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« on: November 06, 2011 07:53:55 AM »

Did you hear the trick-or-treaters scream when the shrub jumped up at them?
This costume not only got extra treats, it got a lot of double-takes!  Even ghouls and monsters took the time to remove their masks so they could get a better look.

This was adapted from http://www.instructables.com/id/Shrub-Bush-Plant-costume/
In a nutshell, drill out the bottom of a plastic planter big enough for the one wearing the costume (in this case, my older son).  Attach a chicken-wire tower to the top of the planter, making the structure tall enough to cover the person.  Drill two holes on either side of the planter and weave rope in and out of the holes to create suspenders. Weave enough foliage in-and-out of the chicken wire to camouflage the person inside.

Some of the things we changed in the original tut:

1) we didn't use hardware to attach the chicken wire to the planter.  We used duct tape, drilled pairs of small holes every 4 inches, and used florist wire to act like staples.
2) sandwich the loose barbed wire with duct tape, so the person wearing the costume doesn't get all scratched up by the chicken wire
3) we used a 24" pot and the foliage was from trimmings of our elm tree
4) we didn't cut out arm holes.  Little brother was nice enough to grab the treats for the shrub.

Since the frame is still in good shape, I'm thinking of removing the dried up elm leaves, and weaving cuttings from our pine tree.  Then I could decorate it for Christmas.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011 08:40:14 AM »

love it!! scaring trick or treaters is the best part of halloween Smiley

« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2011 02:37:59 PM »

That's awesome Cheesy My fianc dresses as a bush last year... but cool as his gilly cloak was, this trumps it! Nice work!

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011 03:08:12 PM »

That is great!!!!
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011 03:37:14 PM »

Oh man. That would have scared the crap out of me as a kid! Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2011 08:01:12 PM »

I might copy your idea to scare the kids next year! Awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2011 07:00:45 AM »

I LOVE this! I really love costumes that are every day items, they crack me up. This looks amazing - pure genius!

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011 06:29:51 PM »

This is hysterical & awesome! I love it!  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2011 11:12:03 AM »

AHAHAHA!!! Genius!

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