Hallowe’en DIY: 14 Different DIY Iron Man Costumes

Posted September 25, 2012 by Dadditudes Staff in DIY Projects
Image from Instructables user Jamo_G

There are some great costume ideas flying around out there for Hallowe’en.  A timely one we’ve heard that might set your imagination running and your comedy juices flowing is the Locked Out NHL Player – but if you do that one, we want pictures.

Recently, we showed you a great costume for a Headless Bride who carries her head around with her.  And, we offered a ton of tips and useful videos on dressing up your home as the ultimate Hallowe’en Haunted House.

The problem with Hallowe’en costumes sometimes is that everybody has the same great idea at the same time; and there are only so many costumes you can rent.  Besides, many of the “elaborate” costumes from the rental shop end up looking like either pale imitations, or are just plain cheesy.

That’s why this particular DIY series caught our eye.  We’ll offer you some highlights, and then a link where you can check ‘em all out, but Instructables has a set of 14 different takes on the Iron Man costume that are well worth a look.

As for the one in the image above… we’re not gonna lie, it’s complicated.  And it’s just the forearm piece, and the arc reactor that goes into the chest.  But it may be one of the coolest Iron Man-themed pieces of wearable tech we’ve ever seen.  Here’s one example of what it does:

Want to try that one out?  Check out You, As Tony Stark, As Iron Man on Instructables.


This One Will Blow Your Mind

It’s the most perfect DIY Iron Man costume we’ve seen.  If you start now, you’ll get it done in time for Hallowe’en.  And the best part (and coolest part for your kids) – don’t let the metallic finish fool you:

It’s made out of paper.

This Iron Man costume employs a method called pepakura, which prints out regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper with detailed lines for folding and cutting (like you would for a paper airplane, if you put dotted lines on the page to show the user where to fold it).

Once the folding and cutting are done, you reinforce pieces with things like fiberglass resin, then sand and paint them.  Alternately, you can do the pieces out of foam instead of paper, offering you an even more flexible and mobile finished product.  (And from some sources, we hear foam might actually end up being less expensive, too.)

Mobility is key for a costume like this if you’re planning on doing any walking around (like trick-or-treating), or, as you’ll see in this video, if you want to take Iron Man dancing:

The model in this particular Instructable is scalable – meaning that you can use it if the person in the suit is five feet tall, or if they’re six and a half feet tall.

First, here’s the link to the suit itself (including the files you need to download to get started on the folding and cutting phase:

IRONMAN 2 suit (mark 6) from Instructables.

Additionally, if this is the first time you’ve heard the word pepakura, you’ll want to check out the video below, offered by a terrific YouTube channel called TheHeroTutorials that gives you a complete background on what pepakura is, what it can do, and how you get started today.  Their channel also has a huge Facebook community of people using their tutorials for their own creations, sharing their results, their tips, and their super-secret difference-makers.


Here’s the Link to All 14 Iron Man Hallowe’en Costumes

To see the 14 different ideas for Iron Man Hallowe’en costumes on Instructables, check this link: Make: Iron Man Costumes.  If you do happen to find a great, cheap alternative someplace, by all means hit the Comments section below and share the wealth!  Or, if you make one of these for yourself, take a pic and send it along!


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