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Harrison Jones' G.I. Joe Costume

My friend Harrison Jones went to town on his green army man costume for Halloween, and nailed the classic icon. The result is definitely one of the best costumes I saw this year. How did he do it? Harrison started by picking out the perfect green tarp, then taking it to the hardware store and having them color match a quart of semi-gloss interior latex paint. He then painted the air soft helmet, boots, and gun with several coats of the green paint. Next, he cut out cardboard in an oval shape, painted it green, and used duct tape in a loop to stick to his boots.

As for the uniform, he picked out a long-sleeve shirt and a pair of pants he was willing to sacrifice, and cut them both along the seams. Harrison then spread the chopped shirt and pants out on the tarp, pinned them to the tarp, and cut around the fabric, leaving about a half inch of extra tarp (the sleeves were done separately). He used duct tape to “sew” the tarp back together, leaving half of the tape’s sticky side exposed and putting it on the inside of the seam, and then connecting the matching part of the tarp, adjusting to the right fit.

Possibly not the best skin treatment, but he then painted his hands and face with the same latex paint. I had to ask how that latex paint felt on his skin, and he said, “It was okay as long as I wasn’t in direct sunlight, and after a while it would crack if I smiled or moved my face. It ended up just being able to peel off in warm water.” Harrison amazingly managed to work his shift at Andy’s market (best produce ever!) down the street from MAKE headquarters. Nice work, soldier!

Harrison Jones' G.I. Joe Costume

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The brought back JI Joe Cool

    Cel  Financial Services

  2. Nathan Guice says:

    not really GI Joe, but a very cool plastic army man.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Right you are, Nathan! I realized the misnomer right after I pubbed it. All fixed now–thanks!

  3. Travis Fredericks says:

    Always nice to see good trigger discipline, even with toy guns.

  4. Jeff Phelps says:

    Outstanding!   Watch out for 10-year old boys.  They’re likely to light him on fire, shoot him with a BB gun, or tape a firecracker to him.

  5. Killer. Best I’ve seen for sure.

  6. ray says:

    what is he going to be this year? i know, dado