The company I work for has a fundraiser every year with a 'Centipede' contest where teams of 8 or more make creative costumes and parade them in a 5k walk.
Our team was inspired by the Pac-man on Google and found the coolest homemade costumes site, which gave us the ideas for how to create the Pacman Costume.
The thing that really deterred us originally was a design that used PVC pipes. That was a little daunting. Fortunately, one of our team members contacted her father who was able to create the structure for each of the costumes out of PVC pipes. The father actually used a blowtorch to soften the PVC pipes and then bend them into usable shapes. The ghosts were made up up 6 PVC pipes each. 2 long ones formed in a U shape, and 4 smaller ones which were used to connect the PVC pipes at the bottom of the U and the top of the U. He also formed the structure for the Pac-man out of PVC pipes.
After the frames were created, everything else was easy. We used felt for the eyes, inexpensive tablecloths for the costumes, and cardboard to make the sides of the Pac-man more rigid.
One tricky part was the glue used to glue the felt together. Normal Elmer's glue didn't work. We had to use a fabric glue, which worked wonders. We also used a thicker tablecloth for the Pac-man. It had cotton on the backside so you couldn't see the cardboard. We also just used a black trash bag for Pac-man's mouth. All in all, it probably took 8-12 hours for 7 ghosts and the Pac-man.
A family friend recently turned the big 30 and with it came a 80's themed party. With me being me, I couldn't help but go all out! I decided I wanted a costume that was easy for everyone to recognize and something that was going to be unique.
This Pacman Costume was actually really simple to build. First was to get two large sheets of cardboard (I taped a few smaller ones together). I layed down on one and got someone to mark around me so I could make sure I got the right size. Then I took a pencil and string to mark out the circle. I then cut this out and used it as a template for the second circle. Once I had two large circles I marked out the shape of the mouth and cut that out. I then used cardboard struts to space the two circles apart(the width of my body!) I then used an old crisp box and cut a circle in the top. This was used as the support so the whole costume rested on my shoulders.
The next step was to cover the rim between the circles which I done by rolling cardboard and taping it down. Then all that was left to do was spray paint it!
The costume went down a treat and everyone loved it. I even found that the front of the mouth made a handy pint holder!
This Homemade Mrs. Pacman Costume is very easy to make! Hardly spent any money at all.
What you need : 1) yellow fabric 2) black and white felt: for mouth eyes and white dots 3) bendable wire 4) string 5) plastic fruit 6) accessories!
I cut two large circles of yellow fabric, sewed them together. Then, try it on to make sure holes fit for neck and arms accordingly. After that I cut wire I bought from Lowes and glued it into the fabric seams. I didn't need to stuff it or anything! I wore a scarf around my neck to keep it raised around my shoulders.
And of course bring in the red heels, black leggings, red bow, and fruit jewelry to complete the look!