Keeping it Simple: DIY Minecraft Creeper, Steve and Zombie Costume

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DIY Minecraft Creeper, Steve and Zombie Costume


For the past three years my kids have been asking to be Minecraft for Halloween.  We usually have a family theme each year, so I usually can convince them to do something else.  Well this year we aren't doing a family theme, so I let them do Minecraft.  They picked a creeper, Steve and a zombie.  They were easy to make and the best thing about them is they only cost $5 each to make, woohoo!!  The heads are about $20 each so and they aren't nearly as cool as these ones :).  I ended up making them a mask, a hat and a treat box (since they always seem to want a prop, I figured they might as well have a functional prop). 



This is how I made them:
I bought lots of foam board at the dollar store.  I used my cutting board and a knife to cut them. 

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For the big, full masks I cut the foam boards into squares that were 10x10 inches.  I cut 4 pieces that size and the top piece 10 x 9 3/4 inches.  For the top piece you have to take off about 1/4" one side to fit into the top of the square.
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Using a glue gun, I glued the sides together.  I then put some glue on the inside of the two pieces for extra strength.  Then I used some duct tape (or clear tape) on all of the sides and corners for more strength and structure.

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Here it is all put together.


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I them painted them.  I used spray paint and then some acrylic paint to make the faces.
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I then put vinyl onto the faces and also painted the faces.
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For the eyes, I cut holes at the eyes and then used a black and blue mesh fabric.  I put it behind the hole inside the head and glued and taped it inside the head.
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For the shirts I just used regular boys' shirts.  To save some money, I found some white shirts at the dollar store and used some Rit Dye that I had left over from another project to dye the Steve and Zombie shirts (and because I wanted them to be the perfect blue). 
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I cut out some Minecraft shapes with my Silhouette (I used the vinyl for the Creeper head and then use the rest of the vinyl for a stencil), taped them onto the shirt and painted them.  I used a few different colors of blue.
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And that's it for the mask costume.  They were really easy to make!  Here is Steve. 
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And here is the Creeper.
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Once I had made the masks I realized that at our church's trunk or treat they don't allow people to wear masks and without the head of the costume, it's a pretty boring costume.  So I came up with another way to make them, so instead of being a mask, they are a hat.  I did it all the exact same way but instead of cutting them 10x10, I cut them 7.5 x 7.5 inches (8 x 8 inches for my 10 year old).  
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And then once the boxes were made, I glued and stapled in a beanie hat (I covered the staples with vinyl).  I also made an Enderman for my husband to wear with the boys.
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Here is my son being a zombie with the hat version.  For his shirt I cut some slits in it and then sewed some green fabric behind the slits.  I also added some green sleeves.
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As I was making costumes my kids asked if I would make them weapons and props.  Like my son wanted a sword or a pic axe.  I end up making them weapons and then half way through trick or treating I end up holding them, not so fun.  So I decided to make their weapons/props functional, I make them treat "boxes" instead of treat bags.  I made the boxes the same way with the foam board as I did the heads, and I cut them 8 x 8 inches.  For added structure and support (I didn't want all the weight of the candy to be put onto the bottom piece) I glued in some felt into the middle of them.  The bottom piece is a full piece of felt, so the sides of the fabric are glued to the sides and the bottom of the box.  
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I then painted the boxes.  I made a grass block for the zombie (he wanted rotted flesh but I wasn't sure how in the world I would do that, so we settled on a grass block).  I made the tools for Steve (it has two swords, a pic axe and a shovel on it all made from vinyl squares).  And I made TNT for the Creeper.
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These are my favorite part of the costumes.  And when Halloween is over, I'm putting them into the boys' Minecraft room, on their  Minecraft shelves!
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And that's it for the costumes!!  Aren't they so much fun??!  The kids like them and are happy, so I'm happy.
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Here is the hat version.  I love that you get to see their cute faces.
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And here is the mask version.  I think that the their costumes just look so cool, either way and we can't wait to go trick or treating on Halloween!
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