Part of the fun of making Halloween or Cosplay costumes is putting in those extra little details that bring your character to life. Part of the fun for me is to make sure that every piece is part of the whole character, and as much as I love those classic pumpkin buckets, I can’t pass up a chance to make a one of a kind prop!
The first thing I did was set out to find a large enough can that could double as a trick or treat bucket. I opted for some large coffee cans-they were the perfect size for what I wanted and provided enough caffeine to help me tackle more costume projects (everybody wins!). First things first, carefully remove the label, empty the cans and give them a good wash. A quick Google image search gave me just what I needed, and I was able to use the back of the coffee can label to free hand my design. Image found at DeviantArt.com
Once I finished sketching my design, I used craft paint to fill it in and add all the details and extra touches. I tried my best to make them both as identical as I could to the real thing. Luckily the lines are all supposed to be a bit wonky, so it gives you a lot of forgiveness if you are not an artist (like myself). A tip to make this step easier-take it in sections and work on one color at a time! It took me so much longer than I thought it would because the colors are so layered on top of each other in those little details. Also, in the small sections between the lettering, using a black sharpie marker is SO much easier than a paint brush. Trust me. This is no time to be a hero.
Once the paint is dry, generously coat the label with a layer of Mod Podge. This helps seal the paint and gives it a nice shine. While the Mod Podge was drying, I took my cans outside to spray with some black PlastiDip. In the game the cans are all black and yellow, and I figure if I’m going all in with making props then I might as well make them as authentic looking as possible!
Look how nice those black cans look! Ok, once your cans and labels are all dry, it’s time to secure them to one another. Start with a line of hot glue on the can and securing one side of the label to it. Wrap the label around the can, adding Mod Podge, to help glue the label down. Once you reach the end, finish it with another line of hot glue to make sure your label is secured.
And viola! That’s it! The extra details are really what bring these costumes to life, and are completely worth the extra effort. Don’t be afraid to take your costume to the next level with a little extra oomph!
I hope you come back tomorrow as we finish our Bendy and the Ink Machine costume tutorials with our Sammy Lawrence axe tutorial!
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In keeping with our Bendy and the Ink Machine costume series, today I will show you how I made my 5 year old her Alice Angel costume! Like any good little sister, Emerson is into all the things her older brother loves. BATIM is no exception. With a main character like Alice, we had lots of different ways we could make her costume. Ink Alice? Classic Alice? Allison? She had her mind made up…classic Alice it is! Her costume was one of the easiest pieces of this whole series. (image found at bendy.fandom.com)
When we collected our costume haul, my first instinct is to make the job as easy as possible. I tried to find a premade dress that fit the design of Alice’s and had shoulder straps to it to make it a little more appropriate for a 5 year old, so I opted to make my own. The items we purchased were: *LG black women’s t-shirt *white costume gloves *3 pack of tights *Halloween Devil horns *air dry modeling clay *fabric paint markers *white ribbon *small sewing kit
Here’s what we started with, a large V-neck t-shirt. I cut off the sleeves, altered the top so the neckline was not so deep on her, and brought in the sides to make it more fitted. All of this would have been SO much easier with a sewing machine, but since we had recently sold mine, I had to hand sew all the alterations. It wasn’t incredibly difficult, but it did take more time that way.
This is after I completed the alterations. She is very clearly feeling herself and I had to practically pry the dress off of her! All that was left was to make a white bow and hand sew it onto the neckline. Seriously so easy peasy!
On to the horns/halo headpiece! The horns I found were all black and hollow inside the horn. I decided the simplest way to make these come to life was to use air dry modeling clay. I formed the clay around the horns as well as I could and let it dry overnight. When using clay, I always keep a small bowl of water handy to help me wet my fingers and really smooth out the clays texture.
With the clay on the horns, it can add some weight and bulk to the headpiece. So to keep from adding even MORE weight to this (it is for a 5 year old after all) I found a foam circle that I cut a center hole out of. In order to secure it to the headpiece, I used craft matchsticks and hot glue. The hot glue dries in just a few minutes, so I was then able to paint the sticks and headpiece white with craft paint.
The gloves we purchased were elbow length, and Alice has wrist length Mickey Mouse style gloves. I hemmed the edge of the gloves to make them shorter, and then for the detail of the circle on the palms I used my fine tipped fabric marker to draw a circle.
And that’s all there was to it! Here’s the finished look all together with her Bacon Soup candy bucket. I love that you can tell exactly who she is supposed to be, while it also being very age appropriate for her. And she wants to live in this shirt/dress so I guess I will be making more of them in the future!
Keep coming back to see us finish our Bendy and the Ink Machine Halloween costume series! Still to come is my favorite part of making costumes-the props! I will show you how to make Sammy Lawrence’s axe and the Bacon Soup candy buckets! You don’t want to miss it!
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If you’re a gamer, chances are you have heard a thing or two about Bendy and the Ink Machine. Or if you’re the parent of a gamer (like myself), you are VERY familiar with these characters. My son is, in a word, obsessed with BATIM (that’s what all the cool kids are calling it, or so I’m told) This is a kid who could not for the life of himself remember where his shoes were this morning, but can recite every single word to the game’s songs. So much so that I could sing along with a good portion of it (thanks a lot Alexa). Well it comes as no surprise that my BATIM loving child chose a character from this beloved game as his costume for this year. Lucky for him, I knew exactly how I could pull this off, props and all! (image found at bendy.fandom.com)
Looking at the images I found of Sammy, I was able to make an easy game plan. On hand we already had a black body suit from a previous Halloween costume (a Minecraft Enderman from 2 years ago) so I only needed to purchase a few pieces. We set out to find yellow pants, suspenders, craft paint, and paint markers. I also needed cardboard, a large tin can, and EVA foam for the props, but we will cover that in another post (the props are always my favorite part!)
