Horse Costume // Man of La Mancha

About: I'm just a poor high school student who loves video games, pasta, and sleeping in.

Soon fall will be here, and with fall comes the school play! This year the play director asked (I begged) me to make him a couple costumes . First of which a horse head. The character riding the horse is quite poor, and the horse was supposed to look peasant like as well, so I made it out of old clothes.

This build took about 17 hours and $50 dollars to make.


Step 1: Materials


-Waxed thread

- Worbla or some sort of material to strengthen parts of the rattan.

-Old clothes, pelts, ribbons, buttons, leather

-Hot glue and a hot glue gun.

Step 2: Skeleton Pt 1

To begin with I sketched out the size of my mannequin head on a sheet of freezer paper so I could get an idea of how large the head would be, then I drew a horse head around it. I also drew in the lines where circles of the rattan (rattan is a flexible wood commonly used for weaving) would go. I measured out the lines and used the formula, diameter x pie, to find the size of the circumference for the circles.

Next I took a piece of rattan and looped it into the correct size circle, and wrapped the circle in the waxed thread. I did this for every line I measured.

I labeled the circles by the size in inches with masking tape

Step 3: Skeleton Pt 2

I wrapped two pieces of rattan together but didn't loop this ( I did the four times, lets call these rattan pieces R1s) I tied all 4 R1s to the smallest circle I had made to begin creating the snout. Then I slowly kept tieing in more circles.

I created the neck out of another circle and by tieing two of the r1s together. When I reached the neck I could no longer create the top of the head with circles because it would prevent me from being able to put my head in the horse head, so I ended up making a couple more r1s, then tieing them to the neck circle.

Step 4: Covering the Skeleton

I realized that the weight of the clothes on rattan was going to break it over time, so I wrapped the top of the head in worbla to strengthen it.

The head is manly made out of a vest. Half of the vest is on one side and the other half is on the other. I also wrapped a sleeve of a jacket over the head.

I glued a cut up tie to part of the vest so I could attach it to the skeleton easier. I used hot glue to stick the clothes to the skeleton.

I draped some rabbit skin over the opening of the snout, so that the actor would have some visibility while wearing the mask.

Step 5: Eyes

The eyes were made out of a scrap piece of leather that I cut in an almond shape, and silver buttons.

I created the ridge over the eye by gluing a strip of leather together vertically than gluing it onto the eye. I also cover the ridge in part of the white tie I cut up earlier.

Step 6: Shoe?

I actually ripped apart a pair of shoes to make the ears. The shoe tongue was pinched and glued together, then glued onto the horse head.

I used the heel of the shoe and the eyelet heels as a sort of make shift harness which I glued onto the nose of the horse.

Step 7: Done

So beautiful, so majestic, so weird! Hope this meets the play's standards :)



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    1 year ago

    Rocinante, Don Quixote's horse, has never been seen with so much personality! Fantastic! Thank you!