The Giraffe Costume
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This homemade costume for adults entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Rabecca, the 'The Giraffe' costume creator:
Rabecca Signoriello, I just decided one day that I was going to be a giraffe. So I began a few weeks before Halloween, gathering all my materials an buying my drywall stilts, it cost around $160. I began with using chicken wire as the base of my neck and head. I began with the head first, by bending the wire and tieing it to shape the head portion then shaped the ears and antler as seperate pieces and attached them. Then I used the chicken wire on the neck I doubled it to keep it sturdy. After attaching the head to neck I began to tape craft paper using masking tape, this was to cover the holes and have a base to glue the material too. the next step was to attach my fabric print to the neck using modge podge. I used a brownish fabrics for the head and then painted the detail on by using paint I matched up with the material. Next step was to sew a suit together out of the same material, I used a set of pjs to help with the pattern and made it about 4inches larger on each side. Then the sewing began, this took the longest. I attached a button on the crack of the suit by my neck that was buttoned to the head piece to help with the weight. Also as side not I should have put padding around the neck portion for more comfort. I used drywall stilts to stand on and then made stilts that I held in my hands for the front legs, I put some rubber on the bottom of those to help them not slip.
The overall reaction was great, I got an applause when I walked into Lanigans. I felt like a side show with everyone wanting to take a picture with me, it turned out to be a great night. It was great to be above the crowd, I ended up being about 10' tall. I stayed in costume all evening about five hours, and no I did not fall.