How Can I Make My Own Superhero Costume?

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How Can I Make My Own Superhero Costume?
Use layers of your clothing to create an original costume design. (skeleton costume image by Charlie Rosenberg from Fotolia.com)

Superhero costumes are a classic Halloween costume idea for all ages. The simplicity of the costume design makes it ideal for making at home. Well-crafted superhero costumes evoke humour in their creative construction and use of props. Think creatively about the theme of your superhero. Build around your favourite colours and personal interests to develop a memorable Halloween costume design. With only a few store bought materials required, you can produce a budget-friendly costume design saving your extra cash to buy candy for trick-or-treaters.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Safety pins
  • Black elastic band
  • Bodysuit/fitness top
  • Speedo (men)
  • Skirt (women)
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent markers
  • Styling gel
  • Pillow case or towel
  • Black eyeliner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select two or three colours to use in your superhero costume. As your costume is intended to represent a uniform, repetition of colour will allow the style to come together cohesively. Too many colours will clash, taking away from the traditionally polished look of a superhero. One dark colour and one bright colour is ideal. Select all props and costume pieces in your selected colours.

  2. 2

    Gather a fitted bodysuit, or sports training top for men, a skirt or speedo, and a pair of tights. Your bodysuit or training top should be a colour identical to your tights. A pair of dark coloured boots work best as shoes for your superhero uniform.

  3. 3

    Create accessories applicable to your superhero powers. For example, if you have X-ray vision, colour the lenses of swimming goggles with a yellow highlighter as X-ray goggles. Basic face make-up, like black eyeliner, is a convenient tool in drawing on an eye mask.

  4. 4

    Apply an emblem to your costume to represent your powers. This emblem can be made from strips of masking tape coloured with permanent markers. Cut the strips to create a basic design that represents your power, like a lightning bolt, and apply them to the chest area of your costume and to the shoulder. Then colour in the tape with a marker.

  5. 5

    Slick your hair away from a distinctive part using strong styling gel. If you have long hair, part your hair then pull it back into a ponytail. You can also wear a swimming cap if you prefer not to show your hair.

  6. 6

    Put on your costume tights, shirt, speedo or skirt and boots. Add a large black waist belt made from a black elastic band purchased at a craft store. Secure your belt with safety pins. Next, add your costume accessories.

  7. 7

    Complete your look with a cape made from an unused pillowcase or long towel. Remember to use solid prints in your selected colour palette. Clip your "cape" to the shoulders of your shirt using two safety pins on each shoulder.

Tips and warnings

  • Always add your cape last as it is the part of your costume that will likely need the most adjustments.

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