October 23, 2011

Thor Costume (for DailyBuzz Moms 9x9)

If you're dropping in from DailyBuzz Moms, then welcome!  A couple of weeks ago I finished a funny viking Halloween costume for my youngest son, Baden.  You can see it HERE.  Ever since then, my oldest son Rex has been dying for me to make his costume.  He chose Thor.

Ridiculously good looking, incredibly strong, and a cool hammer?  What's not to love?  The store bought option was pretty lame, so I got thinking and working.  We made the costume on Saturday and I had to beg him to take it off for church yesterday.  Here he is in all his masculine glory.....Thor.



We wanted it to be the true old school Thor, so this picture was our inspiration.


So. let me give you a run down of the details.  Guess what the hat is made of?  Cereal boxes.  Yes, I'm serious.


I ripped open the boxes and cut out several cone shapes.  I traced the cone shape from a hat that currently fits him and made them a little bigger so there would be room to overlap the pieces to hot glue them.  After the hat was glued together I added a little pointed top and glued a border around the bottom.  THen I added wings.



I spray painted it black and them dry brushed silver over the top, to give it a real metal look.  I bought a blonde wig.



I cut chunks off chunks of the wig and glued it around the inside of the hat.  Then I glued paper over that so it wouldn't bother him.  I also stapled a little elastic strap to go under his chin to keep the helmet on his head.


Ta-dah!


Let's break down the outfit.


I purchased a black onesie in the largest size I could find.  The blue pants are part of a pajama set he had.  The red cuffs are just fabric with velcro sewn on.  (They also help disguise the fact that the onesie's arms are pretty short on him.)  The gold boots velcro around his shoes.


The boot covers aren't too hard to make.  You wrap a piece of fabric around the shoe and cut it to fit.  The top is a rectangle and you sew the two parts together.  I recommend fusible interfacing to firm them up a bit.  (You'll also want to sew in a little elastic to loop under the foot to keep the boot cover in place.  You can kind of see it in the picture above.)


The cape was made using my Mom's cape pattern which you can find HERE.  The beauty of that is that he can easily use it afterwards for play.  (My mom knew I was a bit busy so she actually came over to help me out and sew.  She endured "Gramma, is it done yet?" about 43 times.)


We already had the hammer.  It would be easy to make one, though.  (Find a block of styrofoam and insert a wooden dowel.)


And there you have it.  


The world is now a bit safer with this little Thor around.

Thanks for dropping in.  Tomorrow starts our Silhouette week AND giveaway.  See you then!

31 comments:

  1. Wow! Well done! It looks fabulous!

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  2. So Cute! You did an awesome job! :0)

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  3. This is fantastic! Homemade costumes are the way to go!

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  4. That is awesome! Great job!

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  5. So loving this. His darling faces just make the costume.

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  6. fantastic! I really love the hat hair hanging

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  7. You are the costume queen!
    Nice work!

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  8. That is the awesomenest costume ever!

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  9. Awesome rockin job Cheri! It is fabulous! It always amazes me at how cheesy the store costumes are. Hand made is always ten times better. Great job Cheri!

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  10. Awesome rockin job Cheri! It is fabulous! It always amazes me at how cheesy the store costumes are. Hand made is always ten times better. Great job Cheri!

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  11. If you're allowed to make costumes out of cereal boxes, then I am indeed excited for Halloween this year! I always feel so much pressure to go buy the cutest most expensive thing out there. This looks great.

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  12. This is hilarious! Not knowing who Thor was, you can imagine my curiosity to read this post! LOL Thanks for the quick run down for my Peter Pan was going to be going in tennis shoes! Not anymore!

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  13. Those pictures are seriously funny. I love the hair.

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  14. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!

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  15. You could buy a black dance leotard instead of a onesie. It would be easier to find a size that would fit an older child. Wal-mart used to have affordable dance wear in the girls section.

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  16. Jennifer - THANKS! That's a brilliant idea and I wish I would have thought of it! Duh! Great thinking!

    Cheri

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  17. I totally made the viking costume for my son but I used a towel. We had a Halloween party last Saturday and everyone LOVED it! Thanks!

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  18. How cool! I actually started making one of these for my 5 year old today! Thanks so much for sharing, as I wasn't sure what to do about the boots!

    Plus my oldest son is going as Captain America, so I can use the same idea but in red for him.

    My second oldest is going as Hulk (they've chosen a Marvel theme between themselves!) and I'm thankful that I already have a bear costume made up for my youngest, as it's going to be a busy week!

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  20. You're a GENIUS!! I love the costume ... so cute!! Thanks for the ideas that I could use to make other costumes for my kids!!

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  21. Love it! What a great Thor he is :) Have a fun Halloween!

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  22. That is really fantastic! I'm not surprised he didn't want to take it off!

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  23. SMH. Cereal boxes, REALLY. You never cease to amaze me. Absolutely Ah-maz-ing!

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  24. You did an amazing job Cheri! Wow...that helmet is so cool and cheap to make! Love it.

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  25. i'm not sure which is more rad, the awesome costume...or the fact that he wanted to wear it to church!
    awesome job. your kids are super lucky to have such a cool momma like you!


    lesley
    freakingcraft.blogspot.com

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  26. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G job!! He is the most handsome Thor I have ever seen!

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  27. Ok that is just the cutest costume EVER!!!!! Way to go!

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  28. Awesome costume - you are are so clever. I can't believe that helmet!

    And thanks for the description of the boot covers. I've been meaning to make boots for Ruby's halloween costume (wonder woman) and I think I'll just copy you. :)

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  29. Thanks for the great tutorials!

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