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Coolest Rafiki Costume

by Jerry Schauer
(Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA)

Homemade Rafiki Costume from the Lion King

Homemade Rafiki Costume from the Lion King

This is my Rafiki costume (from the Lion King) that I made for my Son Joshua. I used a pattern to sew the furry suit, but actually it was quite tight on him for October 31st…

I started with Styrofoam block for the face and carved it to the shape...then added it to the headpiece with spray insulation foam and created a big pile on top of a kid’s hardhat headband with a towel in a garbage bag to fill in where his head would be.

After hardening, the Styrofoam section was stuck to the insulation foam so I carved the skull shape into it and cut out the holes to align it with his eyes; I made the ears separately with spray foam and the tail was spray foam around a section coat hanger to keep it from breaking and to keep it up.

Once I was happy with the shape I covered it with white tub and tile caulk so it would be smooth and soft and would also accept acrylic paint. Then I covered the top portion of the head with the gray fur and sections of the longer white fur.

The cane was cut from a 2x4 and carved into the shape and torched and stained to look like a branch. The gourds were papier-mâché around small balloons with seeds inside so it would even rattle and attached them to the stick with twine. The hands and feet were made from small tan work gloves with the fingers filled with cotton on his feet.

The blue butt patch was felt, the stomach area was short white fur, a bit of long white fur hot glued to the chin.

I followed this up with a store bought stuffed Simba and built a plywood Pride rock and covered it with thin Styrofoam sheeting and carved the rock shape into it and painted it. Under the base of the rock I placed a battery speaker with a CD looped with the Lion King Soundtrack.

Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume


Lion King - Rafiki Costume



Comments for Coolest Rafiki Costume

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i love it
by: Anonymous

I love how creative you are. It must have taken you a while to make it. It turned out awesome, your son must be very proud to have you for a mother.

AWESOME
by: Denise/FL

That's got to be the cutest kid's costume I think I have ever seen!!!!!!

You cen tell how much was put into it. Really nice work!

Unbelievable
by: Anonymous

Unbelievable... If you had not showed us your pictures I would had thought you had purchased it at Disney world... Wow... You are an amazing Mom... Great JOB... Awesome Costume..

I'M AMAZED!
by: Anonymous

THAT IS THE BEST KID COSTUME EVER! GREAT JOB!

Way Cool
by: Maryanne

Omg.. this is so awesome. you are way talented!

AMAZING!
by: Anonymous

I didn't think that it was homemade! but i look your work.. I'm amazed! :)
congratulations!!! :)

WOW
by: Lei-Lani

Gracious, that is like SUPER FRIGGIN DUPER! I LOVE it..sweet costume. You did the best job, don't know if Disney could actually do it any better!

Wow!
by: Chris J.

I think you might have another profession waiting for you. Amazing work - I'm sure he took the neighborhood by storm on Halloween. Hope you can get a lot more mileage out of it for all the work you put in. :)

OMG!
by: John Solomon

That is the best costume I have ever seen! Well designed, well executed and well everything else I can think of. You are the official god of costume making. Now I am going to go and cry because there will never be a better costume made in the rest of the future of the universe! Well done :o)

Coolest Rafiki Costume
by: Anonymous

AWESOME! Rafiki is the best and so is the costume!

AWESOME!
by: Heather Gulf Breeze, Fl

I live a few miles from you! I wish you could show me how to make this! AMAZING!!!!

awesome
by: Anonymous

you should get a job for Disney costume making! cool!!

Amazing!!!!
by: Anonymous

Do you want to sell it? I am not talented and my son is dying to be Rafiki for Halloween.

AMAZING!!
by: Tara!

Its truly AMAZING!
I'm sure you gota lot of satisfaction doing this!
It shows that u REALLY value Life!
You INSPIRE me!

