This little shrimp costume made for one of our wackier Halloween outfits to date and had us in fits of laughter during the photo session. This is partly because our model Alison gave the shellfish version of the jazz hands, but largely because we instantly realized how ridiculous our creation was.
When Alison made the decision to wear the shrimp head backward and start dancing, the fun (and creepiness) immediately increased. There were tears, I promise.
This costume has enough of craziness if that’s what you’re searching for in a Halloween outfit this year.
Step 1: Make a 24″ model of the wearer using them as a guide “bubble wrap in a tall cylinder big enough for their heads. Make a 12 “tall corrugated cylinder to snugly fit within the bubble wrap’s one end (this is just to keep shape while you paper mache). Cut a narrow triangle-shaped piece of cardboard that is 6″ wide and 12” height. Pointy side out, insert the triangle into the opposite end of the bubble wrap, and secure with tape. The bubble wrap should be taped to the cardboard point. The cardboard bubble-wrapped tip should be curled outward. Place crumpled kraft paper into the shape.
Step 2: Paper-mache the form using a 1:1 ratio of warm water and flour. Repeat the process twice more, allowing each layer to dry for 24 hours in between. Spray pink paint over white paint.
Step 3: Trim an 8 carefully “Making a hole for the face with an x-acto blade. Trim the bottom of the headpiece to have a prominent scalloped edge that rests at the wearer’s shoulders. Cut edges should be felt-lined.
Step 4 is applying black acrylic paint to the two styrofoam balls. After allowing to dry, glue the head’s opposing ends.
5. Slice two 1 “wide rings made from the headpiece’s unused trimmings. Make a point at the end of each ring. Fringe the end of the third, trapezoidal piece you cut. After drying, attach coral to the top of the headpiece. Tada! crab head!
Step 6: To make the body, start by chopping parts for the tail and matching corrugated paper panels for the body’s shell. A set of mirrors is required. For forms, see the photo.
Step 8: Combine the panels into a single, huge shell by stacking one panel on top of the other. Utilize hot glue to secure.
Step 10: Attach the internal straps with hot glue so that they fit like a backpack, using the wearer as a guide. Wear it with a pink outfit that matches!
Paul Ferney took the photos for Oh Happy Day. Irene Yu art directed it. Amy Moss styled it. Alison Piepmeyer produced the work. Naomi Julia Satake’s creations