Do you ever get a little weary of wandering around in expensive costume shops when the weather begins to cool, searching for ideas on how to WOW your fellow-partygoers with a great costume at Halloween, yet ending up flabbergasted at the high prices and lack of selection available? Even if you find a good costume, it’s rarely just what you want, and who knows if you’ll meet somebody that night with the same idea or get-up as yours-bummer! Who says you have to spend a fortune on buying or even renting a fantastic costume for Halloween? Not me! I’m here to tell you how to make your own special creation, The Dark Fairy, for little money-all I spent was about $45–and no sewing at all!
The colors I chose for this piece were my own, but if you like something different, perhaps in deep blue, or wine or forest green, go with that. It took me but two days to get all the pieces of this costume together and we’ll go over those steps-just keep in mind your color scheme and be open to different sources for your costume components. Let’s start with the color scheme here, followed by a list of pieces, and build from there.
My theme colors were black with touches of purple, silver and crystal. She’s a Fairy so I wanted unusual hair-I found this wig at Walmart for $15, marked down to $8 on sale (someone had returned it-the bag was taped shut). The black top with bluish-purple crystals and the black lace skirt (short in front, long in back) I bought at the big Goodwill in town-total: $6. You can find some amazing items there in lace, satin or, for a couple of more bucks, look in their party dress section. The black belly-dancer scarf with hanging silver coins is from a local, large flea market-these sell for $45 or more in a costume shop-I got mine for around $10.
Fairies, at least for me, must sparkle a bit to give them a magical aura, but the pieces at Party City, and even the local Acme Costume, were waaaay over-priced. My coronet was a big crystal necklace I found at a garage sale, pinned over each ear and draped down the back. The lovely silver butterflies you see in the close-up were bought for $1 each at The Dollar Tree-they are actually used, I believe, for decoration on a Christmas gift or wreath, but they suited my needs perfectly! Going with the purple accent color for the necklace, I went over to Charming Charlie’s at the mall and looked in the 50% off section and got the necklace and matching earrings for $7! I added silver and black bracelets and rings from my own jewelry box, a pair of black, sheer tights and my own shoes. The only item that may be a bit costly is the black wings-don’t look in Party City-they’ll cost twice as much as Walmart! These were $16 and the most expensive thing I had to buy. If you want to make your own, form them from hanger wire, wrap them in colored Saran Wrap and clear tape, shrink it to size with a hair-dryer set on High, then add sparkles or pearls or sequins as you choose. And, voilà! A beautiful and unique costume that will knock’em dead at the club and hardly cost you anything!!