RAFIKI'S THE BOMB!
by: Catherine & Sarah


WHAT A SPECTACULAR, AMAZING, MAGNIFICENT, ADORABLE, MIND-BLOWING, and SUPERB COSTUME!
I can see that this costume was made with love.
Wonderful work, it is truly a piece of art!

can I buy it please?
by: Anonymous

Do you sell this costume?

friendly regards,
Jill

Ummm
by: Joshua Schauer

Yea guys love the comments...My DAD made this...lolx

Because this family is my family too....
by: Aubrey Yaw

I really hope everyone who's commenting/commented realized that the person who made this was male and therefore was "dad" and not "mom" xD
And this is the best bit of blackmail a brother could ask for. Can you say "Flyers"?

Inquiry
by: Ivy

You are one talented mom! Wish I have your talent, esp that I need one of a Simba costume of Lion King (Broadway version). I'm desperate, enough to ask you if you make such costumes for sale.

How long did it take you to make this costume??

Incredible costume!!!!
by: cyuskow1@aol.com

You have incredible talent! How much would it convince you to make one for my daughter?

Let me know!! She would love it!

cost?
by: bryana

how much was it to make this costume?

WOWEE!!!!!!
by: crystal warrington, london england

That costume is flippin wicked! really really great, well done mummy, your kid is very lucky to have you!!!! i bet every other kid was jealous of his costume!

OH. MY. GOODNESS.
by: Anonymous

I'm going as Rafiki for a fancy dress, haha, and this costume is the cutest and most amazing thing I've ever seen, so jealous, well done!

good
by: Anonymous

good

wow
by: Anonymous

that is Disneyland quality! He could work at Disney parks!

Need Pattern
by: Deborah

How long did this take to make, and which pattern for the suit did you use? My son needs to be Rafiki for a school musical in March.

I need help with Rafiki costume
by: Deborah

Way to go, Dad! You made a great costume! Can you tell me how much, and how long it took to make this costume. My son has to be Rafiki for a school musical the beginning of March. What pattern did you use to make the body of the suit and how did you attach the work gloves to his hands and feet? So many questions, but I need help!

Thanks!

You're a BEAST!
by: Anonymous

I am positive that Joshua was the coolest kid trick-or-treating that Halloween! This is INSANITY! How did you do this so wicked epic-ly? Way to go, DAD! Hahaha I love how everyone said way to go "Mom"... but she did good too! 8oD

OMG
by: seymour butts

that is amazing! my

costume
by: Anonymous

this costume is absolutely amazing!! i want to be rafiki for holloween!! is there any way you could make this costume for me?? i will pay whatever price to have it done!! if so email me at yeager2828@bex.net please!

awesome
by: vida

WOW, im shocked that was home-made. i usually make mine and my sons as well, and they come out cute. i love doing it. but THIS is WAAAY impressive, best h/m costume everr. thanks for some good ideas:)

Making my own coolest rafiki costume
by: Destino C. Rubiani

YO! That was toadly rad how you made that costume for your
Little son which is why I'm planing to make my own Rafiki costume. So I retyped the steps you used on my iPad in the notes tab. My dad said he'd help me make it when we get back from our vacation in Florida at my aunt Vivian's house. I'm also planing to make my own simba hat from the lion king musical.
You are a genius for making this new costume

Has he outgrown it yet?
by: Anonymous

Hello! Anyway you would be willing to sell this?! If so, email me at lindsay.macdougall@yahoo.com :)

MAKE THIS FOR ME!
by: Nicole

THIS IS TOO PERFECT HOW DO I GET YOU TO MAKE AN ADULT VERSION OF THIS FOR ME?!?! I WILL PAY YOU WHATEVER YOU WANT!

2013 Response
by: Jerry Schauer

Thank you for the nice comments. This has been a few years back and my Son is all grown up now. I have done so many more creative projects since then. I currently volunteer for Stage Crafters Community Theatre where I design and build many sets for plays.

Thanks
Jerry

wow
by: misepic

it i so cool, how on earth did you do that... OMG... LOL... COOL... WOW...

costume lover
by: Rickell

I love it. You did a wonderful job. My daughter is having a Lion King party and that costume is perfect. Are you willing to sell your creation? If so, I'd buy it. Please email and let me know if you are willing to sell that costume.

rickell.moorer18@Gmail.com

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