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Amazing. What fabric did you use for the tornado?  I love the little sharks.


I used a wire base, like chicken wire but different, and formed it into a cylindrical tornado shape. I cut out the holes for the arms.  All edges were then taped with duct tape so no stray wires were poking out. I then covered that with plastic wrap so that the inside is easy to slip on, and nothing catches on the kiddo.  

Then I wrapped it with quilt batting, because I have a surplus of that, and I thought it would make a nice base for the tornado/storm cloud look.  I spray painted some gray streaks, so that it would look like swirling winds and add a bit of contrast so that it wasn't just a big, white blob. I stitched on three stuffed sharks (I got scolded by my son for not making those myself as well, but hey, I was trying to save myself some steps) that I added yarn blood to.  

After the sharks were all on, I added spider webbing, you know, that icky crap you spread out on your bushes or porches to look like webs at Halloween time.  It made for GREAT storm swirls in the tornado.  I used spray glue here and there, to help the webbing stay in place.  

His chainsaw was just a toy one we already owned.

I made his hat from a basic fleece hat tutorial that I modified to add the teeth and fin.  His treat bag was from a pattern and tutorial on a blog... http://www.stitchedbycrystal.com/2012/11/tutorial-shark-bag-with-free-pattern.html

I hope that answered some questions!

Thank you all, I'm so glad you like it!  We had so much fun trick or treating, hearing all the adults ooooh and ahhhh over it!  Lol!  
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES / SHARKNADO!!! HECK YES! *Updated w/instructions and in-progress pics on page 2* on: November 06, 2015 09:14:21 PM
My 9 year son loves those cheesy Sharknado movies.  Deciding this year's Halloween costume was a no-brainer this year!

I made his shark hat, and even a bag to match for trick or treating.

It was one of the most fun costumes I've made in years!  And he loved it!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Godefroy's Books on: June 08, 2014 05:45:29 AM
Oh my word!  So awesome!  Such talent, and patience, you must have!   I love it, every tiny little inch of it!  Great job!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: I want your BRAINS!!! Plants vs. Zombies Flag Zombie Costume Image PLUMP!!! on: November 04, 2013 07:36:49 AM
Thank you everyone!  I'm so glad you all like it!  Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I want your BRAINS!!! Plants vs. Zombies Flag Zombie Costume Image PLUMP!!! on: November 01, 2013 07:53:13 AM

Ok, so our whole family LOVES playing Plants vs. Zombies.  (For those who don't know, it's a video game where you use plants in your yard to fight off the zombies trying to get into your house.  Why do they want in your house?  Because they want your BRAINS!!!)  This year for Halloween, my 6 year old son wanted to be the Flag Zombie from the PvZ game.  (The Flag Zombie looks like a regular zombie, but he carries a red flag with a brain on it.)

So, I thrifted the outfit from eBay sellers and thrift stores (and our closets). The dress shirt, tie and sport coat are the only things I spent any money on.  The mask and flag bag is what I made.  (After looking at photos, I wish I would have defined the stripes in the tie better with some white paint or something.  There are stripes there, they are just not as pronounced as I would have liked them to be in the photos.)

The mask started as a cardboard base (from the soda I was currently drinking and from the dinner I made that night).  I marked and cut where the mouth and eyes should be, and then paper mached the whole helmet/mask.  I put in balloons for the eyes, so they would POP out, but one of them somehow shrunk when I was working on it, so they look to be about the same size at the end.  Oh well, right?  Smiley

After the paper mache was dry, I primed the whole thing with some white gesso.  I didn't want to have to go and buy any paint, so I dug around my house and found grey and black acrylic paint.  Well, the zombie color is a greyish tint, but also with some green.  I was like, what to do?  Ah HA!  Food coloring!  Yes!  So I plopped some grey acrylic paint and a few drops of green food coloring into my painting jar and VIOLA!  Zombie green paint!  (Sidenote:  If you are trick or treating in the rain like we did last night, SEAL the helmet/mask.  By the end of the night, the green, yes just the GREEN, ran off his mask and onto his shirt!  Haha, his helmet is still pretty cool, it's just a dingy grey color now!)

So anyway, the mask is all painted up, but we didn't want people to be able to see into the mask, so I added some black nylon behind the mouth part.  That way he could still breathe, but people couldn't see in.  All night, people asked if he could see alright (they couldn't see the hidden eye holes under the helmet/mask's eyes) and thought his eyes were behind the mouth. 

Now the helmet/mask is done.  Put it together with the outfit, and the zombie is ready!  Unless your child is SPECFIC about their choices like my son, then you're not quite done yet.

We talked with our son about how trick or treating is hard to do while carrying a candy bag AND holding a flag, so we came to a compromise.  A flag bag!  I made a red tote bag out of some felt I had laying around, and appliqued a brain onto it, just like the flag in the game.  That way, he could still have his flag, and get candy, without Mom or Dad having to carry his stuff.

This costume was so much fun to make!  My son was so impressed, at every step.  "MOM!  YOU made THAT?!?"  Grownups and kids were all like, "HEY!  Plants vs. Zombie guy!  Awesome!"  And my favorite, they ask my son, "Did you make that?"  He'd tell them all, "Nope, my mom did".  Everyone's response was always, "Well, you must have the coolest mom!"  And he just would say, "I sure do!"  Ahhh, makes your heart melt!  Smiley

Happy Halloween!
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #92 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2013 - Entries Due Nov 1 - 10 2013 on: November 01, 2013 06:32:58 AM
Has the board been created for this yet?  I can't seem to find it....

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Wee Zombie Watercolor paintings, ATC size on: March 09, 2013 05:26:33 AM
Thank you everyone, glad you like them!  Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: upcycled tree skirt into gingerbread bunting on: February 20, 2013 07:09:45 PM
What a great way to repurpose something you love!  Such a fantastic idea, and I think the new bunting looks wonderful! 
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Tiny Watercolor Paintings of The Walking Dead on: February 20, 2013 10:57:37 AM
Thanks you guys!  I'm really glad you like them!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wee Zombie Watercolor paintings, ATC size on: February 19, 2013 01:51:31 PM
Here are some Tiny zombie paintings I watercolored.  I'm still rather new to watercoloring, but I think they turned out alright.
Thanks for looking, I hope you like them!

1st one I made




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