Friday, October 14, 2016

How to Make a Ken Bone, Undecided Voter Halloween Costume

Who is Ken Bone?   Ken Bone is the most talked about undecided voter in the nation after the October 9th presidential debate.  He is trending on social media. Mr. Bone asked the candidates, “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?” asked Mr. Bone, who was referred to as Ken by moderator Anderson Cooper.

I don’t think the answer was all that important as Mr. Bones became an internet sensation overnight based on his red sweater, mustache, and “hugability.” According to CNN’s Carol Costellio, he had become American’s darling because of a combination of “33% confidence, 33% calming demeanor, 33% hugability, 1% power stache.”

If you remember back in 2008’s election, Joe, the Plumber was the everyman who asked the then Senator Obama how his tax plan would affect small businesses, like plumbing businesses, and candidate John McCain picked up, Senator Obama’s answer about “spreading the wealth” and ran with it.  Joe, the Plumber Halloween costumes were all the range that election year, as well as Vice Presidential nominee look alikes for Sarah Palin.

Wouldn’t you want to be everyman, or everywoman for Halloween?  In 2008, I looked more like a Josephine, then a Joe, so I was Jo, the Plumber.

So, if you want an inexpensive Ken Bone costume and you don’t want to dress up in a red sweater and fake mustache, or buy a version through amazon, then this is how you do it.

1.      You will need a plain red T-Shirt.  If you don’t have an old red T-Shirt in your closet, you may find an inexpensive one at a Thrift Store, or Michael’s Craft Store.

2.      Next, you will need to make a couple of transfers for your shirt.  You will need to purchase Avery Ink Jet T-Shirt Transfer Papers- 8 ½” x 11” Number 3271 from Wal-Mart, or a computer store, like Staples.  Buy the transfer paper for darker colored cotton/polyester blend fabrics.

3.      Next you will have to design the transfers. Draw Ken Bone glasses, and mustache on the transfer, or you can use Microsoft Publisher or MS Word.

4.      Click on insert, and then Online Pictures on MS office.  Type in glasses, and common use Ken Bone glasses will pop up, like the following. 
Then type in mustache under the Bing search, and look for the mustache. 

5.       Print out the designs on the transfer, and follow the directions on the package. Iron on the transfers.  And you are all set.  

6.      To iron on the transfer onto the red T-Shirt, follow the directions listed in your Avery Light T-Shirt Transfer Instructions.  Remember to set your printer for mirror image, and test print.

7.      You probably would want to wear light beige paints like Ken Bone, and you are set to go the Halloween party Halloween party.  Oh, and don’t iron on the transfer 20 minutes before  going out to that party, as the ink will need some time to dry!!!  And if anyone asks who you are, reply Ken Bone, Undecided Voter!