Dr. Strange Costume Tutorial: Cape

Dr. Strange Costume Tutorial CapeSo finally getting back to the Dr. Strange costume tutorial with the cape. And as much as I like the comic book version of the cape with the gold stripes, I decided to go ahead and create the movie version instead. Continue reading

Aquaman Part 2: DIY Aquaman Costume Bracers

DIY Aquaman Costume BracersYou can make some fairly easy bracers for your DIY Aquaman costume out of plain old craft foam or you can cover it with Wonderflex for added strength. Continue reading

Aquaman Costume – DIY Aquaman Trident

DIY Aquaman TridentA bright and shiny DIY Aquaman trident is fairy cheap and easy to make. I was able to make this one for around $25 (though I did have some of the materials already on hand). Continue reading

Flash Costume Tutorial Part 3: The Helmet

Flash Costume Tutorial: The HelmetSo in part 3 of the Flash costume tutorial, we start with a Captain America helmet, because why not mix Marvel and DC together right? Continue reading

Flash Costume Part 1: DIY Flash Costume Shirt & Emblem

DIY Flash CostumeThis DIY Flash costume is based on the CW version, since I’m not really a fan of the Justice League version that I’ve seen in the movie trailers so far. Continue reading

Batman Part 5: DIY Batman Mask

DIY Batman Mask This DIY Batman mask is made with some basic sewing and little pellon. It’s fairly quick and easy.

This honestly isn’t a great DIY batman mask, and I’ll probably replace it at some point in the future, but this is what I made for now, and I figured someone would be asking for a cowl tutorial if I didn’t post it, so here it is.

It’s easier than something like a pepakura construction, since it’s just a little sewing and hot-gluing, however, you lose a lot of the dimension to it too. But, if you’re just looking for something fairly easily that doesn’t take a lot of time, this one will work in a pinch. Also I didn’t make any boots, since the cousin I made this costume for has his own boots (hence my brother wearing clogs at the end of this).

 

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Batman Part 4: Batman Cosplay DIY Belt and Gloves

Batman Cosplay DIY Belt and GlovesSo part 4 of the Batman cosplay DIY is the belt (which will include attaching the grapnel gun and batarang from the last tutorial) and the gloves. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Scratch Marks Halloween Makeup

atch Marks Halloween MakeupNeed too look like you just had a run-in with a werewolf for Halloween, but don’t have a lot of time to spend painting scratch marks? Then try these quick and easy scratch marks. Continue reading

Batman Costume Tutorial Part 3: Grapnel Gun and Batarang

Batman Costume Tutorial: Grapnel Gun and BatarangA small toy gun and some cardboard will get you a Batman grapnel gun and a batarang with a little tweaking. This is the 3rd part of the Batman costume tutorial. Continue reading

Batman Part 2: How to Make a Batman Costume: Emblem & Chest Armor

How to Make a Batman Costume: Emblem and Chest ArmorSo onto part 2 of how to make a Batman costume, this is for the Batman emblem and the chest armor. Continue reading

Batman Costume Part 1: DIY Batman Costume Cape

DIY Batman Costume CapeOne most recognizable parts of a DIY Batman costume is the cape. This one is super easy to make with a little cutting and minimal (if any) sewing.  Continue reading

DIY Star Trek Voyager / DS9 Uniform

DIY Star Trek Voyager / DS9 UniformA couple 2nd hand shirts and some very minimal sewing can get you a cheap and easy DIY Star Trek Voyager / DS9 Uniform. Continue reading

Dr. Strange Costume Part 2: How to Make a Dr. Strange Costume Eye of Agamotto Amulet

How to Make a Dr. Strange Costume: Eye of Agamotto AmuletSince it’s an important part of the how to make a Dr. Strange costume, this week’s tutorial is the Eye of Agamotto amulet. Continue reading

Dr. Strange Costume Part 1: DIY Dr. Strange Costume Magic Circle Prop

DIY Dr Strange Costume Easy Magic Circle PropYou won’t even need to posses the Eye of Agamotto to make this cheap and easy DIY Dr. Strange costume magic circle prop. Continue reading

