How to: Dilbert Head

Dilbert head

Dilbert head

 

Another easy. home-made costume idea for Halloween is Dilbert, all made dramatic and possible with the Dilbert head.

 

What you’ll need

Poster Cardboard (painted flesh tone or bought in pink or flesh tone)

Permanent marker

White Paper

Scissors

Glue

Sticky tape

 

Method

  1. Cut your cardboard to the width of your head (with an added cm or two for comfortable breathing space)
  2. Cut a scallop edge across the length of your cardboard piece
  3. Cut two oval shapes from your white paper
  4. Glue these shapes in the middle of your cardboard to act as Dilbert’s eyes
  5. Trace around the white ovals to create the frame of Dilbert’s glasses and then add two straight lines from the middle point of the oval that will be the arms of the glasses
  6. Below the eyes, then 3/4 of a circle – this is Dilbert’s nose
  7. Fold the piece of cardboard around your head and tape comfortably into place
  8. Voila! You now have a cheap Dilbert head ready to be coupled with a white shirt and tie to complete your costume.

How to: Tutankhamun’s Tomb Poncho

Tutankhamun tomb pattern

Tutankhamun tomb pattern

The Tutankhamen Tomb Poncho was possibly the most dramatic costume that I made throughout my year-long challenge. So for my second How To, I thought I’d take you through it. You’ll be surprised to learn that while simple, it is quite time-consuming due to the intricate hieroglyphic patterns.

 

What you’ll need

Your height in gold material (from your neck to your feet)

Sewing thread and needle (or sewing machine)

Fabric Pens

 

Method

  1. Fold your material in half lengthways so that you have the height you need to cover your body
  2. Cut the material so that you now have two long pieces
  3. Taking one length of the material, cut this in half lengthways, you should now have 3 pieces of material in your height
  4. Pin these 3 pieces of material together so that they sit on top of each other
  5. Sew across the top of the connection so that you have the front full width half and then two back flaps of material – this is the shell of your poncho
  6. Now using your fabric markers decorate the double width piece of material that you will wear on the front of your body with Egyptian hieroglyphics, this is the step that will take the longest as you will need to cover it entirely (Note: make sure to have a piece of material underneath the front fabric so that your marker does not effect the back two piece of material)
  7. Voila! You now have a Tutankhamun tomb poncho!

 

 

How To: Paper Baroque Wig

Homemade Baroque wig

Homemade Baroque wig

Welcome to the first of many How To’s where I will give you a step-by-step guide to creating costumes and props for costumes. Today I’m going to show you how to make a baroque wig out of paper which you would have seen in yesterday’s post.

What you’ll need

White A4 paper (7 pieces)

Pencil

Ruler

Scissors

Stapler

Sticky tape

Method

1. Get an A4 piece of white paper

2. Measure points at 7cm and 14cm so that you can equally split into thirds.

3. Cut the piece of paper into thirds.

4. Fold the three pieces in half and then cut so that you have 6 pieces of paper total.

5. Take one piece of paper and bend it so that you make a circle shape and then staple it into place. This cylinder shape that you have made will become the main curls of the wig.

6. Continue process 4 and 5 until you have 20 cylinders (6 pieces of paper will make 24 cylinders)

7. Now start to staple the cylinder pieces together. For the eighth piece stapled the pieces slightly at an angle so that you start to round around and cater for the shape of your head. I found that 6 cylinders wide would comfortably fit the round of my head.

8. Once you have finished the skeleton of the wig, you will then need to add the front curl shapes. To do this cut a 1 cm strip length ways of an A4 piece of paper.

9. We will then curl this strip of paper in the same way you can ribbon. To do this angle a scissor blade against your strip of paper and then slide the scissor blade along the length of the strip keeping it taut the whole time.  When you release, you will find that the ribbon will curl into a circle shape within itself. Staple into shape and make 20 of these.

10. Position the curled paper so that the it sits horizontally across the cylinder open circle and tape into place on the side. Do this for every cylinder shape.

11. Voila! You now have a home-made baroque wig that you can then pin onto your head and for virtually no money!

Day 174: Rudolph

Day 174: Rudolph

For the fifth day of Christmas, I am taking on the most famous of all the reindeer’s – Rudolph! Did you know that he had a very shiny nose (light a light bulb) #ChristmasFact

 

Photo credit: Totally

 

Rudolph Reindeer Face Mask: Chirstmas Shop

Brown Jumper: Trench

Brown Skirt: Portmans

Brown Cowboy Boots: Target

Red Sleigh: Homemade from cardboard