This is a very thorough tutorial which shows you how to make a hooded cloak or cape without a pattern. All you need is five yards of your favorite fabric (pick something durable and sixty inches wide), then cut out some basic shapes and follow along the sewing tutorial
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The Predator is a classic Sci-Fi and horror film monster, and quite possibly one of the coolest. (There will be no debating Aliens vs. Predator in these comments! :) ) If you're looking to make a costume for your indie film, or for going out for Halloween, check out this aweso ...more
Don't spend the money or suffer the embarrassment of going out to buy adult diapers. Prop diapers are easy to make using just a towel or some white trash bags. Watch this video costume design tutorial and learn how to make a folded prop towel or trash bag adult diaper. Make a ...more
Here's my latest gauntlet, made in 22 gauge stainless steel using ordinary hand tools you probably already have in your garage. I used Iron Man for inspiration, but it's far from an exact replica. Unlike my previous gauntlets, there is minimal riveting, as most of the parts ar ...more
Okay, pull out the fabric and start making some cosplay costumes. Specifically, Zabuza Momochi from Naruto. This video tutorial for cosplay covers it all. Anime or manga, which one do you like better? Who cares, just make a costume okay? Go cosplay!
Are you a "Watchmen" fan? Especially Silk Spectre? Well, learn how to create a sexy "Watchmen" Silk Spectre costume in just a few simple steps with Gianny L. The sexy GiannyL demonstrates this DIY closet hack that's simple and cheap. Just cut up an old jacket for your costume ...more
Okay, you're addicted to Naruto, which means you probably like anime and manga... and of course, cosplay. Check out this video tutorial on how to make some cheap and very easy Naruto cosplay headbands. Yes, that's right, headbands. Your costume just won't be right without them.
Make a space helmet for less then $20! Check out the Make a space suit video to make the matching suit.
One of the drawbacks of synthetic, as opposed to human hair, wigs is that they can be difficult to style. Fortunately, while hair irons may be a no-go for styling synthetic wigs, you can get great results by submerging your wig in a container of boiling water. This video tuto ...more
Do you need to have some sort of bionic vagina in your next film? Do you want to scare the hell out of your parents during Halloween with this costume of the female muscular tube? Maybe you just want to be a vagina? Who knows. But you can see how to do it right here.
Here's an in-depth video on how to make a functional gauntlet with simple hand tools. You can make it with metal like the video shows, or even just cardboard if it's for a costume. You can download the template and written instructions for this gauntlet over at my website for ...more
Are you planning on making your own version of Star Trek, but don't have the kind of money J. J. Abrams has? Don't worry. Indy Mogul shows you how to make a futuristic space suit for less then $50 dollars. Plus special guest Rudy Jahchan of Galacticast!
No matter what you think of Slipknot's music, you gotta admit they have a cool, horror movie look. This video will walk you through how to make your own Slipknot full head masks. You'll be surprised how simple the process is. Materials needed: An old shirt Masking tape or du ...more
Check out this tutorial video sequence to learn how to make a Kingdom Heart's 2 Organization 13 Coat for Cosplay! In part 1, you will learn how to make the front part of the coat. Then, when you start sewing, you have to make sure that the outside of the coat is on the inside ...more
Going for a Predator outfit for Halloween or as a cameo in your film, you want to try to get as close to the real thing as possible. In this video you will learn how to perfectly align LED lights to create the targeting lights that the predator uses for its canon with a quick ...more
You like Death Note I see, otherwise you wouldn't be here right now. Anime and manga doesn't get any better. Check out this video tutorial to see how to make your very own L Lawliet costume for cosplay! You'll go step-by-step to get to that perfect cospaly art. Get the jeans ...more
If you've been looking for a sexy contemporary video game character to cosplay or dress as for Halloween, consider Altair from Assassin's Creed. He's sexy, distinctive, and armed with this video you'll be well on your way to having sewed the costume yourself. Specifically, thi ...more
Pyramid Head. You've heard the name before. You've saw him in action. Now cosplay as him. This costume could be used for Halloween, cosplay, or just for the hell of it. Pyramid Head is a fictional monster from the Silent Hill video game and movie. So watch this four-part vide ...more
Plastic masks are usually the cheapest that you can get, but their tiny eye and mouth holes impede your use of your organs and can cut you as well. Watch this video to learn how to use a woodburning pen to widen the holes in such as way that they wont' come out sharp and jagge ...more
In this mask making tutorial video, learn how to make a fur suit skeleton of a mask using simple materials such as plastic canvas, a hot glue gun, scissors, hard paper, white foam, and fasteners. This video is great for beginners who want to learn the craft of creating a fur s ...more
