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Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Baby Groot Costume

Dancing Baby Groot

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Costume type:  Costumes for Adults
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for adults entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Darcy, the 'Dancing Baby Groot' costume creator:

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I fell in love with the dancing baby Groot at the end of the movie
I decided to make the entire costume out of paper. Knowing that it would be a rather large costume I wanted to keep the cost down and I felt if it was all paper then I could use it for kindling this winter.No storage problems!
The base of the body is a large tube of paper. The paper i used is from the home improvement store. It is a mid weight paper. It has body but is still flexible.
I took about 3 yards of paper and twisted it to make vines. Starting at the shoulder and wrapping diagonally around the body I pinned about 9 vines to the body base until it was totally covered. Then mixing white glue with water I painted the vine and base joints with the glue mixture.
After the glue dried I removed the pins and cut a slit down the back just large enough so I could step into the tree trunk.
The head is als a tube of paper but I just added an additional layer of crumpled paper over the base to add texture. The 2 layers are glued together.
The pop is a cone shaped tube that I painted white.
The costume is light weight and the limbs can be waved around for dancing.

Rating: 4.0 of 5. Votes: 11

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#1 comment by Pam September 14, 2014

Considering decorating a scarecrow like this with kids for school project....do you think it is water proof with the glue on it???

#2 comment by Jennifer S. September 16, 2014

What kind of paper did you use? Considering making this for a child.

#3 comment by darcy September 17, 2014

I used wood glue which is waterproof,but I think I would spray it with a waterproof varnish and keep it out of direct rain.

The paper I used is from the paint department at the home improvement store. It comes in large rolls.

#4 comment by Julie September 25, 2014

It's adorable!! What are the eyes made from?
Excellent job!

#5 comment by darcy September 26, 2014

The eyes are made from a foam ball from the dollar store. I cut the ball in half and sprayed it with black paint.

#6 comment by Emelyn September 26, 2014

I love this, thank you!! I will try to make for my son. Some questions....

Where do you see from?
Can you walk with the base?
Can you use your hands?

Thank you, thank you!!

#7 comment by Darcy September 27, 2014

This costume is a take off of the FUNKY POP dancing Groot figurine /toy.
Yes . The wearer can use their hands because I left little finger holes in the ends of the arms.
The wearer can walk by holding the sides of the pot.
Because the costume is all paper it is extremely light weight.

#8 comment by Van September 30, 2014

Would love if you had step by step instructions. How did you get the paper to shape around the body and stay in place. Did you have to use a mannequin? My son loves Baby Groot and is begging for a costume.

#9 comment by darcy September 30, 2014

I have a body form in my size that I formed the body of the costume over.However, I have made various body forms for my kids as they grew. If you put an old t-shirt and leggins on the person you are making a costume for you can make a body form by duct taping over the t-shirt and leggins. Try not to make the tape too tight. Then with blunt tip scissors cut a slit up the back through both the tape and clothing. Carefully slip the tape form off the body and stuff with newspaper. Then tape the slit back together.
This works really well to get the right size and shape for the costume.
The paper was twisted and wrapped around the body form. I used a lot of pins to keep it in place until i could glue it together.
Regarding the opening for the wearer to see through: the mouth of Groot is open. It is a long narrow slit , but is open enough to see through.

#10 comment by Tammy rivas October 4, 2014

Awesome! I joked about being Groot after I saw Guardians of the Galaxy this summer. But now after looking at your costume, I think I can actually pull it off! Great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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