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Strongman Costume

Today we are continuing our Homemade Halloween series. This strongman suit complete with tattoos is really easy to make. This strongman was impressing everyone with his amazing feats. Find full instructions below and click here for our whole series.

Materials Needed: Red Tshirt, Wrapping Paper Cardboard Roll, Two Black Balloons, Elastic, Nylons, Sharpies, Moustache, and some stripey shorts (we got ours at American Apparel), black and white paint.
Step 1: For the tank top we modified a red tshirt to create a low cut tank top. You’ll need basic sewing skills for this.
Step 2: To make the barbells cut the wrapping paper roll to the right size and paint black. Blow up the balloons and paint numbers on them. Tie Elastic to one balloon and thread through the tube, then tie to other balloon so they are held tight by the elastic.
Step 3: Stretch out nylons over a piece of cardboard and draw tattoos all over, sew the pieces onto the red tank top.

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
All photography by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Styling by Milan Shimono Lee
“Homemade Halloween” Type by Angela Hardison

  1. Kirsty

    October 10, 2012

    How adorable! I love it.

  2. Kathleen

    October 10, 2012

    I love this series! Such a great idea with the nylons;)

  3. janis

    October 10, 2012

    absolutely adorable, but sadly wouldn’t fly as a costume in manitoba, canada. since it’s always a possibility that it will snow, parents need to find costumes that you can stuff a snow suit under! 😉

  4. wmbg

    October 10, 2012

    this is THE BEST ONE so far. i keep saying that with each costume you post but it just can’t be helped.

  5. Caroline

    October 10, 2012

    CUTE!!! I love how you used the balloons for the weights! We recently did something along these lines–a vintage circus photobooth (got the whole family involved) and it was a blast!! There is nothing more adorable than a toddler wearing a mustache! Great idea for a costume! Clever!

  6. Marie

    October 10, 2012

    Adorable! I love the idea or creating your own tattoo sleeves with nylons & markers! 🙂

  7. Sarah W

    October 10, 2012

    I love this! What a sweet idea, and Roman looks great! I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada and we had the same problem as Janis in Manitoba. It often snowed on Halloween so you had to stay warm. I think you could still make it work though. 🙂

  8. Mandy H.

    October 10, 2012

    That is the cutest costume ever!! I wish i could be a strongman now!

  9. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    October 10, 2012

    This is adorable! How funny.

  10. sarah sherman samuel

    October 10, 2012

    this is tooo adorable! my favorite so far!!

  11. Stephanie @ Blawsom

    October 10, 2012

    Oh my gosh… this is adorable! And so simple, too 🙂

  12. rachael

    October 10, 2012

    haha i love the moustache! he’s workin it!


  13. JoAnna

    October 10, 2012

    So stinkin cute! Great idea.

  14. Tiffanie

    October 10, 2012

    Another great one! I made my three month old son go as “The Strongest Baby in the World” a few years ago by carrying him in the wrap face-forward and having him hold a barbell I made from foam balls and a dowel. He was a huge hit, even better the next year when I could draw a mustache on him to got with the barbells. The tattooed arms are super clever. Keep them coming!

  15. Jessica Doll

    October 10, 2012

    Super cute!

  16. tere

    October 11, 2012

    soooo cute!!! great idea!

  17. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    October 11, 2012

    This is beyond cute! Another great costume… I wonder… any thoughts on sharing ideas for asult costumes?

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  18. ANNE RUE

    October 11, 2012

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I just wish I could convince one of my boys to be this instead of an avenger :/- ARI

  19. Krysta

    October 11, 2012

    How cute is he in that little mustache!

  20. Tara

    October 11, 2012

    I so want my two year old to be this! I might have to make him some tattooed legs though, because in New England there’s no telling what the weather will bring on Halloween!

  21. Kacie

    October 11, 2012

    I LOVE this. If I had a little boy I would definitely do this. Easy and fun.


  22. mummylish

    October 12, 2012

    Brilliant idea 🙂 I love it! So creative…

  23. Mickey@EuroAmerican Home

    October 14, 2012

    This is so funny. The look on the kid’s face in the last picture is hilarious.

  24. doro von Hand zu Hand

    October 15, 2012

    so absolutely cool!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  25. Luciana

    October 17, 2012

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    work? I have absolutely no expertise in coding but I was hoping to
    start my own blog in the near future. Anyhow, if you have any ideas or techniques
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