Spiderman Costume Tutorial Part 3: DIY Web Shooters and Gloves

Spiderman Costume Tutorial Web Shooters and Gloves What would Spiderman be without his web shooters? Not much of a spider. And so part 3 of the Spiderman costume tutorial is the much requested Spiderman web shooters. Continue reading

Spiderman Costume Part 2: How to Make a Spiderman Costume Mask

How to Make a Spiderman Costume Part 2Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can…at least when he has his mask on. So here is how to make a Spiderman costume part 2, the all-important, identity-hiding mask. Continue reading

Spiderman Costume Part 1: DIY Spiderman Costume Top

DIY Spiderman Costume Part 1With great fabric comes great responsibility…and sometimes it also comes with an easy DIY Spiderman costume.
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Superman Costume Tutorial Part 3: Boots and Cape

Superman Costume Tutorial Part 3This is the final part of the Superman costume tutorial. This this for the boots and cape part of the costume. Continue reading

Star Lord Part 5 – DIY Star Lord Helmet

DIY Star Lord HelmetAnd so finally we come to the DIY Star Lord Helmet, the last part of the Star Lord cosplay. Continue reading

Star Lord Part 4 – Cheap and Easy Star Lord Sling Bag

Cheap and Easy Star Lord Sling BagYou can make a cheap and easy Star Lord sling bag from an old purse and little fake leather fairly quickly. Just pull out the hot glue gun, and put it all together. Continue reading

Star Lord Part 3 – Star Lord Costume Tutorial: Cheap and Easy DIY Quad Blasters

Star Lord Costume Tutorial - Quad BlastersOrdinary cardboard can easily become a perfect quad blaster. Part 3 of this Star Lord costume tutorial shows you how to make a cheap and easy one. Continue reading

Star Lord Part 2 – DIY Star Lord Costume: Holster Belt and Walkman

DIY Star Lord CostumeNeed an easy belt and Walkman for your DIY Star Lord costume? This tutorial shows you how to make them with a little cardboard and some distressed fabric. Continue reading

The First Cosplay Costume

The First Cosplay Costume

Modern-day cosplayers at FLCC’s ComiCon

Though it’s commonplace these days to see enthusiastic fans dressed up as their favorite characters at conventions, someone had to take that first step and create that first cosplay costume. That someone was Myrtle Jones. Continue reading

Star Lord Part 1 – How to Make a Star Lord Costume Jacket

How to Make a Star Lord Costume JacketThis is the 2nd part of how to make a Star Lord costume (though it’s the first actual part of Star Lord himself), to follow last week’s infinity orb tutorial. Continue reading

Infinity Orb – DIY Infinity Orb, Cheap and Easy Guardians of the Galaxy

DIY Infinity Orb cheap and easyThis cheap DIY infinity orb is very easy to make, and it actually opens so you can put your infinity stone inside. Continue reading

Superman Costume Part 1: DIY Superman Costume Cheap and Easy Shirt and S Emblem

DIY Superman CostumeThis is a tutorial for a fairly easy DIY Superman costume. This tutorial is for the first part of the costume, the shirt (I broke the usual bodysuit into two pieces) and the S emblem.  Continue reading

Ben 10 Omnitrix (The Original), Cheap and Easy DIY

Ben 10 Omnitrix (The Original), Cheap and Easy DIY This is a tutorial for a Ben 10 Omnitrix, which was a requested tutorial. This is for the original omnitrix, as far as I know. Continue reading

Chewbacca Bowcaster DIY (Star Wars Wookie Crossbow)

DIY Chewbacca Bowcaster (Star Wars Wookie Crossbow) This is a tutorial for the Chewbacca bowcaster from Star Wars. Had a request for this one, so put it together from some fairly common items that most people already have lying around their house. Continue reading

Harley Quinn Costume Suicide Squad DIY Hair, Tattoos, and Good Night Bat

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Costume DIY Hair, Tattoos, and Good Night Bat So the final part of the requested Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costume is the pigtails, tattoos and good night bat. Continue reading

