This Dobby Costume DIY is for all you Harry Potter lovers out there who know that an epic costume is worth the time an effort it takes to bring it all together!
I must admit, the first year my daughter asked me to make her Dobby Costume I told her, "No way! You are way too pretty for me to make you so ugly." She exclaimed that Dobby was beautiful. I had only seen snippets of the movie and Dobby looked a little creepy to me. She had bonded with Dobby via books long before seeing the movies and love this character more than any other. The first time she asked I actually talked her into being Hermione Granger. You can find her Hermione costume along with an DIY wand project here.
This Dobby costume took some planning & a willingness to play with the material to pull together.
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DOBBY COSTUME MAKEUP
DOBBY COSTUME OUTFIT
DOBBY COSTUME EARS
This was the easy part!
HOW TO MAKE DOBBY'S EARS
I started with making the ears about a week before we needed the Dobby Costume to be ready. I did this mainly because I was figuring it all out as we went along.
First I cut one of my bald caps in half. cut in down the center fold as if you were dividing the head from the center between the eyes to the center back of the neck. Each piece will be used to make one of Dobby's ears.
Next use your wire cutters and snip a piece of copper long enough to form the shape of Dobby's ear. I chose the size mainly based on the size of my daughter's head.
Once you have your wire bent to the shape and size that you want for Dobby's ear, lay it in the center on 1/2 of your cut bald cap. I got my wire somewhat bent into the shape and then continued to play and move it in the next step
I started with what would be the top interior of where the ear would attach to the head. Place your wire on the edge of your bald cap, open your Loctite vinyl adhesive and put a little on the latex. Now, fold the latex bald cap over the wire. This is beginning the top ear fold. Pinch your ear and feel how the edge feels. how it has that lip. This is kinda what I was picturing as I worked on the edge.
Continue this process all the way around Dobby's ear to where the first bend is.
From the first bend on, fold more of the latex bald cap over the copper and up into the ear interior. You will glue and hold bits into place. This part is not super specific. Dobby's ears are fleshy and knotty looking. The creases create texture. (Tip: If the glue seems too slow to dry, then hit it with a blow dryer to speed it up)
When I was done with this process my ears looked looked like large awkward fortune cookies. Just remember to make them opposite. So they mirror each other and can attach to the opposite sides of the head.
When you attach your bald cap and continue with the face make up you will attach your ears to the bald cap used on the head. [I did this early because I was terrified the whole thing was going to fall apart and needed to know they were going to be okay.]
In this photo I went over the ears with liquid latex to blend the ends together.
HOW TO ATTACH DOBBY COSTUME EARS
Begin by tying any long hair back into a pony tail or pinning it down smooth for bald cap placement. Use your Spirit gum to adhere the bald cap to the skin. Bald caps and Spirit gum come with directions for this process.
Now choose the placement for your Dobby Costume Ears. You will use your Loctite to attach your Dobby Costume ears to your bald cap. Don't worry about them looking like they are glued there. We will work on blending them in on our Dobby Costume Makeup section.
DOBBY COSTUME MAKEUP
Once your bald cap & ears are in place you will begin your Dobby Costume make up.
Dobby's face is thick looking with wrinkles, and crevices. You will create these effects on you model using single play tissue (kleenex not wrapping paper) or single play toilette paper & liquid latex.
Roll a section of your toilet paper between your hands. Like you are forming a worm about 4 inches long.
Next you will apply some liquid latex to your model's face where you are going to lay your toilet paper worm. These toilet paper worms are going to end up making Dobby's wrinkles and crevice. I started out with her forehead. It was an easy and forgiving place. Her being jittery did not move her forehead as much as working on her cheeks!
You applied a latex layer and have formed your tissue worm into the shape you want. Now you will brush on more latex over the tissue in thin layers blending it into the skin. You can use your blow dryer to speed up the drying when you get it in place.
Follow the same process creating facial wrinkles. We are going for structure with this part. The makeup will be used to create a cohesive color.
Great, you have gotten your face wrinkles in place. Now Follow the same process around the ears. Liquid latex where the ears meet the bald cap. Use the tissue around the ears to create a more natural joint between the Dobby Costume ear and the bald cap.
Blending makeup over your ears & tp wrinkles
With your wrinkles, ears, bald cap, & and structure in place use your makeup to blend it in.
It does not matter what color your skin is, there is not going to be an exact match out there for anyone. The makeup will be the answer. Use the skin tones to create the base color. Once you have a good base go back in with the darker colors (I used eye shadows from my normal make up) Push the dark color deep in to the ear creases. Especially where the ear connects to the head like it's going down into the ear canal.
In this photo the makeup was put on before attaching the ears. If I did this Dobby costume again, I might attach them and then do the makeup.
DOBBY COSTUME CLOTHING
All of the items for this Dobby Costume are super easy to get if you don't already have them in your home! I am an Amazon Junky and so grateful for the ridiculously quick shipping! I ordered nude tights, a long sleeeve nude body suit, and a white pillow case.
For this Dobby Costume, I cut the end of the pillow case open so we could make it into a dress. The sides were cut and tied over the shoulder, kinda like a tofa. The pillow case was very white so we used an old trick my dad taught me for aging things. I think we were making paper look old for a history project.
Take the grounds from one of our Keurig coffee pods and smeared them, rolled, them, ground them into the fabric of the white pillow case. I let my daughter do this her self, after all it is her Dobby Costume!
You must send me a pic if you try our Dobby Costume!