At conventions such as the San Diego and New York Comic Cons, some fans dress up as their favorite comic book heroes and villains. While some fans purchase ready-made costumes, others opt to make their own and sometimes, depending on their skill, more authentic costumes. Nightwing is a relatively simple costume to put together yourself. He was the original Robin -- Batman's sidekick, the Boy Wonder. Tired of playing second fiddle, he went off on his own under his new alter ago, Nightwing.
Assembling the Mask
Draw an outline of the mask on the black felt paper with your white chalk. Refer to your Nightwing picture to draw it correctly.
Cut out the mask with your scissors, carefully following the outline you drew.
Punch holes at either end of the mask you cut out. Insert one side of the elastic string into one of the holes and tie a knot. Do the same on the other side.
Try on the mask to ensure it fits comfortably. If it does not, cut a piece of elastic from another birthday hat. Cut the elastic tied to the mask in the middle and tie the new piece to either side of the original piece of elastic.
Assembling the Costume
Draw an outline of Nightwing's emblem on the blue spandex fabric. Refer to your Nightwing picture to draw it correctly.
Cut out the emblem with your scissors, carefully following the outline you drew.
Attach the blue emblem you cut to the black spandex bodysuit using fabric glue. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
Spray paint the eight plastic cylinders in a well-ventilated area. Wear a mask to protect yourself from fumes. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
Attach the black plastic cylinders to the black leather belt using super glue. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
Put the bodysuit on. Put on the mask you made in Section 1, the utility you made in Section 2, the black boots and the black tight-fitting gloves.
Things You'll Need
- Black felt paper
- White chalk
- Reference picture
- Elastic string (such as from a birthday hat)
- Blue spandex fabric
- Black spandex bodysuit
- Fabric glue
- Eight small plastic cylinders
- Black spray paint
- Face mask
- Super glue
- Black leather belt
- Tight-fitting black gloves
- Black boots
No matter how familiar you are with the Nightwing character, refer to a picture as you assemble the costume.
- No matter how familiar you are with the Nightwing character, refer to a picture as you assemble the costume.
Vivian Gomez contributes to Retailing Today, the Daily Puppy, Paw Nation and other websites. She's covered the New York Comic Con for NonProductive since 2009 and writes about everything from responsible pet ownership to comic books to the manner in which smart phones are changing the way people shop. Gomez received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Pace University.