Are you planning on going to a convention based around comic books or anime? For these types of conventions, you will often see people dressed up as characters from shows or books, otherwise known as cosplaying.
Cosplaying can range from elaborate and expensive costumes to fun and simple DIY ideas. If this is your first time going to a cosplay event, you should look to dress up so you can experience everything to the fullest.
Here are some DIY ideas that you can use for your cosplay.
Cosplay conventions are great for creating a no judgement space. They not only give you the power to dress up as anyone or anything you want, but also encourage it. Therefore, if there is a character that you have always wanted to be, this is your time to go for it. Look online for references and start figuring out how you can go about creating the outfit. For any tools or weapons that have to be created, you can try out 3D printing.
The experts at Go Go Cosplay recommend these materials as they are lightweight and easy to carry around. While 3D printing might be an expensive investment at first, it will produce high quality and lighter materials that you will feel comfortable walking around in for a whole day. Look into 3D printing and see if it is an option you would like to pursue.
If 3D printing isn’t for you, you can always turn towards paper mache. Paper mache is a method that has been used for years and involves using strips of paper and blue. You can make anything using this art technique and once it has dried and taken shape, feel free to paint it any color. While this is much cheaper than 3D printing, it is much more time consuming. Paper mache is a tried, tested, and true method for creating and designing costumes.
Use Old Clothing and Recycled Materials
When people look into cosplaying, the first thing they do is look to buy a costume online or buy a series of items that they can use. While this can be very convenient, if you play on cosplaying more than one character it can become extremely expensive. Take the time to look around the house and see what items you can find and use for your costume.
Remember, that with some time and effort, you can take any piece of clothing and turn it into something else. Pants and jeans can be dyed, and shirts can be cut and used as fabric to help out in the costume. Cosplayers are extremely creative at reusing items and finding out how to get the most out of what they already have at home. Don’t just turn to Amazon for your DIY costume, look to see what you can do with what you already have at home.
At the end of the day, cosplay is about fun and showing off your creation to other people. Never get discouraged or feel that what you have created is not good enough. The community involved is extremely accepting towards everyone. Whether your character is popular or obscure, start gathering your materials and start creating your costume.