How to Make a Flash Costume

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Named for his lightning-fast speed, The Flash is a member of the Justice League who first appeared in a 1940 DC comic book of the same name. His bright red costume with yellow lightning bolt symbol is recognizable to lovers of the many comics, cartoons, movies and television shows starring the character. While you can purchase a mass-produced outfit, why not get crafty and make your own Flash costume using inexpensive items?

Things You'll Need

  • Red hoodie, red shirt or red full body suit
  • White construction paper or white fabric paint
  • Yellow construction paper or yellow fabric paint
  • Scissors
  • Yellow craft foam
  • Red swim cap
  • Red domino mask
  • Rubber boots
  • Newspaper
  • Yellow spray paint

Base Outfit

Lay your base outfit out flat on a level surface. The base outfit can be as simple as a red hoodie, red shirt or red full body suit. (If you're not wearing a full body suit, red pants will make the red hoodie or shirt look more complete.)

Cut a large circle out of white construction paper or white craft foam. The diameter of Flash's circle has varied over time, but a good general rule of thumb is to make sure the circle doesn’t take up more than 1/3 of the shirt. Glue the circle in the middle of the shirt/base outfit with fabric glue. Alternatively, create the circle by painting it directly on the base outfit with white fabric paint.

Cut a lightning bolt out of yellow construction paper or yellow craft foam. The lightning bolt should be taller than the white circle so that its ends extend out from the circle. Apply craft glue to the back of the lightning bolt and position it in the middle of the circle. Alternatively, paint the lightning bolt onto the outfit with yellow fabric paint.

Hood and Mask

Cut two mini lightning bolts measuring 3 to 4 inches long out of yellow craft foam.

Apply craft glue to the bottom back of one of your foam lightning bolts. Press the glue-covered portion of the bolt against the side of a red swim cap.

Repeat the process with the second lightning bolt on the opposite side of the swim cap. Pair the swim cap with a red domino mask to complete the outfit.

Boots

Clean the rubber boots with soap and water to remove any dirt or grime stuck to them. Rinse with water and wipe dry.

Lay newspaper down on the ground where you will be spray-painting the boots. Set the boots right side up.

Shake the can of yellow spray for several seconds. Remove the cap and hold the can no closer than 6 inches from the boots.

Start at the top and spray in a linear motion using even strokes while moving down the boots. Continue in this manner until you have covered the entire boot with yellow spray paint.

While the first boot is drying, repeat the spray-painting process on the second one. Let both boots dry for several hours before use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use pictures of The Flash as reference for your costume.
  • An alternative to the boots is to wear long yellow socks that come to mid-calf and a pair of yellow shoes.
  • Always follow the directions and warnings on the spray-paint can.
  • Only use spray paint in an outdoor or well-ventilated area.

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