Coolest Homemade Aquarium Deep Sea Diver Costume 5
by Troy S.
Homemade Aquarium Deep Sea Diver Costume
For Halloween I wanted to be the deep-sea diver aquarium man that releases bubble to aerate the water. When I was a kid I always wanted one of those plastic trinkets for my fish tank but never got to have one. Oh well, I just took it one step further and made myself a Homemade Aquarium Deep Sea Diver Costume.
The helmet is entirely paper-mache that I molded from a dodge ball. The knob is a faucet handle from my bathroom (no hot water for a while). The treasure chest is made of foam and contains a bubble machine to get that aquarium feel. The suit is a workout sauna suit that ended up working out well with the cold front that came through. The boots are covered with paper-mache "weights" and the gloves are covered in rubber.
The whole project took about 2 heavy days of work, but most of that was just drying time. I sped that up using some halogen lamps and a hair-dryer. Despite what the critics tell you, spray paint can go a long way and was surprised how hard paper-mache can get!
The first costume I ran into was my friend who went as a hum-bolt squid that he made from a Snuggie. We decided that was a great time to have a fight in the front yard in view of the neighbors, of course I won.
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Coolest Homemade Deep Sea Diver and Squid Costume 3
(Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Homemade Deep Sea Diver and Squid Costume
My husband and son have gone trick-or-treating every year as a duo. This year he wanted a Homemade Deep Sea Diver and Squid Costume and have his dad go as a giant squid.
I don't have pictures of it in progress, but I can tell you step-by-step how I made it. The helmet was made with plaster cloth strips. The strips were placed around a blown up punching ball covered with petroleum jelly. The "windows" were made from cardboard box covers with lollipop sticks. The waist weights were plastic storage contains. All of these items were covered with copper colored foil and hot glued into place.
The rings around the neck piece were macrame rings. The neck piece was a big piece of Foamie sheeting that was covered with plaster strips. Finally, the whole helmet was covered with quilt bunting first then covered with copper colored matte satin.
The squid was a plastic table cloth filled with rice to weigh down the arms and a large foamie sheet. The suction cups were paper reinforcements. The fins at the top is red netting.
For the first time ever, they won 1st prize for best group with their costumes.
Well this is what happens every year!! After a flash of inspiration and about 30 hours of handy work. Its quiet strange what materials you find laying about the house. Everything you see was made from scratch even the suit itself is made from faux leather. The helmet was paper-mached over a large ballon, other parts were: Take away food boxes, hosepipe, rope, coins, shoe boxes, bolts, smoke alarms, old tins of spray, left over leather, bowls, etc... the list goes on.
I had a fantastic time out in Weymouth last new year! Even ran a mile wearing it for Red Nose Day! Am still trying to beat this costume this year but running out of time for ideas.
The best advice I can give anybody when making an outfit is, make sure you can move well and have somewhere to easily pour drink in and a fly zip to pour it out again!
Will be putting this divers costume up for sale on ebay at the end of November 2008 so if interested have a bid.
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