Minecraft Steve Costume
|Costume type:||Costumes for Boys|
This homemade costume for boys entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Amy, the 'Minecraft Steve' costume creator:
My son is wearing the costume. I always make my children's costume every year and I decide what the theme will be by what they're into for that year. My son absolutely LOVES the minecraft game so I thought this would be very fitting.
The first step in making this costume was to get the dimensions of my sons torso. The body should have only enough room to slide the costume on with your arms outstretched straight above your head. The arm holes should be large enough to easily slide on. Before trying the body on, we had to cut out a circle for his head to go through. I also taped a small strip of foam to the upper part of the arm holes so that it would be comfortable when wearing it. Next the head was made. After getting the dimensions, I cut the furniture box into the desired shape. Next step was to score the cardboard first before trying to bend and make a rectangle. Once bent and shaped, liquid nails was applied and sheet metal screws were used to hold edges in place while drying. A hole was also cut out for the head. A piece of cardboard had to be placed on one of the ends of the torso so that a hole could be cut out for the head to fit through. Minecraft Steve's arms, legs and head should be the same width and thickness as the torso and the head should be the same width as the face side but wider from front to back on the sides. I taped a helmet to the inside of the head to support it. Next eye holes were marked and cut out and a piece of stocking was taped to the inside of the head over eye holes. Now on to the arms. I used the same technique for the arms and legs as I did for the torso. They were scored, liquid nails and sheet metal screws were used.I had to add an end cap for the arms and cut out the area where his arms will fit into the costume. The legs will not have end caps but the lower edge should be cut out like a half crescent moon so it won't restrict foot movement. After all the pieces of the body were made, I used a square template to mark all the pixels on the costume. Painting the pixels was next in line. Minecraft Steve has many different shades of color. I painted each pixel individually. When using each color, I would paint random squares on all 4 sides before moving on to the next color and continued doing the same until all body parts were complete. After completion of the costume, velcro was added to the lower edge of the torso and the top of the legs with gorilla tape to hold them together so that he would be able to walk in it. Also, paper brads were inserted into the side of the arms and the torso to hold the arms on so they could be moved. Velcro was also added to the bottom of the head and the shoulder area of the torso to keep it stable. I also made a 3D pic axe by placing liquid nails between two pieces of cardboard and the cutting out the design using a template that I had made. A small hold was cut in the lower area of the right arm for him to hold the pic axe.
This costume received many, many compliments! People were constantly coming up to him wanting to get a closer look. Most of the children who saw it showed much excitement! We even had someone offer to buy it. My son LOVES it! Now that Halloween is over, it's a decoration for his room.