LIFE HACKS are simple hints for life’s small nuisances.

  • Don’t use aluminum foil when storing meatloaf!
  • Razors can last 2–3 times longer simply by storing edge up!
  • Got eggshell fragments in the mixing bowl? Scoop them out easily using one of the shell halves, not your fingers!

This guide is about COSPLAY HACKS. Yeah, cosplay — dressing up as characters for conventions and social gatherings, parades, movie openings and Halloween — because this too has its small nuisances!

This Adafruit guide is not about electronics and code. There’s a bit of that, because computers touch everything these days, but the guide examines the broader topic with or without any particular tech.

What follows are over 100 hacks for cosplayers, ranging from “Level 1 basics” to “Wait, what?”

This guide can serve as a template for a fast-paced convention panel! Feel free to trim some items or whole sections and substitute your own favorite hacks as suits the event’s focus and participants’ specialties.


THANK YOU to the following folks for contributing hacks, participating in convention panels, and allowing use of their photos in this guide:

  • Laura Mercer  (@Kazulcosplay on Twitter)
  • @Komickrazi Studios
  • Lance Ikegawa
  • @chardane
  • @braxus

And of course, the authors of several Adafruit Learning System guides from which images were borrowed!

This guide was first published on Sep 06, 2022. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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