Tin Man Costume Ideas

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Tin Man Costume Ideas
Use silver paint to create the Tin Man costume. (Alex Cao/Photodisc/Getty Images)

"The Wizard of Oz" movie is an established part of western pop culture, and it is a popular costume theme because it allows small groups of friends to dress up together in coordinating costumes. If your group will be dressing up like Dorothy and the gang for an upcoming costume party, consider going as the Tin Man. While the costume is traditionally a male character, women and children can pull off the look as well.

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Clothing

Most of the store-bought Tin Man costumes are designed for men, so men will have many options depending on budget and size requirements. Create a masculine or child-version Tin Man costume by starting with a metallic or silver tracksuit as your costume base. If you cannot find shiny, silver-material clothing, then spray paint white trousers and a long sleeved shirt with silver metallic paint.

Make the body portion of the costume out of silver-painted cardboard. Cut a box to fit the circumference of your body trunk and then spray paint it. Wrap it around your torso and secure it with staples, glue or silver duct tape. Repeat the same process to create arm covers, and then attach them to the torso portion with staples or string. Wear black work boots to complete the look.

Women can create sexier versions of the Tin Man with metallic silver mini dresses or a combination of a silver sequinned skirt paired with a shiny silk or velvet silver top. These types of outfits should be paired with knee-high silver or black boots.

Head

Both masculine and feminine Tin Man costumes require the famous oil funnel cap. Create yours by actually using an oil funnel, or by creating one out of bent cardboard and silver paint. Secure both versions with chin straps. Men and children should paint their faces with silver body paint.

Women who are dressed as the sexy Tin Man need to wear the hat, but they do not have to wear the face paint. Instead, use silver glitter eye make-up, including eyeliner and eye shadow to create dramatic eyes. Add silver glitter to your cheeks and over your lipstick. Complete the make-up with silver and black fake eyelashes.

Accessories

In the movie, the Tin Man's quest was to find a heart. You'll need this accessory for your costume as well. Men and children can paint a red, shiny heart directly onto their torso cardboard. They can also carry a ticking, heart-shaped watch on a chain. Women can wear a red heart necklace on a chain, as well as carry an oil can as a purse. Tin men of all sexes should carry small, plastic axes to finish the costume.

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