This year, as with every year, my roommate and I made our costumes entirely out of duct-tape and cardboard. I decided on a Blood Angel Space Marines costume and for effect, the mask has functioning fans, LEDs, and there is a flash bulb inside the barrel of the bolter(gun).
This whole project took about a month, and required 8 rolls of various colored tapes, as well as 5 batteries, 12 LEDs, 2 40mm computer fans, ski boots, and lots of time. There are various aspects that you can't see, such as the purity seals on the sides, but I am happy with the way this picture looks.
I have created this costume to celebrate my love for the game Warhammer 40k, and also because I am a huge nerd. Every year my roomie and I create a new costume, that consists largely of ductape and cardboard, and this year we went all out.
There is no way to accurately describe how to make this, as I mostly just bent cardboard to shape and taped it up, but for the mask, I used a large bike helmet as a base, and then built from there. Once I had an outline, I continued to bulk it out until I eventually got it to the shape I wanted. I then stole a tube off a vacuum cleaner and installed it on the side, to create the working vents. I then installed LEDs into the eyes.
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My daughter desperately wanted to be a Pet Shop Mouse for Halloween, and after searching and searching the internet for such a costume, I came to the realization that I would have to figure this one out on my own.
I started my Pet Shop Toy Costume with a punch-ball balloon and blew it up to it's largest size. I paper mached the balloon with five layers of newspaper. After layer number 3, I attached two paper plates for the ears using tape and glue. I then covered the ears with paper mache while completing the layers on the head.
Using white fleece I covered the head and ears, and I tucked extra material into the head to keep it secure and stop it from wobbling around. The nose is made of fleece that is cut in a circle and stuff with stuffing. It is hot glued to the head. The eyes were made from fun foam. The ears have pink felt inside.
The costume itself is a simple pant and sweatshirt pattern made with the same white felt material as the head. I cut a pink tail out of fleece and hot-glued it to the back of the sweathshirt and added grey fleece to the front and presto! Instant Pet Shop Mouse.
We got a TON of compliments and lots of requests to make more for the next Halloween from all of her friends.
My Homemade Toy Store Costume design is for a human toy store. That's right, not a knock-off of Toy Story the movie, but rather an actual toy store on wheels...er...feet. Take a look. I hope you like my entry!
While I have uploaded some photos, I am most proud of the home video I made that represents my costume from idea to reality in a fun and entertaining way.