Make Captain America’s Suit & Shield – DIY Costume Squad

Make Captain America’s Suit & Shield – DIY Costume Squad

Dustin Mclean, Claire Max,
and Benjamin Martin, experts in the world of cosplay and
D.I.Y., masters of duct tape,
cardboard and hot glue. Together, they are the D.I.Y.
Costume Squad. – Hey, what’s up?
I’m Dustin, and today, I’m going to be making a very D.I.Y.
Captain America costume. I’m making this for
an upcoming episode of Homemade Movies. So, it’s going to be very scrappy and homemade and D.I.Y using some stuff
I just found in some thrift stores. So, let’s give it a shot. Okay, so Captain America,
specifically from Civil War. It’s a pretty straightforward costume
when you really look at it, but I want to fancy it up using some foam, put
some of these little panels and things. I’m going to just paint a shirt and
some pants with blue and then there’s some straps, the belts,
gloves and then the helmet, of course. That’s probably the trickiest part,
really, is the helmet. And then there’s the shield, too, but
we’ll get to that in a little bit. So I’m going to start with just
kind of the base of the outfit, that’s going to be blue. So here’s all the goodies that I got. This is the fun part. (Sound) So for the first piece here,
I found a jacket. This was $10 at a thrift store. Figured this was kind of like
a nice plain canvas to start with. And then I’ll add some pieces on
top of it and then paint it blue. It’s a pretty sharp jacket. Okay, let’s start by just trying it on and
marking out some shapes. Because I’m doing this for
an Homemade Movies episode, it’s going to be our friend Michael. He’s playing Captain America,
so I’m going to make it so it will kind of fit me and the I’m
hoping that he can squeeze into it also. So I’m going to attach some various panels
of different shapes on here, and for that, I’m going to use craft
foam from the craft store. These are $0.99 a piece. Super easy to cut. Super easy to glue. So I just printed out
a star from my computer and that will just serve as a guide. (Music) I’m kind of just making this up. I’m looking at the pictures, but I’m
making up a lot of the shapes myself too. There, that’s cool. So I’ve kind of made like a negative shape
around where the star’s going to go. So I’m going to trace these
to make the mirror image so I’ll have the other side as well. (Music) There. Okay, so,
I’m going to glue these pieces down. Hot glue works really
well on this EVA foam and it works really well on fabric, too. It hust soaks right in. So this bottom piece,
I’m only going to glue halfway, so that we can open the zipper later. Yeah.
(Music) So I’m just moving onto the arms. It’s a lot more of just kind of looking at
the shapes and kind of just faking it and drawing the shapes out here,
cutting them out, and gluing them on. I’m saving the red ones for later, but all the ones that are going to end up
being blue, I’m just gluing right on. Definitely shield,
you can tell by the geometric pattern. (Music) I think that’s the last piece of
the armor, but what I’m going to do for the arms is, I’m going to cut
a seam right down the forearm. And then, I’ll line these edges with tape
so that I can just tighten it down on my arm and put my hand in the glove and
it will all kind of stay in place. All right, now that all the foam pieces
are in place, it’s time to paint it blue. I picked up a handful of these blue
paint cans, there were $3 each. So let’s head out to the paint station. (Music) All right, so
while I’m painting this blue, I’m also going to paint the pants which
I picked up at a thrift store for $6. I made sure that these were kind of
the same color as the coat so that way, the paint will sort of
sit on it the same way. All right, so we’ve just gotta wait for
all this paint to dry and then I’ll pick this back up tomorrow. Okay, paint is all dry. It’s looking pretty good. I’ve got my pants and my jacket. So, what I need to do is start adding
in some of these other pieces that are going to really make it pop. So, there’s the star and
then I’ve got the abs, this red and white stripes, so I’ll just be
continuing on with craft foam. I’ll just trace this on here and
then cut them out. (Music) Here we go. Okay, I think those are all the pieces. So now, I’m going to glue them in place. (Music) Captain who? What, I don’t,
it’s the star that really sells it. All right, so he’s got this little
Avengers emblem on his shoulder. So I’m just going to cut that
circle out of some red foam, and then draw on the A with a white paint pen. It’s like a Necco wafer. (Laugh) Okay, so
