|Costume type:||Costumes for Women|
This homemade costume for women entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.
My name is Sara and I just started to build costumes in August of 2012. I saw other "stilt spirits" online and decided to build my own. I am not a tiny person by an means and realized that building my own stilts was my only option. I researched stilts and types of wood and ended up making a set of custom made 18" stilts for the costume. I used XL crutches that extend to 6'6" in the front. 1 roll of Gorilla Glue tape, 2 cans of spray adhesive, wood, metal construction brackets, wood glue, screws, chicken wire, 20 yards of 1/2in foam, 30 yards of fabric, 4 pocket utility blades and LOTS of trial and error later here you have a finished stilt spirit!
I spent about 2 months from start to finish on this and roughly $200. The hardest part for this costume was the first time I walked on all 4 stilts. As it was put "its like watching a deer being born!". I always get the question "Is it hard to walk in?" No, its not. Its actually very easy to move in once you get used to it and I can get in and out of it on my own so long as I have a high enough perch to be able to put my stilts on. If I get tired I just hunch over and lean on the crutches. The stilts were custom made for me so they are very comfortable. If anything I just want people to see that size should never stop them from being creative or making costumes :)