Make Your Own Costume

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Costume refers to a suit or dress used by certain individual or a group. It is designed clothing which is commonly used in times of celebrations. It is also used by a certain group of people especially the indigenous people with respect to their culture. Costumes maybe made up of pieces of clothes, recyclable materials or curtains. They are distinctively designed for some purposes. Costumes are used in celebrations such as Halloween, feasts, gatherings either local or special. Costumes vary whether who will use it. If it is for children then costumes must be appropriate for their age. Costume also is used during auditions and contests.

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How to make your own costume for Christmas Season

Things needed in making costume for Christmas:

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    Clothes
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    The clothes may be white, red or green. These colors are very symbolical to Christmas since red represents joy while green represents nature. White on the other hand represents white Christmas. Green and red are actually attractive colors. They are also the colors which are commonly used during Christmas season.
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    Pants
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    Pants needed may be the color of your choice. It may be pure green, red, white or black.
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    Bay leaves
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    Bay leaves will be used to design the clothes in order to make it customized. They will be placed and attached on the clothes. This will serve as the decoration of your clothes.
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    Metallic Christmas decoration
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    The metallic Christmas decoration will give color to your costume when it is attached to the clothes.
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    Stapler with staple
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    This will be used in clipping the bay leaves and the metallic decorations to your clothes. Stapler is the best to use so that you can easily remove it rather than stick glues and the like.
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Steps in making Christmas decorations

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    Wash the clothes first before attaching the decoration which is the bay leaves and the metallic Christmas decorations
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    The reason why you need to wash the clothes first is that you cannot wash it when you have attached the metallic Christmas decorations and the bay leaves. Dry the clothes after washing and you are ready to start decorating.
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    Get the bay leaves and you can decorate it in any form you want
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    Usually they are decorated as belt. Start putting the bay leaves from the left part of the shirt using the stapler. Continue to do this in pattern starting from the front of the shirt and the back of the shirt until it meets the starting point. You can also design the bay leaves diagonally. Start placing the bay leaves from the right bottom corner of the shirt and continue placing bay leaves until it will reach the left shoulder of the shirt. When it reached the left shoulder, and then continue to place bay leaves until it reach the starting point. There, clip the bay leaves using the stapler.
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    When you are finished in designing your shirt
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    Get the metallic Christmas decoration. The same thing as the bay leaves will be done in putting it. You may place it vertically or horizontally. When placing the metallic Christmas decoration, you should not cover the bay leaves with it.
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    When you are finished making your design in your shirt then next to design your pants
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    You can design your pants by purely using bay leaves or by purely using metallic Christmas decoration. You can attach the bay leaves by putting it one at a time and with the right spacing. You can place it in front of the pants as well as on the pants back. You can also place the metallic Christmas decoration by placing it in one line starting from the upper part of the pants downwards. You should staple the metallic Christmas decoration in order for it not to be removed easily.
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How to make Halloween costume

The things needed in making Halloween costume

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    Shirt or sweater
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    The shirt or sweater will be designed in order to use it as a costume. The shirt or sweater may be the old ones. You also need extra shirt to be placed on the socks which will look like an extra hand. Refer to the photo.
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    Socks
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    This will be used in making a third hand and will make the costume more beautiful. The socks should be color brown. We need color brown to show the color of the hand and the color of your complexion for it to be seen as real hand.
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    Paint
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    Paint will be used to make a blood in your costume to make it more Halloween in nature. The paint needed is red in color. You can also use different colors and may used it in the way you want it to be.
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    Thread and needle
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    The thread and needle will be used in sewing the hole you will me making when you are on the process of making your costume.
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    Scissors
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    These will be used in removing part of the shirt in front by making a hole.
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Steps

