Coolest Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Costumes
by Ellen P.
(Jackson Center, PA, USA)
Homemade Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Costumes
Bride of Frankenstein: The dress was given to me from a client from her wedding in the 80’s. I cut the sleeves off and shredded what was left at my shoulders. I also cut and tore some rips into the dress, then safety pinned it back together... like a zipper of pins. I also added fake blood around the tears. I painted my fingernails black and wrapped my arms in gauze. The hair is my own. The trick is to use a very small-toothed comb, start at the crown and holding hair up, tease/back-comb it way down. Then spray. Do this small section by small section. I have a lot of hair and it took me at least 45 minutes to do this, but it stayed all night and people were amazed it was my real hair!
Finally, we cut a lightning bolt pattern out of paper, then sprayed the streaks on each side of my head with white hair-spray. My face was covered in zombie/dead make-up. I used a black eye-liner pencil for the “scars” that run under my chin and up the sides my face. I also thickened my eyebrows with the pencil.
Frankenstein: Black pants, a black blazer from the local thrift store, black t-shirt, boots. The sleeves on the jacket should be too short. Also, make sure it is broad. We put a big sponge (the kind used for washing cars) in each shoulder to square the shoulders and make my husband even broader. We cut a wine cork in half, then used warm wax to stick them to his neck. My husband is bald, so we used a sheet of craft “fur”, attached to a halo made of foil for his hair. Green make-up, bad teeth and black pencil complete the make-up. Fingernails also painted black.
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