How to Make a Muscle Suit for a Costume

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How to Make a Muscle Suit for a Costume
Make your own muscle suit costume. (vector illustration of muscle man image by Suto Norbert from

Buying costumes can be expensive, especially if you wear them only once. If you buy a few key items and spend some time making a costume at home, you'll save money. Plus, you will have the added satisfaction of knowing you created a great, one-of-a-kind costume on your own. Most of the materials you'll need to make a muscle suit costume should already be in your home.

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Things you need

  • Bag of polyester stuffing
  • Flesh-coloured shirt
  • Flesh-coloured trousers
  • Brown marker
  • Brown paint
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sneakers

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  1. 1

    Pull apart the polyester stuffing so it can be easily shaped.

  2. 2

    Put on the flesh-coloured shirt and stuff the polyester stuffing into the arms to form biceps. Put more stuffing into the chest area to make pectoral muscles.

  3. 3

    Put on the flesh-coloured trousers. Use the polyester stuffing to form leg muscles.

  4. 4

    Outline the shapes of the muscles with a brown marker or brown paint.

  5. 5

    Put on a pair of workout shorts over the flesh-coloured trousers. Complete the look with socks and sneakers.

Tips and warnings

  • A flesh-coloured sweatsuit or long johns can be used in place of a shirt and trousers. You can make your own barbell by painting a paper towel roll black and attaching a black balloon to either end.
  • You might want to purchase an additional bag of polyester stuffing so you don't run out of muscle material as you make your costume.

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