Last minute costume shopping can be the scariest moment of the Halloween season. Store shelves are ravished. Only a few costumes remain, sadly scattered around the barren shelves like fallen leaves blowing through a desolate cemetery. These uninspiring leftovers will win you no costume contests. Don’t slip into this spooky scenario, dudes! Avoid it by creating a quick, last-minute DIY costume that’s stress-free and packs a TMNT punch.
This costume is for the red mask-wearing Raphael, but you can be any Turtle. Just change the color of the bandana, arm bands, and socks! Oh, and you’ll need a different weapon, of course.
What You’ll Need
Green, black, gold, and gray paint
Red knee socks
Hot glue gun and glue
Step 1: Let’s start with the shell! Paint the baking pan with green, black, and gray paint. Have some fun here. Every Turtle shell is unique, so personalize it!
We went with some gold accents, but mutate it into your own!
Step 2: Poke holes in each corner of the baking pan and thread rope/string through so you can wear it like a backpack. This will be super helpful when carrying your Trick-or-Treat candy haul.
Step 3: The front of the shell is just as easy! Start by sketching rectangles on the yellow felt. You’ll need six of them, all about the same size.
Step 4: Now cut those bad dudes out!
Step 5: Now, glue those rectangles to the front of the shirt. Not while you’re wearing it, though! Think of them as Turtle abs that you didn’t even need to work out for.
Step 6: It’s time to wield a weapon! Roll the tin foil into the shape of a Sai, twice, since you’ll need two. Channel your inner-Raphael.
Step 7: Don’t know what a Sai looks like by now? Intensify your ninja training fiercely before going any further.
Step 8: The Sai handle will be made from rubber tubing. Cut a comfortable length and stick the foil in there.
Step 9: Secure the wacky accessory with glue, if needed. You don’t want your weapon falling apart in the middle of the night. That’s a sign of weakness.
Step 10: Lastly, cut your bandana and arm bands out of the red felt. It’s essential that no one knows your identity. Otherwise they might try to talk you into sharing your candy. Truly villainous!
Cowabunga! You’ve officially mutated from a tadpole to a Ninja Turtle. What a stress-free transformation!