How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 3

How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 3

Halo Master Chief Costume Shoulder Pads Continued

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The smaller part of the Halo Master Chief costume shoulder pad, which sits at the top of the pad should be made from the 1/4″ foam.  (I didn’t have any of that.  Two sheets of thinner craft foam glued together worked nicely for this and that is what I used.)

Using the small template shape on the page, follow the same steps, cut out, place the template on the foam, and trace around the shape.  Then, cut out the innermost shapes and draw around them.  Cut out the shapes next to those, draw around and continue until all the shapes are drawn.

Next, follow the lines using the heated knife blade.  (The small metal ruler was used as a guide where possible.)

 

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On the backside of the foam, draw two curved lines from the two intersecting angles at the top to the bottom of the piece, as shown in the picture.

Then, using the X-Acto knife, make two shallow cuts following the lines just drawn.  This will make it easier for the piece to bend and be shaped while using the heat gun.  Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Use the heat knife to burn off the two edges, which will be glued to the larger section of the shoulder pad.  Without touching the outer layer, use the heat knife to burn off some of the foam at an angle.   This will make it easier to glue the pieces together.

Before gluing the small piece to the shoulder pad, the topside and the sides were painted.  The underside was left gray.

You can see in the picture below where the small piece was attached to the shoulder pad.  You can also see the lines made by the heat knife.  I pulled the knife over the lines and the raised and recessed areas it created were interesting.  So, I left it that way.  

The silver paint was dry brushed over the edges of the shoulder pad and the edges of all the raised areas.  it really ended up looking like metal!  The acrylic craft paint worked great for this project.

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 The Back Of The Breastplate

As the other parts of this costume were being created, I mulled over how to finish the back of the breastplate.   The inspiration pin on Pinterest did not have a view of the back.  Getting down to the wire, I had to make a decision.  Using the pattern from the front piece, I made a paper pattern with a curved bottom piece.  Then, created an angled line, which would butt up to the edge of the breastplate in the back.  

The pattern was cut out and traced onto another piece of the EVA foam and cut out with an X-Acto knife.

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That looked pretty plain.  It needed some detail.  Repeating the trapezoid shape from the raised areas in the front, the shape was cut and removed.  

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The shape was then traced onto the back and black paint was applied to the areas around where the piece would be glued.  The new piece was painted the avocado green.  The black needed a bit of a second coat of paint and the green needed a second coat.Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 The small trapezoid shape was also painted the avocado green.  After those pieces dried, the Loctite glue was used to attach the large piece to the back.  It was butted up to the straight piece across the back.  The lower sides were left loose to glue later.

Large books were used to hold the piece firmly, while the glue dried.  You want to keep the rounded shape of the shoulders and the side pieces.  While the glue was drying, I wrapped the piece around the edge of a table and set the books on top of it.  Sometimes a stack of books was placed on the piece to help support the foam.

Once, I had inadvertently pulled the shoulders out and lost the shape.  I tried to bend it back and I could tell it was putting too much strain on the piece.  The heat gun was used to soften up the top and underside of the shoulders and they went right back where they needed to be.

After the back was securely in place, glue was applied to one of the loose sides, matched to the coordinating end of the front design, and pressed in place.  This was held securely and then heavy books were set on it and the piece was allowed to dry.  The process was repeated for the other end.

Once the sides were done, the trapezoid shape was glued into the recess of the back.  Just like the other details on the front piece, the trapezoid shape was left slightly raised. 

The line where the two pieces butted together wasn’t particularly appealing.  A thin strip of foam cut to size and glued over top of it seemed to be the perfect solution.  Since some of the detail was gray or silver, I left that piece gray, too.  After the glue dried, silver paint was dry brushed on the entire piece.

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 The kids spent the night.  Halloween morning, I got up at 4:30 and began putting the adhesive strips of Velcro on all the pieces.  (I told you this is not a project to start two weeks before Halloween!)

 The 2″ Velcro was used on the big pieces.  The thinner strips of Velcro I had were used on the shoulder pads.  I wish we had used the 2″ strips on those, too.  Do yourself a favor and buy the big pack of the 2″ Velcro and use it lavishly.

