A few years, for “Read Across America” week, our son’s school had a “Story Book Parade.” The students dressed up as a character out of a book and they paraded through the halls of the school.
One of his favorites book series is the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
There was one problem: Finding a costume on such short notice and without spending a lot of money, was going to be hard. So, we decided to make one instead.
Even if Diary of a Wimpy Kid is not a book that your child would pick- you can still use these directions to make a ton of other characters the same way: Characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Minions, Dora, Olaf…The ideas are endless.
HOW TO MAKE THE COSTUME
First, you will need a cheap beachball. You can usually pick these up at the dollar store most of the year.
Once the glue is ready to go you can begin to cut the strip of newspaper and you are ready to go.
Blow the beach ball all the way up and wrap a garbage bag around it and tie it.
Then place it on a bowl, with the air valve and tied part or the bag facing down in the bowl. This will allow you to let the air out.
When you are finished, remove the ball.
Begin to dip the strips of paper in the glue mixture, remembering to remove the excess glue. You do not want it to be too thick, because it will take for ever to dry.
Repeat several times until there are no more soft spots surrounding the ball.
Now that it is completely dry, you are ready to begin decorating it.
First you will want to cut the bag and deflate the ball. The ball and the bag should slide right out.
Once removed you can now cut a hole large enough to fit your child’s head.
Next you will want to cut out the mouth as seen below. I used some extra screen I had from when I replaced our screen door. It will help cover your kids’s eyes from others seeing them, but allows them to see just fine.
Cut a piece large enough to fit and just use a hot glue gun to attach the screen to the inside of the mask
Once the mouth is done, You will want to use something as a “filler” at the top to keep it from moving. I used an old pool noodle and my son wore a baseball hat, which prevented it from falling forward.
The pool noodle can also be used to to make the nose.
I cut a 4 in piece and then put a paper ball on one end and used some tape to keep it in place. Then I used the hot glue gun and attached it to the mask. Once attached, I just used some more paper mache and covered it.
For the ears and the hair, I did the same concept as the nose. I used some cheap foam board (from Walmart) and cut out the shapes needed and followed the steps.
Once everything is completely dry, we painted the mask white and the hair and the eyes black. We matched the rest of the outfit with some shirts and shorts we had around the house and it turned out perfect.