Top 10 Oz Characters and Costume Ideas – The Tin Man

The Tin Man

The Story of the Tin Man.
There once was a Woodsman whom fell in love with an enchanting Munchkin. His greatest desire was to marry this Munchkin. The Wicked Witch of the East, however, had other plans and they did not include marriage. Enraged by the thought, she enchanted the Woodsman’s very own axe to chop off his leg. The Woodsman had a friend whom could create prosthetics with mere tin and made him a new leg of tin. The Witch heard news of the quick fix and even more enraged, she enchanted the axe to cut off all limbs, including his head. Determined to marry his true love, he employed the tins man to again, replace his missing parts with tin. Again, the witch enchanted the axe to deliver a blow that she knew would be the end of the Woodsman / Tin man. The axe chopped the Woodsman right clean in half. Sadly, the tins man could only replace the torso, not the heart. Now no longer a human, thinking himself incapable of love, he left his hopes and dreams of marrying his true love and the marriage never occurred.

You might be the Tin Man if you tend to
…put the needs of others in front of your own, especially to the underprivileged, neglected and mistreated.
…root for the underdog and protect others from the bullies of the world.
…be claustrophobic, afraid of being trapped and unable to move forward with your life.
…avoid intimacy at all cost.

Becoming the Tin Man

The Tin Man costume will be the most difficult of the 10 to recreate but with some silver duct tape, some moving boxes, silver spray paint and an oil syphon, you can get pretty close!
You Will Need:
Cardboard Moving Box (Medium – Large)
Silver Duct Tape
Silver Spray Paint
Red Poster Paint
White Poster Paint
Sharpie or Black Paint
Old Shoes or Boots
Silver Face Paint

Step 1:
Find a light grey (close to silver) hooded sweatshirt and matching sweatpants.
Step 2: Find a big sturdy cardboard box.  For the top body of the costume, measure loosely around the chest and rib cage area. Next, measure from just under the arm pit to the bottom of the waist to get the vertical length area.
For the straps, measure from the bottom of the front arm pit, over the shoulder and around to the bottom of the back arm pit.
Take these dimensions and cut out a horizontal rectangle for the body and then cut 2 vertical strips for the straps. The straps should be at least 3 inches wide.
Step 3: In a highly ventilated area, spray paint these pieces silver.
Step 4: Once dried for at least 8 hours, duct tape or staple the pieces together to resemble the image below.
Step 5: From the cardboard scraps, cut out a heart. For the clock, cut out a circle that will fit in the center of the heart. Paint the heart red and the circle white. Once dried, use black paint or a permanent marker to draw the 2 hands of a clock. Glue or staple the heart onto the left side of the chest.
Step 6: Take the duct tape and wrap some old boots or tennis shoes.
Step 7: If you have an silver oil funnel in the garage, you have lucked out. Take the funnel, use the duct tape and tape an elastic string to either side and wear on head. If you do not have a funnel, you can pick one a plastic one for cheap at an automotive store. Spray paint it silver and put on the straps.
Step 8: Cover face with silver face paint. Make sure you test on your arm first for any skin allergy.

“When a man’s an empty kettle,
He should be on his mettle,
And yet I’m torn apart.
Just because I’m presumin’
That I could be kinda human
If I only had a heart.”
~ The Tin Man

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