In the afternoon, someone at school pulled one of the shoulder pads off and the adhesive on the thinner strip did not stick well enough to reattach.  I think 2 of the 2″ wide strips would have kept it from being pulled off his shirt.  This was an easy fix when he got home.

Looking back, I would have also used extra strips of the 2″ wide on the thigh pieces.  That area gets more stress from walking and sitting than any other area.Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

All in all, the costume held together pretty well.  I prayed all day that it would hold together and Aidan would have a good day.   

Aidan reported that his character was recognized by many people and a couple of them were in disbelief that someone had made it!

Maybe this will inspire you to tackle a Master Chief costume for your special young man.

Supplies Used For This Project Included:

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2 – packs of Best Step flooring found at Walmart for $13.44 each were used.

1 – 12″ x 18″ piece of gray craft foam found at Michael’s for 99¢.

Industrial Strength 2″ wide Velcro  (This box was not enough to adequately do this project.  1″ wide Velcro was used for the shoulder pads and the shoes and the 2″ wide would have done a better job.  In retrospect, I wish I had bought the large $18.00 package at Walmart.)

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2 bottles of acrylic ‘Avocado’ craft paint

1 bottle of acrylic ‘Black’ craft paint

1 bottle of acrylic ‘Silver’ craft paint

1 bottle of Loctite Go2 Glue

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We found the Master Chief helmet at a Halloween store for $39.95.  A 25% off coupon found in a local ad was used, making the helmet $30.00.

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How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 2

How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 2

Halo Costume Details

We continue on to Part 2 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume.  If you look at the inspiration picture of Master Chief, you will see the thigh pads are relatively simple in design.  Aidan needed to be here for this step.  He stood as I wrapped a large sheet of paper around his thigh and drew where the thigh pad should be.

Then, I cut out that pattern, placed it back on his leg and we decided where it needed to be adjusted.  Using a marker, I made those adjustments and cut off any excess.  The pattern was transferred onto the gray mat twice, one for each leg.  The detail was added with a ballpoint pen.  The detail would ultimately be intensified with the heat knife.  If I had more time, I would like to add some more detail with raised areas like those on the breastplate. Part 2 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The thigh guards were cut from the mat.  The heat gun was used again, like before, and the guards were shaped to fit around the thigh nicely.  Velcro will be applied to these after they have been painted.

If you use the tracing paper, trace two, the pencil tends to tear it.  It was no big deal, but a little annoying, I still ended up with a sharp design.  I did use the little ruler on the straight lines.

 

 

In retrospect, I wish I had rounded out the back edge more.

 

 

The Forearm Gauntlets

The pattern for this was easily created by measuring the length needed, cutting a large sheet of paper that length, wrapping it around Aidan’s forearm, and marking it with a felt marker.  The paper was folded in half so each side was identical.   Then, using that as the base shape, a little bit of a point was created in the middle front side.  (You can draw the detail on one side, hold the paper up to a window, and trace to the other side.)

You can see in the picture, a curved line was drawn on the upper end of the pattern and another shape in the middle just above the point.

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In my rush to complete this project or mindless stupor at the moment, I started cutting out the detail on the forearm piece.   Three-quarters of the way through, I realized it.  The top side was still attached.

Brainstorming, I came up with the idea of leaving that side attached and cutting the other three sides on both of the forearm pieces.  What you do to one, you have to match on the other.

I knew that the cut foam piece would pull away from the surrounding area, leaving a larger opening. It is even more apparent in the picture above.   So, matching the two made it look intentional.  (Only you know my secret.)

The Master Chief  Shoulder Pads

The template for this, Template by EVAkura :) (this template may be shared, but please give credit)  and the detailed instructions can be found here ►405th.com. 

The template is sized for an adult.  After printing it, I placed the paper on Aidan’s shoulder and marked what size would look more proportionate for him.  You can do a lot of figuring and size that down to create a size-appropriate template for yourself.  Yes, but I used a quicker solution by using PicMonkey, a photo editing tool.