I’m going to paint this star silver. I already have some old
silver spray paint, but usually it’s around three bucks. Bam, ooh, that looks nice. The finishing touches on this jacket are
going to be to draw on a few of the extra details using a black marker. I’m just looking at the pictures and kind of figuring out where some
additional lines should go. (Music) All right, so
now it’s time to add in the Velcro. I have a little, tiny bit left. Usually, you can get a whole roll of
this for like, I think two bucks. (Music) Sweet. Okay, there are a few red
pieces on the pants too so I’m just going to cut some pieces and
glue those on. Right, so next up, I’m going to move
onto some of the straps and the belt. So, I bought a handful of
miscellaneous belts and things. They’re around $3 each from
a few different thrift stores. Got different sizes. All right, before I go too much further, I’m going to paint all
three of these brown. (Music) I really like the little metal
buckles on this black belt, so I’m going to attach those to this belt. All right, I’m going to make this
little buckle piece in the back, just out of one solid piece of cardboard. Cardboard that I recently used, so
I’ll just draw out the shapes and cut it out and then paint it. Okay, the buckle is ready. I’m going to be attaching
the belts to them. (Music) All right, I think that’s ready to go. I’m going to move on to his belt. I’m going to make the buckle
out of cardboard, of course. (Music) I’m going to do a very light
coat of black on here. This is $0.99. Just to darken it and
make it a little dirtier. (Music) His belt has a bunch of little pouches and
pockets all along the sides. So, I’m going to use this fabric belt and
cut them and just make a bunch of little folds, and that will kind of
look like his little pockets. All right,
I’m going to start with gray primer. That way when I paint the brown,
you’ll be able to see it better. (Music) I’m going to glue all these really flat
and then glue them all to the belt. (Music) I’m just going to hit those
with brown real quick. (Music) I love these pouches. Okay, I’m going to move on to the gloves. I found this pair at a thrift store for
$5. And I’ll cut the fingertips off and
then paint them brown, and I think that’s pretty
much all I need to do. (Laugh) It’s like a bloody fingertip. The most unexpectedly morbid thing. (Music) I think he’s actually wearing black
boots and then there’s some long, like, spats I guess. So you could just pick up
a pair of black boots, but I’m going to use these to extend my
black boots and make them even taller. Okay, so I’ve got two more belts here. I’m going to cut each one of these into
three pieces and then glue them on here. I’m just going to spray paint
these all the way black so they don’t look like Edward Scissorhands. (Music) All right, now I’m going to
attempt to make this helmet, which I think is going to
be the hard part. So, I bought this foam pirate
hat from the craft store. It was $2.50. I also bought this party mask, and
I think it’s actually like papery. This was $3. So, between that and one more skinny belt, I’m going to see if i
can put this together. You know what? Forget Captain America,
I’m just going to, there. That’s my costume. Cool, ready for the party. I’m going to use the heat gun very
lightly, which can probably soften this. (Music) It’s really working. (Music) I’m just going to change the shape of
this eye a little bit with some tape, that’s better. It’s not quite so doe-eyed. (Laugh) This is a Darth Vader
with a tiny face. (Music) Okay, I think that’s it. So I need to paint this blue, and
then I’m going to add in a few straps. So first, I’m just going to spray paint
the whole thing brown, and the A, and then I think that might be it. (Music) Okay, so the mask is dry. It was sticky for a little while,
so I let it sit overnight, but I’m ready to finish this up. It’s looking pretty good. I’m going to put the straps on. I just need to cut it into some pieces. (Sound) It’s on the small side,
but that’s pretty much it. So I picked up some more Velcro. I’m going to have these two pieces
actually attach in the middle. (Music) I’m just going to make a little buckle
out of some galvanized steel wire. (Music) All right, so
I’m going to make this little chin piece. I’ll probably just going to
use some craft foam and cut out some shapes right here and
glue it on. (Music) So I’m just going to
add the final details. A for the top. There’s some little wing things, draw in
a few more details, and then that’s it for the helmet. For a while there, I thought this helmet
