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She’s Crafty: Zombie Costume


She's Crafty: Zombie Costume

OMG!  Halloween is right around the corner and you are not trying to be a hoochie-out-the-bag, so what do you do?  DIY!

There’s  no need to buy anything, because if you’re a crafty gal already, then you’ll have everything you need on hand to make this zombie costume inspired by the Thriller music video.  It just takes some guts (yummy!), a little muscle (mmmm!), and some brains (delicious!) to turn you into the walking dead without even walking out of the house.

I remember that the stylist in the making of the Thriller video crafted the zombie costumes from old second-hand clothes.  After a quick roll in the mud, she baked them in the sun.  It looked amazing but I’m not wearing any dirty clothes, no matter how dead I’m supposed to look.  Try out this method for a more clean and sanitary zombie approach.


Materials Needed:

  • Old, funky clothes (cleaned, of course)
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic or fabric paint in red and brown
  • Paper plates and paper towels
  • Hot dark tea (optional)
  • Black eyeshadow and brush
  • Red lipstick

Pre-Step:  If you have white clothing, give it an aged look by first soaking it in some hot dark tea.  Brew a cup and throw it in a bowl with the white clothes and let it dye overnight.  Make sure it’s completely dry before you begin Step 1.


Step 1:  This step requires GUTS.   Some people are scared to cut clothes because they are afraid of mistakes, but with this costume, there are no mess-ups!  Take your scissors and randomly cut the clothing.  I balled up a collared shirt and just snipped into the fabric over and over.  Make sure to cut near the edges of the fabric too, like the hems of pants, so items look more worn-in.


Step 2:  This step requires MUSCLES.  For a look that just screams that zombies have been attacking you, rip apart some of the shreds that you first cut into the fabric.  Some areas may be easier to rip than others.  Leave some holes larger and some smaller.  The more you rip, the more zombie you are.


Step 3:  This step requires BRAINS.  You will have to think about where dirt and blood goes so your look is totally deadly.  On a paper plate, squeeze out some brown paint.  Dip a crinkled up paper towel into the paint and randomly blob it on your freshly cut and ripped clothes.  Smear the paint in some places and re-crinkle and re-dip as needed.  Repeat this with a new paper towel and this time the red paint, but try to focus the bloody red paint on the areas with the large rips.  Those are where flesh-eating zombies attacked you after all!


Step 4: This step requires NO SKILL.  Seriously, I’m not a make-up artist, but since zombies are ugly, it’s not hard to do up an ugly face.  Using an eyeshadow brush, apply black shadow all over your eye sockets.  Next, suck in your cheeks and apply more shadow under your cheekbone.  Blend this shadow as much as possible.  Last, carefully apply some red lipstick, and after it looks perfect, take your hand and smear it all over your mouth and chin.  Believe me, it looks legit.  For your locks, just rat it out…the messier, the better.

Now, you’re ready to go out and feast on some flesh!

If you go for a zombie this year, link us to a picture….we’d love to see how you rock it.

Happy Halloween!

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