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Coolest Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume 67

by Karin N.
(Bernardston, MA)

Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume

Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume

Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume
Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume
Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume
Homemade Headless Bride Halloween Costume

Using some of the ideas from the 'Coolest Homemade Costumes' website, I created this homemade headless bride Halloween costume.

The body is made from half of a plastic mannequin with holes drilled for the arms. I used support stockings for the arms, which I half-stuffed. I took two dowels and affixed them to the body with wire and filled the form with 2x expansion spray foam insulation. After it set, I put a piece of quilt batting over the insulation to smooth it out before duct-taping the form.

I then paper mache'd over the duct tape so I would be able to paint the body. I used the cap from a can of window cleaner for the spine and tacked it to the body with grout, which I also spread around the neck to make it look a little more gruesome. I painted the body a flesh tone and used a blue-gray wash over that to mimic dead flesh. I put the dowels in two one-liter bottles, placed them in a backpack and taped them securely so there would be no play. It was very lightweight and maneuverable; the form sat above my head, and my hands were free.

For the dress, I added on about two feet of material around the hem to lengthen it, cut a hole in the waist for my head to come out (a T-shape works best) and made sleeves since it was a short-sleeved dress. I put a couple of coat hangers in the arms in order to bend them and finished stuffing them to the 'wrist'. I stuffed the fingers and hands of the opera gloves, and pulled the gloves over the arms. I bent the arms at the elbows and placed a ring on her finger before I tacked the hands in place. I added fake blood, a tiara, a veil, some deathly makeup and voila! A headless bride.

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If you'd like to see more photos of this costume and the other fantastic costumes from the Hawthorne Hotel's 2010 Halloween Ball, you can go to Picasa at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/HawthorneHotel/HawthorneHotelHalloweenCostumeBall2010#5533179116983777442

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