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Magic School Bus and Miss Frizzle Costume

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Magic School Bus and Miss Frizzle Costume

The Magic School Bus and Miss Frizzle

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Photo #1 - The Magic School Bus and Miss Frizzle Photo #2 - Close up Photo #3 - Structure of bus Photo #4 - Back side Photo #5 - Yellow poster board mania! Photo #6 - Covered structure Photo #7 - Done! Photo #8 - Touch lights and LED battery operated lights
Costume type:  Costumes for Couples
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for couples entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Leslie, the 'Magic School Bus and Miss Frizzle' costume creator:

Costume: Magic School Bus and Miss Frizzle

Idea-my boyfriend (the bus). I made his costume and bought Miss Frizzle's dress off of Etsy, shoes and shirt at a thrift store. I already had Liz the lizard from awhile ago.

Bus Materials:

-foam boards
-yellow poster boards
-cardboard display panel
-white, grey, and black spray paints
-pool noodle (or anything that can resemble a bumper)
-touch lights
-white poster board
-car reflectors
-medium sized box
-face mirrors

-box knife
-blue painters tape
-bolts and screws
-hot glue gun and glue
-masking tape

I started out by simply constructing the base part of the bus by folding the display panel inside and gluing the foam boards on each side. I found a box which would fit snuggly on the cardboard exposed section. I glued the yellow poster board onto the foam board panels along with white spray paint for a shiny look. Use masking tape to attach curved wires to set as the base for the roof.

With another foam board, measure the back and cut accordingly and glue back into place. This would be a good time to cut a hole in the bottom of the bus; make sure it is not interfering with the wire section for the roof! Cover the medium sized box with yellow poster board and spray paint for detail.

Cut a poster board panel into the shape of the windshield. Trace windshield shape onto yellow poster board, and cut two squares out for the main window panels. From there, eyeball where to spray paint streaks using painter's tape. Making minor adjustments, cut and fold yellow poster board over curved wire, forming the roof. Tape like crazy into place. Make sure everything is sturdy before continuing.

Now for the bus details... Slice up the white poster board into straight long rectangles for the grill of the bus. I used metallic spray paint but grey and black are fine too. Hot glue rectangles into place. Stick on the reflectors and LED lights in the front and back. spray paint the back of the mirrors to make them look metallic. Screw the wood screws into front of the box. This is where the touch lights will hang. Spray paint anything that can resemble eyeballs, I used mini air discs from the dollar store. Once dry, glue them into place.

Spray paint the pool noodle grey with white streaks to resemble metal. I then glued caps to the grey spray paint cans to finish off the ends of the bumper. Once everything is dry, hot glue mirrors on sides and add an oval panel on front for decoration. I left the sides blank since I cannot afford a nice printer, but I was going to print out pictures of the kids in windows on each side. Attach any extra poster board necessary. Add straps underneath if you want!

YOU ARE DONE! Thanks for looking everyone!

Rating: 4.0 of 5. Votes: 23

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#1 comment by Katie November 15, 2014

This is so cool!

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