Wow, well, last week was not great! Will and I both ended up with pneumonia, and finally got rid of it at the end of last week. Talk about unpleasant! I don’t recall ever being that out of it, except maybe when I had mono in high school. Enough unpleasantness, let’s talk about the costume that won me second place at our work costume contest! (I was beat out by a hilarious “fat Thor” costume from the latest Marvel movie.)
Since Julius went as Bowser, you may have guessed by now that I went as Princess Peach! I’ll talk about my dress next week, but for today let’s discuss the headpiece. I got A LOT of compliments on my blonde hair! I never thought I could pull off blonde, but I may have to rethink that… The wig was from Arda Wigs (Luthien Classic in Champagne) – where my friend Jess gets all her cosplay wigs so I knew they must be good. It was very difficult to style, but a curling wand on high heat and lots of hairspray yielded the best results. (According to my friend if you dip the hot curlers in an ice water bath immediately after rolling them you will have even better results.) And the bangs… let me just say that I will never be a hairdresser. Hair is so difficult to cut! All things considered I’m pretty happy with how it came out.
The crown was super easy to make. I’m pretty happy with how it came out but I originally bobby pinned it onto my wig which meant that even though it was light it kept sliding around. By the third wearing of the costume I was finally smart enough to sew the crown directly onto the wig. This made the crown work PERFECTLY. I wish I’d done it from the start.
DIY Princess Peach Crown
- a plastic soft drink cup
- 2 blue 1.5″ jewels (I got a bulk pack of cheap jewels from Michaels)
- 2 red 1.5″ jewels
- scrap Peltex fabric interfacing or other stiff fabric
- gold spray paint
- hot glue gun
- Cut off bottom of cup.
- Along the top of the cup mark 4 points on the cup, dividing up the cup’s circumference in quarters so each point is equidistant from its neighbors.
- Place another dot halfway between each of those dots and 2 inches below the others.
- Draw a line to connect from low point to high point to low point all around the cup, forming 4 points.
- Cut along lines.
- Place a jewel below each point, and mark around it in sharpie.
- Use a glue gun to glue all along the line you marked.
- Place a square piece of painters tape in the very center of each of the glued areas.
- Spray paint the entire thing gold and let dry.
- Remove the painter’s tape then glue on gems over the bare spot alternating blue and red, using E6000.
- Finally cut a strip of peltex to the diameter of the bottom of the crown plus 3 inches. Glue the end of one strip to the inside side of cup. After it dries, pull the strip taunt so it would sit flat against your head then glue the opposite end of the strip to the inside of the cup on the other side so bottom of strip remains taunt.
- Sew to wig through strip of Peltex.