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TMNT DIY Shredder Costume

Kids will shred the streets, trick-or-treat-style, when you create this costume from scratch!

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Something wicked is creeping around the corner. It’s getting closer…

It’s scary.

It’s spooky.

It’s Halloween! 

Don’t fret, we’ve got your back, dude. This DIY TMNT Shredder costume is not only totally sweet, but also quick, easy, and inexpensive. Here’s a step-by-step guide that’ll have your half-shell heroes ready for trick-or-treat action in no time!

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

What You’ll Need
2 Foam core boards
Scissors
Precision knife
2 Paper plates
3 Large baking pans
String
Construction gloves
Costume (plastic) construction helmet
Tent stakes (optional)
Purple tablecloth
Silver spray paint
Hot glue gun and glue
Duct tape
Gray/Black shirt
Gray/Black pants
Soccer shin guards

How to Make

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step One: Sketch the spikes for the armor on the foam core board. Make sure you’ve got room for all of them. Shredder is a spike-y dude! You’re going to want three for each arm, leg, shoulder, and head.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Two: Sketch the helmet pieces on foam core board for Shredder’s mask! You can cut separate pieces and thread them together (as shown) to give the mask a layered look.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Three: Cut the pieces out from the foam board. Be careful not to shred any skin!

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Four: Go ahead and glue the spikes to the armor. What good is armor without spikes?

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Five: Cut the fingers off the construction gloves. You won’t be needing those, plus it will make it easier to rip open candy wrappers.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Six: Spray paint everything silver! Allow paint to dry.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Seven: Once the paint is dry, cut two holes in each glove for where you want the claws (tent spikes) to come through. Over the knuckle of your index and pinky fingers are good options.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Eight: To make the chest plate, cut the corners of a baking pan so the edges can lay flat. Then poke holes in the top to thread the string through so that it will hang around the neck and over the chest.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Nine: The shin armor can also be made from baking pans! Cut holes in each corner to thread the string through, which allows you to tie the armor around the legs. Then bend the pan to fit the form of your kid’s leg, and glue on more spikes.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Ten: To assemble the shoulder armor, attach the paper plate to the tablecloth (which will serve at the cape), and add the spikes! We found duct tape to be the best tool for fastening these.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Step Eleven: Lastly, it’s time to assemble the helmet! A combination of glue and duct tape is best, here, to ensure everything stays in place.

TMNT Shredder Halloween DIY Costume

Now all that’s left is to suit up and shred some candy wrappers!

Tear through that tutorial with spooky awesome ninja skills. Whether you make it as a surprise or during a family craft night, this Shredder costume will mutate this Halloween into a day you and your kids will never forget. After you’ve successfully put a huge smile on everyone’s face, snap a photo and show us how Cowabunga-crafty you are! 

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