How to Make a GWAR Costume

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How to Make a GWAR Costume
Use newspaper to create papier mache shoulder pads. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Recreating an exact replica of a GWAR costume is not only time consuming, it is also expensive. If you are a fan of the outrageous metal band and their eccentric costumes, create your own costume inspired by them instead. Using papier mache and other items found around your home or local grocery store, make your own GWAR costume and finish it with a monster mask.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 8-inch mixing bowls
  • Newspaper
  • Bowl
  • Liquid starch
  • Football pads
  • Hot glue
  • Aluminium foil
  • Silver spray paint
  • Black felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Shin guards
  • Black spray paint
  • Black tights
  • Monster mask
  • Monster feet
  • Monster gloves

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  1. 1

    Turn two 8-inch wide mixing bowls upside down. Tear strips of newspaper into 1-by-6-inch strips. Dip the strips into a bowl of liquid starch and wipe the excess starch off the strips with your fingers. Place the strips on the upturned bowls, overlapping them as you go. Cover the entire outside of both bowls and allow the strips to dry overnight. Remove the papier mache coverings from the bowls.

  2. 2

    Attach the papier mache shapes onto the pads of a pair of football pads. Turn the bowl shapes upside down, so that the curved part is up. Apply hot glue to the bottom edges and press them to the shoulder pads to secure them.

  3. 3

    Make 40 1-inch tall spikes by crumpling pieces of aluminium foil and moulding it with your hands. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the spikes and place 20 on each of the two papier mache bowls in a random pattern.

  4. 4

    Paint the shoulder pads and papier mache bowls using a dark silver spray paint. Leave the paint to dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Create two arm guards out of black felt. Each arm guard needs to be as wide as the circumference of your arm plus 1/2-inch for seam allowance. Make the strips long as your arm is long. Fold the two pieces of felt into a long, tube. Secure the length together using straight pins. Use a sewing machine to sew a 1/4-inch seam where the edges meet. Remove the pins and turn the tubes inside out so the seam is on the inside. Crumple up 20 more pieces of aluminium foil to create more spikes. Attach 10 spikes to each of the arm guards using hot glue in a random pattern.

  6. 6

    Spray paint two soccer shin guards using black spray paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight. Create six more spikes using pieces of aluminium foil. Attach three spikes to each of the shin guards in a vertical line, spacing them 1-inch apart.

  7. 7

    Wear a pair of black, opaque tights. Cut and tear the tights along the inseam. Wear the shoulder pads, arm guards and shin guards. Finish the look with a store-bought monster mask, monster feet and monster gloves.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of using a generic monster mask, purchase an Oderus Urungus mask from a speciality store.

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