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Ultimate Captain America Costume

Contest Photo by: mrcrumley
Chattanooga, TN


Since seeing some of my old Captain America comics, my 4-year-old has been pretending his frisbee was a shield as he valiantly battles the forces of evil. With Halloween approaching, I decided to make him a WW2 Captain America costume similar to the one in Marvel's "Ultimates" timeline.

The essentials of the costume are the shield, helmet, jacket, mask, and boot anklets.

I also added additional elements like an army belt with pouches, gloves, and a military-styled candy bag to add more interest.


You'll need the toy shield, a toy army helmet, a blue jacket (preferably a pea coat), a pair of red adult-sized socks, a red bandanna (or a large red scarf or piece of material), and some red and white fabric.

Other items you'll need (but may already have) are masking tape, blue and white spray paint, hot glue, and sewing notions like buttons, velcro, and straps.

Tip - Instead of buying notions from a fabric store, salvage them from old backpacks and duffel bags.


  • Helmet
    Spray paint the helmet blue. After the paint dries use masking tape and newspaper to cover everything but the capital A area on the front of the helmet. Spray paint that area white. After it dries, remove the tape and paper.

  • Jacket
    Cut off the bottom half of the blue jacket. If the jacket doesn't have a full front panel, sew on faux panel made from a piece of the removed jacket bottom. Sew together a panel of 3-inch-wide red and white vertical strips, long enough to run completely around the bottom of the jacket. Cut a star out of white fabric and secure it to the front panel with either a fusible web (like wonder-under) or with hot glue. Sew buttons (with button holes) down the right side to fasten the front panel.

  • Mask
    Cut eye holes into the red bandanna and tie it around the childs head, Zorro-style.

  • Boot anklets
    Cut the heels and toes off of the red socks. Sew (or hot glue a row of buttons down one side of each sock. Pull the socks over both the boots and pant legs to look like military anklets.

  • Finishing touches
    Add military-styled items like bets, pouches, captain's bars, canteen, etc. to dress up the costume and make it more exciting.

  • Tips for Taking a Great Photo:
    • Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your costume is the star!
    • Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
    • Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
    • With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!