You don’t have to spend a lot to have a great plus size costume. The secret to a great costume is fun and creativity.
Creating Your Plus Size Costume
Sometimes the most ordinary items become a great plus size costume when combined with other items to complete the costume’s theme. The items you need could be in your closet, your craft drawer or you could start with a few purchases from the second hand store.
Start with Tights, Leotards or Sweats
- Lady Bug – Use a pair of black sweats and black sweat shirt (and a pair of black shoes). Use a large piece of poster board or cardboard and cut out a large oval. Paint it red with black dots. Staple black elastic pieces (in a loop) onto the board to make arm holes. For the antenna attach craft pipe cleaners with black pom poms on the ends to a headband.
- Snowman – Buy white sweats, Christmas socks, cheap white tennis shoes, a cheap black hat, fake snow, mittens, scarf and black pom poms for the coal! Spray the hat to look like snow and add a cheap red bird from the craft store. Buy a white mask and a cheap carrot from the craft store to glue onto the nose part of the mask. Glue the pompoms on the sweatshirt. That’s all it takes.
- Cereal Killer – Attach little cereal boxes to a shirt, cut a slit in the boxes, glue in plastic knives into the holes, drip red paint running down from the knife hole in the box.
- Bunch of Grapes – Using green or purple sweats, attach balloons of the same color with safety pins. Paint face and hands same color.
- Another grape bunch idea – Combine purple tights, purple leotard or tee shirt, twelve purple balloons and a green felt hat. Balloons are pinned (by the tied off end) to the fabric in a triangle shape, three on top, two in middle and one at bottom (on front and back).
- Bag of Jelly Beans – Lots of different colored balloons. Large clear plastic bag (the BIG bags that they put all the recycled cans in), colorful ribbon, two safety pins and two pieces of white cardboard. Blow up all the balloons. Cut two leg holes in the bottom of the bag and two arm holes near the middle. Have the person stand in the bag and fill with blown up balloons. Write on each piece of cardboard “JELLY BEANS 2 CENTS EACH”. Safety pins signs to front and back of bag. LOOSELY tie around shoulders with a colorful ribbon. Cut off excess bag around face.
- Black Eye Pea – Wearing all white, with black tennis shoes, cut out about 10-15 of the letter ‘P’ from black construction paper and pin the P’s all over the white outfit. Paint a black spot over one eye (the “black eye”).
Building a Plus Size Costume from the Closet or Second Hand Store
- Soda Pop Can – Use a round barrel, cut a hole in the bottom. You cut holes for arms and your head. Paint it the colors of a pop can. Presto! You have a pop can!!!
- Clown – Use sweat clothes that are too large. Decorate by using either fabric paint, or markers. For those who dare, try tie-die. Tack on some large pop-poms, add a cheap wig, hat, and make-up. You may also stuff the extra space in clothing with tissue. However this could be messy, if you need to make a “pit-stop”.
- Scarecrow – Use an over-sized flannel shirt, faded blue jeans with patches, rope for belt and to tie at the cuffs of his jeans and sleeves, stuff the shirt and jeans with plastic grocery, or paper, a little bit of straw to hang out of jeans and shirt. Add a little bit of make-up.
- American Tourist – Use a guy’s colorful Hawaiian shirt, shorts (if weather permits) and a large straw hat. For gals, start with a bright loud dress, flats, big sun hat and a straw bag. Don’t forget to have a camera, and maps hanging out, and that look of being lost. Guys can use a tourist bag, (like you get from travel agents, and gals can use the straw bag for their treats.
Costumes Made from Boxes
Just use your imagination. Here are two basic ideas to get you thinking:
- Race Car – Paint the box red. Tack on some paper plate wheels, and you are a race car.
- Refrigerator – Paint the box white and add a handle and you will be a cool refrigerator.
Ideas for a Plus Size Costume for a Chair User
With a little thought you may come up lots of ideas that make the chair a natural part of the costume. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- King or Queen on Throne – Convert chair into a throne, by wrapping the back and arm rests with gold or silver foil/paper. Use plastic gems (from craft store), old jewelry, Christmas garland to give it that “special look”.
Simply wear a cape of a royal color (velvet looks great). Scepters and crowns can be purchased at most retail stores, or make your own!
If an attendant will be going, they may dress as the mate (King or Queen) or as a court jester.
- Skier – Skiers have a bad habit of falling and breaking a bone or two. This opens the door for a great costume. Just put on some ski clothing (hat, scarf …). Wrap a leg in wide white gauze (to look like cast) and if you really want to “ham it up” and you use a power chair, wrap an arm too.
- For gift box, wrap box in wrapping paper, make a large bow and wear as hat.
- For dice, paint box white, paint black spots. Remember the top should the “1.”
- For a Jack-in-the-box, paint the box in bright colors, than wear a matching top and hat. Clown make-up will add that little extra.
- For a robot, cover box in foil, then use your imagination to decorate.
- Check out the Pinterest Annual Halloween Costume Contest for 6,000+ cool ideas.
- GrandStyle has a collection of costume ideas on Pinterest for creating fun costumes for plus size women and big and tall men.
- Mix shortening and cornstarch. Separate the recipe into different cups, add food coloring.
- Wash your face and any area that you will be applying makeup to and then dry thoroughly.
- Apply a thin coat of cold cream to the entire face.
- Using a cotton ball, gently pat cornstarch over cold cream. Keep your eyes closed.
- Apply make-up with finger tips.
Gift, Dice, Jack-in-a-Box or Robot – Find a box that will fit comfortably over the chair (still allowing room to maneuver inside). Remove top flaps, cut hole in top for head, and in sides for arms. Decorate:
More Handmade Costume Ideas
Ideas for the whole family abound on Pinterest:
The ideas for a plus size costume are endless. Create whatever works with your personality. If you want something sort of wacky and unique, consider a beekeeper uniform. For something more traditional, stick with some of the above ideas.
Make Your Own Costume Make-up
You will need:
2 tablespoons of soft shortening
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
Costume ideas have been re-published with permission from robinsfyi.com. Edited for format by GrandStyle plus new ideas were added for 2016.