Easy DIY Chinese Hero Costume

Easy DIY Chinese Hero Costume

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.

HouYi Costume

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. πŸ™‚

Mid-Autumn Festival HouYi Costume

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.

Pajamas with elephant print

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.

Accessories for HouYi Costume

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.

Black Vest and Hair Bun

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.

Blue Feathers

Oh, and the weapon!

Bow and Arrow

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. πŸ˜›

Before and after of bow

And here’s a closer look.

Closer look at painted bow

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? πŸ™‚

Mid-Autumn Festival HouYi Costume
Mid-Autumn Festival HouYi Costume

9 thoughts on “Easy DIY Chinese Hero Costume

  1. Costume season na nga ulit pala, hehe. Nice one you got there for your son. My kids used to wear costumes around the house any time. But nowadays, their costumes are usually just the ones they use when they perform. Pero namiss ko na silang mag cape to the supermarket or mag spiderman outfit while playing with their legos or swinging around here.

  2. The costume is so nice and so creative..your entry goes to show that vwe don’t have to spend so much too

  3. Aww, so cute and super creative! Yung headpiece ang nagdala πŸ™‚ Halloween season na kailangan na naman maging resourceful! Thanks for sharing this mommy! πŸ™‚

  4. Nice costume! We love to DIY our kids’ costumes too. This year my eldest son will be a SWAT while my youngest will be Luigi from the Mario Bros. Haha!

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