from my local appliance store and cut out the front. Then, I bought the paper tube rolls in just the right size so that they were the same height as the box. I glued these in with hot glue, adding paper to some of the tops of the tubes to adjust the height to be exactly right. Then I painted the box and tubes inside and out and cut a hole in the bottom for me to stand.
For the lion, I made the mane out of a boa and created a mask with heavy paper and brightly colored paint. I made the pants and shirt out of yellow fabric as well. Then, I glued ivy around the edges of the cage and even put in speakers that played “The lion sleeps tonight”.
Finally, I found all the danger signs off the Internet I could, and plastered the back of the cage with warnings of all kinds.
People at my school were really impressed and I think this was definitely one of my favorite costumes ever.
I thought of dressing my son, Robbie, as a strong man for Halloween shortly after he was born. However, I knew I had to wait patiently for him to be able to walk. I knew the costume would not be as cute as possible unless he was walking and able to take direction to hold the weights.
I had the entire homemade strongman costume laid out in my head from the time he was about two months old. Once I finally started making the costume, the hardest part was finding a leotard that was leopard print, small enough, and wasn't shiny. Everything else came together pretty easily.
I made the belt from thick elastic and made the buckle from foam. the rest of his outfit was completed with black high top Chuck Taylors, gel for his part, and waterproof liquid eye liner for his rad handlebar mustache! The weights were made with a dowel rod and foam balls, all spray painted black.
Jacket ($5 from thrift store) Gold rickrack ($2 from fabric store) Felt top hat ($2 from thrift store) White shirt Bow tie Black pants Fabric glue
This year our theme was “Circus.” My husband was our Ringmaster. This Homemade Circus Ringmaster Costume is simple and turned out perfectly. We found this amazing red jacket at a thrift store and I fabric glued the gold rickrack to all the edges and around the pockets. I also glued rickrack to the brim of his top hat.
He wore his own white shirt, black pants, and bow tie. Perfection!