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Homemade costume ideas from the Willy Wonka film

Updated February 14, 2019

The colourful cast of characters from the Willy Wonka films make great costumes for children and adults alike. Instead of spending a lot of money on premade costumes, you can make your own creations at home with some dress-up pieces you may already have. A stop at the thrift or discount store, for face paint, props and wigs, provides the finishing touches.

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Willy Wonka

The candy master himself can make a great inspiration for a costume. As a top hat and fancy clothes are depicted in both films, costuming as Willy Wonka may be as easy as a trip to the thrift store. A long coat, made of purple velvet or velour, goes over trousers and a matching button-down shirt (either black or white). White gloves and a cane completes the look.

Oompa Loompa

A classic choice is an Oompa Loompa costume, particularly for a little one. Some green hairspray (or a wig) and some orange face paint with white eyebrows are good starting points. Paint stripes with white puff paint on long, brown socks, and the collar and cuffs of a brown turtle neck. Shoes can be garnished with either a white ball painted with brown stripes or a brown ball painted with white. White trousers with straps that cross in front finish off the look.

Violet Beauregarde

Violet, the disobedient girl who blows up like a blueberry because she didn't listen, makes an easy and fun homemade costume. Blue scrubs make a great Violet costume. For a small child, wear ones several sizes too big and stuff with pillows or even blankets. Tie a wide red ribbon around the middle (reminiscent of Violet's belt). Apply blue face paint. A shade matching the blue of the scrubs is a bonus. Chew gum throughout the day or night to really capture Violet's character.

Mike Teavee

Mike Teavee in both films is depicted as a young boy obsessed with television and video games. The 1971 movie shows him as a fan of cowboy flicks and makes an excellent inspiration for a costume. Start with a plaid shirt and a cowboy hat. Add holsters and inexpensive toy guns. Another option stems from the scene where he puts himself on Wonka's television. Try a tight-fitting outfit of all white and huge black goggles.

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About the Author

Monica Beyer has been writing professionally since 2000. She is the author of two books on baby sign language, "Baby Talk" and "Teaching Your Baby to Sign." Beyer's writing also appears in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Missouri Western State University.

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