Harley Quinn Costume Jewelry – DIY Cheap and Easy Bracelets and Choker

DIY Cheap and Easy Harley Quinn Costume Jewelry - Suicide Squad Bracelets and Choker Part 3 of the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costume is her Puddin choker and bracelets (both the spikey ones, and the Yes & Sir bracelets she wore below the spikey ones). Continue reading

Harley Quinn Costume Part 2 – Suicide Squad Version DIY Belt & Shorts

DIY Harley Quinn Costume Part 2 - Suicide Squad Version Belt & ShortsSo here is part 2 of the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costume tutorial. This is the tutorial for the shorts and the belt. Continue reading

Harley Quinn costume Part 1 – How to Make a Harley Quinn Costume (Suicide Squad version)

How to Make a Harley Quinn costume Part 1 - (Suicide Squad version) I had a couple requests for a Harley Quinn costume from the Suicide Squad movie. Continue reading

Wonder Woman Costume Part 4 – How to Make a Wonder Woman Cape

How to Make a Wonder Woman Cape I was really sick last week, so I didn’t get any requests done up. So instead, here’s a tutorial for a Wonder Woman cape. Continue reading

Iron Man Costume – How Ours Was Made (explanation, not actual tutorial)

How Our Iron Man Costume Was Made (explanation, not actual tutorial) I’ve had quite a few people have asked about the family Iron Man costume, since it’s seen in the background of a lot of my tutorials, so this is a little video basically explaining how our Iron Man costume was made. Continue reading

Iron Man Repulsor – DIY Cheap and Easy

DIY Cheap and Easy Iron Man Repulsor Had a request for an Iron Man repulsor tutorial. This a fairly cheap and easy Iron Man repulsor which you can put together with some pretty basic supplies. Continue reading

Falcon Wings Part 2: The Pack DIY

DIY Falcon Wings Part 2: The Pack This is the second half of the Falcon Wings tutorial, this is for the pack part that the wings actually fold up into. Continue reading

Falcon Wings Part 1: How to Make Falcon Wings (Foldable)

How to Make Falcon Wings (Foldable) Had a couple requests for how to make Falcon wings and it’s taken me quite a while to figure out how I was going to do it, but I finally got ’em made. Continue reading

Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot) Part 3: DIY Helmet

DIY Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot): Helmet So had a request for the Luke Skywalker costume x-wing pilot helmet, so this finishes out that Star Wars costume tutorial. Continue reading

Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot) Part 2: Orange Flight Suit

DIY Luke Skywalker Costume (x-wing pilot): Orange Flight SuitTook the week off for Christmas, so didn’t work on a requested tutorial, so instead here’s a little more of the Luke Skywalker costume I made for my brother last Halloween. Continue reading

Anakin Skywalker Costume Part 2 & 3: DIY Glove and Scar

DIY Anakin Skywalker Costume: Glove and ScarHere are the other two tutorials for the rest of the Anakin Skywalker costume: the glove he wears over his prosthetic limb, and the scar he had over his eye in Revenge of the Sith. Continue reading

Gimli Costume Part 4 – How to Make Gimli’s Helmet (Pepakura tutorial)

How to Make Gimli's Helmet (Pepakura tutorial) This is a pepakura tutorial guest filmed and narrated (mostly) by my brother (he’s not used to doing this for film, so it got a little long). Continue reading

Aragorn / Arwen Costume Prop – How to Make the Evenstar Necklace

How to Make Aragorn / Arwen's Evenstar Necklace This is a tutorial for the Evenstar necklace that Arwen gives to Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies. Continue reading

Winter Soldier Costume Part 3: DIY Winter Soldier Mask

DIY Winter Soldier maskOk, so finally got the DIY Winter Soldier mask tutorial finished. Continue reading

Frodo Costume Tutorial – How to Make a Super Easy Hobbit Costume

How to Make a Super Easy Frodo Costume (or other similar Hobbit)This Frodo costume was made entirely from second hand clothing items (with the exception of the elvish cloak). As such, this costume can be made very inexpensively. Continue reading

