Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Minecraft Halloween Costume

It was Saturday night. The Boy STILL had not made up his mind about a Halloween costume (actually he kept saying he wasn't sure we could make it but failed to tell me what "it" was). Then we were invited to a Trunk-or-Treat taking place in less than a week...the Friday before Halloween. That's when he announced he wanted to be "Steve" from his favorite computer game, Minecraft. He also said he wanted Diamond Armor on "Steve" and though I had no idea what Diamond Armor was, The Boy assured me it would make painting the costume a lot easier. As it turns out, he was right.


Now, I really had no clue what Minecraft was all about. Elder Boy introduced his younger brother to it months before. Every time I looked at the computer monitor I saw a heavily pixelated, blocky "world" with square everything...animals, buildings, plants, food, people, etc. I couldn't understand how THIS game could be so popular in a world where fantastic graphics rule the gaming industry. But, there it was. It seemed everyone love Minecraft...including my children. And The Boy wanted to be the main character.

He drew out some "blueprints" for me.


We needed a box for the body and a box for the head. We searched our moving boxes (we've still got plenty hanging around) for something that was the right size.  Turns out, we only needed one.  Since The Boy is so thin, we were able to use a 12 x 12 x 48" box and cut it down so one end (cut to 12 x 12 x 36") would be the body and the other end (cut to 12 x 12 x 12") would be the head.

First, the flaps on the end of the "body box" were shortened so once they were closed, they would surround his neck. Then I cut out arm holes from the sides.


The whole thing was painted blue. It was a mixture of teal, white and royal blue.  I wasn't sure how much blur paint I needed, but I knew I didn't want to run out.


We needed a way to keep the flaps down once The Boy had the costume on (he actually had to step into the box and wriggle it up onto his torso) but we also needed it to be something we could do over and over again (meaning - no staples and no glue). I decided that brads would be perfect and made slits in the corners of the box flaps to slide the brads through.



For the head, we taped the flaps closed and searched online for a "Steve Face" so we could see exactly how the face pattern was done.


(Yes, you can actually buy the head but I wasn't willing to spend $20 on a cardboard head. We didn't have time to wait for it to ship anyway.) After seeing this I knew I was NOT going to be so detailed but I did make note of the basic colors and where they should go.  I marked out the pixel grid (8x8) on each side of the head, cut out eye holes and penciled in where colors ended/began.

The front/face

The back - mostly "hair"
Then I painted.


The Diamond Armor helmet is actually from scrap cardboard that was painted blue and hot glued to the head piece. I sprayed a light coating of clear coat as well to create a shiny surface and to hopefully protect the paint if it should happen to start snowing in the middle of our Halloween fun.

The Boy was thrilled to come home and find his costume almost done.


Of course, The Girl had to try it on, too.


The only thing left to do was to figure out how to make the head more secure and comfortable to wear (we put a 12 x 12 pillow in the top for starters)...and how on earth we were going to fit the costume onto him when the thermostat drops into the 30's and he has to wear loads of warm clothing underneath?



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1 comment:

Joy said...

This is great! You were just mentioning that Philip and Tristan would probably be good friends. I definitely think you're right. Philip wants to be a Minecraft guy for Halloween too. I forwarded this to his mom since he'll be with her for Halloween this year.