Just so you know, you can’t make a plane costume without making one for each kid. Thankfully, I only have 2 kids. 😉
Originally, I planned on having the boys share the “Dusty” plane costume I made. Silly mom…
The boys had another idea. I had plenty of boxes in my stash so I decided to tackle an El Chupacabra plane costume for Elliot.
Materials Used: Cardboard boxes, duck tape (red, green and white), black electrical tape, shiny silver metal tape (I snagged out of our garage), plastic laundry bottle cap, a wooden skewer, a cape, material for suspenders, binder clips, red felt, elastic, velcro and a cape.
Refer to my Dusty Planes Costume for more complete directions on creating a homemade plane costume. I am sharing additional details or changes different from the previous costume.
I cut El Chupacabra’s propeller out of 1 long piece of cardboard. In order to make each side match as closely as possible, I created a template. It’s not perfect but it looks pretty darn good! I wrapped the propeller with silver tape.
This propeller also spins, check the Dusty post for full propeller details but basically I replaced the bowl with a laundry cap and the pencil with a wooden skewer. I then cut out a hole and popped the propeller into the front of the fuselage.
Mask and Cape
I lucked out on the mask. I already had red felt on hand, spare elastic from an old fitted sheet and an existing super hero mask to use as a template to create a red mask. Easy Peasy.
We also already had a green cape on hand, I shortened it using the green duck tape so it wouldn’t drag on the ground. I attached it to the plane using stick on velcro. “I swish my cape at you!”
The wheels are made from felt, I used the failed cardboard/craft stick model from Dusty as a template. The wheels hang from the fuselage when the plane is “flying” and won’t break when the costume is set down on the ground.
I printed the #5 decal from PicMonkey and then colored it red (I don’t have a color printer).
Again for more details on the suspenders, wings, tail end and “painting” process check out my Dusty Planes Costume post.
El Chupacabra Airplane Costume
Interested in turning a couple of planes into a family costume theme? Check out my post about an airplane family costume theme!