was not going to work at all, but I’m feeling pretty good about it. All right, so
I think that’s everything for this suit. But there’s one last thing that Captain
America needs, and that is his shield. For an episode of Homemade Movies, Ben made this awesome Captain America
shield out of a trashcan lid. If you want to get real D.I.Y.
with it, you could do that. But I’ll show you how to make one just
out of a piece of cardboard as well. All right, so
I have this big piece of cardboard. Everyone always asks where
do you get your cardboard? Well, I save big pieces. This was left over from like
a TV that I bought a while back. So, here’s a trick for
making nice circles. Take a piece of string,
use that for the radius. And then from your center point,
you can draw a circle all the way around. (Laugh) All right. So what I’m going to do is add a little
bit more curve to this by making a few slits along the outside edge so
that it can kind of curve down. (Music) So I don’t think I need to
actually glue those after all. I’m just going to tape all of them,
one by one, and then I should have a nice curved surface. All right, just going to make
a little handle back here. (Music) All right, time to paint. (Music) I’m going to use my string again and
do a series of circles, and then I’ll mask it off. (Music) All right, time for silver. (Music) Okay, I’ve got a few touch ups I gotta do,
but not bad. So I was going to just paint
this inner circle blue, but the masking kind of takes forever and
it’s peeling, so I’m just going to make
a separate piece of cardboard. Plus, since this is a little flat, maybe that’ll give it
a little bit more dimension. All right,
I’m just going to paint this blue. Blue. (Music) So the very last thing I’m going to
do to the shield and to the costume, is to do a very light layer of black
paint, just to kind of dirty it up and make it look like it’s really worn. (Music) I don’t know if the back of it’s black or
not but. (Music) All right, I think that’s it. I think it’s time to try it on. I always get the baggiest pants ever. Remember, I had to make
these a little bit big so they could also fit Michael
who is much taller than me. Nice. (Music) Okay, so I’m just going to tape
these into place like that. Okay, lastly, the helmet. Here we go. Okay, I guess all I need now is my shield. (Laugh) All right,
I think it’s time to go show the squad. – Hey. – Hey. – You’re not Ben. – I am not Ben.
Ben and Bianca just had a baby as you might now,
but I’m going to reveal to you
the Captain America costume. Here comes Captain America now. – What! – Woah. All right.
– Wow. – Yeah with shield, all right. – Looks fantastic. – Looking good.
This is Michael, and he is playing Captain America. – Hi, guys. – In the upcoming Captain America:
Civil War Homemade Movies episode, which comes out next Tuesday. Claire plays Black Widow in that as well. It does fit on you a lot better
than it fits on me, I gotta say. This is actually took a lot
longer than I expected. – It’s very detailed. – I really start getting into the nitty
gritty of like, wait, no, this one fits, this one fits with this one. Does it feel like you
could like fight crime? – Yeah, this is like glued to my body. (Laugh)
– It really was a tight fit. – Which is ideal for crime fighting. – Give us your best poses. – We’ve got a breeze
coming off the shield. – Yes. (Laugh) All right. – We’re back in business. – Nice.
– Very cool. All right, well thanks for watching this special episode of
DIY Costume Squad and check out the Homemade Movies episode on Tuesday.
That’s Captain America: Civil War with these guys and this costume.
Be sure and subscribe, and let us know in the comments
whatever costumes you want to see. And we’ll see you next year. All right, best Captain America, pose it! (Laugh)
– And holding, and click. (Sound)

100 Replies to “Make Captain America’s Suit & Shield – DIY Costume Squad”

  1. I think the most underrated part of this whole build is him freehanding all the paneling on the suit. If there was a way to have all of those shapes on a pdf or something, that would be pretty rad

  2. the suit is great but the helmet shape needs work because it kind of looks like a conehead but very nice overall

  3. If you're still ding this kinda thing it would be cool if you revisited cap to make the scale suit from endgame

  4. That’s a new co host lady her name is Claire Max usually most women doing Cosplays has their name shown like Tanya Robertson but she isn’t dressed up as anyone cuz she is a civilian.

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