If you are a diehard Nintendo fan, why not figure out how to make Mario and Luigi costumes for your next costume party? It's classic, instantly recognizable and doubly fun if you have a friend to partner up with. The costume can be assembled from easy to find clothing items, but you will want to make sure you understand all the little details that set Mario and Luigi apart from your average plumber. Here's how make your Mario and Luigi costumes:
What you will need:
- A hot glue gun
- A tuna can lid
- A thing cardboard square
- A solid red or green brimmed cap
- One square foot of white felt
- One square foot of yellow felt
- White cotton gloves
- Brown workman's shoes
- Denim or blue/green overalls (discussed below)
- A blue or red/green long-sleeved t-shirt (discussed below)
- Optional: a costume mustache.
- Understand the color scheme. In the original game, Nintendo took the lazy man's approach to character design: Luigi was just a green Mario. Though other changes have been made since, what still define Mario and Luigi are red and green, respectively. However, there are two schools of thought on how to express the colors in costume: the "canonical" character design calls for a red or green long-sleeved shirt with blue overalls. However, utilizing this color scheme in reverse – a blue long-sleeved shirt with red or green overalls – makes the color more visible and is closer to the design from the first Super Mario Bros. game. It's up to you.
- Prepare the hat. A newsboy cap is more accurate for the look, but a baseball cap will do in a pinch. If you go with a newsboy cap, stick a thin strip of cardboard in the front of the inside brim to make it stand up, as newsboy caps are typically worn flat in front. Then you will need a lettered logo ("M" for Mario or "L" for Luigi). Cut out a circle of white felt just large enough to touch the curve of the newsboy cap, or about the size of a tuna can lid if you went with a baseball cap. Cut one side of the circle so that it fits against the outside brim. Using a cardboard stencil, draw the outline of your letter in the center of the felt and cut it out, leaving a hollow in the shape of the letter. Glue this on the front of your hat or brush up on your sewing for a more permanent souvenir.
- Apply the buttons. Mario and Luigi are ultimately cartoon characters, and every cartoon character must have those exaggerated details just right. So instead of settling for the tiny metal buttons on your overalls, you should make big yellow buttons fit for a cartoon legend. Cut out two more tuna can-sized circles, this time from yellow felt. With a hot glue gun, attach the center of each circle to the very end of your overalls' shoulder straps, which will hide your real buttons.
- Choose your own mustache. If you are able to grow big bushy facial hair, cultivate a mustache over several weeks. Otherwise, consult your local costume shop for a stick-on mustache. If you spring for a stick-on, remember that Mario's mustache is brown and Luigi's is black.
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