Leather bracers and belts are staples of typical medieval garb, and if you want to make a medieval Halloween or cosplay costume it could probably be helped by a set. In this video you'll learn how to make great bracers and belts yourself for an Altair from Assassin's Creed or ...more
Anime and manga are your life, and so is cosplay, so why not watch this video tutorial? This is a step-by-step guide on how to make a Japanese gi top, suitable for characters like Bleach, Kenshin, Inu Yasha, Shinsengumi and many more! You can even use this for your judo and o ...more
Superb costumes generally fall into two categories; artfully crafted, time intensive, pricey facsimiles or the low budget option—ingenious, cheap and scrappy. When undertaking the admirable task of creating "one cool (or not) idea every day, for 365 consecutive days, from Janu ...more
Costume fox ears are simple to make. Just draft a pattern, cut them out of the fabric, and sew it all together. Watch this video wardrobe and costume-making tutorial and learn how to build a pair of fox ears. Come Halloween, you'll have a costume ready and waiting to go. Part ...more
To build a robot suit you will need a football toy chest, a medium sized trash can, two old camera flashes, heater vent cover, two old Sega Genesis controllers, a big lamp shade, a big sheet of cardboard, dryer vent hose, plastic scale, old "Go-bots" brand 110 camera, spray pa ...more
Backyard FX is back just in time for Halloween with this video tutorial. This how-to video shows you how to replace your an arm with a motorized gatling gun! Make a cool movie or the best Halloween costume in town! All for less then $35 dollars. You will need six cardboard shi ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to do fairy princess face paint. To do this, make sure you have paint brushes, sponges, a spray bottle, and different colors of paints. To begin, take your sponge and apply a base to your entire face. Next, draw the outline for the design you wan ...more
Masquerade parties are fun, classy, and sensual. Even if you don't know of any upcoming Masquerade parties, the Masquerade look works perfect for Halloween as well. In this video you'll learn how to do the hair, makeup, and costume for a great Masquerade look
This tutorial shows you how to make a Renaissance or medieval costume blouse. You will need a sewing machine and about a yard and a half of fabric. You don't need a pattern, just one of your own shirts to use as a fitting guide.
Watch this step by step costume making tutorial to learn how to make a cool Japanese sailor styled school uniform. This video is suitable for numerous characters like Sailormoon, Suzumiya Haruhi, Azumanga, and more. This how to video is great for costume designers, cosplayers, ...more
Want to make a pair of Renaissance pants? You can make a really cool pair of Renaissance pants or fantasy costume pants out of a pair of sweatpants. This tutorial shows you how to pull off this look using the thrift store.
Whether you're a sinner or a saint, making a nun costume for Halloween requires no divine intervention. You Will Need * A long black dress or graduation gown * Rope * White poster board * Scissors * Black fabric * A hot glue gun * Glue * A crucifix or rosary beads * Tunic sewi ...more
Altair from Assassin's Creed absolutely drips charisma and originality, and thus makes a great costume choice for Halloween or cosplay. In this video you'll learn how to make a template for his upper and under tunic before your cut and sew it.
Tom goes over his method for putting on his Stormtrooper costume.
See how easy it is to make your very own Naruto shoes for cosplay! They're cheap, easy to make, and fun! Anime and manga, all the way! This video tutorial will show you just how easy it is to cosplay. You were afraid before because you thought it would cost a lot of money, bu ...more
TheTribalButterfly is here to teach you how to read, understand, and cut patterns and fabrics for cosplay costumes! So, if you just can't get enough of your anime or manga character, then why not become them. Make your won manga costumes and act accordingly. Just watch this th ...more
Watch this step by step costume making guide on how to make a Suzumiya Haruhi skirt for cosplaying. This tutorial is great for anime enthusiasts, designers, and do it yourself fashion aficionados. Learn the necessary steps of designing a Suzimiya Haruhi skirt for cosplaying.
We all love Tron. The more Tron the better. We learned how to make a Tron suit with the help of Adafruit, but here's a new rendition that substitutes the electroluminescent wire for LEDs. Instructables member sheetmetalalchemist says the LEDs are brighter, sturdier and lighter ...more
This tutorial series shows you how to use Sintra (a type of PVC plastic that bends under heat) to make a piece of Spartan-style leg armor. This focues on making a shin guard, but you can use this method for any piece of armor you want to make.
They are made from a pair of comfortable wedge sandals, and are very durable. Materials used: Wire screening(used for screening windows) Clay to temperarily hold wire in place Paper mache' with wallpaper paste Car bondo Filler primer Acrylic paint Krylon satin finish clearcoa ...more