After being inspired by a Homemade Bert and Ernie Couple Costume we saw posted here on your site, we decided to make Bert and Ernie costumes this year. I wasn't exactly sure how to go about it, never having made a mask before, so we took a trip to Michael's to see if any ideas might suddenly occur to me whilst perusing the aisles.
As luck would have it, we happened upon the "crochet" aisle and saw a bunch of those wooden crocheting hoops that looked to be exactly the right size and shape for Bert and Ernie's heads! Even better, they were only a couple dollars each. So we bought 2 of each shape (so we could criss-cross them to make a 3-dimensional head).
We then picked up some wire-mesh type stuff to mold around it, and then a couple rolls of that pre-made paper mache stuff to wrap around the entire thing. We then bought a ton of felt and a couple cheap feather boas (for the hair/Bert's eyebrows...er...eyebrow) and a couple of Styrofoam ball/circle shapes to make the ears and noses.
After the paper mache dried, I glue-gunned the felt to it (burning myself a couple times in the process, not gonna lie), and cut out the shapes for the eyes. After that, I cut the mouths out big enough for us to see/drink (ha), and glued the rest of the facial features into place. After that, I cut out/glued strips of felt to our shirts to look like Bert and Ernie's sweaters, and stuffed some pillow stuffing in a pillow case into the top to keep the heads in place (not to mention waaaaayyyy more comfortable! Bonus!).
Finished it off with jeans, converse, and a rubber ducky. I think they turned out pretty awesome! The best part is that the whole thing only cost about $45!
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