How to make an easy grasshopper costume

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Grasshopper costumes are a wonderful way to express your fascination with nature. Get creative when putting your costume together -- choosing from bright, bold green colours and the shape you intend for your wings. Make a grasshopper costume for a friendly party or school play. Involve friends, family, children and/or pupils to invent a top notch costume you can reuse or pass on to others.

Trace and trim the sections of craft foam. Make one egg-shaped shoulder section at 37.5 cm by 21.2 cm (15 inches by 8.5 inches). Cut two wings at 30 cm by 10 cm (12 inches by 4 inches). Make a single body segment section at 32.5 cm by 17.5 cm (13 inches by 7 inches). Trim two leg sections at: 20 cm by 8.7 cm (8 inches by 3 1/2 inches). Buy green craft foam before cutting and assembling to make step 3 less hassle.

Attach the shoulder section beneath the pajama or sweatshirt arms. Connect the body section to the waistline. Bond the edge of each wing to underneath each shoulder section. Fasten the leg sections to the outside of each trousers leg. Use hot glue for all fastening purposes.

Colour or paint the wings, body and leg pieces as necessary. Use various shades or green, for example, or paint polka dots and stripes to add pizazz and texture.

Glue two small orange or yellow pom-poms to the brim of a green hat. Fasten a large wobbly eye at centre on each pom-pom.

Cut two holes in the top of the hat. Insert two pieces of 30 cm (12 inch) green pipe cleaner into the holes -- one through each hole. 7.5 cm (3 inches) should stick out on the underside of the hat. The pipe cleaner will act as antennae.

Glue the pipe cleaner ends on the underside of the hat to the top of a headband. Put the costume on, and place the headband and hat carefully onto your head.

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