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25 Best Geeky Handmade Costumes

3 November 2010 105,632 views 12 Comments

by heather

Dressing as your favorite geeky character is so much fun! Most of the costumes I loved when I stumbled across a Handmade Costume contest online were geeky, so I had to break the geektastic geekery into a few posts. Yes, Halloween is over, but I'm writing a series this week highlighting some of the great handmade costumes I've found on various websites.

This first costume was the most impressive costume I saw, and it was made with some dollar store stuff!

predator costume

Predator Kid Costume: (from here)

Ward from At The Eastern Door, creator of this costume said: My son wanted to be the "Hunter" from the "Predator" series of movies. This is our rendition. 30 sheets of EVA foam, a quart of contact cement, spray paint, some items from the dollar store, and voila....The Predator

There's no info on how it was made, and I really can't begin to guess how it was done (I specialize in simple craft projects, not incredibly complex and amazing ones!)

This next costume is one of the few that made me laugh out loud in delight:

King Leonidas from 300:

Dollar Store Crafts reader Cristi H. posted this Spartan warrior on the DSC Facebook Fan page! So cute and hilarious!! I LOVE the tummy showing -- such a great homage to the famous abs of the movie 300. I might have to do a dedicated post on this one, because Cristi has "making of" photos on Facebook.

Another shot of King Leonidas. Cristi said: I purchased the "chest plate" from the dollar store, then reconstructed it into a new chest piece, and shin guards. the cape i made out of two types of fabric, pin i made from clay, helmet i made from a diaper box, fabric and string (and lots of hairspray lol).

Bender from Futurama Costume: (from here)

The simple and handmade look of this costume is perfect for Bender!



Leeloo from The Fifth Element

Craftster user geniebueller dressed as Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element. She made her own suspenders out of liquid silicone (using this tutorial from Jia Jem) and bought the spandex pants readymade, but hand-sewed black elastic stripes onto them by hand:

It took about six hours to sew the two vertical stripes on the front because the elastic and spandex stretched at different rates, so the pants had to be held taut the entire time.  I didn't sew the back stripes due to time (and sanity) contraints, and the four horizontal stripes were actually just sewed as loops, pulled onto the legs and tacked into place rather than entirely sewed on. I just sewed 2 inch black elastic as the waist band instead of purchasing a belt. The wig is a cosplay wig that was midback length and trimmed to the shoulders.  I couldn't do the twisties in the hair because it made the tracks visible. My dad made me an amazing Multipass and a stencil for the elements tattoo. The shirt was just a purchased shirt which I cropped.

carol from where the wild things are

Carol from Where the Wild Things Are (details at {Love Stitched})
This amazing costume was entirely handmade. The head was papier-mached -- the process is so interesting. Check out the Where the Wild Things Are Costume at {Love Stitched}

Aang, the Avatar (the last Airbender) Costume: by metria on Craftster

The whole family dressed as airbenders, but by far the cutest is baby Zoey as Aang! More about the costumes here

Couples Costume: Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer:

Craftster user mellifluousfondue made her own Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer costumes (just a sidenote, kudos to her for using this as a couples costume!!). She sewed the Dr. Horrible smock (without a pattern!) and appliqued the Captain Hammer shirt. The gloves are from the hardware store and Dr. Horrible's welding goggles are from Amazon.

Classic Wolverine (Girl) Costume:

Craftster user cxcaitlyn made a costume inspired by Wolverine's classic yellow, black, and blue look, and she made it on a college kid's budget! My favorite thing about her costume are the awesome claws (who wouldn't want to sport those?) which she made from a Wolverine Claws tutorial by BadgerLALA.

Most of the costume was made using t shirts and cardboard -- boot covers were made with blue t-shirts, and the belt buckle and claws were made with pizza cardboard. She appliqued a tank top with black t-shirt stripes.

Captain Picard Baby Costume:

Craftster user VeggieJess made her 8 week son a Captain Picard (from Star Trek: The Next Generation just in case anyone's asking) costume. Looks like she sewed the whole costume from scratch. If you wanted to go the easier route, you could paint maroon on a black longsleeve t-shirt (mask it off with masking tape first), and then applique a Starfleet insignia on, or heck, use sparkly self-stick craft foam.

Optimus Prime Transformers Costume (from here)

The creator of the costume said this: Optimus Prime costume with real working lights on the top of the chest. Made from cardboard boxes and foam board. Designed like the original first generation Optimus Prime.

Again, a complex and amazing-looking costume I couldn't really begin to guess about. But you could use cardboard, duct tape, and self-stick craft foam. Have at it!

p.s. Here's an amazing transforming Transformer costume that a dad made for his son (he made it in 2 days) - watch this video even if you usually don't! (via a post in the comments, and this blog)

Kevin Flynn TRON Costume: (from here)

If I was going to make a TRON costume, I would get a white (or grey) sweatsuit, a whole lotta blue glowsticks and an old bike helmet. Since the new Tron movie is coming out soon, I bet this will be a popular costume for Halloween 2011.

