In the summer of 2014, I was struck by a crazy idea: I wanted to make a Guess Who? couples costume for Halloween.
It was ambitious, sure, but Halloween is My Thing so I figured I could find a way.
Eighteen months later I'm happy to report that I did, in fact, find a way.
Here's everything you need to know if you want to make your own.
- Two 18x 24 stretched art canvases
- Twelve unfinished 4 x 6 wooden frames
- Two small hinges (look for ones labeled "utility hinge" at a hardware store)
- Clear hanging wire (also available at Home Depot)
- Eight very small eye screws
- The smallest zip ties you can find
- Painters tape or masking tape
- Hot glue
- E6000 glue
- Blue, red, and white acrylic paint
- Six Guess Who? game cards
- One red T-shirt
- One blue T-shirt
- White fabric paint or white iron-on material
1. Paint one canvas with two coats of red paint and the other one with two coats of blue paint. Let them dry for several hours.
2. Remove the cardstock that comes in each wooden picture frame but don't throw it away. Paint both sides of the frames with white paint. The frames come with little sticks that serve as supports (and will now be referred to as "support sticks"); paint six of them with the red paint and six with the blue paint so they'll blend into the canvases later.
3. Once the frames have dried, take two frames and attach a hinge to the back of each using the E6000 glue. (Think about which direction you need your frame to flip before attaching the hinge. I checked mine like eight times before I glued them to make sure the frame would both fall forward and sit upright properly.)
Note: E6000 glue is very effective and also a HUGE pain in the ass because it's very slippery before it starts to dry. (Which is why this Mason jar candle holder DIY is actually The Worst.) If you don't want the hinges to mysteriously migrate, clamp them in place while they dry... or just be prepared to hold them in place for 5-10 minutes.
4. Scan/photocopy six different Guess Who cards? and print two 4 x 6 copies of each card. Trim around them and then glue them to the cardstock that came in the original frames. Put the cardstock-reinforced cards into the wooden frames.
5. Put the support sticks into the holes on the backs of the frames.
6. Figure out where you want the game pieces on the boards, being sure to give your hinged pieces enough room to fall down flat.
7. Put E6000 glue on the free side of one of the hinges and attach it to one of the boards. (Note: You'll need to let the frame rest on the support stick as the glue on the hinge dries.) Repeat on the other board.
Still with me? Great. Now let's turn these boards into actual costumes.
12. Have someone else hold the board at your waist. Tear off a piece of painters tape or masking tape, bring the ends of the wire up to your neck, and figure out how long the wire needs to be, making sure the wire is very taut. Wrap the tape around the two sides of the wire at this spot, taping them together at the spot where the wire is going to sit on your neck.
13. With the second person still supporting the board, thread a second piece of wire through the back two screws, figure out where the two halves need to meet at your neck (again, make sure the wire is really taut!), and wrap the two halves together tightly with tape.
14. You should now have two separate loops of wire. Join the two taped spots and wrap them in a little more tape. If the ends are too long, trim them down so they are just an inch or two past the tape.
15. Add one tiny zip tie just above the tape and one tiny zip tie just below the tape. The zip ties are actually what's binding this whole contraption together, but the tape does a remarkably good job of keeping the zip ties from sliding around. As low-budget and fragile as this all may sound, the boards were actually incredibly secure around our necks once we put them on.
16. Repeat this process on the other side.
17. OK the hard part is over! Now you just need to add white question marks to the tops you and your partner are going to wear. I cut them out of iron-on material using a Cricut, but you could also make them with white fabric paint.