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Here's An Easy Charizard Costume Anyone Can Make

Part of the Pokémon costumes series. Go here for the full post!

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1. Gather your supplies:

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You'll need:

* A Charizard-orange T-shirt, tank top, or dress (we got this tee from Target for $6.99).

* Orange ribbon (we got ours at the dollar store for $1)

* Black or white elastic (we got this at the dollar store too, again for $1)

* Five sheets of white craft foam. We bought a bulk pack for this project, but you can also get individual sheets for $0.99 each at Michaels.

* Red, orange, and Aegean-blue-ish paint. We used what we had already on hand, but this brand at Michaels is only $0.50 per bottle, and works really well.

* The Charizard main wing pattern (printed, cut out, and taped together), the secondary wing pattern, and the two Charizard flame patterns, starting on page 16 in the Pattern PDF.

Total cost for Charizard: $15.49

We didn't include the price of these basic crafting supplies in the estimate: scissors, a pencil, Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and a hot-glue gun with glue sticks.


2. Trace all of the patterns onto your foam (click/tap on the individual photos throughout this post to get a larger photo and step-by-step instructions):

3. After you have them traced...

# Cut everything out — you'll have 4 large pieces of wing (2 facing one way, 2 facing the other way), 2 small pieces of wing, plus 2 pieces of flame.

# Prime the wings, the second smaller pieces of wing, and the flame bits by pasting them over with a thick layer of Mod Podge. It helps prevent the paint from soaking into the foam. Let dry.

# Paint the back side of each wing orange, the front side of each wing blue, and paint the second, smaller pieces of wing orange.

# Paint the outer flame orange, and the inner flame red.

4. So now, you have this, yay!

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That is: 2 opposite wings painted blue, 2 opposite wings painted orange, the small parts of each wing painted orange, and the 2 pieces of flame, painted orange and red.

5. Now, glue the wings together so they form double-layered batwings:

6. Glue the flame together, then glue a hand handle on the back of it using an extra piece of foam.

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Putting a small finger loop means you won't have to worry about losing your heat all night long.

7. Then attach the straps to the wings to finish them:

More of a Magikarp than a Charizard? Find the directions for 14 other easy Pokémon Halloween costumes here.