Halloween is in two weeks, so you know what that means- time to start scrambling for (not quite) last-minute costume ideas! To help out, here are some costume-related projects from my archives that are short enough to get done before the 31st. 🙂
Update: This tutorial is now also available as a downloadable PDF here. More details at bottom of this post.
Some of you may, like me, be suddenly realizing there are only ten days left until Halloween. No stress – there’s still plenty of time to make a Minecraft Enderman costume, complete with a matching diamond block trick-or-treat basket!
For Halloween last year Jakob wanted to be a Minecraft Enderman. For reference, these are the tall, spindly black figures who appear out of nowhere to steal your blocks. They’re neutral mobs who can teleport and will only attack when provoked by looking them in the eyes (which, to be honest, is kind of hard to avoid, seeing as how they’re the most vivid part of the things!).
In the game Enderman can’t actually pick up diamond blocks, but that’s what Jakob wanted anyways. To be an Enderman carrying a diamond block.
Everything but the boxes and scissors came from my local dollar store, making this not only an easy costume to make, but a really inexpensive one too.
Assemble all materials
Cut off the flaps on the side of the box you want for the opening. Tape down all other flaps securely, cover all seams and use tape to cover the cut edges at the bottom.
Measure out your grid on all 5 remaining sides of the box.
Cut out the eye holes.
Cover the cut edges of the eye holes with masking tape, then paint the Enderman’s eyes with two different shades of purple.
Paint the rest of the Enderman’s head. I followed a actual chart pattern using shades of charcoal and black but you can just as easily paint the whole rest of the head solid black.
Optional: tape a piece of sheer black fabric over the eye holes so they don’t show from the outside but can still be seen through on the inside
Enjoy your new Enderman head!
Wear with black sweatpants, a black sweatshirt, and black stretchy gloves. Add a diamond block trick-or-treat basket for a complete Halloween costume!
(optional- seal the paint with spray sealant, more on that below)
DIAMOND BLOCK TRICK-OR-TREAT BASKET
Assemble all materials
Cut off the flaps on the side of the box you want for the opening. Tape down all other flaps securely, cover all seams on the outside and cover the cut edges at the bottom.
Mix aqua and white together to get a few different light aqua shades.
Following an in-game image of a diamond block, paint one side in shades of aqua, making one lower corner darker for shading. Repeat on the other 4 sides.
Add a border to all 5 sides using the aqua paint at its full strength.
Paint the inside of the box black.
If you prefer a more accurate version, I have compiled this tutorial into a downloadable PDF (linked at the bottom of the post) which includes full-color screen-accurate charts for both the Enderman and the 16×16 grid of the diamond block, including the hex codes for each color so you can color-match accurately.
Make 2 holes in 2 opposing sides. Knot ribbon through the holes to act as handles.
Enjoy your diamond block trick-or-treat basket!
Add to the Enderman head for a complete Halloween costume.
One optional step that I did but is not obligatory at all is to spray the painted sides with a sealant. I didn’t know what the weather would be like on Halloween and didn’t want to worry about rain causing the paint to run.
*Update in 2020: the heads are still going strong! The boys outgrew them of course, but we keep them as nerdy shelf displays and they look exactly the same as they did back when I made them.
And that’s it! The longest part in making these costume pieces is waiting for the paint to dry. 🙂
(PS: Looking for the big guy’s little buddies? Check out my tutorial for Minecraft Steve and Creeper heads here!)
I hope this post shows you how easy and fast it can be to make your own Minecraft Steve and Creeper heads!
You can adapt the tutorial to make any Minecraft mob, and I’ve got an assortment compiled for you here.
As mentioned above, if you’d like an easy-to-print-and-save PDF version of this tutorial, I have made it available on Etsy here. The 12-page PDF includes full instructions with additional details, clear photographs, as well as game-accurate full-color numbered charts for all 5 sides of both the Enderman’s head and the diamond block, along with their hex codes for perfect color matching.
My phone has been pinging quite a bit lately, notifying me that people have been saving my pins. While I think that’s awesome, and am flattered, I was also confused because I couldn’t think of what I’d posted that would be so popular at the moment. And then I remembered – it’s almost Halloween! Sure enough, it was my Minecraft-related pins getting all the love, the Creeper/Steve head tutorial especially.
So for anyone who found my blog via those pins, or anyone else who’s interested, here are some quick links to my (few) Halloween/costume-related tutorials. I do have more coming up this month, so be sure to come back and see.