How Can I Make a Homemade Costume of the Tin Man?

by Kent Page McGroarty

Create your own version of the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" as part of a group of family or friends going as the classic film cast for Halloween or simply as an individual costume. Ask friends and family for any silver-colored clothing you can borrow before purchasing such clothing new, or browse consignment shops for inexpensive costume options. Also try reusing items to create your costume, such as clean gasoline funnels and cardboard boxes.

Items you will need

  • Silver spray paint
  • Silver fabric dye
  • Newspaper
  • Large funnel
  • Cardboard box
  • Button-down shirt
  • Silver pants
  • Silver gloves
  • Boots
  • Silver face paint
  • Prop ax
Step 1

Spray-paint a funnel with silver spray paint. Use a funnel that will fit comfortably on your head. Cover a pair of boots in silver spray paint as well. Perform all spray painting over newspaper in a well-ventilated area, such as a garage.

Step 2

Dye a plain button-down shirt with silver fabric dye.

Step 3

Cut the bottom out of a box appropriate to your size as well as holes for the head and arms.

Step 4

Put on all aforementioned costume pieces as well as a pair of silver-colored pants and gloves. If no silver pants and gloves are accessible to you, use the silver fabric dye on gloves and pants as well. Place the box over your head first, and then follow with the shirt. Have a friend or family member help you with the shirt if needed.

Step 5

Paint your face silver with silver spray paint. Use a prop ax to complete the costume.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cover the box in tin foil as an alternative to using the dyed shirt.
  • Cut an ax out of a piece of cardboard rather than using a prop ax.