How to Make a Deadpool Costume

Deadpool is watching you.
Deadpool is watching you. (Image: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Leave the mutant world of good guys behind and embrace your not-so-good side in your Deadpool costume. Deadpool, the red and black clad persona of Wade Wilson, is fun to portray in your own DIY version. The Deadpool costume can be fitted for children's costume needs, or used for cosplay or themed parties. Wear the costume with hiking boots and red gloves to complete the Deadpool look.

Things You'll Need

  • Red long-sleeved spandex shirt, fitted core
  • Red fabric paint
  • Red spandex leggings
  • Black fabric paint
  • Wide canvas belt
  • Red acrylic paint
  • 16 canvas button-front cell phone cases
  • Tape measure
  • 1/2-inch elastic
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Elastic
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Red ski mask
  • Black felt
  • Chalk

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Deadpool’s Costume

Cover any commercial logo that may be on the red long-sleeved spandex shirt with red fabric paint. Let the paint dry.

Deadpool's shirt changes depending on the designer.
Deadpool's shirt changes depending on the designer. (Image: Beth Gwinn/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Use painter’s tape to outline the black areas of Deadpool’s costume. Outline the shoulders and upper arm so that the shirt looks like it has cap sleeves.

Add painter’s tape down the front of the shirt. Tape the center side sections to create a stacked diamond-shaped pattern down the center of the shirt. The diamond shapes will remain red. Everything outside the center of the shirt will be painted black.

Paint the front of the shirt and the sleeves with black fabric paint.

Place tape on the back of the shirt. Add tape lines that travel down from the shoulders and narrow at the waist, but does not intersect. Place additional tape from the waist section that widens into an upside-down V to the bottom of the shirt.

Paint the back sides of the shirt with black fabric paint. Do not paint the center section of the shirt. Remove the tape once the paint is dry.

Outline two rectangular sections on the outside of the thigh area with the painter’s tape. The rectangles should extend to the mid thigh, but should only cover the outside of the legs. Paint the rectangles black.

Notice how the black portions of the leg costume do not cover the front of the legs.
Notice how the black portions of the leg costume do not cover the front of the legs. (Image: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Deadpool's Belt and Garter

Paint the canvas belt with red acrylic paint and let it dry.

Paint nine canvas button-front phone cases with red acrylic paint. Make sure to cover all outside areas of the phone case.

Clip the phone cases onto the red canvas belt.

Measure your mid thigh. Cut a section of elastic equal to that measurement.

Sew the elastic ends together to create a round circle.

Paint the elastic and remaining seven phone cases black. Let them dry.

Slide the phone clips onto the black elastic.

Deadpool's Facemask

Sew the ski mask mouth area closed.

Measure your face from your chin to your forehead. Take an additional measurement across your face from the outside corners of your eyes. Cut a felt oval equal to these measurements.

Fold the oval in half lengthwise. Locate the center along the folded edge. Mark it with a chalk dot.

Cut two pie shapes in the mask. Cut from the center dot outwards. One pie shape should extend upward and the other pie shape should extend downward. Make sure you leave the center piece connected. Open the shape. It should look similar to a butterfly.

Center the black mask piece over the eye portions of the ski mask. Sew it in place.

Turn the mask inside out. Cut away the black fabric from the eye area. Turn the mask right side out.

Tips & Warnings

  • The button-front cellphone cases work great for faux ammunition holders, however, it is possible to replace them with a cheaper option like small painted cardboard boxes hot glued to the canvas belt.
  • Purchase the cellphone cases in bulk from an outlet store or thrift store.


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