Halloween will be here before we blink. And it seems like every kid is currently obsessed with Minecraft. (If you don’t hear about this game at least 50+ times a day, you obviously don’t have a 5 to 15-year-old). Trust me: Minecraft is HOT.
Problem: if you stroll down your local big box store or seasonal costume shop, you will NOT find any Minecraft costumes. What? You will find them online—to the cha-ching of $25 and up: Minecraft: Steve Cardboard Head. That’s JUST for the printed cardboard box.
You want the official Minecraft Blue Diamond Sword? $50 and up. The Blue Diamond Pickaxe? 45 buckaroos. You can find the regular Minecraft Foam Sword and Pick Axe for around $25 —but they’re just pieces of foam.
Don’t know about you, but I’m far too cheap to shell out $75 for a cardboard box and a couple of pieces of foam.
Solution: make your own! I am about the un-craftiest mom in the world, and I made one pretty easily. And I’ll show you how so you can make your kid(s) do Minecraft happy-dances, too.
After some online research, I found this post at SteveLange.net which gives a link to a free Steve face PDF.
How to make a Minecraft Steve Head for less than $10
11×17 printouts from PDF
glue stick or spray adhesive
tape (not necessary, but handy)
- Download the PDF from this link via SteveLange.net.
- Save the PDF to a thumb drive and take to your local copy shop to print out. My home printer can’t handle the paper size or quantity of ink, but my local Office Max/Kinkos/whatever can. Tell them to print it in poster setting with tile scale 100% and 0.005 overlap. I had to walk the employee through it. The Steve Head PDF makes 5 11×17-inch color prints and the Steve Hair PDF makes 2. The pages cost me $1.19 each.
- Trim off the white edges.
- Prep your box. The pattern is scaled for an 11 x 11 x 11-inch box (can buy at Kinko’s, etc.). This box actually will measure 11.5 x 12 x 11.5. I didn’t want to buy a box, so I cut down a beer case to about an 11-inch cube. (There’s some room for overlap in the printed patter, so it worked just fine.)
- Glue the hair on top of the box first for a nice overlap. I was going to use my can of spray adhesive, but it was giving me fits. (Yes, I did spray myself in the face. No, it wasn’t fun.) I broke out a glue stick, and it worked perfectly. Note: I did reinforce the bond with clear tape around the edges—the face pages will cover, so no worries.
- Glue on the rest of the head printouts. I did a rough placement to make sure it all lined up correctly before I slathered the papers with glue. On my box, I had several inches of overlap on the back of the box (hair) but it still looked perfect!
- Cut eye holes. Yeah, your kid might want to see (he had to remind me).
That’s it. You should now have a kick-ass Steve head for less than $10.
***UPDATE*** I’ve had many people ask how to keep the box centered on the wearer’s head. I first used bubble wrap and newspaper padding (yes, it kind of worked). I also tried using a plastic play construction hat that fit neatly inside and anchored the box to the head well. BUT, the best option came from checking out a “real” Creeper head. See this simple device? It doesn’t look pretty (neither does wadded up newspaper) but it works great and is EASY to make.
- Cut a cardboard square about 4 inches larger than your box head. (So, if your box is 12 x 12, cut it 16 x 16.)
- Measure about 2 inches out from each side and draw an inner square to use as a folding template.
- Score cardboard along fold line, if necessary.
- Cut out squares along corners.
- Cut a rough oval in center so it can sit on your child’s head. (This one measured 6 x 7 inches)
And guess what? You can make the diamond sword and pickaxe too! Check out my next post for download PDF and easy instructions. (check them out HERE) I made both for less than $5 total!
According to my Minecraft Expert, Steve wears a blue T-shirt and jeans. I picked up the proper aqua/blue shirt at the dollar store (score!) and paired it with some jeans.
Entire costume (Steve head + diamond sword + pickaxe + shirt) for $13!!!
Happy Kid + Happy Mom = HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Need a cool Minecraft trick-or-treat bag?
These bags are perfect
for Halloween trick-or-treating
or Birthday party goodie bags.
And the best news:
each one costs less than $1.50!
Looking for Minecraft-themed crafts for a party or program?
Need a gift for a little Minecrafter? How about a book?
Check out this list of awesome Minecraft books—all librarian, parent, and kid approved!
Update: As of 3/14 the prices of these “official” products seems to have gone down.
If you want to check out of the “real” products:
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