Thursday, October 13, 2011

Toy Story Halloween Costumes

If you have been following my blog, you know that I have written mini- tutorials on how to make all the costumes in the picture below. Just wanted to share this group picture of us all together. You can see each individual post if you scroll down the blog.

Time To Think Halloween (Week 8) Alien From Toy Story Movie

My final Toy Story group costume that I made was the Alien! This costume was pretty simple to make.
This ended up being a last minute costume. My friend, Celina, wanted to be the slinky dog from Toy Story, but after weeks of working on it - I just couldn't get it right. So, with a week to go, I talked her into being the Alien. She agreed and I got busy with the paper mache' head. I used a small size yoga ball and covered it with paper mache'. After it was dry I cut out the mouth and covered the whole head in green felt. I covered some ping pong balls to make the three eyes and added the green antenna on the head. (As you can imagine, this part of the costume stirred up alot of comments - *wink, *wink)
The suit was just a matching sweat suit that I hot glued the felt decorations on and it was done! It actually was a very comfortable costume to wear.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Time To Think Halloween (Week 7) - Mrs. Potato Head Costume from Toystory

This week I am featuring one of my all time favorite costumes that I have ever made....Mrs. Potato Head from Toy Story! I absolutely loved how this one turned out and my friend, Amanda, had so much fun wearing it!
This costume was fairly simple. I purchased brownish fabric and made a big sack. I sandwiched cotton batting in between the outside and the lining to give it some "body". It required a couple of fittings with my friend to get the arm holes just right. Then for the eyes, nose and mouth...all made from felt. Toughest part was the nose. I had a hard time getting it just the right size and shape.
The shoes were purchased clown shoes, but they worked well with the outfit.
Her hat was key for the costume to look like Mrs. Potato Head. I paper mache'd over a small size exercise ball. I believe it was 36" in diameter. I then covered it in red felt, made a flap for the visor and cut a hole for her to look out. To make this hat not so heavy (it actually came right down over her shoulders) I cut a round circle (about 18" in diameter) out of the top of the paper mache, but not the felt. This way the top of her head fit into the hole, taking a lot of the weight off her head and it rested on the felt. This also helped to steady the head, so that it wasn't wiggling all over when she moved.  I did put red netting over the hole for her face, but you could still see her pretty well in the bright lights.
She received LOADS of compliments on her costume and our group did win first prize!
I will be featuring the final Toy Story Costume next week....the Alien!


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