I wanted a homemade costume that was out of the norm and for some reason Gumby popped into my head.
I decided I had to make pants and a top so I could walk around. I had a big roll of thin foam (used for making duck decoys) that was given to me. I found some pictures and kinda eyeballed the shape and drew it on the foam and cut it out. I then made a 12inch strip long enough to go around the top. I put hot glue on the thin edges of the sides and that held it in place. When it had cooled I had to basically climb inside and put a lot more hot glue on the corner seams to make it sturdy. I didn’t want it blowing apart when started moving around. I little while and a bunch of hot glue later I had the top together. I made shoulder straps inside with more foam and hot glue.
The pants were pretty much the same with flared sides. They didn’t need straps because they rested on my shoes and walking wasn’t too bad. There was no sitting while I was in this costume.
The hands are like mittens, just glued around the edges.
I spray painted the Gumby costume and some old tennis shoes green, smeared make-up on my face, put on a long sleeved green shirt and there you go.
Coolest DIY Gumby Adventures Group Halloween Costume Idea 3
by TJ Hahn
DIY Gumby Adventures Group Halloween Costume Idea
It's Halloween time again and that means many hours in a small garage being covered in little bits of foam. This year we decided to bring to life a childhood classic TV Show, Gumby Adventures!
We started with the basic building materials, cardboard and Styrofoam. These two materials adhered together with hot glue makes a rigid costume body and are easy to shape. With the costumes' bodies created it is time to start painting.
One trick we learned early in the process is that the cardboard and Styrofoam do not look very good when you paint them. Our secret is to use posterboard. Gather posterboard from your local craft store and paint them laying flat with a semi-gloss paint. Attach the posterboard once dried and you will have a great looking, polished, costume.
Our DIY Gumby Adventures group Halloween costume idea was constructed in one week and consumed 6 cardboard boxes, 2 sheets of Styrofoam, 35 sheets of posterboard, and many hours of my time! I believe our costumes turned out amazing and got a lot of attention at our party. Enjoy!
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