Your secret weapon here, is the microwave. “Micro Papier Mache” lets you cheat, and make just about anything in just one night. All you need is the perfect mold.
In this post, you’re going to have to use your imagination, a bit. I’m going to give you some basic how-tos, that you can translate into any costume you want; whether you want to be a comical adult version of a Princess, a Pirate, or an Elf, or, in this case, Pinocchio.
Here’s my tutorial on how to make a Halloween Costume in the microwave. The microwave saves you time — you can make this the night before, easily, no sweat.
First, find a bowl that fits your head.
Then, cover bowl with saran wrap. Crucial step.
Then, mix 1/2 part glue to 1/2 part water.
Lay sheets of newspaper across bowl. (No need to tear in strips. This is a one-shot Halloween costume. Doesn’t have to be tough as nails.)
Brush glue mixture onto each layer of newspaper. You’ll need about 5-6 layers. Shape hat into form that suits your costume.
Zap in the microwave –1 minute at a time (to avoid a fire) for about 5-6 minutes. Check after each minute for dryness.
Once done, spray with your favorite spray paint.
The collar is simply a Starbuck’s coffee filter. (My 6-year old’s bright idea.) You can do a lot with that coffee filter, if you let your imagination run. (I needed the caffeine to keep me going at that point, for one thing.) Find some clothes at the second hand-store, and have some fun.
To create the nose, I used the microwave and papier mache recipe. All you need is the perfect mold.