Because Halloween a.k.a costume season is almost here, I’d like to share with you a very easy Chinese hero costume that you can make at home.
We actually used this for the Mid-Autumn (Mooncake) Festival parade in the boys’ school. Just a little history, he portrays Hou-Yi, the legendary archer who shot down 9 of the 10 suns that were scorching Earth in ancient Chinese time. He was also the husband of Chang-Er, the moon lady that you see on mooncake boxes. 🙂
Okay, enough of history. Let’s go back to the costume.
I started out with these printed pajamas as the base. These were pasalubongs (gifts) from Thailand, hence the elephant design. You can use any similar looking PJs.
As for the accessories, I used a furry cloth/towel around the waist to hide the garter part of the pajamas. I then tied a black scarf around it to make it look like a belt. To achieve the archer look, I put an arm guard on the right arm. Because Captain Melon took up archery last summer (https://youtu.be/BViupvIUI7U), I didn’t have to make an arm guard. If I were to make it though, I’d use velcro strips on a piece of black cloth shaped like an arm. Lastly, we used long black socks to make it look like boots as we don’t have any boots at home. As for shoes, he just used the regular black shoes that he uses for school.
To complete the Chinese look, I let him borrow my long black vest to get the “drapey” layers look. For the hair, as I obviously can’t tie it into a bun, I made him a hair-band-bun. It’s just a small plastic ball wrapped around a patch of black ecobag and tied with a string.
I bought these feathers for some other purpose but found that they can be draped on the shoulders for armor effect. The boy was not comfortable with it though that we had to ditch it in the end.
Oh, and the weapon!
Would you believe that this is actually just a toy bow? I just painted the whole thing with acrylic paint and tied some feathers to make it look ancient-y. 😛
And here’s a closer look.
What do you think? It’s so doable right? The great part is that it didn’t cost me anything! I really hate having to spend so much on something, which you’ll only use once. Don’t you? 🙂