So when Halloween or any other event where you would wear a costume comes along you have two options. You could buy a costume that is already made or you can make your own. One of the most popular choices is to look at the pages of comic books for inspiration, but the problem is that some of those costumes are actually pretty complicated. Making an Iron-Man costume at home for example will take a lot of material and know-how to put together, but there are others which are not nearly as difficult. Here are the top costumes to make at home when you want to dress up as a superhero.
The Punisher is not really a superhero; in fact he is an anti-hero. He takes the villains down without using any superpowers, instead drawing from military training and a permanent need for revenge. He has one of the easiest costumes to put together because you will only need regular black clothing, black military boots, white felt, glue and maybe you will need to dye your hair black. A black trench coat can also help you get the right look.
First you will need to draw the skull logo on white felt, and make sure that it covers a good part of the front of a black T-shirt. You can get the logo from the internet and make it so that it covers a full letter-sized page and that is usually more than enough. Once you have created the skull, cut it and then glue it in the front of the shirt. Black cargo pants go great and military boots complete your costume. It is also a good idea to have your 5 O’clock shadow when you wear it. You should not use paint on the shirt because it will go through and you will not have the solid skull image that you are looking for.
The Flash (Jay Garrick)
Before the Flash switched to the costume that you are familiar with today, the costume was a lot easier to create. The original Flash from the comics was Jay Garrick and he made his début in 1940 and was the fastest man alive. While his costume is not the one that newer generations of fans are familiar with it is still a classic and one that will get you a lot of attention if you do it right.
The costume is very easy to make with the only exception being the helmet. For the costume you will need a long sleeve red shirt, yellow felt and ocean blue athletic pants that are not too tight but not lose either. You will need to draw lightning bolts to add to the shirt and the sides of the pants. The one on the shirt will need to cover the entire front. The legs are better if you split the bolts in two dividing them at the knees; that will make you look better when you strike a pose.
For the helmet you can get a hat from a costume store and paint it silver or you can make your own using cardboard and tin foil. The wings on the hat should be made of a sturdy material, but cardboard will do and then paint them gold. Tuck your shirt in and wear a belt with a gold buckle and you have your classic Flash costume ready.
The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet is a masked vigilante that started in radio and then made his way to comic books, television, and finally the big screen. His name is Britt Reid and he is a newspaper publisher who fights crime at night. In most cases he used to pretend to act as a criminal to help lead police to the real bad guys.
His costume is also very simple to make and you could already have all that you need to put it together. You will need an olive-green trench coat, a green jacket, black dress pants and shoes, a white dress shirt and a green tie. You will also need green cloth to make the mask and a green and a green or black hat. The only thing that you will need to do work on is the mask and that is still extremely simple. Use the cloth to cover the top of your head to your nose and make to equal holes for the eyes, get dressed and you are ready.
Rorschach is incredibly popular and a character that did not have a long run in the comics. He is one of the anti-heroes in the classic "Watchmen" graphic novel and no one will dispute that he is one of the “baddest” non-powered heroes ever created. His mask is the only thing that you have to work on if you have all the other items already.
You will need purple stripped pants and dress shoes, brown leather gloves, small brown fedora hat with a purple band or ribbon, white scarf, white solid shirt and a brown trench coat. For the mask you can use a cheese cloth or a very thin sheet and a black marker. Design the mask by looking at a sample online. You will have better results if you have a mannequin or something about the size of your head so that you can get a better idea of what the design will look like.
If you are being true to the original comics, the Wolverine’s costume could be rather complicated, but in recent years the comics and the movies have given us a much simpler way of bringing this hero to life with a costume. The most important thing are the claws because if you have a black or brown leather jacket with a few horizontal stripes on the sleeves, a white sleeveless shirt, jeans, longer hair and gel you will not need much more than that.
First you will need to make stencils which are easily made with cardboard. Make the claws anywhere from 12-14 inches in length and about an inch and a half wide with a pointed tip. At the bottom of the cardboard blade make a small curve for the curves between your fingers. Cover the blades on aluminum foil and use a hammer to gently flatten them. You can also place them between metal sheets or heavy wood so they do not bend. Make a hole big enough for a bolt at the bottom as you will need along bolt to keep the claws in place. The bolt should be big enough to leave room between your fingers while you hold your claws in place and presto, you have Wolverine’s claws.