|The candy coma is setting in . . .|
The kiddo's birthday was in September (the party was Avenger-themed of course!) and my mom got him an Iron Man suit. It was $10 at Target! Iron Man for $10.
My hubby was the Hulk! He used an old shirt and a pair of pants and ripped them up. He got a green undershirt ($3.50) and 3 tubes of green paint ($1 a piece) at Walmart. The Hulk for $6.50!
It took me awhile to decide on my costume. The obvious choice would be Black Widow since she's the only female. However, I didn't want to make an idiot out of myself by trying to imitate Scarlett Johansson. She's pretty much perfect so I really didn't want to invite any comparison.
In the end, I realized that Black Widow would be the easiest and cheapest to pull off. The base of my costume consisted of black skinny jeans, a long-sleeved black cotton shirt, a belt and tall black boots. I know that she wore a jumpsuit in the movie but I didn't want to spend the money on a (ahem) camel toe.
I found a wig at JoAnn for $6 on sale as well as some $1 black gloves (I cut the fingers off for a BW look). I spent $1.49 for a large sheet of black foam, which I used to make my two holsters. My guns were only 75 cents a piece and I spray painted them with paint I already have. (Safety tip: if you are painting a toy gun, be sure to leave the tip or another part of the gun a bright color so people don't confuse it with a real gun.)
At this point, I should mention that the wig I bought was not exactly like Black Widow's hair. It was a page boy style. To make it resemble her hair, I brushed the bangs to the side and curled the wig with snap sponge curlers. No heat or hot water necessary! It was a synthetic wig so it held the curl nicely.
Everything else I made or used was homemade. I printed the Shield logos on fabric using this tutorial. I added some fusible interfacing to the back of the patches and ironed them on my shirt. I used a lightweight interfacing so I was able to peel the patches off easily at the end of the night.
For my "utility belt" (the belt to hold up the holsters), I needed black webbing. Then, I realized I had an old laptop case as well as a backpack, neither of which I had used in years. I cut the handles and latches off and glued them into a belt. Luckily, the hot glue held up the holsters! I literally had to glue the belt and holsters on while I was wearing it!
Overall, Black Widow for $9.99!
We went to a church party and won two awards. John won "most colorful costume" and as a family, we won "best matching costumes." Woohoo!
Everyone was super nice about the costumes. I had several people tell me I should dye my hair red! It was a lot of fun to put together and I can't wait until next year's costumes!