We wanted to dress up as Tim Burton characters, so we decided on Jack Skellington and the corpse bride.
I made the head for Jack Skellington out of papier mache. I covered an inflatable ball with cling film, and put 2 or 3 layers of papier mache (using old newspapers) over it. I didn't want to use too many layers so it wouldn't be too heavy to wear.
I painted it white, then drew on the features. I cut a hole in the smile of the mouth so he could see out. So that the head would stay in place, I deflated the ball I used as the mold and stuffed it inside. I made the dickie bow from soft plastic.
For the corpse bride, I bought the corset, and black flowers. I took some of the flowers apart and sewed them onto a hair band, along with an old net curtain for the veil. I layered old curtain lining and stiff net for the skirt. Ran out of time to finish it, so ended up pinning myself into it on the night.
The costumes went down very well on the night, there must be about 200 strangers with our photograph stopping us on the street.
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Our 5 yr old daughter wanted to be the corpse bride from her favorite movie. We took her baptism dress and used black sidewalk chalk to make it look a little dirtier.
We made a veil with netting (tulle) that I sprayed very lightly with black paint just to make it not so bright white and used a floral ring from our wedding to attach the tulle, then we attached all to a store bought wig that was black with white stripes.
We added some small plastic spiders to the back of her veil with bread ties and attached a larger spider to the back of the dress.
On the big days (she wore the costume for 3 days for various parties). We painted her face with white face paint and added some black around her eyes to give her a more sunken eye look.
She also carried a black rose as a bouquet. She won 1st in two contests and received tons of compliments and a scream or two from others.
The dress, suit and everything thing you see for this corpse bride and groom costume was purchased from the Goodwill store. The roses were white bouquet spray painted black. The total cost for these two get up's was around $20.00.
Find any old prom dress or wedding dress, the worst shape it is the better. This is an excellent couple costume idea. If you find a dress that you love and it's too small take an old bra ( I used a bustiea) and cut off the cups of the bra and so the spandex part along the sides of the dress that wont zip and hook it. It works great.