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Little Shop of Horrors Costumes

October 24, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - dog dressed up as plant and one as SeymourEverybody better beware! The Little Shop of Horrors is open for business. Gryphon is playing the part of Seymour, the young florist shop clerk who stumbles upon a very unusual plant, which he names Audrey II. Phoenix plays Audrey II, the man eating plant from outer space who is out for blood. Seymour is feeding drops of blood from his finger into Audrey II's gaping toothy mouth. This causes the plant to grow and grow, and it's tendrils continue to spread until they are taking over the florist shop, and just might take over the world.

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Total Time: A few weeks

Yield: 1 of each costume

Source: Based on The Little Shop of Horrors movie/play

Supplies:

  • plant headpiece
  • white stiff felt
  • dental floss
  • wire
  • glue gun
  • branches
  • artificial leaves
  • green jumbo chenille stems
  • green felt
  • thick wire
  • green glitter
  • large garden pot
  • tendrils
  • red felt
  • fabric stiffener
  • plastic cups
  • paper clips
  • Popsicle stick
  • glue
  • black puffy paint
  • elastic
  • artificial leaves
  • green fun fur yarn
  • button down shirt
  • argyle sweater vest
  • skin colored gloves
  • grayish pants
  • stuffing
  • boots
  • stapler
  • tan glove
  • Band-Aids
  • bandages
  • red permanent marker
  • short dark wig
  • tan baseball cap
  • nerd glasses
  • shelves
  • plastic pots
  • artificial flowers
  • sturdy box
  • woodgrain wrapping paper
  • plastic door facade
  • foamboard
  • Open/Closed sign
  • cabinet knob
  • small table
  • toy cash register

Steps:

  1. To make the Audrey II headpiece, we started with a plant headpiece intended for a human costume. We cut off some of the hood, and used dental floss and wire to shape it to fit onto a dog's head. We added sharp teeth, which we made by cutting triangles out of white stiff felt and gluing them all along the inside of the mouth with a glue gun. We also had a crown of leaves to extend the leafy look, which was branches twisted together with artificial leaves woven into it.
  2. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - drawing teeth on stiff white felt
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - cutting them out
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - glueing in place
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - leaf wreath
     
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  3. We needed to make the plant look like it was spreading everywhere with lots of tendrils crawling out of it everywhere. We made the tendrils out of green jumbo chenille stems. These could be bent and shaped into arms and wavy vines. We cut artificial leaves into a spiky shape, and glued them all along the chenille stems for a thorny look. We also added large leaves to be like the hand of the plant. To make these, we cut green felt into leaf shapes. We then sandwiched pairs of shapes over thick wire, which was bent into the shape and glue gunned in place. We decorated the leaves with green glitter, drawing on veins and lines.
  4. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - trimming bits off leaves for spiky bits
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - gluing spiky leaf bits to large chenille stems
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - spiky vine
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - wire for leaf hands
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - adding veins to large leaves with glitter glue
     
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  5. For the plant's pot, we found a garden pot that was very large and light. We cut out the bottom with scissors, which took a little persistence. The pot was then able to slip easily over the dog's head. We then attached the tendrils we had created, gluing them coming out from the inside of the pot in various spots. We also glued some pieces of green felt cut into a leafy pattern from the bottom of the pot, to hang over and cover the dog's paws.
  6. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - cutting bottom out of large plastic flower pot
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - bottom removed
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - gluing vine/tendrils to the inside of the pot top
     
  7. To make Audrey II's large and curvy tongue, we started by cutting a very long tongue shape out of red felt. We then painted it with fabric stiffener. To get the wavy shape, we let it dry looped up and down over plastic cups, and secured it with paper clips. After it was dry, we attached it to a Popsicle stick, to allow the dog to hold it easily in his mouth. We also decorated it by using black puffy paint to outline the tongue and to draw a line down the center of it.
  8. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - cutting out red felt tongue
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - painting on fabric stiffener
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - arranging over and under plastic cups
     
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  9. We wanted to add a little more leafiness to the dog's face, so we created a ring of leaves to go around his snout. We did this by making a circle of thin elastic, which fit very lightly and loosely around his snout. We then glued on bits of leaves and green fun fur yarn.
  10. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - ring of leaves to go around the dog's snout
     
  11. For the Seymour costume, we had to stuff and attach together clothing to match the type of outfit Seymour wears. We used a man's button down shirt with an argyle sweater vest over it. We stuffed the arms and shoulders of these pieces, gluing the stuffing in place. For the hands, we used tannish skin colored gloves, which we stuffed and glued onto the ends of the sleeves. For the pants, we used grayish pants, which we stuffed completely. We then attached them to the front side of the shirt, so they would hang down over the dog's legs. We used old boots and stapled them to the bottom of the pants.
  12. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - attaching sweater to stuffed pants
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - stuffing shirt
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - attaching boots
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - stuffed pants with boots sticking out
     
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  13. We wanted to make it look as if Seymour had been cutting his fingers to feed the plant drops of blood from his hand, like in the story. So we decorated one of the tan gloves with Band-Aids and bandages. We also created blood to drip down from one of the fingers. We squeezed glue from the glue gun into droplet shapes onto tinfoil. When they dried, we peeled them off and colored them red with a permanent marker. We then glued these droplets onto one of the fingers.
  14. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - bloody gloves with droplets
     
  15. To finish off Seymour's costume, we found accessories to look like the character. We added a short dark wig for his hair, with a tan baseball cap atop it. Finally we added glasses, which are Seymour's signature look.
  16. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - hat and nerdy glasses
     
    Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - dog as Seymour
     
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  17. We wanted to create a background to go with this scene, to take pictures and show it off to people. We wanted to create the florist shop where "Little Shop of Horrors" takes place. We found some old shelves, and added plastic pots with artificial flowers. We made a platform for Seymour to sit on as well. We used a sturdy box, which we covered with wrapping paper with a woodgrain design. We added writing about Potting Soil, which we printed with a fun font off the computer and glued on. We added a door, which we made by attaching a plastic door facade onto foamboard. We hung a real little Open/Closed sign, and attached a cabinet knob for the doorknob, pushing it through the foamboard and screwing it on. We also added a little table with a toy cash register.
  18. Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - shop background
     
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