Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Along with most teenage girls in the early 90’s, I fell in love with Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands. I have always loved Halloween and the chance to dress up and be someone else even if only for one night. This year, I decided to take on the challenge of dressing as one of my childhood crushes… and create an Edwardia Scissorhands costume.  :-)

I scoured our local thrift stores for belts, buckles and leather coats and hit the jackpot when I came across an old Mens XL leather coat that appeared to be made of many pieces of leather stitched together. Score! I also bought about a dozen belts, a small women’s leather coat, some pleather from a fabric store, and a bunch of eyelets, zippers, cording, brads, D-Rings, Strapping and an eyelet hole punch and setter.

Costume Instructions

  • I began by cutting the sleeves off the coat and stitching them together to make a corset. I added large eyelets so I could lace it up the side.
  • Many of the belts were stiff and unusable, so I cut them off the buckles and made new belts.
  • I added brads and more eyelets to the strapping to give them some visual interest and set them apart from the corset.
  • I loved the jagged look of the unfinished leather so I left most edges unhemmed.
  • I added a strap that attached from the lowest belt to two additional belts that wrapped around my left leg.
  • I decided to go with leather looking pants instead of a skirt so as not to distract from the detail and to stay as true to the character as I could.
  • The boots were on their way to the thrift store anyway, but instead I used the sleeves from the women’s coat to add some stitching detail to the boots as well as belts, eyelets and a lot of hot glue. :-)

Scissorhands Instructions

Next I began working on the main attraction, the scissorhands.

  • For this I cut up some dollar tree foam and glued them to the sides of some cheap knit gloves.
  • I added a top piece to each finger to give the scissors some depth and so they wouldn’t just look like they were glued on the side of my fingers.
  • I spray painted them silver and added different cording to attach them to the cuffs.
  • I wanted to be able to wear the cuffs separately from the scissorhands so I used Velcro on the knuckles so the cuffs looked as though they were one with the scissors. The cuffs were made from pleather and I added eyelets and ribbon once again so they would strap firmly to my wrists (corset style) and embellished each one differently with small belts and D-rings and brads.

The Little Extras

  • I also managed to find a small hand clutching a circle that I incorporated into a choker necklace.
  • I bought a small travel sewing kit and pulled the plastic handles off the scissors and used wire to create smaller handles and attached them to the circle to create a small statement piece.
  • Finally, I added a Rocked out Zombie wig and make up to complete the look.

I had a blast making this costume and I was quite pleased to go out on Halloween and show off my one of a kind creation. Thank You!

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume

Coolest Edwardia Scissorhands Costume