Scared Crow Costume
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Full 7'2' size on paint can stilts
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This homemade costume for men entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Tad, the 'Scared Crow' costume creator:
This costume was made from a trip to JoAnn's and Home Depot. Scare crows can be very creepy, but when your 6ft and you add another foot to your costume it gets very creepy.
I used a large oversized mask and stuffed it with paper. Then I secured the neck down with gorilla duct tape to a smooth board. Then you take bubble wrap and plastic or any recycled item you can tape to the mask to extend your features like your nose, brows, cheeks, etc. Remember your going to be a scare crow so proportions don't have to be perfect. Just make sure you keep your eyes holes the same distance as your own. After you have the features built up you cover the whole mask in saran wrap. Make it nice and smooth. This acts as a barrier and helps you pull everything off when complete.
After covered in wrap, then take tape and over the wrap with the tape, but you want to use the tape so the sticky side is out, Go slow, and cover the complete head with tape. Once the head is covered with tape, "sticky side facing out". Find an old t-shirt and cut it in half. You will be taking the pieces and sticking them to your head. The goal is to lay the pieces of the shirt on the sticky tape as smooth as possible. You will have seams but the lesser the better. Once completely covered by the shirt, you will use silicon "Dap" brand from Home Depot and cover the complete head. I used black and brown. This will be your base of your mask, but keeps it flexible and easy to put on. Once the head is cover it's time for burlap.
You can push, squish and sculpt the burlap in any shape around your head. Once satisfied with your look, let it sit 24 hours. Then cut a slit on the back and slowly peel your mask off of your sculpture. Viola!
The height was made bye using paint cans with silicone and covered with hay and straw. My pant legs were extended with fabric and covered with silicone and hay and straw. When standing on the paint buckets it looked as one and very polished.
The gloves were made the same way but using and of leather glove, old wrappers and news paper to extend the fingers and wrap that in gorilla tape. One taped and looking good, painted on black silicone and covered then with burlap, straw and fake moss.
I added stitching using a big needle and string from JoAnns. You can paint the sting any color and use water to thin down any acrylic paint. Part of the mask were touched up using a dry brush technique where you bare put paint on a brush and barley stroke over the surface. Happy Halloween - and wish me luck. Very scary times!
Black silicone was cheap and working great. It holds better than glue and after it cures it's safe to wear. The smell is very minor. You can use your imagination and add what ever you like to your project. I added the little crow with wire and he or she stayed very nice. Scared crow sounded like a great name.