I am a huge Looney Tunes fan and have been since I was a kid. I love to think of offbeat characters to be for Halloween, especially ones that are easily recognizable and that you can’t easily buy a costume for. So Marvin the Martian popped into my head the week of Halloween. I got the full costume together in about 2 days.
I used duct tape, cardboard, and spray paint. I cut out the cardboard visor to wrap around the front of the helmet and hide the actual visor. I then cut out extensions to add to the ear flaps. After taping those on I started to wrap the top on the helmet with scrap cardboard (only because I didn’t want to paint my perfectly good helmet green). I closed the gaps with duct tape and spray painted the whole thing.
The “brush” looking extension he has on top of the helmet was a piece of cardboard that I bent to make a ‘U’ shape and then duct taped around the outside. I spray painted the whole thing neon yellow, and hand painted the bottom a darker golden color. I used a Sharpie to add the brush details.
20 yard roll of duct tape: $4.99
Yellow and green spray paint: $4.99 x 2(Free to me this year because I used it on last years costume)
Cardboard: Free, everyone has spare boxes laying around.
The Martian skirt:
Though I don’t know if Marvin would admit to wearing a skirt, its a skirt. This was actually the easiest part. I had a case of wine with a couple bottles left in it. I took out the divider in the middle and it came apart as 4 pieces with slits cut into them. I held up 3 of pieces and it was enough to wrap around my waste. I used duct tape to connect the pieces and I had myself a skirt. I reinforced the inside of the waist with duct tape so it wouldn’t come apart while walking around. I spray painted it and proceeded to drink some of the wine.
Case of wine: $50 or so
Cardboard dividers: Free to me, wine is a calculated cost in my monthly budget
This was the only part I couldn’t make myself. But it was pretty cheap nonetheless.
Red long sleeve shirt: Borrowed from a friend
Red Stockings: $3.99
Facemask: Cut the sleeve off a black t shirt.
Duct tape: $4.99
Spray paint: $ 9.99
Red Shirt: Borrowed
Wine: Helped the process immensely
Total : $18