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DIY Halloween Costume – Cast Away

I’m sitting here watching game 6 of the World Series, and am missing Boston mucho!  Why the heck couldn’t they get to the World Series in the past few years when I was living there?!

Anyways, to distract myself I thought I’d share my DIY Halloween Costume from this past weekend.  Andy and I were Tom Hanks and Wilson (yes the volleyball) from Cast Away!  I thought it was super funny because it’s a pretty old movie and a pretty random costume idea.

Here is how it turned out…

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Directions to make this costume

Materials for Wilson (all from JoAnne Fabrics)

  • White T-Shirt
  • Brick Red Acrylic Paint
  • Small sponge paint brush
  • White Head Band
  • Sticks

The shirt with Wilson’s face took me all of about 10 minutes.  Make sure to put a piece of cardboard in between the t-shirt so it doesn’t bleed through.  I pulled up a picture of the face and simply copied it on the shirt after I had outlined it in pen first.

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For the head-piece, I took a white head band and folded it in half.  I super glued the long ends to make almost a hollow tube.  I then cut little holes for each stick and super glued them in each hole.  Then I took some fake grass / sticks and glued them to the front.

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Materials for Tom Hanks Character

  • Brown fabric to fit around waist
  • A big brown wig with beard (ours was a “caveman” wig)
  • A FedEx box (which is free!)
  • A rag to wrap around hand

This one was even easier than Wilson.  Andy simply threw on his wig, we pinned the material around him, and wrapped a rag around his hand with some red paint on it.  He grabbed the FedEx box and we were done!

This was one of the easiest costumes to make and everyone got a kick out of it!