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Five DIY ideas for role play and cosplay

Dismissing them as nerds is unforgivable flippancy. It often seems that role-players and cosplayers live in a galaxy far, far away, but in reality there are creatives and fabbers among them able to create phenomenal costumes from makeshift materials. For example, have you ever thought about how to use a plastic bowl for the costume of Bane?

In these cases, to be successful you literally need to put creativity on. Nevertheless, do-it-yourself has many advantages: it stimulates the brain, you can learn from mistakes and it respects your wallet. If you’re eager to get to work, take a look at Instructables. There you’ll find really genial ideas and solutions. Here we report five of them.

Jedi costume – it won’t be part of the first Star Wars trilogy, but this Sith costume (if you don’t know what it is, just call it the anti-Jedi) makes a great impression. It took 11 months and 700 euro in materials to make, but if you let your imagination work you can find more reasonable solutions.  Unfortunately, laser sabres are not included.

Leather armour – if you prefer an atmosphere of fantasy to space battles, sooner or later you’ll have to equip yourself with a suit of armour. If you want something light (after all, summer is coming), it’s worth knowing that by combining a selection of pieces of leather, you can obtain wonderful results. And if you only have a couple of days and about 30 euros in your pocket, this is the low-cost solution that’s right for you.

Fantasy accessories – any costume worth its name needs a few made-to-measure accessories. If, as often happens, you really have very little time, you can complete your uniform with this vambrace. Once you’ve find the right materials – at little less than 20 euro – you can make them in just three hours. And remember, hot-melt adhesive solves all problems.

Batman and Bane – millions of dollars circulate around the hero and anti-hero of the last film in the Dark Knight saga, but to create their costumes you just need one hundred euro or so and a few days of work. All accessories are made from materials available in shops or at home (except for Batman’s gloves and belt). You’ll never guess what the plastic bowl is used for.

Terminator armour – a small (so to speak) extra. Do you know the miniatures in the Warhammer 40K strategy game? You can often run into them, even live, as in the case of this armour. It was made by a couple of creative Danes, who took about two months to complete the job. Unfortunately they have not revealed all their secrets, but if you take a look at their Facebook page you can find photos of “the making of”.


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