How to Make Spikes for a Costume


Don't weigh a costume down with heavy accessories or spikes. Instead of using metal or heavy materials to complete any costumes that requires spikes, consider using foam cones instead. These are lightweight accessories that are easy to color, apply and carry around on a costume. If you need spikes for a dinosaur, wrestler, monster or anything else, you can make them quickly at an affordable cost.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 foam cones
  • Spray primer
  • Spray pain
  • Newspaper
  • Costume
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue

Preparing the Spikes

  • Spread out newspaper in an area where you can spray paint. Garages, basements and outdoors are the best places. Any area that has a temperature higher than 35 degrees will work. Set your cones up on the newspaper.

  • Spray the cones with primer as directed on the can. Wait for the primer to dry completely. Spray the cones with the spray paint as directed.

  • After the first coat of paint is dried apply a second coat the cones. Before applying the cones to the costume, add any additional markings or accessories you want.

Adding the Spikes to the Costume

  • Put a piece of newspaper under your working surface and turn on your glue gun. Give your glue gun about 10 minutes to heat up. Set your cones next to the costume so you can grab them quickly.

  • Lay the costume flat on the surface. Place a piece of cardboard under the area of cloth that will be glued on. Put circle of glue where the first cone goes. Push the cone onto the glue and hold for 30 seconds.

  • Continue adding the cones onto the costume with glue. When you are done leave the costume on the working surface to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add gems, glitter or markings to your spikes.
  • Never leave a child around a glue gun unattended.

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