How to Make a Full Body Predator Costume


One of the coolest extraterrestrial species, Predator is one of the all-time favorite costume ideas. But be prepared to spend a decent amount of money if you want to buy the costume from a costume shop. The more economical (and fun) option is to make your own. While you will still have to purchase some items beforehand, you can make the majority of the costume from cheap, easily attainable items.

Things You'll Need

  • Predator gloves
  • Rubber monster feet
  • Predator face mask with dreadlocks
  • Masking tape
  • Predator armor mask
  • Two magnets
  • Leotard bottoms
  • Superhero/wrestler fancy dress muscle top
  • Fishnet body suit
  • Backpack
  • Velcro straps
  • Thick cardboard tubes
  • Grey fabric paint
  • Silver 3D fabric paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Plastic for sale signs
  • Silver spray paint

Ready Made Items

  • Cut the existing dreadlocks off the predator face mask and glue the dreadlock wig to the inside of the face mask for a more authentic effect.

  • Tape a ring of masking tape four inches apart along the length of each individual dread to create Predator hair beads.

  • Glue a magnet to the inside of the armor mask and on the inside of the face mask so they hold together more securely.

Self Made Items

  • Paint blotches on the leotard bottoms and the superhero/wrestler muscle top with the gray fabric paint to create a Predator skin effect.

  • Trace around the specified body parts with cardboard stencils to obtain your specific armor dimensions. Each armor piece should cover the front half of the body area. Shin guards should cover from below the knee to above the heel. Thigh guards should cover from above the knee to below the groin. The groin and waist armor flaps should cover the groin and hip areas.

  • Cut around the cardboard pieces with plastic for sale signs underneath and spray paint silver for the finished product, once you have taken your specific dimensions. Finally, cut a slit on either side of each piece of armor to feed two Velcro straps through to attach to the body. The belt can be a single piece of Velcro with one slit in each armor piece so they hang over the necessary areas. The lower armor includes: shin guards, thigh guards, belt with groin and waist armor flaps.

  • Spray paint a small backpack silver for the upper armor. Attach shoulder guards to both arm straps of the back pack.

  • Create a plasma cannon (the same shape as a large hairdryer) using two cardboard tubes and spray paint it silver. Glue the plasma cannon to the left shoulder of the backpack.

  • Decorate the plasma cannon and armor with 3D fabric paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • For finer details such as decorating armor, consult images of the various Predators.
  • To wear the costume, put the items on in this order:
  • Leotard bottoms
  • Muscle top
  • Fishnet body suit
  • Belt and waist armor
  • Leg armor
  • Rubber feet
  • Body armor and plasma cannon
  • Mask
  • Gloves

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