This Homemade Jack the Pumpkin King Costume is for my son, Gabriel (5 years old). I wanted to make the mask of out paper-mache so I started by measuring my son's head and blowing up a balloon to a size that was about 2-3 inches taller and larger in diameter than his actual head measurements.
I then wrapped the balloon in Rigid Wrap(R) plaster gauze and let it harden for days. I put the mask on my son's head and made marks for the eye holes. Cutting the eyes came next.
I then glued Poly-Fil traditional quilt batting to the inside of the mask to make it a tighter fit and to cushion the inside to make it nice and soft to wear. I covered the eye holes with a very sheer black fabric that my son could completely see through.
I coated the entire mask with white paint and then painted black around the eyes to make them stand out more. The mouth came next. The bat bow tie I made out of foam sheet, silver puff paint designed for foam and fimo clay. The bat head I made out of fimo and the wings were made from black foam sheets. I painted the bat and the wings with shiny silver paint and tied it around my son's neck with a ribbon.
He wore a plain white T-shirt under the shirt I made out of pinstripe material. His pants were also made out of pinstripe material
For the boy's costume, I couldn't find a pin striped suit in his size so I bought a "Beetlejuice" adult costume and hemmed the pants and sleeves. I attached a rubber black bat to his neck as a bowtie, pinned a Jack button that I bought at Hot Topic to the center, and painted his face accordingly. White hair color was added to his hair since we could not make him bald.
For the girl's costume, at the time, a Sally costume was not available in a little girls size 5 so I bought the baby version, stretched it, opened the back and sewed more material. She wore striped, long socks and I painted her face accordingly. The wig did not look very good so an easier solution for her hair was to style it straight and parted down the center. Then I sprayed orange-red hairspray liberally throughout her hair. I ran a fine toothed comb through it to spread the color evenly. I also found that the spray added the stringy appearance/texture which was great.
White fingerless gloves with black stitching worked well throughout the school day and completed these Jack and Sally Costumes.
I've made this dress FROM SCRATCH. I painted the colors and stitches with fabric colors, yellow, red, green, purple,and black. Spray painted my hair red, bought the comb at the Dollar store, and got the camera for Christmas. The dress used to be white (if you couldn't tell lol).
I have been IN LOVE with The Nightmare Before Christmas since I was like 6. I now gave the dress back to the Thrift store (just encase) someone loves it just as I do and can wear it with pride just as I have. It would mean a lot to me if THE WORLD could see this picture. I am from Fort Worth, Texas and am a small town girl who LOVES this movie. I love all of the homemade costumes on your site and truly adore the fact that people STILL to this day have imagination that can be observed by THE WORLD.
Thank you for you time to take a look at my Homemade Sally Costume.