Make your own GI Joe Costume

GI Joe was a fictional member of the army and featured in comics, movies – probably every grown man has idolized GI Joe at some point during his childhood. A GI Joe costume features the army fatigues worn in combat; however, the camouflage print will vary in color based on whether the fighting action is in the jungle or desert. While the original GI Joe was all army, toys later came out that featured him in the uniforms of the other branches of the military. Because wearing camouflage prints is a trendy form of casual wear, it will be easy to put together a GI Joe costume from your own closet.

Items needed to make your GI Joe Costume

Items Needed:
Camouflage Pants
Camouflage Shirt
Clear packing tape
Cargo belt
Combat boots
Face Paints
Toy weapons


Step 1: Head out on a mission to find a pair of camouflage pants and a camouflage shirt for your army costume. If you don’t already own these items, try shopping at a thrift shop, casual clothing store, or better yet, an Army surplus store. You’ll get the most authentic look from fatigues purchased from an Army Surplus store, plus you will probably find other great authentic gear for your military look such as a cargo belt, canteen or bullet bandoliers.

Step 2: Get the look of real Army patches and awards by doing an internet search for “army patch” or “military patch” and browsing through the results. Instead of actually ordering the real patch, just print out in color, trim and stick onto your shirt with clear packing tape.

Step 3: If you wanting to hide, even in the urban jungle, paint your face up in camouflage to match your Army costume. Use grease pens in shades of green and brown to achieve a look that will have you hiding in plain sight. You can even take some leaves and branches and stick them in your hair!

Step 4: Every army costume needs at least one toy weapon, such as a machine gun, dagger or grenade. You’ll be the blast of any party!

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