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Classic Robot Costume

This costume was inspired by pictures of old vintage halloween pictures like this one. There is something so classic about a good robot. This robot costume is totally doable and took less than an hour with materials less than $15. The key to making this easy is finding the right sized boxes. All you have to do is cover in aluminum foil and you’re set. Click here for more photos and notes on how to make.

Materials Needed: Boxes, Tin Foil, Piping, Wire, Styrofoam ball (all from a hardware store) and some Felt.

Step 1: Get cardboard boxes  that fit around the body and head then cut the face. Cover the boxes with tin foil.
Step 2:  Cut the piping (you can use scissors!) to the size of the arms and legs. (We left them in one piece for the photo but to wear out they need to be cut in two pieces to add a joint.) For the legs cut the pipe open longways so that the pieces can be opened and wrapped around the legs. Be sure to fold back the ends of the pipe and line the ends with felt to make it more comfortable to wear.
Step 3: Glue on spring and attach styrofoam ball to the end.

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
“Materials” photograph by Paul Ferney
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Crafting and Calligraphy by Julie Manwaring at Flourish & Whim
“Homemade Halloween” Type by Angela Hardison

  1. anna

    October 4, 2012

    you’ve got so much material!!!!!! we can’t wait to see it all ! thanks for sharing :)

  2. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    October 4, 2012

    This is genious. I love the fact that it’s futuristic, but inspired by the past. Your costumes must be in total deman over Halloween!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  3. Jenny

    October 4, 2012

    This is awesome.

  4. Theresa

    October 4, 2012

    Love this cute and classic costume! I can’t wait to put together my son’e next week!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

  5. Carina

    October 4, 2012

    This is SO nice!
    I will make a big version for me for carnival :)

    Carina
    http://crriena.wordpress.com

  6. wmbg

    October 4, 2012

    adorable!

  7. Evani G

    October 4, 2012

    Lol this really is a flashback costume, I love it! Back then DIYs weren’t always so hip but more for parents who couldn’t afford real costumes. But I think it is so cute and modern looking!

    Evani
    http://www.simplyevani.com

  8. Et tu, tutu?

    October 4, 2012

    I’m loving your costume ideas! I’m an adult and I might even wear some of them. 😛

    -Lindsey

  9. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    October 4, 2012

    Love this one! If only I had a kid. Maybe I’ll make this for my boyfriend and I haha

  10. caroline

    October 4, 2012

    this is beyond precious!!!

    sweatshirt-weather.blogspot.com

  11. ilona

    October 4, 2012

    This is a GREAT series! Jordan — please, please make a bear! :)

  12. look see

    October 4, 2012

    Too cute for words!

  13. Tracy

    October 4, 2012

    Wow, you are on a roll! These are brilliant!

  14. mom in mendon

    October 4, 2012

    In 1959, George Wilson, my brother’s friend, made himself into a robot with batteries in his pocket so that his “eyes” could light up and his “mouth” could twirl.

  15. a

    October 5, 2012

    ohoh that’s so cute!

  16. amyks

    October 5, 2012

    So cute, but dang he looks uncomfortable…takes me back to the year we made scarecrows using giant tinker toy rods to hold out our arms. It became so exhausting and painful to keep our arms out like that.

  17. Andrea Freeman

    October 5, 2012

    Moses is absolutely darling as a robot and van gogh! Great job!

  18. caroline

    October 5, 2012

    this is amazing. think i could pull off a grown up version?

    sweatshirt-weather.blogspot.com

  19. Trish

    October 5, 2012

    I am just in love with your blog this month. What a cutie!
    Trish

    http://www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

  20. AnneMage

    October 6, 2012

    ehehe so adorable

  21. invitation consultants

    October 8, 2012

    too cute, jordan!

  22. Marie

    October 9, 2012

    so cute! :)

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