I like to be frugal when it comes to making kid’s stuff, especially when it comes to costumes. You know how it goes. Kids outgrow things faster than grass growing in the summer season. Thus, the word longevity doesn’t come to mind.
I did some research, like any good frugal mom, and I found Martha Stewart’s paper wig tutorial. Using strips of newspaper, curling ribbon, construction paper, she demonstrated an economical way to make a quick and simple Halloween costume. However, her video presentation visually explains how to make a paper wig much better than her website tutorial since it doesn’t offer step-by-step photos.
Here’s my modified tutorial of Martha Stewart’s original tutorial.
If you'd like to see my original post (complete with detailed photos), you can check it out on Hometown Betty. You can also see other tutorials on the Creativity Tab on the blog as well.
- white duct tape
- plastic bag
- music paper (found at a book sale at my local library for $0.25)
- paper cutter
- double-sided Scotch tape
- navy blue grosgrain ribbon
Step 1: Cut Plastic Bag Into a Square Piece.
Step 2: Make a Mold of Headpiece.
Place plastic square over child’s head. Cut strips of white duct tape. Run a taped line from forehead to back of head. Run another piece of tape from ear to ear. Run a third line around the head to finish off as a cap. Add additional strips of duct tape around headpiece until duct tape strips have covered the entire headpiece.
Note: In hindsight, I would have created a more widow’s peak hairline at this stage of the process, which would have looked more like Mozart’s hair.
Step 3: Design Hairstyle.
Cut strips of music paper (or any other sheet of paper). Martha Stewart’s tutorial recommended cutting paper in ½ inch width strips. I chose to go a full inch to give a fuller appearance, especially when it came to styling the curls on the side.
Use as much double sided Scotch tape as necessary to create the look.
Don’t forget to curl the ends of the paper to create the look you desire.
Add finishing touches such as ribbon to tie long hair into a ponytail, which I used navy blue ribbon to gather Mozart’s hair in the back.
Step 4: Voila! Project Complete!
I'll be sharing the Mozart-Inspired Red Jacket tutorial on Hometown Betty when I share one final tutorial to complete the Mozart-inspired look. If you'd like to see the original tutorial with detailed photo instructions, please check out the original post.
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