Sunday, 9 November 2014

SPONGEBOB AND PUSSY CAT GIRL!

Well readers, it was Halloween last week and inbetween working on caricature commissions and drawing at events this month; I've been busy working on these costumes for my kids. Thought I'd share these pics with you. Our Tommy (aged 8) wanted to be 'SpongeBob Squarepants' and Evie (5) wanted to go as a "pussy cat". As you do... Scroll down to read how I did it....



Halloween costumes hand made by Dad....Dad is  'arty' and indeed 'farty'.












Tommy's costume (thankfully!) was just an old cardboard bike box I got from my local Halfords store for free. I cut holes in it for the mouth and arms, then glued 2 sponges on for the cheeks. The nose is a wee plastic ball glued on to the top of a wee plastic bottle. The eyes are a polystyrene ball cut in half and also glued on. I then painted the whole thing with cardboard primer, then spraypainted it yellow out in my shed ( almost killing myself with the fumes in the process! Took out a fair few spiders, though! )

The other details were hand painted with acrylics. I fitted shoulder straps on it also, so it would be comfy for Tom to wear like a rucksack. I glued an extra square of thick cardboard into the inner 'back' area to strengthen the bit where the straps would be and so that the cardboard wouldn't rip when 'weight bearing' when worn. I got Tom to wear his brown shorts and long sleeved yellow top. I got the gloves and yellow tights off the internet for a couple of quid, and the 'stripes' on the white socks are actually electrical tape! Job done!

Evie's outfit was simpler as she just wanted to wear her 'cat' suit; however she wasn't too impressed with the tiny flimsy mask that came with it. I bought some sheets of foam and glue from Hobbycraft and cut some shapes and created a new one for her that fitted snugly over her head. 


I think the results aren't too shabby and I'm fairly happy with how they turned out...especially as I don't work on these kind of projects too often! Anyway, both my kids are delighted with the results and can't wait to wear them to the school disco this week, so the job's a good 'un! Think I may have earned myself a few "Cool Dad" points on my Clubcard from them also!

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