Hello, my name is Laura, I’m a senior in high school, and I make crazy costumes for my school’s spirit week and for Halloween. This was for Toy Story Day at my school.
To make Mr. Potato head, I mostly used cardboard and lots and lots of glue gun. The frame is made of horizontal rings of cardboard and vertical reinforcements. On some of the crucial rings, I ran light wire through the cardboard by making two identical strips and glue gunning them together with the wire in the middle.
After making the frame, I used an old sheet and tucked the wrinkles in at the bottom and the top. Then, I painted the costume with a huge bottle of the cheapest acrylic paint I could find. The ears and nose are painted cardboard held on my glue gun. For the ears, I also cut slits in the main costume with flaps glued in inside.
The hat is made of 2 pieces. The hat base is just a piece of cardboard cut to a circle. The top of the hat is made of cardboard rings enforced with wire, just like the main costume. Both were then covered in garbage bag material.
For the shoes, I took a pair of old tennis shoes and made them longer by gluing cardboard onto the sides. Then I covered them with blue paper and cut holes for the laces. The holes at the top of the costume are eye holes.
I did this costume is two days and besides waiting for the paint to dry, it was pretty straightforward.
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After searching the web for costume ideas, we decided to be Mr. and Mrs. Potato head... We started by using a pattern for a bumble bee costume. We altered the pattern slightly to remove the bee stinger and head.
After sewing the costume together we stuffed them to make them big and round. We made the ears, noses, eyes, and mouths out of felt. We used two pieces of felt for each piece sewing them together so we could stuff them and make them 3-D.
All of the pieces were attached to the costume with Velcro so we could move them around like a real Mr. Potato head. The glasses and earrings were made out of foam board. All the pieces we drew free hand after looking at a picture of them online.
We made the hats out of paper mache (using a large beach ball for the shape). We attached an actual hat to the inside of our paper mached hats so that they would sit nicely on our heads. We spray painted the hats and then for Mrs. Potato Head cut out circles, where we put a see through fabric so we could look out through the hat.
For Mr. Patato Head we used the Chicago bears logo on the hat (as my boyfriend is a big fan) and did the same using a see through fabric so he could see out of the hat. We finished the costume off with a white shirt and some big white hands that we purchased at the costume store.
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