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Want to know how to cosplay on the cheap? Well, I've got some very simple cosplay hacks to save you time, tears and money!
There are several ways that you can cut the cost of a seemingly expensive hobby.
Let’s start with the basics. When you pick a costume, take into consideration the character that you’re choosing. If you opt for the giant Warhammer 40k armour build, there’s a chance that you’re going to have to pay a little extra for materials, given the sheer volume of work that goes into it.
It’s not impossible to make those kinds of costumes on the cheap but there’s an easy way around that; pick something nice and simple.
It’s not uncommon to piece together a cosplay from things you have at home. This is called “closet cosplay”. Sometimes you have everything you need already, it’s just a matter of putting it all on.
Hitting up second-hand stores is a brilliant way to get parts for a costume if you don't already have everything in your closet. You can find all sorts. Things like old shoes, belts, even big old wedding dresses can be salvaged and turned into something else.
Best way to do that is to get yourself some acrylic and fabric paint. You can easily change the way something looks with a few coats of paint. Don’t be afraid to get artistic.
You know those dollar stores at your local shops? They are a gold mine for cosplay equipment. You can buy things like hot glue guns, foam yoga mats and even toy weapons from these places.
ALWAYS think outside the box. You can walk in to a store, buy something that you’re totally not going to use for its intended purpose and turn it into part of your costume.
And finally, make your own version of a costume. Putting your own spin on a design is a great way to cosplay within your abilities. I do it A LOT. It’s a fun way to be creative. There’s nothing wrong with doing things a little bit differently.
So, now you know how you can whip up a cosplay with a (small) budget, get costume shopping and get your cosplay on.
Until next time, good luck!