My daughter wanted to dress up as Celia from the 2001 Disney Monsters Inc. movie, the only problem was the costume didn’t exist. So like any good mother I started brainstorming how I was going to pull this Homemade Celia Monster Costume off. I had to make snakes for her to wear on her head, a purple face with one eye and an extra pair of legs. The easiest part of this costume was going to be making the dress and I didn’t sew. I bought some sequence material for the dress and a pattern to follow.

For the snakes I went to a home improvement store and bought electrical wire and grey water pipe insulation. I covered the wire with the pipe insulation and started to give it the snake shape form. I had a hard time with the snake head so I attached Styrofoam Easter eggs to the wire wrap the whole snake with masking tape and cut a grove in to the egg to give a mouth. Once I had all the snakes done I started bending the snakes around my daughter’s head to give them their final shape. I started to paper mache the snakes with newspaper and glue. I let them dry overnight and painted them purple. I glued eyes and a tongue once the paint dry.

For the face I paper mached a balloon with a little paper and glue. Once dry I cut it in half and cut a circle in the upper center and inserted a soft ball. I taped it all together using masking tape and paper mache it allowing for two layers to dry at a time. It took about 5 layers to get a thickness to it. I used toilet paper soaked in glue and water to make a mush that I could shape into the eyelid. I let it dry for about 2 days and began to paint it and decorated. Finally I drilled 2 holes one on each side of the eye.

For the body I bought 3 pairs of purple pantyhose. I cut a hole at the inseam and pulled it over her head and slip her arms in. I stuffed one with left over pipe insulation and sewed it to the other pair and slipped it on her legs. It looked like she had 4 legs and smooth arms. I slipped the dress over and put the mask and snakes on.