Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY FAIRY COSTUME - UPDATED

Hello, dear readers! Are you as excited for Halloween as I am? Sooooo excited!

If you haven't started thinking about a costume yet, don't give up! There are so many great DIY costumes out there you can throw together last-minute. For a quick, cheap one, check out my DIY deer costume post from last week.

I've been thinking about this fairy costume for weeks. I just put it all together this last weekend, and I'm super excited to share it with you. I had soooo much fun putting it together. (I've always wanted to go all out on a fairy costume...)

(Check out my DIY Fairy Wings post for instructions on the wings.)

Man, I love fairies.


All right, without further ado, here's an overview of my fairy costume:
  • A DRESS FROM MY CLOSET, adorned with scarves, some extra tulle, and glittery flora from Michael's (It's this dress, from American Eagle.) 
  • HOMEMADE FAIRY WINGS, made from wire hangers and cheap nylon socks (you know, the ones that come in those little plastic eggs for 30 cents - here's my post with instructions for the wings)
  • FAIRY HEADPIECE, made from glittery flora from Michael's, assembled with wire
Pull a fairy-ish dress out of your closet, and start draping some scarves. If you have time, go buy some tulle. Tulle is perfect for this: you don't need much to give a fairy effect, and you can get a little bit for cheap. I tacked most of the tulle pieces with a needle and thread, using a quick, large stitch that comes out easily. I was also able to attach some of the pieces with a safety pin and hide the pin.


As for the glittery adornments, I used snippings from a few Christmas stems I caught on sale at Michael's. I spent less than 5 bucks on all of it. Regular silk flowers are great, too, of course. You can even paint them!  What about some cheap fake greenery, painted metallic? Metallic spray paint, anyone?

I attached most of the flora with safety pins, and for the rest I used wire.


Okay, the wings. (For details about my wings, you can check out my post about them!) Now, I really enjoyed making these wings, but I did spend a lot of time on them. You can of course go much simpler on the decorating. You could certainly just spray paint them.


The headpiece is simple. I shaped the wire around my head, and wired snippets of glittery floral stems to the main wire. Alternatively, you could make an ear cuff like this one, or just add some flowers to your hair-do ;)


I made one side of the dress off-the-shoulder (pictured above). I hooked a strong, elastic removable bra strap (just regular elastic would work, too) to the dress and lined it up with the real strap, then I positioned it comfortably off my shoulder and attached the lavender scarf loosely to the straps. It stays up perfectly and is comfortable. (This picture reminds me that I have to get rid of that paper clip!)


Hope I've inspired you! Of course I plan to wear sparkly shoes and have some killer fairy makeup. I will try to post pictures of the wearing it :)

Have a great day and rest of your week. Happy Halloweening this weekend!


UPDATE
One year later, as we're nearing Halloween once again, I'm posting a few pictures of me wearing the costume last year (makeup and all) for further inspiration.
















13 comments:

  1. I am going to attempt this for my little girl with different colors when I can get a dress this weekend! I've started on the crown and the wings are done. I found myself in the sweltering attic yesterday searching for floral in my fall decorations that I would be willing to part with. I'm so happy you posted this because all the other fairy costumes are no where near realistic. Could you let me know how/what you attached to the bottom of the dress that looks like string tied together randomly?
    Thank you for posting! This is very inspirational.

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    1. Angela,

      Thanks for your comment - so glad to hear you are having fun with this project! I absolutely loved making and wearing mine and am happy to have inspired you and your little girl.

      The "string" part on the bottom is actually part of a scarf. You could also play with draping some whimsical ribbon or fabric trim.

      I'd love to hear how it turns out! I realize I never posted photos of me in my costume, make-up and all, so I will post a few of those for some extra inspiration :)

      Good luck!

      Alyssa

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  2. Wow, you are my hero thank you for this post

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    1. Glad you found it helpful! This was seriously one of my favorite Halloween costumes ever... being a fairy is so magical!

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