DIY Bumblebee Costume

Picture from Wikipedia.com
Picture from Wikipedia.com

The teachers at my school wanted to do a matching theme this year, and we chose superheroes.  A few months back my mom took me, my niece, and my nephew to Universal Studios Hollywood, and she got me a really cool Transformers Bumblebee dress.  This dress sparked my costume idea and I ran with it.  I am a big Transformers fan (half because my celebrity husband is (was) in it, Shia LaBeouf) and Bumblebee has always been my favorite Transformer.  Even without saying a real word (he lost his vocal cords and can only speak through the radio) he can make you feel so connected and emotionally invested in a….Chevy Camaro.

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Please ignore the shoes in the background…I tried to blur them out…

Materials needed to replicate my look:

  • Bumblebee dress (or yellow dress or yellow shirt and pants/leggings)
  • Acrylic paint (dark yellow, black, grey/silver) with paint brushes
  • One very large single piece of cardboard
  • Scissors, ruler, pencil, etc to create your wings
  • Silver/grey ribbon/yarn/string
  • Construction worker hat
  • Two koozies (canned drink coolers)
  • Two pairs of grey tights/leggings (one without feet)
  • Face paint (blue, black, and white) with brush
  • Big black boots

Dress:  Bought at Universal Studios in Hollywood, but I found it online at Hot Topic for less $$.  You could also use just a plain yellow dress and paint it with cool looking designs (or don’t paint it) or even use a yellow shirt/legging combo.

Wings:  Took one large piece of cardboard, drew the wheel shape in the middle and then drew the car doors on each side.  Then I cut them out and painted them with acrylic paint.  Then I poked holes in the center of the rims and strung silver ribbon through the hole.  I then created a loop with the ribbon (for arm holes) and then tied a knot on the back of the cardboard.  The silver ribbon blends in with the silver rims nicely and you can hardly see the knot.  I wanted to go with old-school Bumblebee (his car is the Chevy Camaro) so I added little pieces like manual lock doors and manual window cranks…I think it added a nice little touch.

Helmet:  I bought a yellow foam construction worker hat at Michaels for a dollar.  I cut off the brim to make it look less like a construction helmet and then I painted it the same yellow as the wings and then used the black acrylic paint to draw designs.

Cuffs:  I bought two yellow koozies (foam can holders to keep canned drinks cool) each for less than a dollar at Michaels.  I then cut out the bottom circle so they became cuffs and then I painted them the same yellow as the rest.

Body Cover:  I used two thick grey tights/leggings I bought from Target for a few bucks each.  One of the leggings (I made sure to buy feet-less so I didn’t have to cut hand holes) I cut a hole in the crotch just big enough to fit my head through.  Once it was all done I don’t think you could tell that they were once leggings. You could also use a grey (or black, but true Bumblebee is grey/silver/metallic) body suit.  My husband didn’t understand why I went through the trouble cutting up a pair of leggings and not just wear one of my many grey long sleeve shirts I own, but I really wanted the colors to match perfectly and I really wanted them to be as skin tight as possible.

Shoes:  I personally think that big black chunky boots would match Bumblebee the best, so that is what I wore.  I tried the outfit on with my black ankle booties, but it just didn’t have as big of an impact.

Closeup of my face mask
Closeup of my face mask

Face:  I really wanted to paint a mask on this year, so that is what I did.  Technically Bumblebee doesn’t really wear a true mask (his entire face is just made of metal and car parts) but I wanted a mask so I tried to make as close to a Bumblebee mask as I could.  Bumblebee has really deep blue piercing eyes, so I tried to paint blue eyes on around my eyes, and then I painted a dark grey mask on around it.  I used face paint I bought at Michaels.  I then wanted to do something funky with my lip (because why not!  It is Halloween after all) so I decided to put black eye liner (the pencil version) on my lips.  (Warning, the face paint washed right off, but the blue stained my skin a bit and as I am writing this the next morning I still have a hint of blue around my eyes.)

Hair:  I first tried to put my hair in a low bun, but I felt way too masculine so I decided to wear my hair in some type of downward fashion.  I wanted it pulled out of the way so you could see the back of the wings (plus I had nightmares of my hair getting caught in the wings).  A lot of times you see women superheros with their hair in pigtails (or is that just my imagination?) so I decided to go with cute little half braided pigtails.

Well, that is it!  That is how I transformed (pun intended) into Transformer’s Bumblebee.  I am overall very happy with the result and I wouldn’t change much.  If I wanted to go above and beyond, I would have only spoken in song lyrics all day (which I contemplated for about a second and then quickly gave up on) OR I would have worn a small radio around my neck and any time someone spoke to me I would have just pressed “play” and stared at them (again, something I contemplated but gave up on).

Totally thought I had the best teacher costume...until Groot arrived!!
Totally thought I had the best teacher costume…until Groot arrived!!
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