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.
One tip on getting the red scallops on the plane wings. I placed red duct tape lightly on a cereal box and cut the scallops out, then peeled the tape off and applied it to the plane wing.
El Chupacabra Airplane Costume
I think it turned out pretty cute!
Dusty and El Chupacabra enjoyed flying around together!
Interested in turning a couple of planes into a family costume theme? Check out my post about an airplane family costume theme!
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