We've always made my son's costumes at home since he was a baby. Since his birthday is just a few days before Halloween we go all out. Every year he decides what he wants to be and it's up to me to figure out how to make it. We have a lot of fun. But sometimes he really challenges me.
In third grade he decided he wanted to be a gargoyle. This was going to be a tough one so I got to thinking. I knew he was going to be wearing it at school and it needed to be comfortable. So, I started with grey sweats.
Then I bought a 4" thick foam pad made for mattresses. I drew the outline we wanted for the wings and had my husband cut it. He used large shears for the outline and then contoured it with a small hand held grinder. It made a huge mess in the garage, but turned out perfect.
Next I used a cheap fireman's hat that my son had received from the fire dept. and turned it around so the long part of the bill faces forward. I then cut and shaped 1" foam to form the head of the gargoyle. I just stapled it to the hat.
Then I spray painted the wings and hat with the new stone colored spray paint. It really made it look like stone but remained soft and spongy. I cut two slits in the back of his sweatshirt so the wings slipped through and stayed in place.
He wore gray gloves and shoes and was a great hit at school and around town.
This Homemade Gargoyle Costume took me over a year to make. The wing frame is made from an old satellite dish, flexible aluminum conduit, and fabric from my buddies old sectional couch. The satellite dish makes up the main beam of the wings. I attached the conduit to the top of the dish frame which looks like the veins in the wings.
I then covered all that stuff with the fabric and hand sewed it together. The wings are mounted right into the vest. There is a tail but you might mot be able to see it in the picture, which is made from the same materials as the wings. The feet are connected right to my boots which is the same fabric as the wings.
To finish it off we come to the makeup which is grey spray paint from my neck down and grey hairspray on my face and neck.
This costume is all hand made except for the half mask which I purchased from the local Halloween shop. That's pretty much it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy Halloween.
I've always been fascinated with Quasimodo's concrete friends from the top of French cathedrals. This year, as I join the trick or treat 2011, my parents and I decided to give the gargoyle costume a try. I was too pressured with my costume this year. Being the overall champion for 8 years now and with all my neighbors always waiting for something new, I really have to give them a good show. I have to give them something different. And so, my mom did this Homemade Child Gargoyle Costume.
First, my mom glued (with egg white) in my face some crumpled tissue paper. We have to make my nose longer and my chin longer, too. After it dried, they applied poster paint in my face and body. Poster paint was silver. Extra finishing touches for the horn and the wings were also done. The horn was made from a used cardboard, actually the inner rim of the tissue paper. The wings were made of used fabric and wire. I was a finalist with this costume.