How to make a simple "Edward Scissorhands" costume

Updated July 19, 2017

Tim Burton's cult "Edward Scissorhands" delves into a world of unusual characters and scenery that can serve as inspiration for a fancy dress costume. In the film, a surrealistic suburban world gets turned upside-down when a strange man with scissors for hands moves into the neighbourhood. If you want to look like Edward Scissorhands but don't have the money to buy a costume, make your own with some supplies you can find at a craft shop and around the house.

Make your scissor hands by cutting 10 shapes out of cardboard that resemble the individual shears of scissors. Each shape should be about 15 cm (6 inches) long. Wrap aluminium foil over the shapes to make them look metallic. Super glue each shear to a finger of a black glove, attaching the shear at the knuckle. Make two of these gloves.

Put on the black clothing, including a black shirt, black leather jacket and black trousers. Wrap several belts around the clothed torso and on the thighs and arms as well. The buckles of each belt should show on the front of the costume.

Prepare your black wig so it looks like Edward's hair. Tease each layer of the wig, making it as messy as possible. Spray the hair with hairspray so it stays in place. Don the wig.

Apply a white oil-based make-up to the face as a foundation. Cover the eyebrows with the white paint as well. Layer on some nicks, cuts and scars using grey and black make-up. Make the eyes look sunken by adding a bit of black to the upper lids and under the eyes. Purse your lips together and shape them with a black liner, leaving the very corners of your lips unlined. Fill in the lined area with black lipstick.

Put on the scissor-hand gloves and black boots.


Choose a wig you won't want to use again, since spraying hairspray on a synthetic wig may damage it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Aluminium foil
  • Super glue
  • Gloves
  • Black clothing
  • Black belts
  • Medium-length black wig
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
  • Oil-based make-up
  • Black lipstick
  • Black boots
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About the Author

Gerri Blanc began her professional writing career in 2007 and has collaborated in the research and writing of the book "The Fairy Shrimp Chronicles," published in 2009. Blanc holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature and culture from the University of California, Merced.