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Triana Orpheus Halloween Costume DIY (Venture Bros. Blog)

(via the Venture Bros. Blog)

Halloween Costume DIY: Angry Birds

I’ve seen a few licensed Angry Birds costumes online this year, and while they’re cute, they’re bulky, difficult to move in, and expensive considering that you’re paying for, essentially, a giant foam sack with arm- and head-holes and an angry bird (or evil piggy) face on it.

Last year, two of my friends made their own Angry Birds costumes, and they were adorable, warm, easy to move in, and very inexpensive. Here’s what Gena said about how they made their costumes:

“The masks were a base of sunglasses from Goodwill (50c each) and craft foam ($1-2). We just glued the foam onto the sunglasses, leaving the pupils open over the lenses so we could see. The eyes of the bird and the pig we just drew and then layered the foam to make the face. The only fiddly bit was getting the angle of the beak right, but in the end it worked perfectly just gluing it to the underside of the nose groove.

From there we did a green shirt for Steve ($4 at JoAnn) and a hoodie from Goodwill for me with felt “wings.” I just split the side seams on the sleeves and inserted the felt wings, then stitched it back up. $5 total for the hoodie and felt. Then we added a few styrofoam eggs from Michael’s ($3) for the Evil Piggy. So around $15 for the pair of outfits. Can’t beat that!”

Here’s a picture of their costumes (photo by Eric):

How-To: DIY Lady Gaga costume

According to my blog stats, a lot of people want to make Lady Gaga costumes, and a lot of you are finding your way here because I made my disco bra and talked about making my Gaga costume. I haven’t blogged in nearly a month, and it’s October, which makes this post a little Halloweeny, I guess.

Okay. Before I get down to the specifics for Gaga, here are some basic tips applicable to any costuming project:

1. Set a budget. Costuming is my hobby, and therefore, I spend a significant amount of money on my costumes. But not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a Halloween costume that they’ll only wear once, even though most adult Halloween costumes that I’ve seen cost around $30-$50. But anyways. Set a budget and stick to it. I know people who have found amazing costume pieces at Goodwill. And raid your own closet–you might find something that you can use. (For example, I’m going to be Abby from NCIS for Halloween, and I already had a t-shirt, boots, and all the accessories. I just had to buy a lab coat and a skirt.)

2. Do some research. Looking for screencaps and pictures of your costume from multiple angles will help you plan it out. Once you have some pictures, break your costume down into pieces. It’ll create a road map to help with construction and make the entire process less intimidating. Looking for tutorials or forums where you can ask questions is also helpful—others may have had some spectacular mishaps that you can learn from, and general how-tos can help you save time (and money!)

3. Make a plan. Do you want your costume to be totally accurate? Do you want to put your own spin on a costume or do an “inspired by”/femme/male version of a particular look? Write or sketch it out. I have a sketch book that I use to make lists and draw stuff out. (I’ve been meaning to print out screencaps and glue them in so that I can make notes directly onto an image, but I haven’t done that yet.)

Okay, onto Gaga.

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