How to Make a Costume for Halloween
I’ve written about Halloween costumes before, but I never had the chance to actually make one, until now.
I’ve been wanting to try this new style of costume for a while, so I was looking for inspiration.
I also wanted to share this with you so you can learn some tips about making a Halloween costume that doesn’t involve your house.
First things first, you need to figure out how much material you need.
For this project, I used 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ pieces of 3/4-inch PVC pipe.
I then cut them into strips and added decorative pieces of piping and ribbon.
For the mask, I made it in the form of a face mask with the eyes and mouth open, and added a headband.
I was using an 18-inch mask to make the mask because it’s easier to make than a 20-inch one.
I made the eyes open, but you can also put them in a hat and use a rubber mask if you prefer.
Here’s how I did it.
Cut 3 1.5″ pieces (about 3 feet) of PVC pipe and add a ribbon to the ends.
Then, fold the pieces in half.
Cut the PVC pipe into 4″ strips and add decorative pieces.
Then cut each strip in half, making it into a half-moon shape.
Fold the two halves together.
Then, fold in half again.
With the two strips in place, make sure they’re joined.
The seam should be flush with the bottom edge of the pipe.
Then make sure there’s enough room between the two pieces.
The strips should be as long as the mask is wide.
The more PVC pipe you have, the more room you need for decorative piping.
For the mask headband, I cut the pieces into a square shape and added the nose piece and mouth piece to each side.
The pieces should be about an inch wide.
Next, fold each piece of PVC to the shape of a hat.
The nose piece should be a little taller than the mouth piece, and the mouthpiece should be close to the top.
If you’ve never made a hat before, it may take a few tries to get it right.
Make sure you’re using a square piece of pipe, and fold the ends in half so you’re going to have a nice flat bottom.
Finally, fold them in half and add some decorative piping to the sides.
I used two pieces of 1/8″ PVC pipe for the nose and one piece for the mouth.
You can either add piping to either side or use piping on both sides of the nose.
Now, it’s time to attach the mask.
I cut a small strip of plastic to fit the mask’s mouth piece.
Then I cut out a square on the inside of the plastic strip.
Pipe the PVC strips into the shape shown in the photo.
Then fold the strips into thirds so they’re in the shape in the picture.
Then press the strips in tight and tape it all together.
Repeat this process for the headband as well.
And that’s it!
I used a piece of Styrofoam and put it on the nose to keep it from falling off.
The mask is now done!
I used a 1/16″ pipe for each eye and a piece for each mouth piece and added 2-inch lengths of plastic piping on each side to form the mask shape.
I then wrapped it in a plastic bag to protect it.
Now I’ll need to cut some plastic strips to make a hat to put on the mask for a more formal look.
Cut some PVC pipe strips to fit together.
Cut out a triangle and use plastic piping to attach each side of the triangle.
Cut plastic strips so they are about an equal length.
Tie a piece on each end to form a hat for each of the eyes.
Place the plastic on the side of your face with the nose cut out.
Then put the mask on top.