Happy (belated) Halloween from Princess Leia, R2D-Tom, and C3P-Crow
Well, Halloween was technically Saturday, but, as my mom pointed out, the celebrations have been stretched out for years now. I don’t mind. I really like this holiday, and not even remotely for the candy. It’s the costumes. It’s the make-believe. It’s the chance to be creative and build something using imagination and stuff you can find from Ax-Man Surplus Store and Ace Hardware.*
This year I put a costume on last year’s costume and went as Princess Leia and her two droids: R2D-Tom and C3P-Crow. I had a different costume in mind,** also a costume on a costume, but I ran out of time to make it and decided to go with what I had planned for next year since there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in December.***
Once I figured out what I was going to be, I had to build the costumes. I saw on YouTube there’s a way to make Princess Leia’s iconic side buns using socks and hair bands. Since I have brown socks and hair bands, this seemed like a great trick. No. No, it was not. I have layered hair and am not great at fixing it myself, plus it’s very slippery, so despite multiple attempts I was not able to use this trick.****
Fortunately, there is something called a bun maker (yes, that is a real thing) to pad your hair and make it seem like you have much more. And Walgreens sells them. Unfortunately, one of the two I initially bought had been shoplifted from the box, so I had to make a second trip. Once I had both, though, the buns were much easier to create.
The bulk of R2D-Tom’s costume is a 2 liter bottle I pulled from my recycling. I cut the top off and put the screw-top neck off to the side as R2’s projector, then spray-painted the whole thing in my friend Meg’s garage (thanks, Meg!) before painting in the finer details.
The arms (legs?) are empty toilet paper tubes (also snagged from recycling) that I painted and attached to him with tape and a twist-tie (to give it that authentic home-made look). A small red end-cap thingy (found at Ax-Man) and some silver marker completed the look. The pièce de résistance (and my big splurge)***** was a 24-pack of LED lights, of which one I placed in the projector part for authenticity.
C3P-Crow proved much harder, in part because (again) he was my second project. I felt like I wouldn’t have much to do, since he is already gold, like C3PO, and I couldn’t do much to alter his shape and overall appearance. My plan was to mimic the rounded gold breast plate piece and wiring of his lower torso. I cut up an old black swimsuit (for the background) and started twisting multi-colored wires together. And then I quickly gave up. (Sorry, Crow!)
I ended up abandoning the abdomen part for Crow. It just didn’t work. But his breastplate looks pretty good, thanks to gold spray paint and a round metal piece from Ax-Man. For my outfit, I used a shirt my sister handed-down******, blue cords, and boots befitting Han Solo’s main squeeze. I paired it all with a bracelet (as a nod to the gold bikini) and had that as my main look at work and around town. When it came time to really show off the costume, however, I covered up with a white robe on backwards (also a YouTube tip) to mimic Princess Leia’s high-collared frock in “A New Hope.”
It was really fun making this costume, and the effort paid off: at the Brave New Workshop Mainstage post-show costume contest, I (we?) won first place:******* a pair of tickets to BNW, $25 gift certificate to Pinstripes Bowling, a spa package including a $25 gift certificate to and some samples, and a bottle of wine. Not too shabby.
Here’s what it looked like at work:
I’m sorry I’m late in posting this, and that I don’t have a post for the first two days of Crow-vember, but I’ll have something again tomorrow. Happy (belated) Halloween! -Sarah
*Shout-out to both: I bought a lot of supplies at Ax-Man, and paint and tag board from Ace Hardware.
**You’ll just have to wait until next year to find out. Sorry!
***Yes, I already have a ticket. 🙂
****But multiple people mentioned it to me in the past few weeks. How have I not heard of this before?
*****It wasn’t that expensive, but the shipping was really the doozy, since I had to have it guaranteed by the end of last week.
******Which her husband called her Luke Skywalker shirt
*******I’m 5 for 5 of Halloween costume contests entered and won.