Let me try to explain my madness…

First, download the template by EVAkura to your computer.  Print it out and measure how big you want it to fit your child or whomever.  I used the letters at the top and knew I wanted it to reach the right side of the ‘W’.

Then, go to PicMonkey.com.  Click on “Edit” or “Edit a Photo”.   Select the EVAkura template file from your computer.  The red arrow on the picture is the length I wanted the template to be.

Now, click on Overlays on the left side of the screen.  Then click on My Computer when it drops down.  Now, select the same template file.

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The second template will come up on top of the first template as an overlay.  Using your cursor, pull the right corner down at an angle until the end of the shoulder pad template is at the point you marked earlier.  Now, it should be the right size.  You can print it at this point, or…

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you can block out the print around it by adding another overlay over top of it.  Just click on Overlays.  Choose the Geometric rectangle and then change the color to white by clicking on the eyedropper and copying the white background.

Repeat the process to add another overlay horizontally across the top.  Then, save the file to your computer and print the template on card stock.  Now, transfer to the EVA foam.Part 2 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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I used tracing paper to transfer the design.  My ‘old school‘ graphic art school training showed up again. 

If you use the tracing paper, trace two, the pencil tends to tear it.  It was no big deal, but a little annoying, I still ended up with a sharp design.  I did use the little ruler on the straight lines.

A much easier option is to print the pattern on card stock, cut the pattern, trace around it, cut and remove the inner pieces a piece at a time, and trace around those.  (Much easier!)Part 2 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comCut out the shoulder pad with scissors and, or, the X-Acto knife.  The lines were traced with a ballpoint pen.  Press firmly with the pen.  Faint lines may disappear when using the heat gun and manipulate the foam to shape it.

 

 

 

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Use the heat gun and your hands to pull and stretch the foam to shape it.  Do this before cutting out the inner pieces!  Great instructions for this can be found here ►405th.com. 

The next step was to cut out the pieces.  You need a very sharp blade to do this or you will have a lot of tattering.  You don’t have to change blades constantly.  You can sharpen the blade with a knife sharpener and sharpen it frequently.

The shapes need to be cut carefully with the X-Acto knife.  If it becomes difficult, sharpen the blade.  Caution – you have to hold the piece in your hand as you cut it.  Be careful where your fingers are in respect to the knife blade!

The pieces are then glued back in the openings.  The two rectangular pieces were recessed slightly and the rest of the pieces were raised slightly.  (Check out this post for detailed instructions ►405th.com.)    You want to apply the glue to the openings, not the pieces.  I used the LocTite Go2Glue for this.  As you slip the piece down into the opening the glue will be pushed down not up on the outside of the finished piece.Part 2 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

After gluing these pieces on for awhile, I came up with a technique.  I applied the Go2Glue along most of the edges, leaving a spot on the corners or ends to dab just a little bit of "Super Glue".  Then, when the piece was placed where it needed to be, the "Super Glue" would hold it in place until the Go2Glue dried. 

In the 405th post, the long rectangular detail was removed, but this piece being downsized, I felt would be too risky with the pieces being too thin.  The outer edge detail was left off for this smaller version.  Before painting, the detail was burned with the heat knife instead of cutting and recessing.

You can find part 1 ◄here.   Come back for the final details, Part 3.

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How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 1

How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 1

Master Chief Costume

Oh, my goodness!  Through this process, I can’t tell you how many times I have thought that perhaps I had bitten off more than I could chew!  After researching different sites on how to make this costume, the one thing I knew was it needed to be made from EVA foam.   What is EVA foam?  Ethylene-vinyl acetate and it just so happens anti-fatigue floor mats are made from this.

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Walmart had packages of four anti-fatigue floor mats.  This is what they look like.  One side has texture.  One does not.

Looking for patterns for the Master Chief costume, I checked out several websites.  Most were talking about Pepakura and how you could get the patterns on different sites.  Well, I printed off a pattern for the chest plate.  Too many pieces!  Oh, my gosh!  It hurt my brain! 

I asked ten-year-old Aidan to draw a picture of what he wanted and this is the picture.

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With this in mind, I found a picture of Master Chief, which Aidan had pinned on his Pinterest board, printed it off, and drew a freehand pattern from it.  That was so much easier!  

When Aidan came over, I tweaked the paper pattern for the chest plate detail, adding some length to the part that fits over the shoulders.  Then, the pattern was traced onto the mat.

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Watching some YouTube videos on how to cut this foam, I found those who say to use a heat knife, those who say to use an X-Acto knife, and those who suggest scissors.  

Using an old woodburning tool we have, fitted with a knife blade, I tried this method.  Maybe this one is not hot enough.  The results were less than spectacular.

There was not an arrow on this picture of Master Chief.  I saw this on another picture and took the liberty of adding it for more interest.

The X-Acto knife worked better but the edges seemed a little bit mangled.  The scissors seemed to work the best.  Any area where it was possible, I used the scissors.  In the corners and for the little cutouts, an X-Acto knife was used.  Scissors were also used to trim up the edges as much as possible.How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

The arrow needed to be raised.  It might seem counterintuitive, but first, it needs to be cut out and removed.  How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

The glue bought for this project is LocTite All Purpose Go 2 Glue.  This is a newer glue in the LocTite line.  Reading the package, it seemed to be exactly what was needed for this project.  (We are an Amazon Affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sales from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

A thin line of glue was applied to the lower half of all the edges of the piece, which was removed.  The piece was then reinserted in the opening and left partially extending above the surface.  This glue gives you a little more drying time than super glue.

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The other two pieces of detail were cut out, removed, and glued back in place, extending above the surface, too.  After the glue was dry, the heat knife was used to draw the lines.  A small metal ruler was used as a guide for the blade.  This needs to be done slow and steady so you don’t accidentally slip onto the plate and mar the surface of the chest plate detail!How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

At this point, I showed this to Aidan and checked to see if it fit properly.   Let’s just say he was not very impressed.  

Undaunted, I plodded on, and using the foam cutout as a guide, made a paper pattern for the breastplate.  This was adjusted and fitted to Aidan, too.  Then, that pattern was used to cut out a piece from the foam.  Actually, this piece had to be cut from 2 pieces of the foam.   I made sure that the front piece went over the shoulder and there wouldn’t be stress on a seam there.  We used the textured side of the mat for this piece. 

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You can see in the picture where the seam was glued together.  Masking tape was used along the inside seam to hold the two pieces together while the glue dried.  A large heavy book was placed over the seam to hold it in place, too.

After the seam was glued securely and dried, the heat gun was used to shape and mold the edges to contour around the torso.  This post on 405th.com explains how to shape the foam and it works quite well.

Just look at that!  You can see how flat the left edge is and how the right edge now curves to fit a body!  Aidan tried it on again at this point and still was not impressed.

Most of the posts out there for this costume say to use spray paint.  That means masking off areas, taking this outside, spraying, turning, spraying again.  Well, no thanks.  The time constraint I have right now made me consider alternatives.  

On a scrap piece of foam, I painted a patch of bright blue acrylic craft paint.  It was allowed to dry.  I bent it.  The heat gun was used on it.  No problems!  Why not use inexpensive acrylic craft paint?

We bought a Master Chief helmet before we began this project.  I matched a marker to the color of the helmet, took it to the craft store and found a pretty perfect match, DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Light Avocado. (We are an Amazon Affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sales from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

Two bottles of the Light Avocado were bought.  A bottle of craft smart Medium Metallic Acrylic Paint in Silver was also purchased at the same time.  You will notice that the helmet has silver brushed on it in places.  

Some more detail was cut out of regular craft foam.  I found a 12″ x 18″ piece of gray foam at Michael’s for 99 cents.

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Personally, I like the gray behind the green but Aidan wants that part black.  Using acrylic craft paint again, the chest plate was painted black.

Then, the LocTite glue was applied to the back of the green chest plate detail, up to the shoulders and leaving the curved edge around the waist sides loose.  It was positioned on top of the black painted piece, placed face down, and books were placed on top of it to keep it compressed together while the glue dried. 

The curved green waist sides were then glued, one at a time and heavy books were placed on them in the same way and the glue allowed to dry.  Both shoulders were glued in the same way.

