How To Make A DIY Unicorn Costume & Head Band For $7

How To Make A DIY Unicorn Costume & Head Band

The Dilemma:

My daughter wanted to be a unicorn this year for Halloween.
As you can already tell, this is starting to become our annual tradition: a
costume idea that is cute, creative, and most importantly frugal is the key!
So I have been keeping a keen eye out on prices to see how much a brand new
unicorn costume would go for in retail stores.
They range anywhere from $25-$50 + depending on how fancy the design, how
well made the quality, and whether or not it comes with the actual wig,
headband, tail, or wings.
What’s a frugal mom to do about that?

The Solution:

DIY of course!

Where there is a will, there is a way to make it work!

 

Ok, so in this case, just think semi-homemade with Sandra Lee (remember that

show on the Cooking Channel?) for this unicorn costume idea that we’re going

to make.

 

In the interest of saving both time and money, I have opted for a gently used

white jogging hoodie outfit from swap.com (an online consignment thrift shop.)

 

It only costs me $1.60 out of pocket since I received credit previously for selling

the kids’ outgrown clothes.

 

Score!

 

Here are all of the materials you will need to recreate your very own unicorn

costume for about $7.

Materials Needed for Unicorn Outfit (jogging hoodie top & jogging pants bottom):

  • White Jogging set top & Bottom (bought on clearance for $1.60 from swap.com)
  • Pair of pink wings (bought from local Goodwill for $1.89)
  • white elastic band to attach to wings (on hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • 2 pastel colored ribbon bunches (reused from a birthday gift she received earlier this year, free)
  • 1 tube of tulle (reused from the same birthday gift earlier this year, free)
  • 1 pack pastel-colored sticker foam  (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • 3-4 different pastel colored felt ($0.20 each sheet from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • glue gun (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • glitter (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • stick on gems (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • scissors (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • optional: sewing machine

Instructions For Unicorn Outfit:

  1. Wash and dry your jogging outfit thoroughly before you begin to alter it.
  2. Make sure it still fits your child’s measurements perfectly, if not adjust it accordingly.
  3. Sew or glue on the pleated tulle material on the edges of the hoodie, and the hemlines of the sleeves and the hemlines of pant legs for that extra colorful unicorn frill!
  4. We ran out of time, so we decided to forego putting the tulle frills on her sleeves.
  5. Sew or glue the wings onto a thin elastic band that your child can wear around their shoulders to carry the wings for the unicorn costume.
  6. Sew the ribbon bunch onto the back of your child’s pants just below the waistline. (This will be the unicorn’s tail)
  7. That’s it, the costume is done, now on to the unicorn’s headband next!

 

Materials Needed for (headband):

  • plastic headband (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree sold in a pack of 5-10)
  • 2 pastel colored ribbon bunches (reused from a birthday gift she received earlier this year, free)
  • 1 spool of any color grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 pack of pastel-colored sticker foam (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • 3-4 different pastel colored felt ($0.20 each sheet from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • glue gun (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • glitter (on-hand, can also be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • stick on gems (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • baker’s twine (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • scissors (on-hand, can be found @ The Dollar Tree)
  • optional: sewing machine or sewing needle & white thread for hand sewing

 

Instructions For Unicorn Headband:

  1. Take a plastic headband and wrap in any color grosgrain ribbon and hot glue the ends to secure it into place.
  2. Take a glittered craft foam sheet, turn it to the reverse side, draw a large perfect circle, and cut it out.
  3. Now wrap the foam circle into the shape of a cone and secure it with hot glue.
  4. Cut the base of the foam cone (this is the horn of the unicorn) so that it is perfectly flat
  5. Now trace the circle base of the cone onto a scrap piece of foam and cut out that circle.
  6. Glue that circle that you’ve just cut out onto the base of your foam cone (horn).
  7. Now glue the horn onto the headband making sure that it’s tightly secured.
  8. Here comes the tedious part: the flower petals
  9. You will make about 5 felt flowers in any color you’d like.
  10. The flowers will each be about the size of your palm, so you want to cut out about 15 thumb-sized petals or slightly larger, per flower.
  11. That’s 15 petals x 5 flowers = 75 petals, err on the side of more for any hot glue mishaps.
  12. Don’t worry about perfection here, it looks more natural that way if the petals are imperfect.
  13. Attach the 15 petals together with hot glue and attach 1 gem to the center of each flower with hot glue.
  14. Now arrange it any way you’d like onto the headband and glue it into place
  15. Staple another bunch of ribbons to the base of the cone.
  16. Attach the end of a string of baker’s twine to the tip of the cone and wrap it around the cone.
  17. Secure the baker’s twine in place with hot glue.
  18. You are done! Go take a pic of your unicorn costume and enjoy! 🙂

In Summary:

With most of these materials on hand, I was able to recreate this costume for the cost of about $7

out of pocket.

 

I was able to use some of the materials that I already had on hand, such as the glitter, craft foam

sheets, tulle, ribbon, craft gems.

 

Most of these materials and supplies can be found at The Dollar Tree for an affordable price.

 

I would like to also encourage you to look inside your child’s closet as well to see if there is

something that can be recycled or reused into a possible costume for your child without having to

go out and buy something brand new and expensive.

 

After all, they will grow out of it way too quickly anyway.

 

I hope this gives you the inspiration to go create your own version of a DIY unicorn costume for

your child too.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

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