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Coolest Electrocuted Ben Franklin Costume

Ever wondered what Ben Franklin looked like after he was flying that kite with the key, and got struck by lightning? No problem, here he is!

We sewed a costume to look like Ben Franklin, all the materials and pattern were purchased at a local fabric store (don’t forget to use those coupons!). Simply add a plain white t-shirt underneath, then add a neckcloth. We used pleated fabric with a strap that Velcroed on the back for the neckcloth, and fancy ribbon/buttons to dress up the jacket.

As for the hair, we purchased a Ben Franklin hair/glasses kit at a local costume store for about $15. Add tall black socks, and girly black-heeled shoes. You have to add a kite, so we used a box to make a kite out of cardboard, then attached yarn with a large brass key (also found at a local Nobbies, in the sherrif’s department).

As for the hair, rat it up with a comb to give that electrocuted effect. Then use dark charcoal gray/black eyeshadow to add several black smudge marks to the hair and face to make the appearance that Ben was electrocuted when the lightning struck his kite.

This is a hit with the adults and the kids! Everyone seemed to remember the “story” of Ben Franklin, and recognized this costume’s intentions right away!

Total Cost – $35

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