A pattern was drawn for the waist belt, too, using the Master Chief picture as a guide.  Since the middle ‘cup’ part was raised in the picture, a separate piece of the thick foam was cut.  So the tip would bend back more easily, it was scored on the back side with the heated knife about 1″ above the tip.

Then, the heat gun was used to make that part bend back like the one in the picture from Aidan’s Pinterest board.  Details were drawn on the belt with a pen and then the heat knife was used to make those more apparent.

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This is the front.  The back pattern was made following the same pattern only drawing less of a curve at the bottom.  The plan is to add Velcro on the sides to finish the belt.  

I sent a picture of the costume at this point to Aidan’s dad to show him.  He messaged me back that Aidan said it is COOL!

He has begun to see the possibilities!

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DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume For Girls!  This is going to make an adorable, fashion-forward costume for Sophia, my granddaughter!  A picture from an ad for Target in an old magazine inspired Sophia’s costume this year.  We both started brainstorming as soon as I showed it to her.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Cat Costume Plan

Yes, she wants bracelets and we have plans to make some to match!  I think the little plain black choker necklace we made earlier will be perfect to go with this outfit!

Tiffany, who is a hair stylist, and Sophia will figure out the hairstyle and do her nails in perfect feline fashion for Halloween night!

 At first, she said she wanted to be a black panther but a golden leopard print would definitely enhance her coloring.  From my fabric stash, I retrieved some leopard print fabric leftover from an evening dress I made for Sophia’s mother when she was in high school!  As soon as she saw it, she grabbed it and started feeling the soft fabric and the black panther idea was history.  (She is a sucker for soft fabrics!)DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A trip to the fabric stores left me a little disappointed.  I couldn’t find the same fabric, which looked richer and had more of a nap to it, but I did find a leopard print.  There was very little left on the bolt and I grabbed it while I could.  You can see a difference in the picture below.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comDIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

McCall’s pattern M7492 seemed to be a perfect pattern for this little costume.  Sophia really liked the arm gauntlet and wants the sleeveless dress.

The dress is going to be made from the newly purchased fabric but the ears will be made from the fabric scrap we already had.  It’s a little more plush and Sophia wants to use it.  What do you think?  Black velvet for the inside of the ears?

We also bought a couple of boas for the tail and maybe we will sew some around the neckline and along the hemline. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.) 

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At first I had planned to buy black boas but Sophia and I spotted these with brown coloring online and thought they would be perfect and yes they are!

 

Only 3 pattern pieces are needed for the little dress and 1 pattern piece for the arm gauntlet.  It took no time to lay out the fabric and cut out the pattern.  There are no facings.  The arm hole and neckline edges are folded back and stitched.  How easy is that?   

It would be easy to substitute a different simple A-line dress pattern to create a similar look.

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This little dress went together quickly in one afternoon!  The pattern calls for a knit fabric, and with that extra stretch,making the narrow hem was easy on the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt.  The arm gauntlets were really easy to make, too.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Now, I’m waiting for Sophia to drop by, try on the dress to make sure it fits, and decide whether to add the boa around the neckline and around the hem. DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude update coming Monday…

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Cosplay Batman’s Female Penguin Costume DIY – Part 1

Cosplay Batman’s Female Penguin Costume DIY – Part 1
April 26, 2017
  Looking for a ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY?   Well, Making a DIY Umbrella Skirt and Waist Cincher is Not Your Ordinary Challenge!  However, this challenge was presented to me by my youngest daughter, who is an extremely good hair stylist at Mi Salon Spa. (No bias here at all.  Although, I will say that I have had many more compliments on my hair since she has been in charge of my color, cut, and hairstyle.)  
 Mi Salon Spa is the largest salon and day spa in Northern Kentucky.
 

   The salon was participating in the Aveda Catwalk for Water Cincinnati.  Two teams from the salon were designing costumes made mostly from recycled or recyclable items.

 
   Tiffany had decided to do a female version of the Penguin.  They were to recreate a Cosplay Comic book character.  She didn’t want to do what would ordinarily be expected.  You, know Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, etc.

