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Topic: Low-Cost Beetle Costume  (Read 1677 times)
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The Nyckelharpa is a lovely, strange beast!

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« on: April 19, 2011 09:43:29 AM »

I made this beetle costume a long while back from recycled materials, most of which I found at a local re-used hardware store. It was a fun project and probably ran less than $25. For anyone else out there needing a bug costume, here's a run-down of what it's made from:

- First off, the shell was made from something called a "fiber-barrel". It's a large storage barrel made from super-dense paper-board. I then cut it into segments and hooked the panels together with nylon straps and rivets on the inside. The shell is supported by backpack straps that are also located on the inside and fit over the wearer's shoulders.

- Next, the head was made from a bicycle helmet, duct tape, respirator covers for the eyes and plumbing parts for the antennae.

- The arms were made from corrugated abs drain pipe and the hands from cardboard

- Finally, the legs were made from a combination of a plastic industrial barrel and more corrugated drain pipe.

Add a little black spray-paint and viola! You're ready to terrorize the town!
« Last Edit: April 17, 2013 09:18:27 AM by meleriffic » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011 11:59:59 AM »

That's very scary, I'd run a long way from that bug if I saw it on the street!

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Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011 12:53:32 PM »

This rocks. Seriously. I love watching people get creative with stuff from the hardware stores. I usually just come up with techno-clothing or hair, but this is.. truly unique! =) It's scary and weird and funny at the same time.. Great, great, great idea. Thank you for sharing.
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