This particular Halloween costume project started because of this comment from my older daughter .
“Mommy where’s the crown to match C’s Princess Aurora costume?”
Me “Crown? What crown?”
Go check the Princess Aurora costume packaging photo. Oh yes. A crown. A gold floral tiara. I see that did not come with this costume that we purchased a month ago while on vacation in Georgia. And now it’s a week before Halloween.
In parent land that means that if your children are dressing as any of the following this year – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Maleficent and a Zombie (Thank you The Walking Dead, as if you don’t control our entire TV viewing schedule as is) and you have yet to get their costumes, the Universe would like to take this moment to say “Good Luck with that.”
Well the Zombie and even Olaf you should be good to go with some fake blood and white sweatshirt stuffed with something.
But the others? LOL. Ok. The tiara is long gone from any store or remote shipping location to get here in time.
Insert Plan B. Dollarama and my glue gun.
So I went out and got some fake flowers. The most important ones to get are ferns because if you look at the original floral tiara from the movie costume, it looks like a combination of ferns and leaves. She wears this particular costume towards the end of the movie.
Then I got some gold pipe cleaners and make a nice circle for the crown…tiara…see? What is this called?
I measured my daughter’s head to make sure it was a good size for her.
I tore off all the leaves off the stems and trimmed the fern leaves down to a smaller size.
Then using my glue gun, I glued the leaves on the pipe cleaners. I did the ferns first, then layered the rest of the leaves in a consecutive pattern all around the pipe cleaners.
I already had a can of Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint as it was in my swag bag from the BlogPodium conference.
I am convinced I am the only blogger on the face of the planet who has never used gold spray paint before. I am not a gold decor person. I like platinum, silver and the shiniest diamond you get your hands on.
Let me tell you, this could be the product that changes all that. I honestly was not expecting it to be as good as it was. For some reason I had this notion that it would be runny or sheer. Not at all. This is a very opaque gold paint and took maybe two coats to paint the entire tiara. If this comes in copper I am going to have a bigger problem.
Unlike her older sister who loves any form of photography and photo shoots (see the Maleficent costume one for an example), it took a lot of bribing with popsicles and a bike ride outside in the cold windy fall day to get her to agree to get a picture taken for this post.
She loves the tiara and can’t wait to wear on Halloween, but she hates getting her picture taken. I mean hates.
I am going to pin that in with either bobby pins or two hair clips underneath to help it to stay because kids wearing crowns are comical. You know that thing is going to fall off faster than they can run to the next house to say Trick or Treat.
But I must say I am pretty happy with how it turned out. And I have a lot of gold spray paint left over…project suggestions anyone?
For more Maleficent Costume DIY’s, check out our other projects: