Thomas the Tank Engine is a popular children's character, and is the star of a series of books and animated television shows. Each of the cast of characters is based on an old-fashioned steam engine. Creating a Thomas the Train costume will take some time and effort to achieve, but the end result is sure to be enjoyed by young Thomas fans everywhere.
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Use a large, rectangular cardboard box as a basis for an engine costume. Cut away the rectangular base of the box, and cut a hole in the top large enough for your child to stand in comfortably. This will form the front of the engine. Have a large, flat rectangular box to use as the engine room behind. Use a hot glue gun to attach it to the rear of the engine box, so that it stands up behind the child. Paint the entire box model blue, red, or green, depending on whether the costume is meant to be of Thomas or one of his engine friends, such as Percy or James. Use acrylic craft paint for best results.
Wheels and Accessories
Cut out the stick-on features from cardboard, such as the wheels, fender, windows, number and whistle. Use red, yellow and black acrylic craft paint to decorate them. Look at pictures of Thomas and friends online or in story books to inspire you. Glue the wheels in position on the engine box with a hot glue gun.
Face and Finishing Touches
Use two 9-inch styrofoam discs glued together for the face. Paint the facial features yourself, or enlarge the character's face from a book or website to cut out and glue on. Use 3-inch styrofoam discs as buffers and stick them on to the front fender. Use a large cardboard roll as a smokestack, painted black. Attach shoulder straps to hold the costume in position, fixing the straps to the underside of the box top at either side of the opening.
Engine Driver's Costume
Children can dress in a Thomas-themed costume by assuming the persona of the beloved engine driver. Have the child wear dungarees or overalls with suspenders over a sweater or fleece. Tie a red scarf in a loose knot around his neck. Finish the look with a flat peaked cap. Use black face paint to add some dirt smears to his face, using a soft sponge slightly dampened with water.
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