How to Make a Shark Boy Costume

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Things You'll Need

  • Metallic gray pants

  • Black turtleneck

  • Gray utility vest

  • White fabric marker

  • Cardboard

  • Silver spray paint

  • Box cutter

  • Hot glue gun

  • Elbow length black gloves

Sharkboy is a character from the 2005 Dimension Films movie, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. In the film, Sharkboy is the half-human, half-shark hero who combats alien intelligence. To make a costume similar to the suit Sharkboy wears in the movie, you'll need to acquire some metallic clothing and accessories. This costume can be suitable for all ages, including adults.


Step 1

Purchase metallic gray pants, tights or sweatpants according to personal preference. Trousers or tight-fitting pants will be most convincing since they are closest to what Sharkboy wears in the film.

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Step 2

Buy a black turtleneck to be used as the layer underneath Sharkboy's shield vest.

Step 3

Use a gray or metallic silver utility vest in place of Sharkboy's shield. You can find such a vest at a sports shop or camping supply store.

Step 4

Draw shark teeth in the shape of a shark's open mouth on the front of the vest using a white fabric marker to emulate the design of Sharkboy's shield.


Step 5

Cover thin sheets of cardboard with metallic spray paint. Allow the cardboard to dry overnight.

Step 6

Trace the shape of a shark's fin using a pencil and then cut out the shape using a box cutter. The size of the fin will vary according to the height of the person wearing the costume; measure the fin to reach from the base of the neck to the middle of the back.


Step 7

Attach the fin to the back of the utility vest using a hot glue gun. The fin should stand up on its own once it dries.

Step 8

Finish the costume with a pair of black elbow length gloves.


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