Well, this is embarrassing! I should have known that a lot of kids would want to wear a Pokemon costume this year. It finally sank in when I started receiving a lot of emails and blog comments from parents who were making Pokemon costumes for Halloween.
If I made one now, by the time I got the video done and got it online, there wouldn’t be enough time left for you to get the supplies and make one of your own.
So – that means that I don’t have a finished Pokemon head to show you in this video, but I’m giving you the same advice that I’m giving to all the parents who have written to me for advice: Make your Pokemon mask over a big ball, the same way I made my Humpty Dumpty, with a base layer of plaster cloth and one layer of paper mache on top. The finished head will be light and strong, and you can probably paint it within 24 hours – no waiting for many, many layers of paper mache to dry.
Plus, if you do it this way, you won’t have any of the problems that I had when I tried using paper mache clay over a balloon (the wrinkling or cracking that happens when the balloon changes shape).
The plaster cloth hardens within minutes. I suggest leaving it on the ball for a couple of hours, and then take the ball out. The plaster cloth will still feel slightly damp, but you can add paper mache right away. Both the inside and the outside will have access to air, so it should dry within 24 hours. Be sure to use a fan, if possible, because that really speeds things up.
- The Humpty Dumpty video, which also shows you another reason why you might not want to use paper mache over a balloon (even though kids in kindergarten do it all the time..)
- Plaster cloth at Amazon.com.
- Paper mache paste recipes.
- Rex’s article about making fast pumpkins with paper mache clay.
I hope this tip will help you make a Pokemon costume for this Halloween, even though I didn’t have time to make one myself. If you do make one, I hope you’ll show it off in the comments below – I’d love to see how it comes out. If the trend continues, maybe I’ll make one myself next year – I think it’s a great idea. In fact, I wish I’d thought of it myself … 🙂