Of course, each child is a unique individual, but lots of youngsters go through a phase in which they are totally in love with dinosaurs or monsters, such as the traditional Godzilla, which is where you come in. Making a Godzilla suit is a moderately easy-to-create craft project that your child can enjoy wearing for trick-or-treating, Halloween parties, Godzilla cosplay, skits and plays or even for making your own monster movies. Godzilla costumes are similar to dragon and dinosaur costumes. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make a Godzilla costume using basic craft supplies.
Things You'll Need
Green hooded sweatshirt
Felt: 1 yard green, 1/2 yard white and 1/16 yard yellow
Make Godzilla's Spine
1. Measure and draw the Godzilla costume pattern
Measure the hooded sweatshirt straight down from the front center edge of the hood to the back center edge of the sweatshirt bottom. Measure a sheet of newspaper to be the same length and draw jagged 3-inch spines on the paper to create a pattern. Cut out the pattern and place it on the green felt.
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2. Pin and cut the felt
Pin the pattern to the felt. Cut the felt along the edges of the pattern. If you need to cut the spines in sections, add 1 inch to the overall length of the cut spines.
3. Pin the spines to the sweatshirt
Pin the felt spine pieces to the sweatshirt, starting at the top of the center front edge of the hood. Pin the spines all the way down the center of the back of the hood and the length of the back of the sweatshirt. Overlap sections 1 inch. Sew the spine to the sweatshirt using small stitches.
Be careful when trying on the hooded sweatshirt with pins in it. Pins with brightly colored heads are easier to see. Using safety pins is an option .
Make Godzilla's Teeth
1. Measure and draw Godzilla's teeth
Measure the hooded sweatshirt from the front center edge of the hood all the way around to the other side of the hood. On a sheet of newspaper the same length you just measured, draw jagged 3-inch teeth. Cut out the pattern and place it on the white felt.
2. Pin and cut the felt teeth sections
Pin the pattern to the felt. Cut out the felt along the edges of the pattern. If you need to cut the teeth in sections, add 1 inch to the overall length of the cut teeth. You will use this extra length to overlap edges when you sew the teeth to the hood.
3. Pin and sew the teeth to the hood
Pin the felt teeth sections to the hood, starting at the bottom front edge of one side of the hood. Pin the teeth inside the edge of the hood and pin all the way around the hood opening to the bottom of the other side of the hood. Overlap sections 1 inch. Sew the teeth to the hood using small stitches.
Create Godzilla's Face
1. Draw a face pattern
Draw several examples until you get the look you want. Make sure the eyes are in proportion to the rest of the costume. Eyes that are 6 inches in length is a good place to start. Place your eye drawing on the newspaper, cut out the pattern and place it on the yellow felt.
2. Pin and cut the felt
Pin the pattern to the felt. Cut out the felt along the edges of the pattern.
Add Godzilla's Eyes
1. Pin the eyes to the costume
Place the eyes in the center of each side of the hood and pin them in place. Sew the eyes to the hood using small stitches to complete your homemade Godzilla costume.
Felt does not fray when cut, so overlapping sections will work for this project. Study a few pictures of Godzilla to determine the placement of the spines, teeth and eyes.
Get together with some other monster fans and dress up your kids for a group costume. In addition to your own Godzilla King of the Monsters, companion cosplay costumes can include such famous kaiju personalities as Mothra, Rodan, King Kong and Mechagodzilla. Have them carry monster, dragon and Godzilla toys. Everyone can pretend they have atomic breath.