Thank you everybody for the feature and all the supportive comments! It really means a lot to me, thank you all!! :-D

This is my first ever experience cosplaying!

I really wanted to be Princess Mononoke for Halloween. I've never cosplayed before so I wasn't sure where to start. I thought I'd just buy the costume online, but after seeing the price (800RMB) and the cheap material the costume was made out of, I decided to make the costume myself, and share my experience of becoming San for other-would-be Princess Mononoke cosplayers.

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Step 1: Costume Components

For the mask, I opted to use paper mache and cover it with a layer of paper clay, following this amazing tutorial here: http://www.otakucrafts.com/2012/10/princess-mononoke-san-mask-tutorial/

Knife/Spear: I made a cardboard knife prototype, covered it with paper mache and painted it, again following this method by the same author as the mask tutorial: http://www.otakucrafts.com/2012/09/princess-mononoke-san-cosplay-mask-and-knife-progress/

Headband/armband: This was easy, I just used a black cotton strap I had lying in my scrap drawer, and affixed the paper mache circle left over from cutting the holes from the mask. As for the armbands, I just used some spare bra straps.

Necklace: I was lucky enough to find a cheap necklace in a shop that looked just like fangs, so I didn't need to make the fangs out of clay myself. 

Dress: I hunted around online on Taobao (Chinese shopping site) for a suitable dress that would resemble San's blue one and I found one that had a skirt that tapered to a long point at the back but was shorter in the front. It wasn't exactly like San's dress but it would still work well.

Tunic: I got a cheap white tank top, cut off the bottom and slit the sides up to the arm seams, so it would fall open like San's tunic but wouldn't fall apart (pictures can explain this better than I can)

Shoes: This is something I could have improved on. I opted to wear brown leather boots since I'm a little on the small side and would like to appear taller. But these shoes look nothing like San's hide mocassins....

Fur cloak hood: Bought some fur online on Taobao, 75RMB for 50cm x 180cm, more than enough for me. :D
<p>My first cosplay as well! I used this tutorial as a guideline, because it was really helpfull. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Wow, that is amazing!!! :D I'm glad my tutorial was able to help you! How did you get the mask to stay flat against your back like that? Mine wouldn't do that and just kept bulging out so I ended up either holding it or wearing it on my head most of the time.</p>
<p>My cousions friend who like sews and stuff did the most AMAZING San cosplay EVER! If I find a picture, I'll send it, plus she only had two weeks! What she did was do a tiny fabric loop on the bottom inside of the mask and there was a knotted rope somewhere in the fur of her cape on the top bit by her shoulders, and we just had to put the knot through the loop and it was nice and snug and looking gr8 on her back. Only problem, the loop was rather small so it took 10 minutes or so the first time XD</p>
<p>Hi nice costume.</p><p>So where did you get the paper clay, just wondering? And how do you make it look so easy?</p>
<p>I found a tutorial for paper clay, i havent tried it out yet but here it is http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Paper-Clay</p>
<p>I legit was looking at San from Princess Mononoke and this was maw fav and i saw it was from a tutorial and i was like omg bonus!! Thanks TheFirewalker for making this!! Gonna make it and wear it to a con</p>
<p>is there any chance you would have the link to where you bought the dress? I've been looking for ages but haven't been able to find anything ;-;</p>
<p>Hello! I'm sorry, I purchased the dress years ago and don't remember the link. It was on Taobao, a Chinese shopping website so I guess you would have trouble navigating it even if I did have the link. However, perhaps you could get one tailor made, or make it yourself using simple sewing templates available online. Good luck with your costume!</p>
This tutorial was awesome!!!! I made this for an anime convention held in my home city. Several people asked to take pictures with me and my friend dressed as Lady Eboshi. Thanks for this tutorial! It was amazing! ?
<p>Thank you! I'm so happy this tutorial was helpful to you, it really makes me happy when people say things like that :D Great pictures, looks like you and your friend had fun at the convention too! ^^</p>
Saan was my first cosplay too! Great job!
this is pretty cool. i'd never wear it myself but i was pretty surprised to see something from haiow myazaki on here. i'm sure i just botched that name soo bad
<p>Hayao Miyazaki :P</p>
Awesome design! Now if someone could design the &quot;squid&quot; hat that ashitaka wore.
Bravo! Nicely done!
Great costume! I love this movie! You did a great job recreating her look!
Totally Awesomely Hot! Love the look
someone needs to mass produce these masks with ceramic ;u; freaking love this movie.
Great idea! :-D And perhaps the half mask too, the one San wears when she goes into battle with the boars. :)
yes! forgot about that scene.
Great costume, you look very sweet in it.
Thank you!! :-D
FYI. This is awesome. One of my favorite movies when i was younger.
Thank you! Yeah, it's one of my favourite movies too. It was an honor to be San for a day. :-D
I totally understand the honor part. Last time i went to Otakon i took a ton of pictures of people in cosplay. But the only one i had take with me in it, was with the only San i could find. Ironically i had my Princess Mononoke shirt on that day. :-)
Hahaha! Maybe it was fate. :)
SWEET! one of the best mononoke's i've seen
Really..? Wow, thanks! :D
I can agree with that as well! I love the overall feel or your costume. I also love the movie. i even got it for my eleventh birthday:)
Thank you. :-) The movie is very beautiful, it's one of my all time favorite movies. :-D
Sweet! I love that movie. Thanks for representing :)
Awesome looking costume! Beautiful!
Thank you so much! ^_^
great job well done on write up and looking good&nbsp; beautiful in fact
*blushes* Thank you! :)
Absolutely beautiful job! Wonderful details :)
Thank you so much! :D
So beautiful princess!

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