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1  Nine Year Old Edward Scissorhands in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel on: November 03, 2016 10:50:55 PM
So, my son came to me about a month ago and says, "Mom, I know what I want to be for Halloween this year.  Edward Scissorhands."  Oh dear boy, so you ARE my child!  LOL! 

I had so much fun making this costume!  We thrifted just about everything.

White shirt, pants, and suspenders were from the Salvation Army.

Under leather neck/chest piece was made entirely from a black purse I picked up at Goodwill.

Wig was purchased new, and slightly altered to look more Edward-y.

Candy bucket was an old pumpkin bucket we had laying around, that I painted green, and then hot glued pieces of a fake plant I picked up from Goodwill as well. 

The Crown Jewels of the costume, the scissorhands, were made from goalie gloves and thick foam.  I just cut scissor shapes from the thick foam, painted them scissor-y colors, and hot glued them to the black goalie gloves.  The pointer fingers I made into actual moving scissors for a more realistic look, although you can't really cut anything with them, well, maybe air.  LOL!

Kiddo had a great time trick or treating.  He really got into character and wouldn't smile when people spoke to him, and shuffled a tad when he walked.  He even learned how to pick candy out of baskets with his scissorhands by the end of the night!

I hope you like it, he sure did, and I sure enjoyed making it!

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2  Re: SHARKNADO!!! HECK YES! in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel on: November 12, 2015 06:20:07 AM
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!  
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3  SHARKNADO!!! HECK YES! *Updated w/instructions and in-progress pics on page 2* in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel 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!

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4  I want your BRAINS!!! Plants vs. Zombies Flag Zombie Costume Image PLUMP!!! in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel 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!
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5  Wee Zombie Watercolor paintings, ATC size in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Saint_Angel 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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6  Tiny Watercolor Paintings of The Walking Dead in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Saint_Angel on: February 19, 2013 11:30:58 AM
Hi all!  Hubby and I love The Walking Dead tv show.  I painted these tiny, ATC sized watercolors for practice.  I really liked how they turned out, so I'm going to frame them this way.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like them!  Here's a few pics of them individually.





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7  Re: One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Saint_Angel on: February 07, 2012 09:30:39 PM
I received my package from rosyposie today!  She made me this awesome iPod cozy!  It's so cool!  I love it, thank you!  She also sent a lovely card and some great chocolates.  Only some made it for the picture, and sadly, none are now left.  LOL!

Thanks again rosyposie!  I hope you enjoy your package as much as I love mine!
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8  Domokun! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Saint_Angel on: January 16, 2012 07:06:55 PM
Ok, so I just love Domo and how simple and cute he is!  I don't know why, I just do.  So instead of buying one, I had to make one for myself.  He's a bit different in shape, I made him a bit wider and shorter than the original, it didn't feel right just copying it outright.  Mine is about 8"tall, 9" wide and 2" thick. 
Hope y'all like him!

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9  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 in The Swap Gallery by Saint_Angel on: December 05, 2011 05:54:03 AM
Hey all!  I received from camelama last week, but have not had time to get any pics up until now. 
BEHOLD, the aweseomeness!
It's the TIN MAN for my Wizard of Oz collection!   

A close up of his great heart.

And hanging out with the gang.  My collection is almost complete! 

Thank you camelama, he's perfect in every way!  I love him!   You did a fantastic job!
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10  Mario Bros. Bob-omb Costume in Halloween Costumes by Saint_Angel on: November 01, 2011 11:50:37 AM
So for Halloween this year, my four year old (5 in four days) wanted to be a lava lamp.  That's all he talked about for weeks.  Well, after planning it out, we decided it wasn't trick or treat friendly, and he wouldn't be able to move well enough if he were to trip or whatnot.  So his next choice was a Bob-omb from Mario!  I loved it!  So this is what I came up with.

In the house



Trick or Treating


From behind.

I originally was going to sew the wick part to his hood, but decided that I'd attach it to a hat instead so he could see better.  (His hood is a little big.)  That's why it looks a tad different in the trick or treat pics. 

I just sewed two hemispheres and stuffed them, and then added shoulder and side straps to keep it on him.  He just wore his fleece coat and some black pants underneath to kind of blend into the bomb.  The key is sewed to the back (man, he was sooo disappointed that I didn't make it functional!  LOL!) and then there is a small bit of clear fishing line supporting it so it didn't droop as he walked.  The yellow "feet" are just fleece boot covers/legwarmers I sewed up and attached elastic across the bottoms to keep them down over his shoes.  The wick is a cover from a jar I painted and drilled a hole into, and then the actual wick is a piece of rope that I put a pipe cleaner in the middle of to keep it upright.  Oh, and the eyes are just fleece that I sewed on. 

Oh, and just for reference, here's what a Bob-omb looks like.

Enjoy!  I know he did!  Smiley
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