How to Make an Olympic Swimmer Halloween Costume


United States swimmers have become quite popular following the 2008 Olympics. If you would like to attend a Halloween party dressed as Michael Phelps or Dara Torres, you do not have to plunk down a wad of money at a trendy costume shop. Instead, create your own homemade swimming champion costume. Who knows, you could win a medal of your own--for most original costume!

Things You'll Need

  • Hair gel
  • Swim cap
  • Swimming suit
  • Nose plug
  • MP3 player
  • Goggles
  • Water shoes, flip-flops or tennis shoes
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbon
  • Foil
  • Gold spray paint
  • Wet your hair and slick it back with hair gel or mousse. Make sure to use the type of product that leaves your hair looking wet. You may opt to wear a swimming cap instead, or on top of your "wet" hair.

  • Wear a red, white and blue swimming suit or trunks, if it is warm enough to do so. You can wear a skin-colored bodysuit or even a sweat suit underneath it to keep warmer; simply buy a bathing suit in a larger size. If you are a man (or dressing as a male swimmer), find a T-shirt that is airbrushed to look like six-pack abs. If it is too cold, you can opt for a red, white and blue workout suit.

  • Pin your nose with a swimmer's nose plug or hang it around your neck. Wear an iPod or other MP3 player. Strap swimming goggles around your forehead, as though you might need them at any moment.

  • Walk around wearing water shoes, flip-flops or red, white and blue tennis shoes.

  • Cut a medal out of cardboard. Cover it with gold-colored foil, which you might find at a craft store, or wrap it in tin foil and spray paint it gold. If you don't have gold paint, you might just have to settle for silver! Punch a hole in the medal and hang it around your neck from a red, white and blue or otherwise Olympic-looking ribbon.

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