DIY Unicorn Costume Accessories

Dressing up is one of my favorite things. Which makes Halloween one of my favorite holidays.

When I decided to be a unicorn, it wasn’t long before I was dreaming up ways to make the costume extra special.

And here were the results:

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The accessories I made for this costume include:

  • light-up headband with unicorn horn
  • led unicorn costume tail
  • arm hoofs
  • glitter hoof shoes

Flashing LED Unicorn Horn

In a previous post, I went into detail on how I made my own light up unicorn horn headbandlight-up-unicorn-horn-for-costume-led-diy

Lighted Unicorn Tail

I used the same battery operated color changing LED lights that I put in the horn to create the unicorn tail.

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When I spotted this super cheap, pale blue costume wig, I knew it would make the perfect light-up tail.

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I used strong thread to attach the string lights to the wig cap. Then wrapped the cap of the wig onto this updo hair clip that I then safety pinned to the back side of my costume.

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I got so many compliments on the tail.

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Hoof Arm Covers

To create hooves to cover my arms and hands, I got some cheap rubbery horse hoofs (like these here), some spray paint and a little fake fur to line them with.

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I used white primer, followed by a couple coats gold spray paint, then gold glitter spray.To finish up, I glued this faux white fur liner from Hobby Lobby to the legs.

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Hoof Shoes for Unicorn Costume

To create hoof shoes, I covered black high heels with sheets of thick/sturdy glitter scrapbook paper.

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Then, I added these white fuzzy boot cuffs from a Santa costume accessory kit:

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To add a pop of color, I also wore bright pink leg warmers under the boot cuffs.

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Unicorn Hair, Makeup + Face Jewels

I added some pastel hair extensions, purple eye shadow and face jewels to finalize my look:

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This is by far my favorite costume that I’ve worn yet. I just might wear it again this year.

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Light Up Unicorn Horn Tutorial

Unicorn Costume with Light-Up Horn

I’ll be sharing my entire DIY Unicorn costume in another post, but below, I’m showing how I made the best part – the light-up horn.

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Here’s a short video of how it looks in the dark:

Isn’t it magical?!?

DIY Lighted Unicorn Horn Headband Tutorial

Materials:

  • 3 Felt Sheets (1 stiff, 1 soft, 1 “pretty”)
  • Multi-colored LED Lights (I used 2 strands)
  • Glue Gun (or fabric glue)
  • Thread / Needle
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative Trim (I used faux fur)
  • Scissors

I started by rolling this sheet of CPE Stiffened EasyFelt into a cone shape, and cutting off the excess pieces.

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Then, I hooked the end of one of the LED light stings to the top of the horn. I rolled the cone shape around the lights, and stuffed the excess light wires into the horn.

Next, I traced the round opening on the bottom onto some of the excess felt, and cut out a piece to close off the bottom (with wings to tuck in and glue to the sides of the cone’s interior).

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I glued the battery packs side by side to the bottom piece, then tucked everything into the cone and glued into place, making sure the ON/OFF switches were still accessible.

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Next, I covered the cone shape with 2 more pieces of felt – 1 that was really soft and cushy, and one that was a little stiffer with pretty sparkles.

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It’s important to make the inside piece slightly smaller than the outside piece so that the bottom/inside one won’t be exposed once you roll it around the cone (see the arrow below – that’s what you don’t want – I didn’t cut it down enough).

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Next, use a needle and some strong thread to wrap very tightly around the horn. You want to create indentations with the thread.

I used the needle to secure the thread to the top, wrapped it tightly around the cone, then used the needle again to secure it at the bottom.

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The strongest thread I had on-hand was gray, but if you have white, you may want to use that so it’s less visible.

Next, use your glue gun (or a fabric glue) to carefully cover thread with a pretty ribbon (pulling tightly as you go).

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Next, you’ll attach your horn to either a hair clip or headband.

I added some gold glitter paper to this kitty cat ears headband from Charlotte Russe (which I already had on hand). Then paired it with a 2nd headband that has white fluffy ears.

I attached the pair of headbands together using a piece of leftover felt, then glued the horn to the felt on the top of the headbands.

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Once the horn has been glued to a headband or hair clip, you can dress up the bottom with some trim. I used some faux fur from an old Santa hat.

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Here is the completed headband with ears and the light-up horn:

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Want to see the custom glitter hoof shoes, gold unicorn hooves gloves, multi-colored hair extensions and light-up tail? See my DIY unicorn costume accessories post here.

DIY Glinda Crown – Wizard of Oz

My best friend’s favorite movie of all time is Wizard of Oz.

Which is why it’s pretty unbelievable that it took us 19 years to do a Wizard of Oz Halloween costume theme.

But, it finally came to fruition.

She was Dorothy, her husband the Scarecrow, my husband was the Lion and I was Glinda the Good Witch.

We were even finalists in a Halloween Costume Contest!

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(If you’ve poked around my blog, you may recognize my husband’s bulked up lion costume from the year before when we dressed up in a circus theme with our dog.)

How amazing is this crown?

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And guess what, I made it myself!

