How to Make an Edward Scissorhands Costume

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Learn how to make a great looking Edward Scissorhands costume for Halloween.

Everybody loves a great Halloween costume. Here's one that's sure to get people talking. When I was 18 I won the high-school costume contest by making my own Edward Scissorhands costume out of simple supplies mostly around the house. With a little care, this costume can make anyone look just like Johnny Depp's famous character from the 1990 classic Tim Burton film (that's me in the picture). Here's what you need to make the costume work:

Shoes. A simple pair of solid black running shoes works best. Any kind of shoe will work, even a boot, so long as it is solid black.

Pants. Again, solid black pants are a necessity. Black jeans usually are not a good idea as they tend to be faded and kill the look. Something jet black is necessary; I found black slush pants at a used clothing store for $2.

Top. The ideal top is a black, long-sleeved turtle neck shirt. Again, I was able to find mine at a used clothing store for cheap. The turtle neck isn't totally necessary but is definitely the most accurate representation of the actual costume in the movie. Long sleeves are a must.

Belts. Find a bunch of black belts or straps and sling them randomly around your body. I had three belts wrapped around my torso that gave the look of a mechanical human just like Edward is in the movie. Belts with studs work the best.

Makeup. Standard white or very pale makeup for the face and neck is needed. You can find tons of it in stores around Halloween time. Spread it across your skin using a makeup sponge (or get someone else more capable to do it for you). Also, find a light purple lipstick to complete the eerie-face look.

Hair. Getting the hair right will significantly impact the look of your costume. My actual hair was long enough that I didn't need a wig; if you have short hair, you will need to find a wig to use. Getting the crazy hair look is accomplished by using wash-out hair dye in a spray container. The stuff I used also had gel in it making the styling very simple. Basically, you need to backcomb your hair up in a frenzy and make sure it's full of sticky hair gel so that the long strands clump together. 

Scissorhands. By far, the most essential elements to nail down in this costume are the fear-inspiring razorblade hands. They are actually easier to make than one might expect. Get a pair of winter gloves with the individual finger slots. Next, get a few sheets of corrugated plastic (cardboard is the less effective alternative) and cut out 10 jagged, scissor-like blades about 12 inches long. Paint them silver on both sides using spray paint and let dry overnight. Once dry, take black electrical tape and fasten each blade to a finer on the gloves (make sure you do this with the glove on or else you won't be able to get your fingers in).

There you have it!

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