Sesame Street Martian "Yip Yip" Costumes:

Craftster user jessvict made these Sesame Street alien costumes. I found a tutorial on how to make Yip Yip costumes by sliny at Instructables.

Baby Gir (Invader Zim) Costume by ragadyann400 on Craftster:

Body and hood are made out of fleece. Eyes are made out of halfed Styrofoam balls, covered in white jersey with a felt pupil glued on. Tongue is made out of felt and black wire - started to fall apart halfway through the night. Ears and nose are made out of felt.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains: Krang and Shredder Costumes by Crafster user merrymaker:

It started as a lazy plan to paint Krang (the disembodied brain and owner of the awesome Technodrome) on the guy's stomach.  He wasn't so excited about trying to go out without a shirt, so I turned to my own crafty brain and mostly things I had laying around the house (and a lot of duct tape!).

Shredder is mostly tagboard, duct tape and a lot of staples. With a thrifted grey polo and black t-shirt scraps for belt (which was a tiny fannypack for my ID and camera), oh and some awesome sparkly purple for the cape.

Krang is amazing! Check this out:

Krang is a fabric and batting creation with a cardboard "house" that is covered in a yellow dog food bag, and a tiny joystick!

More pictures here

Clark Kent/Superman Costume: (from here)

This parent was clever, and combined two school projects into one: So that I wouldn't have to do 2 costumes back-to-back, we transformed my son's school career day costume (attorney) into Clark Kent/Superman for Halloween!

iPhone Kid Costume: (from here)

My 4 year old son Z. wanted to be an iPhone for Halloween this year. The base is a large piece of leather with elastic straps for his shoulders. The icons and apps were printed on fabric, measured, and applied to the leather. The silver trim and Apple logo were made from faux leather attached with fabric glue. The photo was taken at the Apple Store! Hope you like it as much as we do!



Group Costume: Clue Board Game Costumes
by cherry_blossom55 at Craftster.

Said the creator: The costumes were made by altering clothes from the thrift store:

  • Miss Peacock: We altered a prom dress to look more like a cocktail dress, for my weapon we thrifted an antique silver butter knife*.
  • Miss Scarlet: HEAVILY altered a super-gross high necked formal dress to be a V-neck, backless, with a nice long slit along one thigh. we also made her a garter to peek out from the slit. her weapon was a cleverly painted toy pistol*.
  • Mrs. White: she made her dress from scratch. a short black dress with white lace trim. She also made a white apron with lace trim and a lace maid's puff for her hair. Her weapon was a wooden candlestick* that we painted to look like wrought-iron.
  • Professor Plum: We took liberties with this one. Professor Plum is my very tall female friend. she wore an existing brown plaid jacket and purple top, and I made her a faux-silk purple pencil skirt. Her weapon was a rope*.
  • Colonel Mustard: This was fun, we got a beige/yellowish blazer from Goodwill and added pockets and epaulets to make it look like a jungle explorer's cargo jacket, covered a styrofoam hat with tea-stained cotton, and he wore some beige pants he already had. His eyebrows and beard were fake fur that we cut to shape: the eyebrows are stuck on with eyelash glue* and the beard has a wire form that hangs off of his ears. His weapon was a wrench that he already had.
  • Mr Green: least crafty costume, Mr Green's suit was entirely thrifted, but we made him a "lead pipe" by covering a paper towel tube in tinfoil and using a little black spray paint to make it look "oxidized"

*Note from Heather: you could get some of this stuff at the dollar store. Mostly the weapony stuff.

And moving from the game costumes to the gaming costumes:

Bowser Costume: (from here)

The creator of this costume said: Our son asked to be Bowser this year from then Mario Brothers video game. Of course we could not purchase this costume so we used some
creativity! Took about a week and a half and cost under $35! Started with an old baseball hat, some styofoam balls and LOTS of felt! He LOVES his costume!

Skull Kid, Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask Costume by choleblack on Craftster (blog: slightly obsessed) - the mask was papier-mached over a mylar heart balloon! The shoes were modded flip-flops with elf-like socks over them.

My 10 yr old DD is a huge video game fanatic. Her favorite series is, obviously, Legend of Zelda. When asked what she wanted to be for Halloween, she knew exactly, Skull Kid from Majora's Mask.

This turned into a joint family project, with DD working with either myself or her father on our respective parts. All told it took about a week of afternoons to complete. DD & her dad were in charge of the mask (with some "ideas" from me). The mask is papermache and acrylic paints. It was built over a Mylar heart shaped balloon. The spikes are cut off ends from birthday hats glued in place. We mounted the finished mask to the support from a welding mask. This worked really well & was very stable.

