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Coolest Homemade Cousin Itt Halloween Costume 14

by Celia P.
(Rimbey,Alberta,Canada)

Homemade Cousin Itt Halloween Costume

Homemade Cousin Itt Halloween Costume

The idea for this Homemade Cousin Itt Halloween Costume actually came to me after last year's Halloween. When I was 14, I made a wig for a Halloween costume using the same technique. Not that I'm 14 any longer, not have been for many years.

It is made using Sisal Baler Twine available from a farm supply store. This project is very messy with a lot of shedding, so is best not done in the living room.

I attached the work in progress to a board and suspended it from the ceiling. The 2 layers require about 60 or so strands of twine. Each strand is cut double the length of the height of the person wearing it. Soaked in warm water for about 5 seconds, folded in half and hitched onto a holding cord. NOTE: It is best not to soak anymore than about 5 twines at a time, also hang them separately as they will start to un-twist as they relax.

Each strand is then gently unwound and teased out for fullness. The soaking prevents the whole works from turning into dread locks. I made a cardboard mask for behind the eye holes, attaching it by spray contact cement and then hand stitching right through the whole works to hold the fibers in place. The cords over the facial area are shorter, only about 1 1/2 feet long attached, like a long beard. The ends of the holding cord were tied together to form a halo and were slid over top of the first Bowler Hat (purchased at a Dollar Store). A second Bowler Hat sits over top and covers all of the knots.

I made a secondary cloak which hangs around the shoulders. It covers the chest area under the beard and gives more coverage and fullness to the costume. Since the arms of sunglasses won't reach through the mask to your ears, I removed the arms from old glasses and using spray contact cement attached Velcro to the nose area of the glasses and also to the spot between the eye holes of the costume. At least the glasses can be removed so you can see in low light.

The last thing to do is have your person model the costume so you can do a final trim of the length a few inches off the floor.

This costume takes about 16 uninterrupted hours to build. I actually made 2 costumes, as Cousin Itt had a lady friend with him. My husband and I were going as a couple. Both costumes didn't quite use a whole roll of twine.

Warning this costume is very flammable. I figured that next Halloween I can hang the costumes in the trees in the yard to greet trick or treaters. Also except for the Bowler Hats and a bit of contact cement, these costumes are 100 % biodegradable.

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Awesome!
by: Anonymous

This looks GREAT! I have started trying to make a Cousin Itt costume using yarn, but am less than pleased with the result so far. Being a farm girl, I can relate to the sisal baling twine and think that it would work great, but be itchy. I think I will be abandoning my current start & redo it with twine. Thanks for submitting!

How brillant and creative!
by: Dian

This is just AWESOME!

Cousin It
by: Tom

I just tried making this. Bought the sisal and soaked it 5 seconds. But when trying to separate all the strands, the sisal I have is not constructed of long continuous strands. It all pulls apart into shorter lengths. ANyone have any ideas? I'd even buys someones "Cousin it" if they are done with theres from a previous year.

My Cousin Itt Costume
by: Anonymous

I'm going as Cousin Itt to a Halloween/Wedding this year. I bought two adult hula skirts (they're made from tan raffia) - one I plan on wearing around my waist and one around my neck. Then I have a very long (24") blond wig in a hippie style. It's parted in the middle. I plan on combing the hair in front of my face, cutting bangs that will go to the top of the sunglasses, then taking the hair that I cut and gluing it to the bottom of the sunglasses. I may be going to buy additional hula skirts just so it will be fuller. Wish me luck!

Cousin itt costume!
by: Melissa

How much would you charge to make one for someone?!! I LOVE IT!!!

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