I first got the idea for JD's strong man costume from Good Housekeeping's Halloween issue. But the article was brief, and the directions were confusing. I knew I was in trouble when the people at the craft store didn't even know what "adhesive hook-and-loop tape" was. And I knew I didn't want to open & resew seams. So I used the patterns and the materials list and winged it.
- 2 long-sleeve T-shirts dyed to a flesh color (I looked all over the internet & couldn't find them already this color. Also, I used turtleneck onesies.)
- Polyester fiberfill
- Gym shorts (We used an old, size 12 mo. pair to get the right look)
- Red-white-and-blue stripe ribbon
- Adhesive craft foam & letter stickers
- 2-inch diameter suction cups
- Garden shears
- Two screws
- 1.5-inch-diameter wooden dowel
- Plastic Epoxy
- 2 rubber balls (I found them on clearance at Toys R Us.)
- Black matte spray paint
I traced the muscles onto one of the shirts and cut them out. (I can email you the patterns if you want them, but the muscles are pretty simple shapes.)
I used the ribbon, craft foam and the sticker letters to make the belt.
For the barbell, I cut the nub off of the suction cup with garden shears and screwed it on to the end of the dowel.
Then I used plastic epoxy to attach the balls to the suction cup and spray painted the whole thing black. (The balls were a little droopy when it dried, so I used black ducktape to support them.) I looked into just using big styrofoam balls, but they're pricey and wouldn't have the same smooth finish.
And lastly, JD practiced his muscleman poses.
The first time I tried it on him, he looked at me and said, "don't like it." I'd be lying if I didn't say I held back tears. But once the barbell was done, it was love. Now he keeps asking to play strong man. It's going to take everything I have to not be the psycho mom at the Halloween party with a smock trying to keep this thing clean until O's party (which is before actual Halloween, but who cares about stains when you're trick-or-treating).
I also finished up O's costume and will hopefully post it later today if he cooperates for some pics.