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    Get the shirt and the scissors
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    Make a hole in your shirt. The hole should be as big as the socks' opening. You can make a whole in the center of the shirt or in any place of your choice. The hole is the place which will serve as third hand when the costume is fully made.
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    After making the hole
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    Get the sock and start to sew it with the hole. The sock should cover the whole made. Sew also the other sock in any of the arms sleeve. The socks should also cover the opening of the sleeves. The sleeve is the part where your hand was inserted.
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    Get the extra cloth and start placing it in the socks
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    It should be placed fully in the socks. Do it on the sock in the hole and in the sleeve. You need to place the extra cloth to show that it was like a real hand.
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    Place paint around the socks in the hole you made to show that it was like real blood
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    Put only small amount of paint to dry it easily. You can also put paint droplets on the different part of the shirt to make in more Halloween in nature.
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    Dry the paint before using.
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Do's and don'ts

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    Take care when you are sewing
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    Don't rush to avoid an accident.
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    Wash the clothes first before decorating.
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    Secure the paint and keep it away from reach of children.
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    Do not over decorate your costumes
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    An over decorated costume is not good to the eye.
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Few more ideas on how to be creative

Costume-making calls for a great deal of creativity. Costumes are meant to add a little more fun to parties. This is why costumes has become a favorite in office, home, school or corporate parties; some even throw cash prices for the coolest attires. Costumes can sometimes be very costly but why spend much on them if you can make your own costumes and save some cash. Now that Christmas is just around the corner, people would be partying everywhere. Do you want to wear a more personalized costume in this year's Christmas party? Then you may want to look into some of the ways on how you can create and personalize your own Christmas costume.

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Making Your Own Christmas Costume

How to Make Santa Costume

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You'll Need:

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    Red sweatshirt
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    Red sweat pants
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    4-5 yards of fake white fur (6 inches wide)
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    Glue
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Steps

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    On your sweatshirt, attach the white around the cuffs and down the front.
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    Do the same thing with your sweatpants down to the ankles
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    Add green holly leaves made of felt paper and adhere it to the sweatsuit
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    Finish your look with the black boots and forget not the Santa beard and hat.
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How to Make a Reindeer Costume

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You'll Need:

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    Brown sweatshirt
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    Brown sweatpants
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    Red felt paper
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    Ribbons
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    Velcro
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    Reindeer antlers
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    Red blinking nose
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Steps

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    Using a red felt, make a collar for your shirt as per your desired length and width.
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    Tie a jingle bell on the ribbons then adhere the ends to the felt paper.
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    Fasten the collars with a Velcro.
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    Complete your reindeer costume with the antlers and blinking red nose
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    A red makeup can be an alternative for the blinking red nose.
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    Finally, put on your black gloves and shoes
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How to Make a Candy-man Costume

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You'll Need:

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    White sweatshirts and sweatpants
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    Red paint fabric
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    Paint brush (foam-tipped)
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    Glitters in different color
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Steps

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    Paint stripes on your sweatshirt and sweatpants.
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    If you want your costume to glitzy, you could sprinkle glitters in different colors
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    You Christmas candy costume is now ready.
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Tips

When creating your own costumes for whatever the occasion is, try to make use if recyclable materials. You need not buy all the materials needed. Just look around your house and you can find a lot. If you have kept your costumes from previous years, you may just want to make some enhancement.

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Questions and Answers

How to make a Santa costume out of recyclable materials?

I need to design a costume for my school. I have tried: I tried to surf the web but I still can't find how to make it. I think it was caused by: I am not sure

Santa Costumes can be created with items from around the house. In this Youtube Video you can see how to use a bathrobe, pair of sweatpants and two pillows to make a Santa costume.

Santa costumes do not need to be all red. You can use a pair of your pants with suspenders and a shirt. Use a pillow to make the tummy and the cotton balls for a beard. You can even use tinsel garland to make the suspenders. Recycled costumes are up to your imagination. Look at items around your house and see if you can implement them in a unique way. Cut out glasses from a paper towel or toilet paper roll. Use the circular tube and then the rest of the cardboard to complete the glasses. Take a marker and color them black.

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Recent edits by: Graeme, Eng, Emmanuel M. Lardizabal

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