This year my son wanted to be a STOP sign for Halloween. This Homemade STOP Sign Costume ended up being one of the easier ones I've made, so far.
We used a black sweatshirt and sweatpants to help him blend into the night. For the post, I sewed a tube from shiny silver material and stuffed it with pillow stuffing before safety pinning it to the front of the sweatshirt.
The STOP sign, itself, is made out of a thin piece of red foam board. I cut it into an octogon, covered the edges in white electrical tape, cut out a face hole (which I covered the edges of with red duct tape), and painted STOP with white craft paint. To stay on my son's head, I attached elastic in an X formation on the back, just around the back of his head. I then covered the entire back of the sign with gray duct tape and attached a head covering of the same silver fabric used for the post to hide the back of his head and the elastic. Red face paint all over with white face paint to finish the missing parts of the T and O and we're done.
I still want to make a homemade Yard Sale sign and put it on his back for visual interest from the rear.
My daughter told me she wanted to be a stop sign for Halloween. Well, I thought that was kinda boring so I talked her into being a Pedestrian Sign. Yellow is her favorite color anyway.
For this homemade pedestrian crossing sign Halloween costume I started off by buying a large piece of styrofoam from a hardware store. I then drew a large square and cut it out using a razor blade. Next, I primed it with Kiltz, waited for it to dry and them painted it bright yellow. I them painted the black border and black "sidewalk" lines.
She was to be the pedestrian, so I dressed her in black pants, turtleneck, gloves, shoes and she wore a black knit hat. I also painted her face with black makeup. I then sent her to all the neighbors house for feedback. The neighbors were not really understanding the whole concept.
Actually, not many people are familiar with the Pedestrian Crossing sign. So, I thought if I drew the pedestrian on the back of the sign, that it might help. I then sent her to the neighbors once again, and reviews were more positive this time. I cut a hole in the sign so that she could carry it and pose, occasionally, like the pedestrian. She enjoyed being the sign, mostly because it was yellow.
To make it, you have to find some big signs, it can be a cardboard. It just needs to be flat and rough. Then, buy some bright yellow paper. You can paint it too. After that, draw or paint a big black lign. You can also had a little sign where it's wrote Pedestrian or in French, Piéton (like the picture).
After, it begins to be a little more complicated. You take a tool to do 6 holes. Personnally, scissors are ok but a I prefer a blade. Add some Velcro's to attach yourself like a back pack on the shoulders and around the waist. Then, you just have to be all in the black.
What is cool about this Homemade Pedestrian Costume is that you're light in the dark, so it's secure. But if you are going to a party, it can be cumbersome. Also if you want to be different at an other party, you can be orange with a shovel to be a construction sign. Also you can be two in the costume like a student cross.