Upholstery foam can be used for much more than simply padding your furniture. It is a handy material for making special costumes such as a raindrop costume. This simple costume can be made in an afternoon and works well for Halloween and school plays. All of the required materials are available at your local craft store and are inexpensive enough that you can make several matching costumes to create an entire rainstorm.
Things You'll Need
- 1-inch upholstery foam
- Spray adhesive
- Blue fabric
- Blue shirt, gloves and pants
- Blue makeup
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Cut two raindrop shapes out of large pieces of 1-inch upholstery foam. They should be tall enough to extend from your knees to a foot above your head, and wide enough for a believable drop shape.
Apply spray adhesive along the front edge of one drop and along the back edge of the second drop. Do not apply adhesive to the bottom of the drop.
Wait 10 seconds for the adhesive to get tacky, then press the two shapes together to bond them. Because you did not glue the bottom, you will be able to put the foam drop on like a shirt.
Cut a hole in the front of the drop for your face 1 foot below the drop's tip. Cut two more holes at your shoulders for your arms to fit through. The exact size and position of these holes depends on your body's proportions.
Cut two pieces of shiny blue fabric into a drop shape 2 inches larger than the foam drops on all sides.
Spray adhesive onto the back of the costume, then lay one of the fabric pieces onto it. Smooth it around the edges of the foam, cutting darts if needed.
Apply the other piece of fabric to the front of the costume in the same way.
Cut out the face and arm holes from the fabric.