Winter Soldier Costume Part 2: How to Make the Jacket

How to Make a Winter Soldier Costume: JacketHad several requests to do tutorials for the rest of the Winter Soldier costume. Continue reading

Han Solo Costume Part 1: How to make a Han Solo Blaster DL 44 Look More Movie Authentic

How to make a Han Solo Blaster DL 44 Look More Movie AuthenticStar Wars is mainstream enough that it’s easy to find a plastic Han Solo blaster fairly inexpensively, so here’s how to make a Han Solo blaster look a little more movie authentic. Continue reading

Thranduil Costume Part 1 – DIY Cheap and Easy Thranduil Crown

DIY Cheap and Easy Thranduil Crown Had a request for a Thranduil costume tutorial, so this is the first part of the how-to, the Thranduil crown. Continue reading

Boba Fett Costume Part 2: DIY Boba Fett Jet Pack Tutorial

DIY Boba Fett Jet Pack Tutorial This is a DIY Boba Fett jet pack tutorial for a very simplified version of Boba Fett’s jet pack. Had a request for this one after I posted the Boba Fett blaster tutorial. Continue reading

Captain Kirk – How to Make a Captain Kirk Green Tunic

How to Make a Captain Kirk Green Tunic Had a request for the alternative Captain Kirk green tunic that appeared scattered throughout different episodes of Star Trek TOS. Continue reading

Barnabas Collins DIY Dark Shadows Inverness Cape Coat

DIY Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Inverness Cape CoatHad a request for the inverness cape coat that Jonathan Frid wore as Barnabas Collins in the Dark Shadows TV series. Continue reading

Hawkgirl Helmet – How to Make a Hawkgirl Helmet

How to Make a Hawkgirl HelmetHad a request for a Hawkgirl helmet tutorial. The whole Hawkgirl helmet is made up of just craft foam and glue, so it’s very inexpensive to make and fairly simple in its construction. Continue reading

Boba Fett Costume Part 1: DIY Boba Fett Blaster Tutorial

DIY Boba Fett Blaster TutorialThe EE-3 Boba Fett blaster is unarguably one of the coolest guns in Star Wars (kinda the space-age equivalent of Steve McQueen’s Mare’s Leg rifle) Continue reading

Captain Kirk – How to Make Captain Kirk’s Formal Tunic from Star Trek TOS

Captain Kirk formal tunicHad a how-to request for the formal green tunic that Captain Kirk wears in Star Trek TOS when guests are invited to the Enterprise, or when court is in session. Continue reading

Black Widow Costume Part 2 – DIY Black Widow Costume belt, holster, bracelets, gloves

DIY Black Widow Costume Part 2: belt, holster, bracelets, gloves So here is part 2 of the DIY Black Widow costume tutorial, following last week’s Black Widow bodysuit tutorial. Continue reading

Black Widow Costume Part 1: How to Make a Black Widow Costume Bodysuit

How to Make a Black Widow Costume Part 1: Bodysuit Had a request for a how to make a Black Widow costume tutorial, so now I have officially done a tutorial for at least a piece of all the Avengers from the first movie. Continue reading

Phaser: Wrath of Khan – DIY Wrath of Khan Style Star Trek Phaser

DIY Wrath of Khan Style Star Trek Phaser I had a request for another Star Trek phaser tutorial, but this time it’s the one from the Wrath of Khan movie. Continue reading

Spock Costume – How to Make Spock’s Meditation / Funeral Robe

How to Make Spock's Meditation / Funeral Robe I had a request for a somewhat for a less common Star Trek costume this week, Spock’s meditation robe from Star Trek The Motion Picture. Continue reading

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 6: Gloves and Shin Guards

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 6: Gloves and Shin GuardsThis is the sixth part of my Darth Vader costume tutorial, showing how to make the Darth Vader gloves and shin guards. Continue reading

