How to Make a Peanuts Woodstock Costume

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Woodstock was Snoopy's best friend and part of the Peanuts comic strips and cartoon shows. Dressing up as Woodstock will be a hit at any costume party as the cartoon bird is often a forgotten choice amongst costume options. A standard costume can be made with yellow clothes, a mask and tail. Be creative by adding accessories, such as a golf club to represent when Woodstock was Snoopy's caddy, or a typewriter when Woodstock was his Snoopy's secretary. You can even enlist a friend to dress up as Snoopy.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Black mesh
  • Acrylic paints
  • Twine
  • Glue Gun
  • Yellow shirt and pants
  • Yellow felt
  • Clothes hangers or wire
  • Draw and cut out a circle of cardboard large enough to cover your face. This will become the Woodstock mask.

  • Crumple up pieces of newspaper into round wads to cover the circular piece of cardboard so you form a half spherical shape like a three-dimensional face. Tape the balls of newspaper in place.

  • Crumple up several large balls of newspaper to form the large, protruding nose characteristic of Woodstock; tape them on the lower half's center of the cardboard mask template on top of the other newspaper balls.

  • Mix a paper mâché paste in a bowl. Combine three parts of water with one part of flour and mix until the consistency is a runny paste, similar to pancake batter.

  • Rip up long strips of newspaper to use for covering the mask template with the paper mache paste.

  • Lay full sheets of newspaper on top of the table or counter you are working on, and place the mask template on top. This will keep your work space clean.

  • Dip strips of newspaper into the paper mâché paste and run your fingers down the strips to remove excess paste.

  • Cover the top of your mask template with two layers of paper mâché newspaper strips and leave to dry for 24 hours.

  • Paint the entire mask with a yellow acrylic paint. Paint black, horizontal lines for Woodstock's eyes, at the same level as your eyes would be behind the mask. Paint one black horizontal line for the mouth.

  • Cut a small hole in each of the Woodstock black eyes to make two small eye holes. Glue two pieces of black mesh to the back of the holes with a glue gun.

  • Cut five or six triangles out of yellow felt and glue the bottoms of the triangles to the top of the mask to represent Woodstock's head feathers. You can also stand them up by using clothes hanger or wire backing.

  • Unfold a wire clothes hanger and cover it on both sides with glued yellow felt. This will be your Woodstock tail.

  • Put on a yellow shirt and pants, pin on your tail with a safety pin and string your mask to cover your face.

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