A Shrimp on The Barbie Costume
A Shrimp on the Barbie!
|Costume type:||Costumes for Couples|
This homemade costume for couples entered our 2020 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Jj, the 'A Shrimp on The Barbie' costume creator:
My husband is a Ken Barbie Doll and I am a shrimp! I got on his shoulders and together we were A SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE! I had seen people wearing a Shrimp hat with a barbie tee shirt before and I thought that was funny, but when we decided to do a couples costume, I thought it'd be so funny to actually be the shrimp on the Barbie! Fortunately, my husband agreed!
I made the Shrimp costume out of cardboard and decoupage. I had no idea what I was doing and just tried to structure things as I went. I would give you a step by step, but I'm not even sure I could replicate it. I used light pink and coral spray paint for the coloring of the costume. I painted styrofoam balls black to glue on as the eyes, and red extended pipe cleaner for the tentacles. I used duck tape on the front of the costume to make the stringy things on shrimp and the rest is strips of cardboard hot glue gunned together. I had to google "how to decoupage" and figure out how to make it and mold a head that big using a balloon, cardboard and plastic wrap.
The back shell is strips of cardboard glue-gunned together and spray painted and I layered the inside with felt and colored paper.
I painted the Old Bay seasoning bag and Ken's face. The Barbie shirt and shorts are from Amazon!
I could have bought a shrimp costume on Amazon for $49.99, but I decided to make it for $159. Kidding, but the materials do add up, especially if you are getting super detailed. I spent the most on spray paint which averaged $9-$11 a can and I got 4 cans, so that alone made it cost more (now having done it, I think you only need 2 cans), and colored duck tape is $6 a roll, I got 2 rolls. So that makes it more than buying it, but everything else I already had, cardboard boxes, newspaper, etc...
Also my husband made me walk through Target like that... you can see video at https://www.instagram.com/p/CHCQ7biD9eA/