My kids love seeing silly things anywhere and one of their favorite things is the inflatable tube man (also known as air dancers) that seem to dance by themselves on the side of the road. I couldn’t help make one more costume before Halloween, an inflatable tube-man costume.
This inflatable tube-man is my silliest costume to date but Quinn also declared it the most fun. Before I even go into how I made it, you need to see the video of it in action, so you know why you NEED to make it too.
So fun, right?!? Luckily it’s totally no-sew and you can be put together in an afternoon! Keep reading to see how I made this wacky waving inflatable tube man costume.
Make Inflatable Tube Man Arms
Start by cutting off the top and bottom of 2 hampers and then just the bottom of the third hamper. Use this extra material to create long red arm tubes.
I had just enough material to create this costume for my son, for an adult, I might have skipped reusing this material and just bought red plastic tablecloth covers to be sure I had enough material.
Cut wide rectangles out of your material and then fold and “hem” into tubes using adjustable hem tape. It works like double-sided tape.
Because I repurposed the extra hamper material, I had to attach several tubes together to make the arms long enough.
Attach Inflatable Tube Man Arms
Adding the arms to the costume is a little tricky. You want to have someone try it on first to determine where to cut the armholes.
I hadn’t attached the three hampers together yet at this point, so I gingerly stacked them together to get a feel for where the armholes should be when they were wearing the costume.
Cut Arm Holes for Inflatable Tube Man Costume
Once you decide where the arms should be, cut the armholes smaller than you think you need. You can always make them a little bit bigger if necessary.
Stick strips adjustable hem tape around the top edge of an arm and then attach the arms to the inside of armholes. Because it’s adjustable, it’s easy to reposition the placement of the tape as needed. Repeat on the other side.
Connect Inflatable Tube Man Body
To attach the three hampers together, I opted to use the Scotch Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips. I needed something that would be heavier duty, so the adjustable hem tape wouldn’t work.
Cut the strips in half lengthwise and attach around the rim of one hamper. Once you are ready to attach two hampers together, remove all the paper backing and press two hamper edges together firmly.
Add Inflatable Tube Man Face
I used black and white duct tape to create the eyes. You can cut out paper circles first to play with size and placement before cutting your duct tape.
Remember always trace your design on parchment paper, cover the back with duct tape and then cut it out. Duct tape covered in parchment paper is much easier to cut.
I drew the mouth shape on paper first before cutting it out of my black mesh. Then I cut a hole on the costume face in the same shape and attached the mesh on top using more adjustable hem tape. Be sure to make the hole smaller than you think, as you can always make the hole bigger if necessary.
Waving Inflatable Arm Tube Halloween Costume
Ready to make your own Inflatable Tube Man Costume? Gather up the supplies and get going!
Inflatable Tube Man Costume Supplies
- 3 solid color pop up hampers
- black and white duct tape
- black mesh
- Adjustable Hem Tape
- Permanent Hem Bonding Strips
This costume is really easy to make. If you are making this for a little kid, you might only need 2 hampers to make it work. Who else would love to dance in this costume at their Halloween party?
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Note: This post was originally published October 25, 2016 for Scotch Essentials.