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Tow Mater the Tow Truck Costume

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Tow Mater the Tow Truck Costume

Paul wearing Mater

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Photo #1 - Paul wearing Mater Photo #2 - side angle Photo #3 - the back view Photo #4 - my son inspecting the completed Mater Photo #5 - just the side view Photo #6 - rear angle
Costume type:  Costumes for Babies
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for babies entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Christy, the 'Tow Mater the Tow Truck' costume creator:

My 2 year old son asked to be "brown Mater" this Halloween. My husband and I searched for a costume to buy and found nothing worth buying… so we decided to create our own.
My husband used a few boxes and several paper towel tubes for the actual truck base. I added the rope and the "headlight" (one of the battery powered candles). I then did all of the painting and aging of Mater.
I am glad my husband did the design, if I would have it would not have been as detailed and I really think that helped set this off :)
Plus, my son was and still is in love with his costume!

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#1 comment by Savana November 7, 2013

Love this costume! He soooo cute!

#2 comment by Aaron November 7, 2013

So cute!

#3 comment by Joyce Bennett November 7, 2013

He is such a sweetheart Love him bunches from Aunt Joyce "Love you Paul. He loves trucks,cars and trackers. His mom and Dad are so creative, great Costume they need to Patten this.

#4 comment by Darlene Garrett November 7, 2013

He looks great in this wonderful costume. How inventive!

#5 comment by Terry Rush November 7, 2013

My grandson, Paul was so excited to wear this costume. Mater is a favorite of his. This turned out so well for him, and he is very proud of his costume.

#6 comment by Karen Maddox grandma November 7, 2013

Love my grandson,what a great costume that my son and his mother did. They are so great on creating things, Aaron has been real good in art, now we find out his mother is good too!!!!

#7 comment by Jill McBride November 9, 2013

Wow so clever. Looks like a ton of work too!

#8 comment by Kass October 26, 2014

So cute !! Please tell me a few tricks to making a duplicate ! My son would love this !

#9 comment by Christy October 29, 2014

Kass, my husband constructed it out of cardboard. I used a coffee can lid & part if a board game box for his engine. A cup upside down & painted was his light on top. The fenders were paper towel tubes & I used a battery powered candue light for the single headlight.
We really used his detailed toys as our guide. I painted it, base was spray paint & then acrylic paints added the details. Sponge paintING with several browns & black helped give mater that old, rusted look. I used velcro and cotton webbing for the straps to hold it on my son. Hot glue was my friend also!
Hope that helps. It took us about 2 weeks to complete it in the end.

#10 comment by Tanya November 16, 2014

So awesome! Great job!

#11 comment by Michelle October 6, 2015

about how long is Tow Mater?

#12 comment by Christy October 6, 2015

Michelle, it has been a few years, but I think he was about 3 feet long. We split it into 3 sections, the front, the area for my son & the back end. I think overall just make sure your child has room and try to go from there.

#13 comment by Keelyn Dockery October 24, 2015

What did you use for the wheels?

#14 comment by Christy October 24, 2015

The wheels are black paper plates with the inner circles being kraft cardstock. I cut small black circles for the details.
The plates will crush, but we added small boxes behind each tire to support i .

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