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Coolest Homemade Princess Zelda Halloween Costume Idea 10

by Melissa A.
(New Brunswick, Canada)

Homemade Princess Zelda Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Princess Zelda Halloween Costume Idea

My daughter always starts thinking about what she would like to be for Halloween by January! This year she decided she wanted to be the Twilight Princess version of Princess Zelda. I started researching in June and getting some rough ideas of how we wanted the finished costume to look. The major factor would be cost - I didn't want to spend more than $20 or so for the entire costume (it's only worn for one night after all!).

The main gown part was made from a white cotton bed sheet I found at a thrift store for $4. I made up a pattern as I went, and the gown looked a lot like a cotton nightgown when I was finished. I painted all of the trim on to the dress by hand using a photo of Zelda as a reference. It is hard to tell in the photo, but the paint is gold and it had some sparkle to it.

The purple vest was made from a satin table runner I also found at a thrift store for $3. Again, I just made up a pattern as I went. I made hand sewn grommets for the lacing for the front of the vest (which die-hard fans will say is not authentic to the costume, but the fabric was too stiff to pull on and off over my daughter's head, so we had to make it more a vest and less a pullover style garment) and we just used a long white shoelace to lace it up!

The Hyrulian banner that hangs down the front of the dress was made from an old pillow case and colored in with pencil crayons based on the photo of Zelda. I also added gold paint for the golden colored areas.

The armor, crown and waist decorations were all made from fun foam (3 sheets for a dollar at the dollar store!). I found a tutorial on line that showed how to make realistic looking armor by heating and bending fun foam, adding fabric backing and lots of layers of paint! We joined most of the armor together using copper wire (left over from another craft project) bent into rings. We thought it turned out pretty cool! The "jewels" are all little plastic gems from the dollar store. The ears are also fun foam - they just popped on over her on ears and we stuck a little band aid on them to hold them in place all evening!

The wig we bought for $5 and gave it a little makeover to look more Zelda-ish! The gloves were $2 and we just painted the design on to them with the same gold paint. My daughter just wore her black suede boots with it.

She wore the costume to school on the Friday before Halloween & everyone made a very big deal over her & many people asked to have their picture taken with her. She said one kid even asked her for her autograph! :) She wore the costume to the school Halloween dance and won best female costume (a bag of candy for the prize)!

I really had a great time making this costume & my daughter loves it! I hope you enjoy it too! (I am sorry I blurred her face in the picture, but this is the internet you know!)

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HOLY MOSES
by: Cheryl Fields

That is one AWESOME costume !!!! such creativity. you should make costumes and sell them I bet you could make a killin.
Great Work

Home Made Zelda Halloween Costume
by: Anonymous

A really great costume and she looked awesome in it.

Amazing!!
by: GeekGirl

I have been looking every where for a Zelda costume that looks this good. I would pay a LOT of money for something like this.

im making this costume as well
by: jazz

where did you find the wig for five dollars im making this as well for my spirit week costume and i have short black hair so it would be helpful to know

@Jazz
by: Melissa A

@Jazz - We bought the wig at Value Village. Before Halloween they always have a huge selection of wigs. They are just the super fake looking costume wigs, but with a wide tooth comb and a bit of patience you can make them work :)

THANK YOU!!!! <3<3<3
by: zeldafan

WOW!! this is so awesome! you have inspired me to make this, i thought it would be too difficult. i was seriously over-thinking it, trying to figure out if i had time to learn to embroider etc before halloween. LOL! Fabric Paint is genius!!! will have to do a search to find this foam armor tutorial. THANK YOU for posting this!

make me one!
by: Anonymous

Can You make me one!!! ive been looking for a zelda costume but theyre all over 300 dollars if theyre decent.

Thanks for the Love!
by: Melissa A

@ Zeldafan - The foam armor tutorial I used was here: http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

I skipped some of the steps so our armor wasn't super sturdy, but it was fine for a few nights of wearing. Actually, the armor is still all intact 2 years later, it's just some of the paint & jewels that have come off :)

@ Anon - $300 is extremely reasonable for a complete costume. Even without actually embroidering, I easily spent 30 hours working on this costume. People's time is worth money too :)

help
by: Anonymous

dear anonymous
if you need a cheep costume to be zelda there is a sups easy vid with suff you all ready have
heres the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih-IcbFPXE4

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