How to Make a Sully Costume

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How to Make a Sully Costume
Make your own Jake Sully costume for Halloween. (halloween image by Nicolas D from

Dress as Jake Sully, the blue-skinned hero of the 2009 movie "Avatar," for your next Halloween party or costume event. Manufacturers have created elaborate Sully costumes, complete with latex masks and blue bodysuits. However, if you're willing to put in some effort and use your imagination, you can create the same look at home for a fraction of the cost.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Long black wig (available at costume stores, drugstores and beauty supply stores)
  • Blue, black and yellow body or face paint
  • Hemp or string
  • Khaki trousers/shorts and jacket
  • Blue shirt
  • Brown tissue paper
  • Natural or clear plastic sandals
  • Pointed prosthetic ears (available in costume stores)
  • Yellow contact lenses (optional; adults only)
  • Rubber band

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  1. 1

    Paint your forearms---as far as they will be seen beneath your sleeves---blue. Paint your face and neck blue, and then add yellow and black streaks.

  2. 2

    Braid a length of hemp or string. Tie it in front of your neck and let the long ends hang down, for a cord necklace.

  3. 3

    Put on khaki trousers and add a blue T-shirt or sleeveless shirt, one size too small, to appear as blue skin. Try to match the blue of the shirt to the shade of body make-up you're wearing. Add a khaki jacket.

  4. 4

    Tape together three or four sheets of brown tissue paper. Twist them to make Sully's bandolier, and drape it from the left shoulder diagonally across your chest, fastening at the right hip with a rubber band. Allow the long ends to hang down.

  5. 5

    Paint a set of pointed prosthetic ears blue and attach them over your own.

  6. 6

    Insert yellow contact lenses, if you wish, and wear natural or clear sandals, to look like you're almost barefoot.

  7. 7

    Braid a long black wig into miniature braids in the front, leaving enough for a thick braid in the back. Put on the wig.

Tips and warnings

  • Wearing a tight blue shirt eliminates the need for blue body paint on your exposed torso---which would be impractical in cool weather.
  • Yellow contact lenses add impact, but they are for adults only. Non-prescription contacts are available online and through opticians.

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