However, we forgot to plan for eye holes & the mask was just TOO COOL to cut into! So she ended up carrying it more than wearing it. We also didn't account for the welding
helmet when I made the hat, but she ended up being able to wear it under the helmet. It's just too small to be really noticeable, especially compaired to that awesome mask!

I was in charge of the clothes, but DD did most of the cutting & even a bit of the sewing on the tunic. The tunic is quilters cotton, the rest fleece. Both have a mottled color pallet which DD says "looked like the woods with light in the trees." I'm really proud of the shoes ... I made over sized socks and altered the toes to give them an elf like point. To give them soles, I slipped a pair of old flip-flops inside. All DD had to do was put her foot into the flip-flop and they were both solid & secure for miles of Trick-or-Treating.

Pac-Man Ghost Costumes

Craftster user weirdsisterofprimerib
(ha ha, love the username!) made Blinky and Clyde (the red and orange ghosts from Pac-Man) costumes. The front shows the full-power ghost, and the back is the ghost after he's been chomped by a power-pelleted Pac-Man. She generously provides a tutorial for the costume (which she made from painted cardboard & leftover quilt binding) at her blog, Wonky Face Crafts: Make an 8-bit video game character costume, part 1 and part 2

Pac-Man Group Costume by bmac on Craftster

Not much info on how these costumes were made, but it looks like the ghosts were made from felt and a cardboard frame was underneath the Pac-Man Costume.

Edward Scissorhands Kid Costume: (from here)

The person who posted this costume said: my nephew was Edward Scissorhands.. my sister made his costume of spray hair dye, Halloween make up, black duct tape, painted cardboard and safety pins.. Not only did it come out GREAT it was economical!!

Avatar Costume: (from here)

Jackson wanted to be the blue avatar, so I found a full swimsuit at the consignment for $1 used fabric paint for the detail and pieces of scrap material for the clothing and accesories. He loves it and wears it every day, hope it makes it til halloween!

Speaking of a completely different take on an Avatar costume:

Avatar Neytiri costume by katastrophicallykat at Craftster:

So this Halloween I decided to go as Neytiri from the movie Avatar. But I wanted to go all out, and I didn't wanna wear the bodysuit they were selling at the costume store. So I got airbrushed and wore colored contacts and fake teeth. I made all the leather pieces: arm cuff, loincloth, and top.

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12 Comments »

  • alkd said:

    Ha! My office theme for Halloween this year was Clue, and it was a blast! We had all of the original 6 players (I was Prof. Plum), and some of our part time staff filled in other cast spots from the movie (Mr. Woodsworth, the Cook, the Chief Detective… no volunteers for Mr. Boddy though).

    This was an awesome group costume theme, and I love seeing a picture of someone else doing it too. So much fun!

  • jek said:

    oh my goodness! i need to share the predator costume with my nephew! he went as the same thing and his costume was made from cardboard, long johns, felt plus a few extras from the dollar & halloween store.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jek-a-go-go/5144087205/

    these are AWESOME!

  • Jordan said:

    I was thrilled to see the Gir costume that I made on here. Thank you! I thought I’d add that the whole thing cost less than $15, maybe even less than $10.

    These costumes are all amazing. I really love the Predator, Aang and Bowser costumes. Kids in nerdy costumes make me smile :)

  • Shea said:

    Here’s another geeky costume for you. I made a Lego Minifig Costume for my son this year. You can see it here:

    http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/10/he-won.html

    I used styrofoam, poster board (purchased at the Dollar Tree), joint compound, paint and two old cardboard boxes. I spent about $15 to make the entire thing.

    It was a huge hit with all the Dads!

  • Tin said:

    Hi! My friend’s officemate designed this totally awesome Transformer costume for his sone made with some cardboard and stuff lying around the house. It can even transform into a tank! Link of his blog and video here:

    http://www.garciadan.com/?p=121#more-121

    Now that’s creativity! =)

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  • gertie said:

    Some of these are sooooooo ingenious and adorable. Way to go!!!

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  • Andrea said:

    Those first two are PRICELESS!!! I can’t even begin to imagine the predator costume! And that King Leonidas is probably one of the most adorable costumes I’ve ever seen.

  • JJR said:

    These are great! I almost lost my lunch when I saw the Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask! That costume was Way Cool! Wonderful ideas. We geeks are a creative lot! :-)

  • Ward Oles said:

    Hahahahaha! I made the predator costume this past fall with my son’s help. I was just shocked when a buddy of mine posted this to me on Facebook tonight. (Thanks Mike!) It was a blast to make and glad to see that it is enjoyed by all. Already looking forward to next year!

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  • Candace McDougal said:

    I really wish there was some hints on the predator costume!! My son wants to be predator so bad and I have no clue where to start!! Amazing costumes on here :)

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