After a venturing to a few different stores, I was able to find pieces that I could easily alter into exactly what would work for me! For this costume we used: *suspenders *yellow women’s ‘jeans’ *yellow women’s tank *yellow, tan, and black craft paint * sponges and brushes *a small sewing kit *fabric paint markers (we will cover the rest of the items in a separate post)
This is what we started with. The pants were an XS in women’s, and still a tad big on my 8 yr old. I knew I could hem them up, and we decided that they weren’t so baggy that it bothered him since the suspenders hold them up nicely. I couldn’t find a matching color in the suspenders, so I bought a mustard yellow tank to use as fabric to cover them. I forgot to take pictures of that step, but I just cut the tank down one side and laid it flat. Then I cut out the suspenders shape (allowing a seam allowance) and hand sewed the tank fabric around the suspenders. Once I got the suspenders covered and the pants hemmed, I was ready to start adding the inky details.
The pants and suspenders have a lot of little details on them. The edges and pockets all have small drawing lines on them, and there are ink splatters coming up the leg (I mean, you’re bound to get ink on your clothes when you are an ink monster I guess). In order to keep the paint from seeping thru the fabric, I cut up an old plastic place mat to fit in each leg and in the crotch. I just shimmied it around as things dried and I moved on to another section. I used the thin tipped fabric marker to add all the small lines, along the seams and little details. I used the brush tipped marker to trace the ink splatters that come up the legs, but after trying to fill it in I quickly realized that it was not giving that wet, inky effect like you see on the character. I switched to a small paintbrush and my black craft paint and it worked perfectly!
Here’s a front view of the finished costume. You can see how much darker the ink splatters are in comparison to the drawing lines, and I think it gives it a more authentic look like you see in the game.
Of course we have to also give you a back view! Here you can see how the ink detail continues all the way around the ankles, as well as the drawing details on the pockets and suspenders. I am really pleased with how it turned out and I know Finn loves it. He gets into complete character when he puts it on (this is him slowly shuffling away from me) and is so ready for us to venture out to all our annual Halloween events so he can show it off!
Be sure so keep following along as we continue our Bendy and the Ink Machine costume DIY’s as we cover an Alice Angel costume, Sammy’s axe, and Bacon Soup can candy buckets!
Every year around late August I start getting antsy that Fall is right around the corner. The stores start slowly creeping in signs of Halloween, and it gives me the itch to watch scary movies and get started making Halloween costumes! My kids usually already have an idea of what they want to be, and it is my favorite thing to see them get so excited over it!
Since I have no chill when it comes to Halloween, I’ve already had this years costumes finished for over a week. Yep, before the calendar even turned to October. More time to focus on the scary movies part of the holiday, right?
Over the next few days, I’m going to show you how I made the pieces to this years costumes and their props, but first I’m taking a quick walk down memory lane to a few of my favorite costumes I’ve made.
When my son was 3 he went thru quite the garbage truck phase. I shouldn’t have been surprised when he requested to be a garbage truck for Halloween. Not a garbage man…but a truck (trust me, I asked) I used diaper and baby wipes boxes to make the truck body. We cut the top of the hopper to be open so he could use it as his candy collector, first collecting them in his miniature garbage bin and then dumping it into the back-which he thought was so much fun! Some spray paint and little details, like working headlights and tail light reflectors, really brought this thing to life. And it will forever be my favorite costume, simply because he was so unbelievable cute in it and he loved it so much.
This is Halloween 2018. My son, like most 7 yr old boys, was in love with Fortnite. Thankfully I was able to find a youtube tutorial for the mask and the gun, both of which I was able to make with a glue gun, EVA foam, craft foam, paint, a utility knife, and a dowel rod. His shoe covers were made from craft foam and elastic, and it took some work to figure out the best way for me to make them and to let them be removable from his shoes! The rest of the pieces I was able to make from doctored pieces of clothing I found on Amazon and at Walmart. His trick or treat bucket is a Chug Jug, which I made out of a Cheese Balls container and hand painted it with some duct tape details. We got several compliments and even had adults stop us to ask for pictures with him, which he thought was the coolest!
My daughter LOVES all things Tim Burton, and The Nightmare Before Christmas is her favorite movie of all time. When she said she wanted to be Sally I was thrilled to have a chance to try to make it for her (mostly because I also love all things Tim Burton!). The wig and basket were purchased at Wal Mart. I was able to find some fat quarters of fabric in the basic colors of Sally’s dress and I just cut the pieces and hand decorated them with a fabric marker. Her arms and legs are 2 pairs of white tights that I purchased and then dyed blue, adding hand drawn stitches on them for that ‘sewn together’ look that we all know Sally for. We topped it off with some black and white striped socks a pair of black mary janes (that were some old tap shoes she no longer was using!) and she was a perfect Sally! In fact, she still has this dress in with her princess costumes and it’s a regular part of her dress up routine!
And here we are, Halloween 2019. Now both kids are into video games and nothing comes close to Bendy and the Ink Machine! My son knew right away that he wanted to be Sammy Lawrence, and my daughter quickly decided that she was to be Alice Angel-and I jumped at the chance to do a group themed costume for them! Every piece of their costumes has homemade elements to it, and it has really been a labor of love. Check for my future posts as I break down each costume and prop from this year and how I made them!