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 5: Robe, Shirt, Pants

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 5: Robe, Shirt, PantsThis is the fifth part of my Darth Vader costume tutorial, showing how to make the Darth Vader shirt, pants, and inner robe. Continue reading

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 3: Shoulder Armor

Darth Vader Costume Tutorial Part 3: Shoulder ArmorThis is the third part of my Darth Vader costume tutorial, showing how to make the Darth Vader shoulder armor. Continue reading

Choosing A Cosplay Character

Choosing a Cosplay Character

Queen of Hearts cosplay by Karista’s Wardrobe

Choosing a cosplay character is something some newbie cosplayers have trouble with. The short answer of course is to cosplay whoever you want. You don’t actually have to look like the character you’re cosplaying to dress up as them. Continue reading

Dr. McCoy Tunic – DIY “Bones” Medical Tunic

DIY Dr. McCoy Tunic This is the tutorial for the short-sleeved, satin medical tunic that McCoy usually wore on board the Enterprise in Star Trek TOS. Continue reading

Elven Leaf Brooch – DIY Cheap and Easy

DIY Cheap and Easy Elven Leaf BroochA little clay and some paint give you a fairly convincing Lord of the Rings elven leaf brooch for a fraction of the cost of a replica. Continue reading

Winter Soldier Arm – How to Make a Winter Soldier Arm

How to Make a Winter Soldier ArmI had a couple requests for how to make a winter soldier arm, so here it is. Continue reading

Wonder Woman Costume DIY Part 3: Corset and Skirt

Wonder Woman Costume DIY Part 3: Corset and Skirt This is the final part of my Wonder Woman costume tutorial and it details how to make the skirt and the corset. Continue reading

Maleficent Costume Tutorial Part 2: How to Make the Easy DIY Dress

How to Make a Maleficent Costume Dress Easy This dress is mostly based on the Maleficent costume from christening scenes in the Maleficent movie, with a little artistic liberty taken to simplify it. Continue reading

Maleficent Costume Tutorial Part 1: DIY Horns, Staff, Ring

Maleficent Costume: DIY Horns, Staff, Ring This is a tutorial for making a fairly simple staff that lights up, horns, and ring for a Maleficent costume. Continue reading

Sauron Costume Tutorial part 3: Body Armor, gloves, chain mail

Sauron Costume Part 3An old knitted blanket, some craft foam, and duct tape will get you chain mail, armor, and movable gloves to finish your Sauron costume. Continue reading

Sauron Costume Part 1: How to Make Sauron’s Mace

Sauron's MaceYou can make a fairly convincing Sauron’s mace using old wrapping paper tubes, some clay, and a little bit of spotty painting. Continue reading

Renaissance Fortune Teller Costume Tutorial

Renaissance Fortune Teller CostumeThis Renaissance fortune teller costume requires a little bit of sewing on the over skirts and sequins, but much of the rest of the costume base can be picked up for a few dollars in a 2nd hand shop. Continue reading

Iron Man Arc Reactor that Really Glows – DIY Cheap and Easy

Iron Man Arc Reactor - DIY Cheap and Easy This Iron Man arc reactor looks amazingly realistic, but is actually very easy to make and can be put together with just a few simple materials for around $5. Continue reading

Odin’s Spear, Gungnir Cosplay Tutorial

Odin's Spear, Gungnir I had a request for a Gungnir, Odin’s Spear tutorial. This is the version from the Thor: The Dark World movie, so it can be used for either an Odin cosplay, or for Loki after having taking the throne. Continue reading

Communicator – DIY Star Trek Communicator and Tricorder

Star Trek communicator and tricorderIf you have a box of tacks and an old transistor radio, you can make an inexpensive Star Trek communicator and Tricorder. Continue reading

Lt. Uhura – How to Make a Lt. Uhura Costume Easy

Lt. Uhura CostumeSince I’d already done the male Star Trek costumes, figured I’d do the female version as well for the Lt. Uhura Costume. Continue reading

DIY Cheap and Easy Star Trek Costumes (TOS)

