DIY Hulk Costume – Easy Tutorial
Creativity is big with our family so we spend lots of time and thought coming up with our Halloween costumes. Making costumes with my daughters’ help each year is a source of joy for us. We love it!
When my youngest daughter was 2, she was obsessed with the Incredible Hulk. She would walk around the house saying “Sloane Smash!!” So naturally when I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween that year, her immediate response was “Hulk Monster!” I really dig it when my girls opt for unconventional costumes.
Fair enough – a Hulk costume it is. I set out looking for a store bought Hulk costume I could modify slightly. But all the store bought costumes were badly made and nothing got me excited. I wanted to be able to put our own spin on it.
What I ended up coming up with is three parts homemade and two parts store bought. A perfect mix!
I bought sparkly purple shoes and purple capri leggings, but I made a rough Hulk-like tutu and hairbow and using the brilliant tutorial below – I made the muscle shirt too. (I’m not much of a seamstress so if I can do it – you can too!)
To create the Hulk tutu – I used a random collection of purple fabrics and ribbons. I went to the fabric store and bought a half yard each of purple tulle and some sort of shiny purple acrylic (it was on sale). I also added two different kinds of purple ribbons. I intentionally wanted to make the tutu look as raggedy and ripped up as possible so I used my hands to tear the fabric whenever I could. I had some scrap elastic laying around the house so I didn’t need to purchase that. If you’ve never made a tutu before – an easy tutorial for making them can be found here.
Hulk “Smash” Bow
To create the “Smash” bow – I took leftover shreds of fabric and ribbon from the tutu and hot glued the whole mess to a barrette. I also added a piece of green foam with the word “SMASH” written on it in sharpie marker. The whole thing took less than 5 minutes to make because I had scraps left over from the tutu so I didn’t even need to cut up anything! The longest part of the bow construction was waiting for the hot glue gun to heat up.
Homemade Muscle Shirt
I looked everywhere to hunt down the best muscle shirt tutorial – and this one is just the best!
I am no ace with a sewing machine, but even I could pull this off! My finished product doesn’t look nearly as tidy as hers does – but you still get the general idea and my daughter absolutely loved it.
The most time-consuming of the three items to make was the muscle shirt – but even that only took me about 2 hours start to finish. The bow was under five minutes and the tutu took about 20 minutes or so.
So there you have it! An Incredible Hulk costume with a feminine twist – and all the fun that came with creating it! What do you think? Would you attempt to make a Hulk costume?