How to Make a Cyclops Costume

By Jennifer Gigantino

Things Needed

  • Tap light
  • Butter knife
  • Scissors
  • Cheap sunglasses
  • Glue or masking tape
  • Craft paint
  • Black construction paper
Cyclopes are often said to have magical or prophetic powers.

Greek mythology's tales of heroes, sirens and terrifying monsters were the original campfire stories. One of its most popular and iconic characters is the giant, one-eyed cyclops, one of three (or more, depending on the storyteller) giants who had single, large eyes in the middle of their foreheads. The cyclops has appeared in works by Homer, Virgil and Euripedes, among other classical Greek authors. For a mythology or monster-themed party, a cyclops is an interesting and unique costume that is also easy to make.

Use the butter knife to pry off the lens of the tap light. Discard or set aside the rest.

Cut the tap light lens into the oval shape of an eye, wide enough to cover both lenses of your sunglasses from corner to corner.

Place the tap light lens against the lenses of the sunglasses. Mark the lens with a pencil where the wearer's eyes will be.

Cut two small slits in the tap light lens, where the wearer's eyes will be. Make sure the slits are wide enough to see through.

Tape or glue the tap light lens to the sunglasses.

Paint a large pupil and iris in the color of your choice onto the tap light lens. If desired, cover up the slits with bloodshot eyes, taking care not to get paint on the lenses of the sunglasses.

If desired, cut eyelashes out of the construction paper and glue them to the top and bottom of the tap light lens.

Tip

This costume can be worn with anything. For a more classical look, wear it with a toga or loincloth. For a more modern cyclops, such as the one on the television show "Futurama," wear the mask with a dress, a suit or army togs.

Warning

Do not wear this costume while driving, or doing anything else where vision impairment may pose a danger to yourself or others.

About the Author

Jennifer Gigantino has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been published in various venues ranging from the literary magazine "Kill Author" to the rehabilitation website Soberplace. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and digital media from the University of California at Santa Cruz.