Easy, But Effective Costumes
(for our skit)
Actors make a good performance, we know, but if you ask us, costumes make a play much more interesting. Here are the easy-to-make costumes that are used in the short skit on this web page.
Cranberry Sauce- This is a very simple costume to make. All you need is a clear garbage bag, about 50 red balloons, a pair of scissors, and a black bow tie or just nice ribbon or string. You will need to blow up all of the balloons and tie them off. You then must cut arm and leg holes in the garbage bag. After stepping inside the bag fill it with as many balloons that will fit, and still allow you to move without being too awfully uncomfortable. You then gather the open end of the garbage bag around your lower neck and secure it with the bow tie or string. Tip: Do not sit down with this costume on. Our advice is to wait to put on your costume until directly before the skit.
Mashed Potatoes- For this costume you will need cardboard, paint, elastic or string, and a large sheet of white paper. First, cut the cardboard into 2 semicircles for the front and back of the bowl. Then paint the one side of each semicircle that faces away from your body. After letting the paint dry, measure, cut, and staple the string or elastic to the "bowl". You then cut a hole in the white paper for your head. Finally, put your head through the head hole, and drape the paper down over your shoulders into the "bowl". Making the paper look like mounds of mashed potatoes takes patience, but it makes the costume complete.
Pumpkin Pie- The materials needed for this costume are: a hula-hoop, foil, a large sheet of orange paper, two pieces elastic or string, and white tissue paper. First you must wrap one end of each of the strings around the hula-hoop. Then cross the strings in the back and attach the strings in the back too. This should make a type of suspenders, only they have a hula-hoop hanging from the bottom! The purpose of the suspenders is to hold up the hula-hoop, the soon-to-be pie tin. Next, wrap the hula-hoop with foil. It works best to use a glue stick on the hula-hoop and then wrap the foil around to the inside and let it dangle down on the outside. This gives the effect of a pie tin. Then you must cut a head hole in the orange paper and place it over your head. Again it will take patients to make orange paper look like pumpkin pie. For a final touch a dollop of whipped cream makes a cute hat. Take the white tissue paper and twist it into a raindrop shape. Then cut two small holes towards the bottom of the tissue paper(the wide end)and thread the elastic or string through the holes. Tie the string under your chin to keep the hat on.
Stuffing- This is another costume that is pretty basic to make. All you need is a clear garbage bag, green and brown paper, and a bow tie, string or ribbon. Cut arm and leg holes in the garbage bag. Rip the paper to make a rugged edge. Next, fill the garbage bag with the paper and pull it up to your neck and secure it with the bow tie or string. Tip: Be careful not to cut off the circulation to your head when tying the bow tie or string.
Turkey- You will need a clear garbage bag, a lot of brown paper, string or bow tie, and a little white paper for this costume. First, you must make a pair of turkey legs. These may take more time but it is what really tells you that it is a turkey costume. Make the legs out of brown paper and glue white paper to the ends to make them look like bones. Again you must cut arm and leg holes in the garbage bag. Step inside the bag and fill it with the brown paper. Secure it around your neck with the bow tie or string, and attach the turkey legs to the sides.
Dad- For the people in this skit there is not a complete costume. There are accents that tell the audience what your character part is. The makeup helps bring the costume to life. For the Dad the only costume is a tie.
Grandma- Grandma's costume consists of an apron, rolling pin(to hold), and glasses.
Grandpa- Glasses, bow tie, and a fedora hat make up Grandpa's costume.
Megan- Megan wears a large bow in her hair for her costume. She may also carry a book with her.
Mom- Mom's costume is made up of a large purse and a suit jacket.
Rachel- Rachel simply carries a large stuffed animal with her. Her makeup is very distinctive so her costume doesn't have to be as complex.
Taylor- Taylor's costume is a baseball hat.
We hope you enjoy making and using these costumes!
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