Easy Costume Addition-Bug Nylons

Sometimes you need a creepy touch to your costume.  There are few things that say creepy like bugs crawling up your legs.  This is simple to do, but can add the finishing touch you are looking for.  Here is what you will need:

 

  1. A pair of nylons (your choice of color)

  2. Plastic bugs

  3. Backstage Costume Tape

 

Making creepy crawly legs is simple.  Here is what you do to pull it off:


  1. Put on your nylons.  You can use whatever color, length and style of nylon that best goes with your costume.

  2. Put pieces of double sided costume tape on the bugs.  

  3. Peel off the liner side of the double sided costume tape and place the bugs on the nylons.  

  4. Enjoy this creepy touch to your costume.

DIY Costume-Grass Skirt

Today’s costume idea is a fun and simple way to make a paper bag grass skirt from items that you likely already have at your house.  Here is what you will need:

 

  1. Brown paper sack

  2. Scissors

  3. Backstage Costume Tape

 

And here are the detailed instructions of how to make the skirt:

 

  1. Cut the paper bag along the edge of one of the corners.

  2. Cut the bottom of the bag completely off.

  3. Now you have one big flat sheet of paper bag material.  Start on one edge of the bag and cut a thin strip, approx. 1/2” wide from the bottom to approx 6” from the top.

  4. Repeat step 3 every 1/2” until there are strips along the entire width of the bag.

  5. Now put the paper bag around the waist of the person who will be wearing it to measure how big it should be.

  6. Use Backstage Costume Tape to secure the skirt to itself.

  7. Enjoy your Aloha Party!

 

Tip:  If you are needing a larger skirt, just repeat the cutting work on a second bag and connect it together with the first one using Backstage Costume Tape.  You can also cut off some of the bag if the skirt is too large.

 

Tool in the Toolbox-Tape for Costume Designers

As a Costume Designer, chances are you have a toolbox (or something similar) full of items you use on a regular bases in the costume making process.  You probably have a great pair of scissors, needle and thread, tape measure, fabric, buttons, and much, much more.  We would like to introduce you to another valuable tool to work with.  This tool is Backstage Costume Tape.

 

Backstage Costume Tape is a double sided tape that is very sticky, but very low residue.  This makes it so valuable in costume creation.  Here is a list of applications that we have found for double sided costume tape:

 

  • Alterations

  • Adding embellishments

  • Quick fixes during performances

  • Closing gaps

  • Sticking costumes to skin to make sure it stays in place

  • Keeping jewelry in place during performances

  • Keeping wigs in place

  • Keeping facial hair in place

 

The life of a costume designer can often be stressful and full of deadlines, alterations and last minute fixes.  We hope that the right tools in your toolbox will make your job a little bit easier.  If you would like samples of our products so you can put them to the test, just contact us.

 

Easy Homemade Costume-Super Hero Cape

If you have a young boy, chances are you are in need of a super hero cape.  There are many options out there, but we wanted to show you an inexpensive, fast and easy option.  No sewing machine required!  And the best part is that you can attach the cape to any shirt and when the child decides they want a new color or they are done playing for the day, just pull the cape and it will come off without residue on the shirt.  Here are step by step instructions:

Items needed:

1. Plastic table cloth in the color of your choice.

2. Scissors

3. Backstage Costume Tape Dots


Cut the plastic table cloth to the size suitable for your super-hero.
TIP: If your plastic table cloth is wrinkly, try using a hair dryer to smooth it out.

Peel off two Backstage Costume Tape Dots from the sheet.  Place a dot on the two top corners of the cape.

 

Peel off the cut liner from the Dots.  Stick the cape directly on the back of the shirt.  That's it!  You now have a super-hero cape that was fun and easy to make.  You can also try this with just about any light-weight material.  Happy cape making!

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Easy Homemade Costume-Silly Monster

Today we would like to share one of the easiest DIY costumes you can make with just a few items you may already have around the house.  Here is the list of items you will need:

 

  1. Ping pong balls (2-3)

  2. Permanent marker

  3. Oversized shirt or sweatshirt

  4. Backstage Costume Tape Dots

 

Take the ping pong balls and draw googly eyes on them.  

Peel off one Costume Tape Dot for the sheet and place it on a googly eye.

Peel off the split liner, exposing the other side of the double sided Costume Tape.

That’s it!  Your silly monster costume is ready.  Have your silly little monster put on the shirt without putting their head through the neck hole.  Have you tried making this easy costume?  If so, we would love to see it!  Email us at info@costumetape.com.


Emergency Fix for Costumes-Say No to Duct Tape

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If you are an actor or actress and have worn costumes on stage, chances are sometime in your career you have had some kind of issue with your costume. To you, the following scenario may seem very familiar.

It’s the middle of Act Two.  You are one of the stars of the show and dashing around backstage, getting ready for your most important scene.  You look down and notice that your battle-worn costume is coming apart along a very noticeable seam.  You have exactly two minutes until you need to be on stage.  What do you do?

If you have ever been in a similar situation, you know that your options are limited.  You usually hurry and find anything that will hold it together, which usually ends up being duct tape.  You cross your fingers and get out there on stage.  Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against duct tape.  It can work miracles in certain situations.  But what if there was a better, faster and safer fix for your costume that you could keep on hand for such emergencies?  You are in luck.  

We’d like to introduce to you Backstage Costume tape.  Just stick things together and forget about them.  Then when you’re ready for a permanent fix, just pull it apart, remove the tape and hand it over to the seamstress.  That’s really all there is to it.  Are you ready to try it?  Simply fill out this form and we will send you a sample so you can test it in action.