Female Penguin Costume DIY

    Anyway, Ashley, the model above came to our home, where I measured her waist and planned how to transform one of the umbrellas, which Tiffany had bought on Amazon, into a skirt.   (We are an Amazon affiliate.  If you purchase from this link, we will receive a small percentage of the sale.  Thanks for supporting this website.)
   Sydney had already made the top hat out of cardboard.  They needed black electrical tape to cover the cardboard.  We had that.  (You can see in the picture below, Tiffany had sketched out her idea.  She is very artistic in her own right!)
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‘Cosplay Batman Penguin Costume DIY’

 

   Then, they needed a purple ribbon to use for a band on the hat.  We had that upstairs in my ribbon stash.

Chopstick Waist Cincher

   They had decided to make a waist cincher from chopsticks, which they had brought with them.  We puzzled over how to string the sticks together.  At first, I suggested we could just drill holes in each of the chopsticks and run a string through those.  Then, came up with the idea of weaving them together, which seemed like an easier option.
   We measured how long the individual chopsticks needed to be to fit nicely at Ashley’s waist without spearing her above or below.  Then, the girls wove kite string under and over the sticks from one end to the other making several rows.  It held together nicely.
  But, we had to cut the sticks then.  My thought was to use a miter box and a miter hand saw. How difficult could that be?  Well, a little more difficult than you might think!  We finally, with a combined effort, cut through the chopsticks and you might have guessed, the sawing had taken its toll on the weaving job.
   No big deal, just weave again.  The girls straightened and arranged the sticks along the edge of a ruler taped to the counter.
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Waist Cincher

    Then, they began to weave.  It was difficult to weave under the sticks laying on the counter.  I suggested positioning them just over the edge, which helped a little.

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Making The Waist Cincher – ‘Cosplay Batman Penguin Costume DIY’

     Ultimately, Tiffany asked if I had any Styrofoam board.  Well, it just so happened I did and I quickly retrieved it from the basement storage room.

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Waist Cincher

 

    The ruler was held in place by a few of the chopstick ends, which were to be discarded.  The pointed ends were poked through the Styrofoam pieces and the ends, which would lie at the waist, faced upward.   This worked pretty well and the girls had them woven together in no time.

 
   I asked how they were going to fasten it together in the back and even suggested ‘macrame’.  They were not jumping on that bandwagon.  So, I suggested weaving a ribbon or two through the sticks and leaving ends to tie in the back.  That seemed more palatable to them.
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Wasit Cincher

 

   The Styrofoam worked nicely and they had rewoven it for the fourth time, I believe, and the final time.  We had to laugh at some of our bumbles, but in the end, it did look pretty neat!

   We were brainstorming about a monocle and I just happened to remember I had a Tupperware cap for cola bottles.  Retrieving it from a drawer with plastic lids, etc., I saw a clear plastic water bottle cap.  I showed it to the girls and Sydney held it up to her eye.  Yes!
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The Monocle

 Black Paint

   It was a little large and exaggerated, but we liked that!  It was lightweight.  So, using spirit gum, it could be glued to Ashley’s face.  A little bit of black paint first and it would be good to go!

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Spray Paint The Elements Black

    The chopstick waist cincher, the plastic ring, and a hula hoop were all sprayed with black paint.   Using Krylon Colormaster Fusion for Plastic black spray paint, several thin coats were used, versus one heavy coat.  (You want to avoid drips!)  You can see the orange of the hula hoop.  The use for the hula hoop will be explained later!

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Hair Foil Sheets?    

 
   The girls glued hair foil sheets to a black bra to create her stunning top.  They also hot glued shapes cut from black and white felt to resemble feathers to a couple of old shoulder pads, which I had saved.  At the top of one of the shoulder pads, they glued small mirror tiles for some flash.  You can see it in the top picture and the picture below. Unfortunately, I did not get a close-up of it!'Cosplay Batman Penguin Costume DIY - How to. on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
    This was a stunning outfit if you ask me!  What do you think?  Anyway, be sure to come back!  The complete detailed instructions for transforming an umbrella into a skirt and a closeup of the black trash bag train will be included in my next post.
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