It’s funny because my husband tends to refuse to wear store-bought costumes because they don’t look authentic. This leads to day-of frantic searches in which Tad enlists my help – even though I’ve pestered him for weeks that Halloween is approaching. *Sigh*

(Not this year though!)

I love store-bought costumes, and I got this Glinda costume from HalloweenCostumes.com. Oh my goodness it was super huge on me (better than too tight!).

I ended up taking it in, but the crown itself was so flimsy and warped I couldn’t use it. Total garbage.

So, I decided to create my own and made it fabulous.

I headed off to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect materials to make my own Glinda the Good Witch crown.

Whether you need a good witch costume for a Halloween party or costume contest or for a character in a Wizard of Oz play…

Here’s How to Make Your DIY Adjustable Glinda the Good Witch Crown:

Materials (the findings/embellishments can vary – this is just the unique way I put mine together – be creative with yours!):

  • 2 Sheets of Glitter Foam Paper – like this
  • Rhinstone/crystal embellishments with flat backs
  • Front jewel
  • Blank Ear Studs – like these
  • Hot Glue
  • Velcro

I got all my supplies at Hobby Lobby, but they don’t sponsor me in any way and I’m sure you can find similar items at any craft store.

Steps:

Create Your Crown Shape & Cut Out Crown:

Draw out your crown shape to trace on the back of the glitter foam paper if you don’t have a Cricut.

Here is the file I created to cut out the crown shape on my Circut:

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Unfortunately, it didn’t cut the foam paper as well as I’d like, so I had to go back over the semi cut-out crown and finish cutting it with scissors. (I’ve since upgraded to a new Cricut).

Since 1 piece of foam (11″) wouldn’t reach all the way around my head, I had to use 2 pieces of foam. So I divided the graphic between the front and back sides.

Attach The Front & Back Pieces:

I wanted the crown to be flexible, so I could tighten it to fit my head exactly.

So, Piece 1 used for the front section, and Piece 2 I cut in half to attach to each side of the front, then velcro together in the back:

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I used hot glue to adhere them together, then used 4 of the plain earring studs to reinforce each of the seems.

Embellish Your Crown:

I wasn’t sure the rhinestones would stick well when glued to the glitter foam paper, so I did the same thing to embellish the front as I did to reinforce the seems in the last step.

I pushed the plain earring studs through the foam in the shape of the design I wanted for the front. This method worked great because it was easy to reposition any suds that I didn’t initially place well.

Note: I placed all the earring studs high enough that they wouldn’t poke into my forehead or anywhere else!

Then, I hot glued the rhinestones to the flat fronts of the plain earring studs.

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Here was the outcome of the front rhinestones:

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Add Additional Embellishments:

I glued additional embellishments to each of the top spokes of the crown:

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As well as the signature piece to the front that hangs down on the forehead:

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Attach Velcro to Make Crown Adjustable:

To make the crown adjustable in size I chose to add velcro to the back.

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Here were are all decked out on Halloween:

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Mermaid Costume & Accessories (for less!)

I’m so excited October is here and I’ve just finished up this year’s costume. I’m dressing up as a Mermaid and have had so much fun creating my own mermaid bra and costume accessories.

I haven’t been this eager for Halloween since I created my flaming circus ring for my Circus Ring Master costume.

Here’s how I created a custom mermaid costume for Halloween & saved money!

Mermaid Skirt

There are so many amazing mermaid tail skirts on Etsy but they’re more than I wanted to spend.

I found one on Amazon that was reasonable priced ($40) and had good reviews but it didn’t qualify for Amazon Prime free 2-Day shipping. So it was really $47. Boo!

Here’s how I got the same skirt for only $29.30 (including shipping).

It’s gorgeous!

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Mermaid Bra

I got this amazing bra on sale at Victoria’s Secret (The Date Pushup Bra). I was so excited to get started I didn’t get a picture of the plain bra. Here it is half embellished:

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Then, I got these embellishments at Michaels and Hobby Lobby and hot glued them on:

  • Shells (Michaels)
  • Pearl Border Stickers (Michaels)
  • Strung Bead Shells (Michaels) I used a total of 8 strands.
  • Dimensional Shell Stickers (Hobby Lobby)
  • Starfish Bracelet (Hobby Lobby)
  • Rhinestones (I already had those)

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Here’s how it came out:

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Mermaid Hair Accessories

For hair accessories, I used:

  • 6 bobby pins (had on hand)
  • 6 shells (Michaels – extra ones from bra)
  • 1 Rhinestone Starfish (Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 Alligator Hair Clip (Hobby Lobby)

I glued some leftover shells to some bobby pins – an idea I got from Pinterest.

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I also hot glued a starfish to a hair clip.

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Mermaid Necklace

All I had to do was add a chain to this coral reef charm (both from Hobby Lobby) to create the perfect necklace:

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Now I just have to wait a couple more weeks and I can get all dolled up with my mermaid Bellami hair extensions & I’ll be ready to go!

UPDATE:

Here I am on Halloween:

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Mermaid Braid with Shells:

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Pin me!

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