No Face & Chihiro Spirited Away Costume Tutorials
Looking for a last minute costume idea that’s both budget and time friendly? Today I’m going to show you how to make both a No Face and Chihiro (bathhouse) costume from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Either costume can be made in 1 day, on limited budget. Last year Ron and I attended our local Nerd Nite dressed as King Arthur & Patsy from Monty Python. We wanted to keep the costume tradition alive this year, so we went with a Spirited Away theme. No Face was definitely a hit!
No Face Costume Tutorial
Black fabric (we used 6 yards of a billowy, slightly stretchy fabric, split into 3 yard sections -you may need longer depending upon your height)
Foam or cardboard (we used EVA foam floor mats to create the mask)
Paint (acrylic white, red, and black)
Helmet, hardhat, or other object to give extra height to your mask (we used extra foam and a plastic bowl)
Black, elbow length gloves
Black nylons or sheer fabricChocolate coins or gold candy to use as a prop to hand out (Optional)
1. The first piece of fabric will be used as a basic poncho. Fold the 3 yards in half and cut a small slit for your head to fit through. Trim off the bottom 4 corners to round them out.
**Template 2 no longer exists on reenimochi’s website. Here’s a link to the full size image below which shows both halves together. Alternatively, try an image search for “no face template” or “no face outline”.
4. Glue black nylons or a sheer fabric to the back openings of your mask. It will look solid from the front, but will be see-through from the back side (remember, the mouth opening will be at eye level).
Alternatively, lay your fabric down on the floor with the outside of the fabric facing the floor. Place your mask face down on top of the open hole you cut out. Take the inside edge of the cut hole and fold it back towards the outer edge of the mask. Staple all around the edges.
This will be the layer you wear over your poncho.
6. Time to elevate and support your mask. To make the mask easy to wear and give it height, we created a tall “crown” out of the EVA foam. The width of the foam puzzle piece block (wrapped in a circle and secured together) was the perfect width for Ron’s head. We topped the cylinder with a plastic bowl from the kitchen (to give the costume a rounded shape at the top of the head), then used E6000 glue to secure it to the back of the mask -remember to measure out the appropriate height of your headpiece to ensure the mouth is at eye level)
7. Cut hand holes/slits in the black fabric if desired.
Chihiro Costume Tutorial
Salmon colored nursing scrubs (top & bottom)
Long white ribbon or white fabric to sew
Long maroon ribbon or maroon fabric to sew
String or shoe laces (for tying pant legs -optional)
Sewing machine & thread or fabric glue & fray checkProps- Boh mouse plush, soot sprite (puff ball or pipe cleaners with googly eyes), bathhouse bath token (painted cardboard or wood chip) -Optional
1. Cut your scrub pants off below the knees.
My pants weren’t quite as baggy as Chihiro’s, but I still wanted to bunch and tie them up above the knee. I cut a 2 inch slit on the outside of each pant leg. I then folded the bottom edge up and “hemmed” the pants, making sure to leave a channel in which to thread a shoe lace through as my pant leg ties. I did this step with my pants inside out for sewing ease.
2. Hem the lower pant legs you cut off to prevent fraying. Position them to fit on the short sleeves/shoulder area of your scrub top. Pin in place and attach to simulate the long, baggy type sleeves of a kimono.
3. Your white ribbon or fabric will serve as your tasuki (used to tie up the sleeves of a kimono to keep them out of the way while working). I used 2 -4.5 inch x 1 yard strips of stretchy white fabric to sew my tasuki. I sewed the lengths together to create one long strip, then folded the ribbon in half (inside out). I sewed along the entire length, then folded it right side out (to hide all my seams), then stitched the ends closed.
4. Repeat step 3 using your maroon fabric to create your belt. I used only 1 yard of fabric for my belt.