How to Make a JabbaWockeez Costume


The JabbaWockeez have become an up-and-coming performance group since winning the "America's Best Dance Crew" TV show in 2008. The all-male dance crew is known for its costume style as well as its dance style -- they wear identical street rap clothing along with an expressionless mask. Making a costume for a JabbaWockeez dancer mostly involves getting clothing you can find at many stores. Creating the mask is the only small challenge.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton sweatsuit (sweatshirt should have a hood)
  • High-top sneakers
  • Baseball cap
  • White gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Elastic band
  • Find a hooded sweatshirt -- the kind with a built-in drawstring hood -- in a solid color. JabbaWockeez most frequently wears bright scarlet red, brick red or black.

  • Wear the hooded sweatshirt with a pair of cotton sweatpants in the same color. Use black sweatpants if you can't find pants in the same color as the sweatshirt.

  • Add a pair of high-top sneakers in either white or the color of the sweats combo. Look for a simple pair of Nikes with the Swoosh logo largely displayed on the sides.

  • Add a solid color baseball cap in the same color as the hooded sweatshirt. This isn't a completely necessary addition but it will provide extra detail.

  • Complete the clothing ensemble with a pair of solid white gloves.

  • Measure your face horizontally and vertically with a tape measure. Add 1 inch.

  • Draw an oval mask on a piece of cardboard that matches your measurements. Then cut it out with a pair of scissors.

  • Paint the mask completely white.

  • Punch a hole on either side of the mask with the scissors about 1/2 inch from the edges. Pull an elastic band through each hole and tie it in a knot so that the band goes around the back of the mask.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to make a mask from scratch, buy a simple, expressionless Halloween mask from a costume shop that covers your entire face.
  • Instead of cardboard, try making the mask out of papier mache.
  • If you don't have an elastic band for the back of the mask, use a shoelace instead.


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