I am pretty much done with my Halloween costume for 2013 and it is FANTASTIC! It’s still a secret though! The little I can tell you about it is that I am doing my own spin on a character. I’m going to be a little more eccentric and scarier than the one you see in the movies.
I am grateful that I am done with all the outside stuff (sawing, drilling, painting, etc.) long before the cold weather hit South Dakota. Sioux Falls was lucky to miss all the bad weather last week – blizzard on the West side of the state and tornadoes on the East side. It was chilly here over the weekend, but we were safe from any nasty weather. I worked on my costume on mostly 80 degree plus days in September. I realize that may be a little early to be working on a costume, but I learned my lesson a few years ago when working out in the cold and coming in and warming up too close to a space heater. I was warm, but also got a nasty burn on my leg. Ouch! I vowed if I knew what I wanted to be (which I always do) that I would work on my costume on nice days.
I try to decorate my wheels in some way. It’s kind of a big canvas and packs a bold statement when they are decorated. Last year it was food and lights on my spokes. This year I made my own spoke guards out of foam board that I got at Hobby Lobby. I chose foam board because it is firmer than poster board. After someone falling on me last year and tearing off my top the year before I was going for solid materials – or as solid as I could come up with.
I wanted to paint my foam board – it sounded like a good idea, but didn’t exactly work. The paint bubbled the paper that covers the foam part the board. It pretty much removed the paper off it. It didn’t take much effort for me to pull it totally off. Not good.
After brain storming a little bit I saw my bottle of Mod Podge in the garage and thought what if I put a coat of glue over the paper first and then paint it? Mod Podge has saved me more than once when it has come to crafting and/or building my Halloween costumes. Seriously, everyone should have this on hand! It works miracles! So I coated the other spoke guard in some Mod Podge, let it dry and then applied some paint and waited. I crossed my fingers and let it be for a good half hour. Came out and touched it and it was BEAUTIFUL! It worked!! Mod Podge SAVED THE DAY!! Lucky for me I bought two gigantic foam boards and was able to cut two more out of the second piece. I almost took it back to Hobby Lobby!
If you are going to paint anything with paper on it I would suggest applying a coat of glue first. It is an extra step, but in the long run it will look better and won’t cause you any problems.
I cut these foam board spoke guards to the size of the ones on my chair. They however with glue, paint, and glitter on them are not as bendable as I had hoped. If need be I will cut them down a little bit so we can get them on my wheels. They look awesome and I don’t want to ruin my hard work by forcing them in.
YouTube has been a wonderful resource for me. I am not a sewer by any means, but I had bought some sequins and trim to make budget friendly dress pop more. However, I did not know how to sew. I watched a few mundane, but helpful videos on YouTube and was able to figure it out. I learned also that you need seed beads for sequins to stay on if you are going to randomly place them on fabric so yep, another trip Hobby Lobby it was. I could live in this store, so not a problem.
I also bought way too much stuff for my costume which is OK – I kept the receipt and Hobby Lobby is really good about taking returns up to 90 days. I had about $40 worth of materials I didn’t use and/or opened so I took it back and got a refund. I always buy more than I need or buy things that sounded good at the time, but just never end up using. Sometimes I keep it for other crafts, future costumes, or just end up returning it.
I did however learn my lesson at the costume stores – they DO NOT give you refunds, they will however give you store credit. I should have paid more attention to the signs. I bought a pair of kid glitter shoes that looked like they would fit me, but since I couldn’t try them on in the store I bought them at a discount price of $15 and took them home. They fit, but DID NOT look good nor did they look very comfortable and with my pressure sore issues on my feet it was just not something I was willing to risk for a few nights of fun. The black boots I have will work just fine. I did take the shoes back and exchange them for things in the store. I bought some false eye lashes and some white makeup – stuff that I can use for future Halloweens. Be cautious of the stores you shop in for your Halloween costumes whether you are building it or just buying a regular one, make sure you can return and get a refund if it doesn’t fit or if you don’t like. Read the store policy signs and read them online too if available.
And one final bonus about having my costume done this early – if by chance we do run into any problems – pieces breaking, paint needing touch ups, etc. I have time to fix them. Last year my parents were literally taping pieces on right before I was supposed to head out and that is a stress I don’t want to have this year. This year’s costume wasn’t near as complicated as costumes past! Thank goodness! More on that soon! I promise!
How are you coming along with your costumes? Have you run into any problems constructing it and if so how did you go about fixing it? Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!
© 2013 Kristina Allen