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Costumes + Crafts + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 29 Sep 2014

Marie Antoinette costume recipe

Make a Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
The ghoulish games continue with another costume idea for you: Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette is a perfect dress up option if you’re into decadence and going over the top, which, of course, we are. This costume, along with the rest that we’ll be showing has at least one DIY component to it. Here, it’s obviously the dress. Ha! Wouldn’t that be amazing?! No, it’s the paper wig and the make-up tutorial. Much simpler! I had a ball creating this wig. See the full instructions below on how to make it.
Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
Marie Antoinette costume recipe
The recipe for this one is simple if you’re willing to spend some moo-lah on renting a costume or lots of time creating a dress. We worked with Hale Theater Archive Costumes, which has an amazing selection of costumes and props. Paul and I also rented costumes from them for a Jane Austen ball we attended earlier this ear and they were wonderful to work with.
Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
crafting and art direction by Brittany Jepsen
make-up by Rubie Huber

This post is sponsored by the Hale Theater Costume Department. If you’re local and wanting amazing costumes, go there! And they’re amazing to work with! 

how to make a Marie Antoinette paper wig
Materials: cardboard, white paper (office should be fine, but I used a slightly thicker paper), craft knife, glue gun, crepe paper (for flower), paint (for feather)
  1. Cut a strip of cardboard against the grain of the cardboard. I cut mine about 1 1/2″ thick and measured it to the size of my head (see above). Glue it together.
  2. Next I cut out the same thickness of strips and glued one on one side of the circle and over to the other side.
  3. Start constructing a frame by adding in more strips around the circumference of the circle.
  4. Cut strips of white paper however thick you want for the “hair.” I started out with thin paper, like 1/2″, but it took a lot of time so I re-cut them to 1″ thick and the process was much faster.
  5. Glue one strip of paper on the circumference of the circle and then glue it at the top of the crown. This will give you better control over the shape of the “hair.”
  6. Slightly overlap each strand of hair.
  7. Keep on going until it’s all filled in.
TO CREATE FRINGE
  1. Cut thin strips of paper about 1/4″ thick. 
  2. Using the edge of your scissors, curl it like you would gift wrapping ribbon. Easy squeezy!
  3. Glue these pieces to the edge of your circle. 
TO CREATE THE PONY TAIL
  1. Do the same process as the fringe but use a strip that’s about 1″ thick. I glued a few of the loops together so that it wouldn’t pull as much.
TO CREATE THE FEATHER
  1. Use this template for the feather shape.
  2. Cut it out on cardstock.
  3. Paint it with grey and then fine black lines.
TO CREATE A PAPER FLOWER
MAKE-UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

This one is really simple make-up-wise. You just want to start with a plain white face paint base.  I mixed Mehron FX with a bit of liquid foundation so it wasn’t so stark white, but any range works.  Apply with a make up sponge so you can get it pretty even around the entire face.  

You don’t want any contouring, just some super pink cheeks!  I like stick or liquid blush better than powder for this.  Smear some on the back of your hand and then blend it in big oval swoops across the apples of her cheeks.  Don’t let them get too circular, or you start entering doll realm. 

Eyes tend to vanish in this pale white painted face, so I used a very liquid, very precise black eyeliner just on the top lashline.  You don’t want it bold, just as close to the lashes as possible.  My trick is pulling on the outer corner of the eye to tighten the skin, it makes it easier to make a straight, thin line.  

To be (possibly) historically accurate, paint the lips a very straightforward red since I doubt Marie Antoinette had access to the rainbow of reds we can find at your local grocery store.  To apply, use a small brush if you can, it helps you make more defined edges than just straight from the stick.  
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contest + Costumes + halloween + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013

Halloween costume contest winners

The tallies are in! Here are the winners of the 2013 2nd Annual Halloween Contest. There were some really wonderful submissions, but sadly, I had to limit it to just a few so I didn’t make this a long post. I’m posting the rest to my Pinterest costume board. I died when I saw Simon and Garfunkel by Audrey and Griff. I LOVE Amelia Earhart and her plane, above, by Aubrey and Philip Westlund of Yes, Dear Studio. And Michelle and Brandon’s Mr. Fantastic Fox costumes that she handmade herself. So beautiful.

