Cool Homemade Giant Eye Costume from The Residents
This Eye Costume from The Residents was a fairly simply paper mache project. I took a large beach ball and covered it with 5 layers of paper mache. After painting it a light cream color, I cut out a bottom whole just big enough to get over my head and another whole to serve as the pupil. From the inside of the eye, I duck taped a scrap of black tulle purchased at a fabric store.
The veins were made from wadded up pieces of tissue paper painted red. To make the eye rest comfortably on my head, I stuffed an old sombrero inside it. The large rim of the sombrero ensured that the eye did not wiggle around and make me look like a bobble head. Toward the base of the eye and around the rim separating the “white” of the eyeball and the “blue” of the iris, I drilled in a few whole for ventilation. Finally, a larger whole was cut and the base of the eye as well to allow me to insert a straw and drink from any beverage I might hold.
- Beach ball
- Duck tape
- Craft paint
- Black tulle fabric
- Old hat
- Paper mache