Plastic Green Army Men Costume
Family of Plastic Green Army Men
|Costume type:||Costumes for Families|
This homemade costume for families entered our 2020 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Crystal, the 'Plastic Green Army Men' costume creator:
My 3 boys have loved playing with plastic army men lately, so I though it'd be fun to dress up as them this year. I looked to the internet for inspiration, and we added our own touches.
These costumes take a LOT of paint and patience. We used grey primer spray paint on the clothes first, Krylon Spring Grass green spray paint on the helmets and plastic weapons/accessories, and then color matched the green helmet at a home improvement store and used about 1.5 gallons of glossy latex paint on the shoes, clothes,gloves, and bazooka (some paint was wasted on shirts that absorbed too much paint and we chose other fabrics).
I bought clothes at the thrift store to paint; make sure they are big because they'll be stiff once painted. Thick or Water resistant materials definitely paint easier, but look for items with pockets and button snap closures so they're easy to wear and more realistic looking. We used cargo pants, nursing scrubs, and athletic pants.
Shoes: We used an old pair of snow boots, a pair of old converse, and regular boots. We spray painted the laces so they'd be easier to tie.
The kids helmets, grenades, and knives came in a set and were spray painted green. I got my helmet at a costume store because the kid one was too small.
The belts are luggage belts that came in a set and were painted with latex paint. The adult gloves are heavy duty latex disposable gloves, and the kids gloves are garden gloves.
The bazooka is a 2 inch PVC pipe with different cap pieces and connector for the handle, painted with latex paint because we had so much, but spray paint would be easier.
The bases are just cardboard cut to size for whatever pose each person wanted to use, and painted with latex paint. We chose to not walk around with them so trick or treating was easier.
For COVID-19 precautions, we used green balaclava masks and primed and spray painted them green; they do end up with a paint smell even after sitting for a week. We wore sunglasses or safety glasses which pretty much covered up the hole for the eyes, but used a green paint on the nose as needed.
These costumes get a lot of attention and are a lot of fun!