Welcome to the Costume Chronicles, the community scrapbook
of The Wardrobe Door. Here you can share pictures and and reports
of costumes you've made, and see the handiwork of your fellow
Chronicles are arranged chronologically, starting with earliest
This costume was the product of three Narnia fans. We took
fur material from walmart. Also at walmart we found the scarf
and shrit to wear due to the cold temps. For the horns and
ears we took a plastic hairband, raindeer horns to but a cat,
and brown material. We cut off the the horns to a little stub
and melted them to the hairband. Next we glued the brown material
at the end for ears. The Umbrella we found at Kroger, and
it is a Tote wooden hood with light brown umbrella. We used
used box and wraped them in brown packing paper.
Horns - cardboard
"Goat" tee - real hair
Scarf - dark red yarn
Umbrella - black
Parcels - Wraped in paper bag
Loin cloth - Velvetish material
Pants - Cordoroy
My grad school group was going to the premier of the Narnia
movie in costume, and we needed a faun. We talked a friend
into being our Mr. Tumnus, and then I went to town making
all the props and learning to work with fake fur. Since it
was cold, and we were going to a movie theatre, we let him
wear a coat. This was the GQ Tumnus. :-D
I loved the horns, which I had a good time making and painting,
and his ears, which he was a great sport about wearing! This
was a fun, relatively simple costume, though it did shed dark
brown fake fur bits all OVER my apartment.
This was my first time working with fake fur, and it was
a steep learning curve. The pants were actually designed to
be worn without a shirt or coat, and to look like movie-Tumnus'
legs, so they were, and were intended to be, high on the waist.
They looked good, but I would have liked to do some leg-shaping
to give him hocks, and built up the heels on his shoes to
change his center of balance and make him walk a bit more
This was a good, fast costume to add to the overall look
of our group of seven people.
Tumnus was a joy to make... Especially since Fauns are so
full of joy...
I supose we should start with the head. Head to hoof.
The wig was originally a very long curly wig. We washed
out any pre setting sprays and such and then lightly rolled
styling gels into it. We then put it on Martin's head and
carefully trimmed a little bit off at a time, until we were
The horns were first made out of plasticine and then cast
with plaster. In this case (due to lack of time) we poured
2part urethane resin (you can also use automotive fibreglass
resin) into the plaster and broke the plaster on the floor
in order to get the horns out. Usually we would use a flexable
material for the final so we can save the mold. Then we hand
painted with craft paints. We stuck it to the wig using a
load of spirit gum (just in case we have to take them off
and start again) but you can also stick them with hotglue.
It should be something that dries fast.
The ears are leather. There is a really thick leather you
can buy from leather suppliers that is commonly used for quivers,
stiff bags, leather crafts.. etc.. We had some left over from
another project. It is thick, too thick, so we 'planed' it
down (with a leather tool called a skiver) until it was thin
enough and simply folded it at the base. We stuck it together
with contact cement so it would curve for the right effect.
In future we hope to add hairs and such to it. In actuality,
the ears are on a small stiff headband under the wig. The
wig hides the band and by spiritgumming some of the hair from
the wig infront of the ears the look is complete.
That's his own facial hair.
Hooves. It is hard to describe the hooves so I am providing
some visual references. The photo titled 'broke' is Martin
standing on his actual feet. Here you can see where his heel
actually is and get an idea as to how much extension the hoof
is from his foot. The photo titled hoofdia is a diagram we
drew up tonight to help you see how it all came together.
We took old shoes. Cut off the soles, but left the sole where
the toe is. Screwed the toe of the sole to the wood hoof and
covered it all with fabric, making sure the fabric came down
over the top of the wood so it doesn't show.
In essence he is walking on his toes inside the top of the
wooden blocks that make up his hooves.
Advice... Practice walking on your toes and your balance.
Your muscles need to get use to the strain you are about to
put them through and your balance is different when you have
wood under your toes. Also add extra padding to the inside
of the toe. Martin hurt his toes really bad that night. AND
The unbrella does help to have on hand. Sometimes it touching
the ground, is all you need to re-establish balance.
OH! His flute. Mouthpiece. Piece of brass hammered into
shape. Inside bit, 'Y' shaped piece of wood shoved (and glued)
into the brass. Two pieces of PVC conduit (The same as we
used for our Susan's bow) attached and painted. It didn't
make any sound but it looked right.
Slideshow video: Tumnus
First let's start with the pants: the pants are made of a
short fur type fabric. We used a fabric glue to stick together
the seams of the pants.
Seeing that we were only going to use them once, we didn't
want to waste the time on hand stitching the pants together
(we don't have a sewing machine). The scarf was made by my
Grandma. It is a dark red/brown/blue color scarf made of very
nice thick yarn.
For the ears we used a type of clay called Magic Foam. We
hand shaped them into a 'Tumnus' type ear shape, and painted
them with a peach colored paint. The horns were actually cut
out of a egg carton, then plastered with Paper Mache and painted
with a brown colored paint. The 'hoofs' were simply a black
pair of slippers I had sitting around my house.
The Packages were made of paper bags cut up and wrapped around
brown boxes. Last, the umbrella was also just the first umbrella
I could find, so I used it.