Labor of Love

Because, in the end, that’s what it was.

My husband Steve has been making costumes, piñatas, and cakes for his boys for the past few years. I figure we are close to the time when our kids, or at least our oldest, won’t want a homemade costume any more. Maybe that won’t happen, but I will always remind my kids that the endless hours spent in the garage, the numerous trips to Home Depot or Lowe’s to replace a dead part or buy more X-Acto blades, was all worth it the moment they saw their costume and the smile reached all the way up to their eyes.

Credit goes mostly to Steve, of course, who is given a challenge and decides to knock it out of the park, but to the people that help in different ways – Gran, who came over and painted and glued and kept Steve company until 4 in the morning one night. Grandpa, who goes to every school parade to cheer on his grandsons, and who helps them get ready in the classroom.

Yeah. By the way, those are penlights 😀

Our boy at his school parade:

Side and back views of Gipsy Danger:

(by the way, our son’s sweetheart is somewhere on these pics, but I didn’t tell you that – sshhhhhh!)

Steve also made the call to go to Aidan’s karate studio party in the afternoon. He was desperately wanting sleep but Aidan was very excited about going, so daddy went, too:

My friend J’s daughter and Gipsy Danger had a lot to discuss:

There was a costume contest, and my boy posed and flexed for the judges.

There was a little drama around trick-o-treating time, but all was well in the end, and now my dining room table is full of Gipsy Danger parts. We’ll save the head, of course, for our (someday) Hall of Fame. Aidan loves the gloves he wore as part of the costume so those are being worn today 😀

My husband’s dedication to making our boys’ lives magical is definitely something I am thankful for.

21 thoughts on “Labor of Love

  1. This!! This is exactly why I wanted to make my son a costume instead of buying him the standard thing in stores… there’s more love in it!

    I desperately want to make this for my sons birthday in March. Is there a tutorial? Like what material was used? And how many individual parts? You have no idea how crazy I’ve been for the past three months looking for tutorials online…. if you could point me in the right direction that would be great!

    1. Hi, I will have my husband email you, he built the costume and can give you some ideas and tell you everything he used. I know the “material” itself was foam, like those interlocking squares that you see in play areas, but he could tell you a lot more.

      On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM, Casa de Berry

  2. This is so GREAT!! My grandson loves Pacific Rim, he’s seven, and has almost all of the Jaegers.
    My husband and I would love to be able to make this, if there was any way I could get the instructions from your husband I would gladly pay for them!! We used to do all kind of props for every holiday and would love to try this.

  3. Hello. My son is absolutely bonkers over Pacific Rim. We would love to create this for him. Are there any iñstructions you could share? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you. This is a labor of love indeed

    1. Hi Ethel, let me have my husband share some of his method with you, I believe it was made from foam squares like the kind you use in a playground. Do you have an email address where he can contact you?

      1. Hello there… I have been frantically trying to figure out how we could do something like this for my son. Would you also be so kind to email me the information as well? I would greatly appreciate it.. This costume is awesome!!!

  4. Hi,
    I would love to make this costume for my son as well. I was just searching for ideas and came across yout post.
    Thanks you

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