DIY Cheap and Easy Star Trek CostumesIf an Anovos replica is a little out of your price range, you can make your own TOS Star Trek costumes out of a turtleneck with almost no sewing for under $10. Continue reading

Kahlan Amnell or How to Make a Medieval Sorceress Costume (Confessor Dress)

How to Make a Medieval Sorceress Costume (Confessor Dress)This dress works great as a sorceress costume, but is actually based on the mother confessor dress from the Legend of the Seeker show. Continue reading

Loki Costume Tutorial: The Coat

Loki CostumeThis is the explaination for how to make Loki’s coat, cape, and tunic. Continue reading

Loki Costume Part 1 – How to Make Loki Costume Bracers

Loki costume bracers

Here is the second part of the Loki Costume tutorial. These are the gold bracers. Continue reading

Loki Staff – How to Make a Loki Costume Staff that Actually Glows

Loki staffHere is the first part of the Loki Costume tutorial. It’s a fairly simple and inexpensive way to make a Loki staff that actually lights up. Continue reading

Harry Potter Costume Tutorial Part 2: Easy No-Sew Robe, Crest, & Glasses

Here is part 2 of the Harry Potter costume tutorial. This covers making the robe, the house crest, and a pair of glasses. Continue reading

Harry Potter Costume Part 1: Easy No-Sew Sweater, Shirt, & Tie

Easy No-Sew Harry Potter Costume Part 1: Sweater, Shirt, & TieThis is a quick and easy Harry Potter costume that requires almost no sewing, save for a small bit to attach the robe closure. It’s easy enough that kids can make it themselves.  Continue reading

Thor Costume Tutorial Part 3 – Hammer, Cape, Boots, & Belt

thor costumeHere is the third and final part of the Thor costume tutorial. I was starting to run out of time before the comic con, so I wasn’t able to film the actual production of these parts, but here’s the explain on how to complete the remaining Thor costume pieces. Continue reading

Thor Costume Tutorial Part 2: The Vest

thor costumeThis is part two of the Thor costume tutorial. This how-to is for making Thor’s vest. I’ve simplified it a bit just to make it a little easier to do.

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Hoopskirt Making

A hoopskirt is essential for civil war reenactment costumes and some Renaissance costumes. It can also be used to give fullness to a wedding dress. While premade hoopskirts are available, it is much more cost efficient to make your own.

You will need:
2 flat strips of metal, no more than 2 inches wide. Should long enough to make hoops 120″ and 100″
Long pieces of scrap fabric
Strong yarn or string
Needle and thread

This is a 2-tiered set of hoops, and is fairly easy to make. To begin, you will need some long, flat strips of metal. For my skirt I found some discarded strips that had previously been used to bind stacks of lumber. I have also seen such strips in hardware stores such as Lowe’s.

Bend one strip into a circle, measuring it to be 120 inches around. Duct tape the two ends of the strip together. Wind duct tape around the entire strip to prevent it from rusting and staining the gown. (If your strips are made of no-rust metal, you can skip this step). Make a second hoop 100 inches around. Duct tape the ends together, and wind the entire strip with duct tape.

Cut 5 strips of fabric about 4 feet long and 2 inches wide. Tightly sew the the ends of these five strips to the 120″ hoop, evenly spacing them around the hoop.

Cut another strip about three feet long, and tie around your waist, making a sort of belt. Tie the free ends of the five strips to this belt, evenly spacing them. Adjust the height of the five strips until the hoop is several inches above the ground. Untie the belt from your waist, making sure the five strips stay tied to it.

Cut off any excess from the five strips. If you have a mannequin, put the hoops on it. If not, have a friend volunteer to wear the hoops for a moment. Take the 100″ hoop and hold it about a foot and a half above the bottom hoop. Run a piece of yarn through each of the fabric strips and tie them tightly to the 100″ hoop.

If your gown has a thick skirt, the hoop forms won’t show through the dress. If they do, add a petticoat beneath the hoops. This is what the finished product looks like (I sewed my skirt to my hoops for convenience, so I don’t have a picture of just the hoops).
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