My nephew doesn’t know who Gene Simmons is or what KISS is, except it is something as a young boy he wants to avoid for the time being. Now my sister and mom and aunt and uncle all know who KISS is and I think we all kind of love them a bit. So when a kid wants to be a rock star for Halloween, why not go old school and bust out the black and white face paint and really go ROCK STAR?
The hardest part about this whole costume is the makeup (which my sister did!). As I have learned, kids don’t want to freaking sit still long enough to have their makeup done. And they start to FAREEEK out when you get near their eyes. Which can suck when you’re trying to do a star around one of ’em. But with some patience, this costume isn’t all that expensive to put together. We did buy some things that weren’t necessary, but were so awesome they just couldn’t be denied. Like a crimped rock star mullet wig. Rock on!
For this rock star costume you need:
- Black jeans
- Black vest
- Silver paint
- Black fabric or felt
- Sticky Velcro
- Pyramid Studs
- Rocker wig or black hair paint
- Black, white and red face paint
- White tee shirt
- Flesh colored paint
- Black fabric marker
Because my nephew is a bit shy and not the kind of guy to go around shirtless I decided to make a hairy man chest tee for him to wear instead!
Since there is a lack of “flesh tone” dyes at the craft store, I grabbed some acrylic paint instead.
In a cup (not used for drinking) Add a bottle of flesh tone paint a little at a time to some water. Be sure that it is completely dissolved and pour into a large basin for dyeing. If you don’t do this in small increments, the paint will collect on the bottom and you’ll have splotches on your tee shirt.
Put your shirt in the watered down paint and stir it around to evenly coat. Leave in like dye and stir occasionally. Note, the less water you add to the paint, the darker the end result will be. Mine was pretty watered down, because we’re pale people!
Rinse out your tee and allow to fully dry.
Man, that’s one cute cat, isn’t it? Hey Max!
Take a fabric marker (this is a dark brown) and draw little lines and curlicues to make your hairy chest!
To be honest, I wish I would have gone with a thicker marker tip so the lines would be more noticeable from a distance!
Take a black vest and either paint silver accents or stud. I planned on studding this guy until I realized how perfect the lapels would be for a KISS costume if solid silver!
A visit to thrift stores we found lot of vests in the women’s section. This one is a size small and I got it for $9. They also had fabric ones that would have cost around $2. Those had colorful fronts, and if yours does, too, just find one with black lining and turn inside out. If the fancy fabric inside is noticeable you can paint those areas with black fabric paint.
And every rocker needs cuffs, right? Grab some fabric that doesn’t fray like felt or faux leather fabric (this isn’t pleather but that could work, too). Cut a strip out to act as your cuff. Go ahead and cut another just like it so you have matching sizes for both wrists.
Take your sticky back Velcro and cut a strip that will fit comfortably at the end of your band.
Peel the backing and attach to the upside of one end and the underside of the other…
(so when you put it on your wrist it rolls up and attaches correctly).
Embellish however you please with studs or silver paint and these guys are ready to wear!1
They look pretty cool, eh? Unfortunately they weren’t worn because we couldn’t find them come costume day, oops!
And a quick tip, if you rock the bright red KISS lips, you might use lipstick instead of that globby makeup paint that comes in one of those kits. If you can’t tell, it gets all over the teeth!
All in all, this wasn’t the cheapest costume we made, but it was one of the coolest! If you’re not keen on the $20 or so price tag, keep an eye out next year for faux leather vests and jackets and grab a wig on clearance and next year you can be KISS for next to nothing!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website