How to Make a Fake Butt for a Halloween Costume

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The larger your fake butt, the greater the comedic feel.
The larger your fake butt, the greater the comedic feel. (Image: PiaLubej/iStock/Getty Images)

A bare butt is often considered comic gold. Many Halloween costumes incorporate them, so much so that plastic fake butts are often sold in costume shops. If you want a fake butt without paying high prices, you can make your own out of paper mache. This simple craft uses newspaper and glue to build shapes. With a bit of painting and sewing, you can incorporate a big old booty into your costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Sports balls
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Newspaper
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Punch tool
  • Needle and thread

Place two basketballs side by side.

Duct tape the two balls together to keep them in place. This will create a form to work on.

Cover the form tightly with plastic wrap.

Tear newspaper into 4-inch squares.

Mix equal parts of water and white glue in a bowl.

Dip the newspaper squares one by one into the glue mixture, then smooth them onto the form.

Completely cover the top half of the form with newspaper.

Build up at least five layers of newspaper. You can use more if you want the butt to be extra strong. Apply additional layers around the edge if you plan to sew the butt into a costume.

Allow 48 hours for the butt to dry.

Remove the butt from the form and trim off any rough edges with a sharp pair of scissors.

Paint the butt with several coats of flesh-colored paint. If desired, paint on comic details such as pimples or a heart tattoo.

Create holes every inch along the edge of the butt using a punch tool.

Sew the fake butt into your costume by weaving a strong thread through the holes you created.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have basketballs, try using two large glass or ceramic mixing bowls.
  • Acrylic or household paint works best on papier mache. Use a semi-dry brush and a light first coat so as not to oversaturate the papier mache.

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