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So after being Minecraft Steve, Corey decided he wanted to be a Creeper from the game Minecraft. If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, then you probably don’t need to be reading this blog post :-)
OK. Easy peasy… here we go!
We found a 12×12 box and drew the grid lines at 1.5 inches apart so we could cut the eyes and mouth. Notice, we had to leave a little “Notch” (Old-school Minecraft humor) between the eyes and the nose so it would hold together. We also left some of the box below the mouth, again to keep the box from ripping apart.
Next, we found a big ole’ box for the body, cut it to fit 12 year old Corey, and taped it all together. Then, time for a hole in the top for Corey to stick his head through.
Now it was time to rip the shoulder pads out of our Minecraft Steve costume from last Halloween and spay glue them where the box would rest on Corey’s shoulders . We used some green craft paint to paint a base coat on the body and head. Once that dried, we drew out the grid lines at about 1.5 inches. You can see that we cut along some of the grid lines on the side of the body to give Corey the ability to use his arms to snag some candy.
Next it was time to give it the pixelated look. We had our green base paint, some white, and some black. We mixed the black or white with the green until it looked pretty good. We also used some straight up white, and straight up black for some highlights.
My lovely wife had the great idea to cut some kitchen sponges to 1.5 inch squares (we just used scissors). We dipped the kitchen sponge into the paint and started filling squares… very randomly. You can look at how “un-careful” we were by looking at the detail photos of the next section. The sponge texture didn’t bother us a bit.
Next, we didn’t want anyone to see Corey in there, so we got a piece of screen at the Home Depot. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but we found a small sheet for pretty cheap. I’m sure an associate can help you find a small piece. We duct taped it to the inside of the head to cover the holes. Also, notice how rough and random the paint can be.
Next, we cut a slope into the edge of the head so the Creeper would be looking slightly down. We “Notched” the side about one square from the front of the box and tapered it back to meet the corner of the back of the box. We did this on both sides.
Now, you can’t have arm holes distracting from the overall Creeper appearance, so we poked a little hole in the arm flap, and put a little string loop so Corey could pull the arm flap flush when he didn’t need his hands. We did one on each side.
If I recall, Corey wore black sweat pants so his legs would basically disappear. In the picture below, you can see the tilt of the head, and the arm flap retracted.
And there you have it. After Halloween, we ended up having to put this out on the street with the trash, but we were very happy to see a mom stop with her young son. He put it on and ran around in our street, so it went to a good home :-)
I hope your costume turns out AWESOME!!!!