Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monster House Costume

My youngest child never wants to buy Halloween costumes from the store. He always wants me to make his costumes. I don't even know where he got the idea that I could make his costumes. The problem is I don't really know how to sew so I'm always hard pressed on what costume to make.  I made this costume 5 years ago when he was still small.  I wish I took more pics from start to finish.  But these few pics are all I have.  

I used one big box for the house and another box for the chimney and the protruding window.  I used shipping tape to adhere the window and the roof is actually the flaps of the box taped up. I cut the the arm holes, windows, door, and the flaps of the shingles which is also the eye holes. Then I papier-mâchéd the entire box to reinforce the strength of the box.  

Paper Mâché Paste Recipe
Flour and Water
Mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water until you have a thick glue-like consistency. You want it a little runny. You can add more flour if needed. If you live in a high-humidity area add salt to prevent mold. Mix until there are no more lumps.

Allow to dry overnight and paint. I used acrylic paints.

I also bought a big car wash sponge from the dollar store and glued it inside the roof for cushion because the box was slightly heavy. I used a white styrofoam plate for the teeth, yellow paper for the windows and stretched a couple of big-sized cotton balls to form hazy smoke for the chimney. I used Elmer's glue to glue it all, nothing fancy. 

eye holes

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  1. What an awesome costume! That must have taken some time to do and it looks like it was totally worth it :-) Your little boy looks like he had a blast...I love his scary claws pose!

    1. Thank you. I still have the costume to this date, March 19, 2014. My son can't fit in the costume anymore but several smaller kids have discovered it and chased each other around pretending to be the monster.

  2. What a clever little costume! I love making my own--and this is def. one I will bookmark for next year! LOVE the details and the mouth of the house! LOOOOOVE!

  3. Wow this is amazing! Wish I had the ability to makes something like that.

    1. I honestly didn't know I could make this either. I just had an idea and thought I would try it since all the materials were so cheap (free boxes at Sam's Club). I had nothing to lose but time. I was relieved it turned out so well.


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