Homemade Superhero Costumes

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Homemade Superhero Costumes
Draw your own superhero insignia to create a custom costume. (Getty Thinkstock)

Superheroes remain comic book and Hollywood favourites. They balance the scales of justice, rescue the weak, battle greed and evil, and put the evildoers out of business, at least until the next instalment or sequel. Adding to their appeal, most superheroes lead double lives. Superman's alter-ego is Clark Kent, Batman's is Bruce Wayne, and Supergirl and Batgirl also have alter-egos. The humanity of superheroes allows the reader or viewer to connect with their own heroic core. For a costume event or for Halloween, become the superhero you most identify with in a homemade superhero costume, and bring your heroic self to life.

Things you need

  • Leotard
  • Tights
  • Felt, vinyl, self-adhesive shelf paper or metallic paper
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue, if needed
  • Boots
  • Belt
  • Accessories (optional)
  • Hood (optional)
  • Mask (optional)
  • Cape (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Spray paint (optional)

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    Plan the superhero costume. If you're creating a costume of an established superhero, such as Spiderman or Wonder Woman, pick leotards and tights that match the official outfit. To design your own superhero costume, make a sketch and create a list of what you need, including the outfit, boots, gloves and accessories, such as a cape and mask. For example, the Disney Family Fun website suggests a girl's superhero costume featuring sports equipment of her choice.

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    Collect the parts of the costume. Go through the house and pick out things to use that you may already have on hand, such as a gold drape tieback cord for Wonder Woman's lasso and a curtain or tablecloth in the right colour for a cape. Make a list of what you need to shop for to complete the superhero outfit, such as black patent leather boots, gloves and a mask.

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    Add the superhero insignia to the leotard chest or the back of the cape. For example, Batman's bat symbol, Supergirl's "S" or a symbol you design yourself. Make your own by drawing it in pencil on lightweight cardboard so you can work on it until you get it right. Cut out the finished symbol and trace around it in pen on felt, vinyl or self-adhesive shelf paper. Cut out the design and glue it to the costume.

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    Draw any additions to the leotard and tights on felt, vinyl, shelf paper or metallic paper. For example, the decorations for Robin's gloves, Aqua Man's fins, or your own custom decorations for the boots, mask or belt.

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    Apply glue to the back of each decoration and press the glue on the part of the costume where it belongs. For example, centre the superhero symbol on the centre of the leotard's chest.

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    Spray-paint items the desired colour, if necessary. For example, paint a pair of thrift store go-go boots silver or black and paint a wide leather belt to match, to create whatever you need to complete the costume.

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