I absolutely adore Halloween, which I may have mentioned a few times on this blog. Did I tell you I love Halloween?
Halloween is Friday and because it’s my absolute favorite holiday, this week is completely dedicated to the Halloween costumes my husband and I wore to a party last night. We went with a couples costume, which I will explain in better detail why we (I) picked what we wore and how it all came together in the end.
After much begging, pleading, and pouty lips aimed in my husbands direction, he agreed to be Bob Ross, so I could be a happy tree! We wanted to do something fairly inexpensive so I could make most of the costumes and we would be able to stay on a decent budget. The first part of his costume had to be a Bob Ross inspired Artists Palette.
1 Piece of Foam Board- I bought it at the Dollar Tree
1 Rotary Cutter
1 Pair of Scissors
A marker, pen or pencil
Paints, markers, watercolors, crayons or anything else you can use to make big paint blobs on the palette
First, I looked at videos and photos of Bob Ross holding his palette. There are tons of the on Google. I noticed the palette had a kidney bean shape, and a thumb grip and a hole for his fingers.
Next, I roughly sketched out the shape and where the holes should go with a marker on the piece of foam board. My husband came in the room while I was drawing it and told me it was “too big” and to sketch it down. So, while he stood there, I adjusted the measurements to what he felt would be a better size. He’s the one who had to carry it all evening, so I let him have a bit of artistic input.
On a side note, I have to tell you how completely adorable he was while I was working on these projects. He kept coming into the room and staring at everything. It was then that I realized, during our 4 years of marriage, he has NEVER really seen me do crafty stuff! I think I impressed him a little!
After I sketched out the shape, I took a pair of scissors and started trimming the foam board down. I had to make cut in sections to be able to smoothly trim around the edges of the board. However, during this process, I realized the edges were pretty jagged. I had an A-HA moment and grabbed the rotary cutter. If you have one, use it! It was SO much better than trying to use scissors. Honestly, I think this would have been a 15 minute project had I just used a rotary cutter!
Once the outside edge of the palette was complete, and husband approved, I stuck my scissors straight through the thumb hole area and twisted them in circles. This allowed to me poke out the center. I used the same process to cut out the finger grips.
When all of the holes were trimmed out, I used some acrylic paint and dribbled dabs of paint all along the outside edge of the palette. I used some of the trimmings from the foam board to smear them around, and blend new colors so that the paint would look smeared and used.
I then let the paint dry overnight and it was good to go!
Have you ever made your own Halloween costumes or props? Tell me about them!
Here are the tutorials for the rest of the costume pieces: