Ever wanted to be Thor, the Norse god of thunder and war, for Halloween? Fortunately, the Thor costume is very easy to make and mainly requires items that can be found in any house. Whether it's Thor's hammer, cape, or helmet, all three are fun to create. Soon you will look like Thor for Halloween and you will be able to team up with the other avengers to defeat the evil villains of the world!
Part 1 of 4: Making Thor's Hammer
Step 1. Buy a box of tissues
This should be a long, full-size box, rather than the small, square ones. Peel off the perforated surface, but leave the tissues in the box. These will give the hammer a bit of weight. Next, grab a roll of paper towel. You can take a piece of paper towel from a roll you are using or just wait until you are done.
Keep the following in mind: Only use tissue boxes that have an opening at the top rather than one that runs from the top to the side
Step 2. Secure the box and roll
Place one end of the paper towel roll on top of the tissue box (the opening covered in plastic). Take some electrical tape and wrap it around the area where the roll meets the box. Wrap enough tape to secure the roll to the box. Feel free to add a few pieces of electrical tape, spread out perpendicular to the existing tape.
Step 3. Tape the rest of the box and roll together with electrical tape
Wrap the roll with electrical tape in a circular motion from the bottom to the top of the roll. Leave the opening at the top of the roll free of tape. Tape the tissue box together with long, continuous pieces. The goal is to make the box look as uniform as possible. Make sure the entire layer is covered in tape.
Remember to use white (or conventional gray) electrical tape for this part of the project, as the tape on the tissue box will show up in the final product
Step 4. Fill the paper towel roll
Take some aluminum foil and tear it into small strips. Roll up each of the strips and place them in the opening of the paper towel roll. Each time you add one, take the end of a spatula or a long utensil and push it into the roll. Press down on the foil so that it is compact. Take the utensil out and move on to adding more crumpled strips or aluminum foil.
Do this until the entire roll is full. Once you're done, take a strip of electrical tape and place it over the opening so the aluminum foil doesn't fall off
Step 5. Wrap the handle
Buy a brown piece of kraft paper. Spread a thin line of super glue along the short ends of the paper. Place the end against the centered handle so that there is equal space on both sides. Then wrap the piece of paper around the handle.
Once the entire piece is rolled up, add another small layer of super glue to the short edge of the paper. Press it onto the handle with your hand until it is dry (about 1 minute)
Part 2 of 4: Making Thor's Cape
Step 1. Choose the correct fabric
Go to the nearest arts and crafts store to buy a large piece of red flannel. The color should be between pure red and garnet. Use a tape measure to measure from neckline to toe. It also measures from the outside of one of the men to the outside of the other. These two measurements will be the dimensions of the fabric.
- You can buy the flannel directly from the bar or already packaged. If you bought it already packed, then you won't be able to buy the correct size. Make sure you buy a packed piece of fabric that is larger than you need so that you can cut it to the correct size later.
- Although this section is dedicated to showing you how to make a cape, you can, if you wish, substitute this step by purchasing a simple red apron or cloak and knotting it around the neck backwards.
Step 2. Cut a section of the fabric
Spread the flannel on a flat surface, free of other items, food, among others. Place a ruler on one of the short edges of the fabric. Find the middle of this end (it will change depending on the individual dimensions) and make a pencil mark. Measure 4 inches (10 cm) along the edge of each side of the mark. Make one at each of these points.
Use scissors to cut along the fabric about 10 inches (25 cm) away from the two 4-inch (10 cm) marks. You will have a rectangular flap with only one side still there. Cut this side as well and discard the rectangle
Step 3. Make the medallions
Take a piece of black felt. Take a dry, empty glass and turn it upside down. Outline the edges of the glass on the black felt with a pencil. Do it twice so that you have two circles. Use scissors and cut each of these circles out of the felt.
Step 4. Sew the cape and medallions
Take out the sewing machine. You'd better use the standard red thread for this project. Flip the cape over so that the shiny side you want to show off is face up. Take one of the shoulder flaps and place it in the middle of one of the black felt circles. The middle edge of the strip will be attached to the center of the felt circle. You can pin them together or hold them together with your hands. Make a 1 cm inside seam with the sewing machine.
- Attach the second black circle of felt to the man's other lapel in the same way.
- You can also sew them by hand. If you want more information on how to do it, see the article How to make the scallop stitch.
Step 5. Finish the layer
All you have to do is attach a safety pin to each of the black medallions. Then, pull the cape around the shoulders and slide each of the safety pins through the shirt so they don't fall off.
Part 3 of 4: Making Thor's Helmet
Step 1. Take a cardboard plate
Wrap the edge of the plate with a cloth measuring tape. Hold it there and make a pencil mark every third of the way. For example, if the total distance around the plate was 24 inches (60 cm), it would be best to make the marks on the edge of the plate at 8, 15 and 24 inches (20, 40 and 60 cm). Take out the tape measure and draw a dot in the center of the paper plate.
- Use a ruler to connect each of the marks on the outer edge to the center point. Draw the lines with a pencil.
- Then use scissors to cut each of the three pieces. You will only need two, but leave the third in case you make a mistake later.
Step 2. Measure and cut the wings
Lay two pieces together on a flat surface, like the bottom two pieces of a plate. Use a cloth tape measure and start measuring at the bottom corner where the two plates meet. First, measure along the edge of the right piece and make a pencil mark at the 1 1/2, 3, and 4 ½-inch (4, 8, and 11 cm) points. Pass the tape measure to the other piece, start measuring again from the bottom corner, where the two pieces meet. Make marks on the outside edge of the left piece at the 1 1/2, 3, and 4 ½-inch (4, 8, and 11 cm) marks mentioned.
- Between the 1 1/2, 3, and 4 ½-inch (4, 8, and 11 cm) marks on both pieces, you will use scissors to cut a triangle about 1 inch (3 cm) high. The edge of the cardboard plate is the base of the triangle. It doesn't matter if it's perfect, but the edges you cut should be straight and fairly symmetrical between the piece on the right and the left.
- Do the same between the 3-4-1 / 2-inch (8-11cm) marks on both pieces. However, instead of making 1 inch (3 cm) high triangles, make them about 1 ½ inches (4 cm) high. Aim for the edges to be straight and fairly symmetrical between the piece on the left and the one on the right.
Step 3. Measure and cut the headband
First, take a tape measure and wrap it around your head. Hold the end of the headband over your head and bring the other end to meet him. Make sure it stays over your ears when you wrap it. Determine your head circumference in centimeters (or inches).
Add 3 inches (8 cm) to the length of the circumference. Take a ruler and measure the rectangle on a piece of paper that is 2 inches wide by "circumference + 8 cm" long. For example, if the circumference is 25 cm (10 cm), the dimensions of the rectangle will be 5 x 33 cm (2 x 13 inches)
Step 4. Design the headband
Cut the triangle in the middle of the top edge of the rectangle. Make a pencil mark in the middle of the long top edge (use a ruler). Next, make a pencil mark on each side of the middle mark, both 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Use scissors to cut a 1 inch (2.5 cm) tall inverted triangle (the two 3 cm marks will be the distance from the base).
When you're done, have a long strip of paper, with an inverted triangle cut out
Step 5. Paint the headband and wings
Spread old newspaper on a table and place the three pieces (the band, the two wings) on top. Get out a can of silver acrylic paint. Use slow, even motions when spraying the paint. Wait about an hour for one side of the three pieces to dry before turning them over and covering the other side.
- It is important that you do it in a safe location. You don't want to spray paint when people are around, and you don't want to do it in a restricted room, like a garage. If it has windows or doors, open them to allow air to circulate.
- Consider wearing a medical mask so you don't inhale the fumes. Wearing old t-shirts will also be important so you don't get paint on your pretty clothes.
Step 6. Assemble the helmet
First, put some super glue on the end of the headband. The glue will cover 3 inches (8 cm) at the end of the strip of paper. Twist the hair band and join the two ends. Press them so that the glue binds them together. Hold them for a minute.
- Put some super glue in the middle of each wing. Note that when you place the wings on the headband, they curl inward. This means that the glue will go to the sides of the cardboard pieces, where you would put the food.
- Position the band so that the triangle is upside down and in the front. The triangles you cut will be in a low position, while the uncut part of the wings will be elevated.
- Press the wings on both sides of the band. Hold it there for a minute or so so the glue has time to dry.
Part 4 of 4: Finishing the Costume
Step 1. Choose appropriate clothing to wear
It would be nice if you find a pair of black boots. They could be work boots or ones you find at a costume store. The closer to the knee, the better. With the costume you also have to wear navy blue or black pants. Leather works best, however you can also wear dark pink jeans.
Step 2. Use accessories that complement your costume
Look for stores that sell arm tights. Buy yourself some silver ones that cover from the forearm area to the shoulders. If you can only find conventional colors, you can always spray them with silver paint. You could also replace arm tights with leggings. You will only have to cut off their feet so that you can insert your hands.
You should adhere any silver medallions (brooches) that you have in the chest area. It is best if the medallions are symmetrical, so make sure you have two, one on each side of the chest. On the other hand, the shape of the medallions is round
Step 3. Groom your hair
Thor has long hair that reaches to his shoulders. If you don't have long hair, it's best to buy a wig (blonde for Thor's version of the movie). If you have it long, just put gel on it. Next, take a comb and run it back and down. Thor's hair has a perfectly combed appearance and rests evenly over the shoulder and back area.
- Take liberties with the instructions. Add details and designs where you think necessary. For example, you could make some interesting black markings on the helmet that emulate some aspect of the character.
- Try to give yourself enough time. Although the crafts are easy to do, you may need a practice round for each one.
- Be careful when using scissors. Keep them away from children when you are not using them.
- Try not to get super glue on your hands. If you feel more comfortable, wear a pair of gloves when applying super glue.