 And good uni-brow Frida by Tess M. is one of my favorite ideas.

And you know I don’t like scary costumes, but this one is so good. I mean even the all-white walls! It’s so asylumy.

And I had to show Michele Brummer Everett’s costume for 2013. A sharpener to complement last year’s pencil. A bit morbid, no?

And I LOVED these kid’s costumes. A unicorn for Nohea by Jed and Tanei and a dinosaur, both so so awesome.

Now it’s time for a tragic tale. You see, I meant to show our costumes here too, but after something funky happened, I have to wait for spring. Sounds odd, I know, but they’re good. Trust me. Just keep up the excitement would ya?

Winners! You’ll receive a prize of either chocolate from Cocoa Vitale (delicious stuff!) or some beautiful stationery from Darling Clementine. Congrats and thanks for entering! 

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contest + Costumes + holiday + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012

Halloween contest!

I am floored at the response I got from the call for the Halloween costume contest. Now, it’s a little less of a contest, than a “show me how creative you are!” because man, you had some good ones! That said, all the selections presented here will receive one free telegram from Telegram Stop. Wahoo! Sadly, I don’t have the space on the blog to show all of them, but I appreciate everyone who sent in their photos so much. Kept me in giggles! I’m going to put all of them onto my “COSTUME PARTIES” Pinterest board so you can check them all out there.
First off, the floral costumes! The top photo comes from Kimberly Moore of Third Floor, who saw my dream in January to recreate this illustration of a bouquet of flowers for my Halloween costume this year. Sadly, I didn’t have a reason to dress up this year so I didn’t (boo hoo hoo). I just LOVE her spin on it. Below, Søs Uldall Ekman, used some face paint and faux flowers to create a fantastic dia de los muertos costume.
Next up…geography! My sister, Caitlin Watson, who I talk about all the time, came up with Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Genius? I think so. Is everyone familiar with The Magic School Bus? It’s a series of kids books based on the adventures of the clever Mrs. Frizzle and her class. Laura Tarrish, an illustrator in Portland, made a globe out of styrofoam with her husband for her now 23 year old daughter when she was 3. And then she turned it into her Christmas card and labelled it, ” Peace on Earth”. Sweet huh?
Kids costumes! Jen Craun, an artist, and her architect husband made AMAZING lego costumes for her kids as seen here (they are nuts) and last year made this amazing monarch butterfly and shark costume for her kids.  
Couple’s costumes! You guys came up with some very clever couple’s costumes. First up, I LOVE this one. The European Debt crisis with Liberty dressed as Germany and her husband, Greece, groveling at her feet. Clever!

And isn’t this adorable? Kelly of Studio DIY created an amazing croquembouche costume (or French macaron wedding cake) out of COFFEE FILTERS while her husband was its French chef. Too much!

Mary Poppins and Bert are adorable! Carolina of Antologia and her boyfriend play the roles well.
Janet of This Confetti Life and her husband made adorable robbers no? 
This one is one of my favorites. I love me an inanimate object costume like this pencil. Simple, perfect. By illustrator Michéle Brummer-Everett
And last but not least, costumes for groups: Wes Anderson characters including Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and Royal Tennebaums from Suzanna Rooks, a graphic designer in South Carolina.
But the real star of the show was Kelly’s Mexican pinata chihuahua. Nailed it.
Thanks again everyone for submitting your photos! I just loved checking them out and wish I could have showed everyone’s stellar costumes. Again, they will all appear on my Pinterest board, “costume parties” so you can check them out there. I can’t wait for next year’s costumes! If you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking of what you’ll be doing.
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