Since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to do one last post on costume ideas. This one is for Halloween hats. Hats make great costumes because you can move and dance in them so easily and they make a big statement. Plus, you can make one the night before or even the day of and still have a great piece.
You will need:
- A wire headband (which you can find at Goodwill)
- Flexible wire
- Paper/felt/lightweight plastic toys/etc. that you might find at Goodwill
Take a look at these designer hats for inspiration from Fashion legend, Alexander McQueen and haute couture milliner, Philip Treacy.
Now just decide on a theme! I decided to use fish, but you could also use jungle animals, an ocean theme, birds, or anything else you can think of.
While you’re shopping at Goodwill, scan their shelves for toys and knickknacks to see if you find any inspiration.
Once you’ve chosen a theme pick out cardstock in appropriate colors to match your theme. You could also go to a printer and have them print out copies of an image for you, but make sure to use a heavy weight paper that can stand up on its own. You might also try to find reflective paper or something with a little sheen to liven up your cutouts.
Next twist a few strands of wire together to achieve the right amount of strength and flexibility for your shapes. I started with a thin wire from a standard hardware store but found it was a little too flimsy on its own. Twisted together however, it was perfect.
Next pierce two holes in your cutouts and insert the ends of the wire through the holes. Then fold down to secure.
You will want to make lots of these in varying heights. Once you’ve made them begin twisting the other ends onto the headband until you have an even covering.
That’s all it takes! Now, what to wear underneath, you ask? Look for all black clothing at Goodwill to set off your hat or wear colors to match your theme. Which ever you choose you’ll find everything you need at Goodwill to make a fun last-minute costume. Be spooky, fun, or sweet and help your community at the same time!