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Becoming Edward Scissorhands

Becoming Edward Scissorhands

Want an easy way to make Edward’s scissor hands?  I’ve listed how I did it below – and I’m not a crafty person. So it’s simple and easy – nothing elaborate.

So I decided I would dress up as Edward Scissorhands this year. I have created a video and listed instructions on how I did it.

I’ve always loved his pale face and melancholy expression.  So, I thought I’d try and replicate it. Something different for me as I never dress for Halloween or All Hallows Eve as I like to say.

This was a fun project even though I hate crafting anything. I’m a painter, but most people think because I can paint, I should also be able to craft.  That’s just not so. Perhaps a few lucky people out there can do both and that is awesome.  But me, I hate crafting and look on enviously at some of the cutest ideas other people make with their hands.


My Edward Scissorhand’s costume wasn’t so bad however, and my disdain for crafting actually came in handy as I found the quickest and easiest ways to get the job done. My greatest concern was the scissor hands that trademark Edward’s character. Here’s how to do it:

1. Using any type of poster board, draw the blades varying the sizes between 8-10 inches in length. The thumbs are the exception at only an inch or two in length. Each blade should be at least an inch in width.

2. On one blade, add an oblong loop, oriented down from the top of the blade. This will be colored red and give the illusion of a scissor handle.  Once scored and folded you’ll see it sticks up, if oriented as directed above.

3. Paint the blades with gray, white and black acrylic paint. Nothing fancy at all, even poster board paint is fine.  I painted the whole area of the blade gray first, then painted white on one side of the blade and black on the other which gave them a sense of depth. The less perfect the better. You can simply paint them all gray if you wish.

4. After the paint has dried, cut out the blades. Then with the edge of a book, score the blades down the middle starting at the tip. Be careful when you get to the scissor handle, you don’t want to rip it off – though it’s easily taped or glued back on.

5. I had a pair of black winter gloves that I didn’t want to mutilate. So, I used black electrical tape which can easily be removed. Use the tape to fasten the blade onto the glove – I just wrapped it around a couple of times. The blades never fell off.

6. The wig, white face powder and suspenders I bought off of Amazon. The belt was a Goodwill find. The white shirt was purchased at a yard sale and the shoes and pants I already had in the closet.

7. The trick to the belt was cutting a turtleneck off to fit under the belt; this kept wearing it around the neck much more comfortable.  (Be prepared for offhand comments!) *laughing nervously*

Be creative and interpret character attributes in your own inspirational ways to create a great costume that’s fun to wear and people enjoy. Hope this helps in your character creating endeavors!

If you have specific questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below.

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