Costume Play is great fun and loaded with creative and imaginative ideas to challenge our arts and crafts skills as well as mental discipline and physical movements.
Costume designing and construction can become very expensive which may not matter to some people, but for those on a budget; it's a big deal.
Being on budget forces an individual to work their thinking about using substitutes and creating those "who would have thought of that" to magically transform into the needed item.
1. Paper and pencil to draw and/or write out what is needed for the costume. This helps towards making a decision as to which costume is to be constructed and is it possible for you to do so. It's cheaper to throw away a sheet of paper and start over then it is to start the costume and realize it is not possible.
2. Thrift stores, garage sales, church bazaars,flea markets, garage sales, and relative's attic and other bargain outlets. A dollar spent is about $10 or more saved.
3. Look at the item of interest right side up, upside down, and sideways. to gather new ideas to recycle the object for your costume. Example: Ruffles on a curtain can save hours at the sewing machine. Plastic window screens have many uses.
4. Buy cheap if you can, when not, can you make the item from cloth, bottle caps, paper mache? Jewelry can be made from just about anything. Elbow macaroni is great for jewelry.
5. Dollar stores are great for items which need to be new and not break your budget. I have also noticed that these stores carry items which you may not see in major department stores. It's amazing what can be done with laced doilies, table cloths, place mats, artificial flowers and more.
6. Your personal closet can offer many ideas which regular clothing can offer. This will save hours of stitching at the sewing machine or hand stitching.
7. Props can be made from cardboard, Styrofoam, cans, bottles, broom handles, and other types of items which may be recycled.
8. Facial makeup, Halloween makeup, or masks may be used. Hair wigs can be found for reasonable dollars.
9. Portable battery operated fans and lights offer imaginative ideas.
10. Old or broken toys, tools, and objects made with plastic or metal make excellent molds. Tape or glue missing pieces into those broken areas to make desired prop. Fill or cover with plaster, paper, or cloth covered with adhesive to form the new object. The temporary mold can be removed and discarded or saved to make another prop. A coat or two of acrylic paints may be used to finish the object with the correct coloring.
The above 10 tips are to get you started. As you create your costume with its accessories and props you will find other handy tips which need to be permanently noted for future use for repairs, maintenance, or to make another similar costume.
Two women dressed in red with peaked hats, simple sweater, shorts, knee high socks, and red boots to match.
This ghostly female is dressed in a soft flowing dress and a long veil for a headpiece which drapes towards her feet. She is wearing a full-face mask painted ghostly white. An Egyptian style wide collar accents her neck and a bracelet is worn on each wrist duplicating the same design as the neck piece.
This is a very intricate costume of a mythical warrior.