Looking for a fresh, easy to make DIY Halloween costume idea that will get people talking?
For as little as $5 and some time, you can quickly transform yourself into a Mohu Leaf HDTV antenna, sharing your love for cord cutting and free TV with the world!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial and tips on how you can customize your own Mohu Leaf costume.
Materials You Need
(1) White Foam Board
(1) Black Foam Board
Zip ties, string, ribbon, yarn, thin bungee cords or twist ties to connect the two boards.
(1) Cardboard Triangle
Glue Stick or Easy-Stick Double Stick Adhesive
PC with Internet access for image downloads and printing.
Printer with ink and paper to print images.
Coaxial Cable – 3′ or more. (I borrowed the cable that shipped with my Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor Amplified HDTV antenna.)
Heavy Duty Tape; packing or duct works well.
Black Sharpie Pen
Battery Operated Lights
How To Make Your Costume
Gather your supplies. I found most of my supplies (foam board, glue stick, zip ties) could be found at my local Dollar Tree store.
Make a visual plan of what you’d like your finished costume to look like on the front and back. You can do this on a sheet of paper or do what I do and use Google Drive ‘Drawings’. If you have the Chrome browser you can add the Drawings app to it. NOTE: Obviously the Mohu Leaf antennas are white on one side and black on the other, but for added interest I chose to decorate these surfaces in hopes that others would see my costume and ask me about it – giving me the chance to express my love for Mohu antennas and cord cutting.
Print embellishments.If you will be using the Mohu logo or other photos, copy the images by right clicking on the image you wish to save and look for ‘Save image as…’ in the drop down menu. Then choose a folder on your PC to save them for printing.
Arrange embellishments using your visual plan as a guide. Figuring out an eye-catching design is half the fun of this DIY costume idea. Make sure to orient the boards with the longest sides running perpendicular to your body to maximize the width of the antenna face.
Adhere embellishments to both white and black boards. You can cut out printed materials and use a glue stick or adhesive dots or double stick tape to do this quickly and easily.
Punch holes on the two top corners of both the white and black foam boards. These holes should be at least 2″ down from the top and side of the foam boards and big enough to thread a zip tie, ribbon, string or small bungee cord through them. You can use the tip of your scissors to do this, and push from the front to the back to get the best look.
Cut out triangle ‘tail’. If you look at a photo of a Mohu Leaf antenna, the coaxial cable comes out of the bottom of the antenna like a ‘tail’. Assuming this will be on the black foam board side, color this cardboard triangle black with a black Sharpie pen; alternatively you may use more black foam board or cover a piece of cardboard with black construction paper. NOTE: You can put one on the front of the costume too (colored white), but I’d suggest only putting the cord on either the front or the back to avoid tripping on it.
Tape triangle tail to black (back) board of costume with point end down. Tape it with packing or duct tape for a strong bond – no tape showing on the outward facing side.
Tape coaxial cable to black (back) board of costume with cord appearing as though it is connected to the antenna. Loop and drape excess coaxial cable over your arm while wearing your costume or make sure the cable is short enough not to drag the ground for safety.
String through holes at top of costume to make a sandwich board; large enough to have the front and back foam boards lay flat and allow for your head and body to pass through. You can also make holes on the sides and do the same thing to allow for less movement of the boards. If you do this, I’d suggest using small bungee cords for ease of getting in and out of the costume without damaging it. The side ties could also be a convenient place to loop the coaxial cable or offer an anchor point for a bundle of cable – freeing your arm from having to hold it.
Trim the corners of the foam boards, rounding them slightly. This isn’t really necessary, but it adds a finishing touch and softens the corners to prevent inadvertently poking anyone.
More ways you can add pizzazz to this costume…
Add foam lettering; found at the craft store for $3 to $5 per package.
Add Duck Tape Sheets; made of duct tape these colorful, adhesive sheets are fun and easy to use.
Add glow stickstaped to the coaxial cable or around the edges for better visibility on Halloween night. Don’t break them to start them glowing until you are headed out the door to maximize the effect on Halloween night.
Add a battery operated string of lights either with lights randomly punched through each side of the costume or strategically draped.
There are a lot of different ways to make this cordcutter costume your own. Have fun with your design and share your love of Mohu Leaf HDTV antennas and FREE TV with friends and neighbors this Halloween.